Architecture, Master of MArch

24 months full time

Programme Overview

Architecture at Newcastle is ranked top five in all the major UK league tables in 2014.  This programme is Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part II professionally accredited and will give you a sound preparation for a career in the architectural profession.

The MArch is centred on studio work that is intended to stretch the boundaries of your design imagination. Design projects in the first year (Stage 5) are based on a visit to a major European city. Work focuses on the urban scale and the detail scale with studios exposed to a diversity of design approaches.

In the second year (Stage 6), you choose from a range of thematic studios on offer to pursue a self-led design thesis.

Alongside design, you can choose from a range of modules. These include the stimulating ‘Tools for Thinking About Architecture’ which leads either to a dissertation, a live build project or research work with a member of staff.

Alternatively, you can opt to pursue modules from another of our Masters' programmes – Urban Design, Town Planning, or Design and Emergence – and students who take these modules are also eligible for an accelerated route onto one of these programmes after the MArch.

Thus, the MArch is a modular degree based on design project work, supported by lectures and seminars that examine the theoretical, practical and material dimensions of architecture.

Through the programme you will:

• develop an appreciation of design as a collective cultural endeavour involving the acquisition and exercise of complex knowledge and skills
• learn to think and act critically, thinking harder and deeper about architecture, what it can achieve and what you can do with it
• define the kind of architect you want to be and tailor your portfolio towards the practices in which you want to work or areas in which you want to demonstrate expertise
• develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the architectural profession with an independent, research-led attitude towards design.

You will have access to a well-equipped graduate studio space and, in Stage 6, a personal workspace within one of two ‘Atelier’ spaces. We have a fully equipped workshop set-up for timber and metalwork including laser-cutting and 3D-printing facilities, and we offer generous computing resources including excellent print and plot facilities and video-editing facilities.

Studio spaces in the school are supplemented as social spaces with the student-run coffee bar. The whole school ‘Conversations with Practice’ lecture series introduces new ideas from prominent practitioners and academics.

Through our Erasmus and international exchange programmes there are also opportunities to study abroad for one or two semesters in Stage 5. Our exchange partners include The University of Sydney and KTH Stockholm.

More detailed programme information can be found on the School's website


Please note that undergraduate fees apply for this programme.

Students who began their professional studies on an ARB/RIBA accredited Part I course in the UK prior to 2012 will remain eligible for tuition fees at the old, lower rate of £3,465.00, rather than at the new higher rate. To be eligible for the lower rate the gap between taking Part I and Part II must not exceed three years.

This applies to both Newcastle graduates and applicants from other UK institutions. Please contact the School if you have any questions about fees.

Please note extra costs may be incurred for materials and travel as part of this programme.


Find out more detailed information about the programme modules.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree or international equivalent in architecture, which is recognised by the ARB as successful completion of RIBA Part I, is preferred. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with a lower or non-accredited qualification providing they submit a strong portfolio and evidence of personal development. Applicants are preferred to have successfully completed a year in professional training.

All applicants must submit a portfolio as part of the application process and may be requested to attend an interview.

Please note that whilst you can enter our MArch (Part II) programme without previously passing RIBA (Part I), if you wish to practice in the UK you will need to satisfy the requirements of the RIBA by passing the RIBA Part I and Part III exams.

Part III can be taken here in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape and is a part time placement year programme. 

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

For an application form, details of how to apply and information about submitting a portfolio, please contact:

Eileen Donnelly
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6007

Please note that applications are open until 30 June 2014.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6007

 Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

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