Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Engineering*


The building industry needs more design professionals with technical mastery in their discipline and advanced knowledge and skills in whole-building performance, collaboration, integrated design and digital methods. This programme will provide at-work building design professionals with ‘practice-focused’ education and is driven by the need to improve the sustainability and affordability of buildings, which is best achieved by taking a holistic approach to integrated building design.

* 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 qualification overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.

Qualification specific requirements

A student for the Postgraduate Certificate of Architectural Engineering (PGCertArchEng) must have completed a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours or equivalent.

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

For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Engineering or use admission requirements checker.

You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements

Qualification structure and duration

The certificate is comprised of 60 points including two compulsory courses and two optional courses.

The certificate must be completed within 24 months.There are flexible study options available, including part-time study and online learning to minimise on-campus time requirements.

Students can begin their studies in July 2018.

Subjects and courses

There are no majors, minors or endorsements for this qualification. Students must complete two compulsory courses and two optional courses from the schedule.

  • ENAE 601 Whole Building Behaviour and Performance
  • ENAE 602 Collaborative Design Studio

The remaining courses can be selected from the Schedule to the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Engineering.

How to apply

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Further study

Students who complete the certificate with a B average, or better, may go onto the Master of Architectural Engineering, Master of Engineering Studies or the Master of Engineering in Management.

Career opportunities

Knowledge gained from this certificate will provide graduates with the skills to communicate complex design issues, options and solutions with clients, team members and other stake holders, including risks and their mitigation.

Graduates will be able to understand key concepts related to planning, building costs, value, quality, aesthetics, resilience, roles and responsibilities, regulatory environment, built environment systems and sustainability.

More information

For full requirements, see the Regulations to the Postgraduate Certificate in 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