Master of Architectural Engineering*


The building industry has a growing need for design professionals with advanced knowledge and skills in their discipline and the ability to collaborate effectively with other designers, investors, contractors and project managers, through knowledge of whole-building design and performance, integrated design of sustainable buildings, and digital methods for planning, designing, constructing and operating buildings.

This new master’s is a practice-focused degree for students with engineering or architecture backgrounds to gain professional, work-ready building design skills. There is also a part-time option available for those working in the industry and wanting to upskill.

Students can receive their master’s in the following endorsements:

  • Building Services and Energy Engineering
  • Integrated Building Design
  • Structural Engineering.

 Why study a MArchEng at UC?

  • UC is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Civil and Structural Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017).
  • The first master’s degree of its kind in New Zealand where engineers and architects study together and learn from each other.
  • Ideal for professionals working in the industry wanting to upskill or change career direction, with flexible part-time and distance learning options.
  • UC has world-class engineering facilities including a new structural engineering lab, futuristic augmented reality lab, the only high-voltage lab in New Zealand, a fluids lab and a wind tunnel.
  • By the beginning of 2018, UC Engineering students will be studying in new buildings with state-of-the-art facilities and learning spaces after a $144 million investment in infrastructure.

 * Subject to Universities New Zealand CUAP approval, due December 2017.
Note that this qualification is only open to enrolments for study commencing July 2018. 

Entry requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent.

If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.

Qualification specific requirements

Students should have achieved a bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours in a subject related to building design, or equivalent, or a postgraduate diploma in an equivalent subject. Students with a Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Engineering with a B average or better can apply to the College of Engineering Dean (Academic), for admission to the Master of Architectural Engineering.  For more details, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Engineering.

It is strongly advised to have at least one year of professional practice experience before applying. Students will be approved entry by the College of Engineering Dean (Academic), based on the standard of their previous studies and work experience.

For the Structural Engineering endorsement, students should have completed a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (1st or 2nd class) in Civil Engineering, or equivalent.

For the Building Services and Energy Engineering endorsement, students should have completed a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (1st or 2nd class) in Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent.

Students who do not meet the minimum requirements may be considered for entry to the Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Engineering.

For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Architectural Engineering or use the admission requirements checker.

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification structure and duration

The MArchEng contains two parts:

  • Part I of the Master of Architectural Engineering is made up of two compulsory courses on collaborative building design and two practice-focused courses towards an endorsement.
  • Part II of the Master of Architectural Engineering is made up of advanced technical courses towards an endorsement and an integrated building design project.

Note: Some course options in Part II are offered by the University of Auckland.

Students who complete Part I of the Structural Engineering or Building Services and Energy Engineering endorsements have the flexibility to progress to Part II of these endorsements or to Part II of the Integrated Building Design endorsement. 

Both Parts must be completed within 48 months. Full-time and part-time study options are available. Courses are delivered as a blend of online and face-to-face block learning to assist participation for at-work students.

Students can begin their studies in July 2018. 

Subjects and courses

The MArchEng requires 120 points of coursework. Topics available may include human factors in building design, building modelling and integrated design, building environmental control, and structural assessment and retrofit.

Part I:

  • ENAE 601 Whole Building Behaviour and Performance
  • ENAE 602 Collaborative Design Studio
  • Two courses towards your endorsement from the Schedule.

Part II:

  • ENAE 620 Integrated Building Design Project
  • Three courses towards your endorsement from the Schedule.

For the up-to-date schedule of courses for each endorsement, visit the Schedule to the Regulations for the Master of Architectural Engineering.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

Students may go onto PhD studies in Civil Engineering and many other subject options depending on their endorsement.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this master’s will be filling a growing and competitive market need for engineers and architects with the unique combination of technical and collaborative design skills. Building design professionals with modern design knowledge of sustainable, high-performance buildings and digital design and construction are especially sought by employers internationally.

The knowledge from this degree will make graduates well-suited for careers as contractors, project managers, building design professionals, and in positions of technical leadership and multi-disciplinary team leadership.

More information

For full requirements see the Regulations to the Master of Architectural Engineering.

For study planning help contact the College of Engineering:

College of Engineering

University of Canterbury
John Britten Building
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 364 2608
Email engdegreeadvice@canterbury.ac.nz