Architectural Theory and Criticism MA

12 months full time; 24 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £5,500 part time £2,750
International: full time £12,075

Programme Overview

This distinctive master’s programme considers the relationship between the production of architectural criticism and urban architectural and cultural theory. It also challenges you to rethink what we mean by architectural criticism, its modes, and its scope. 

The programme is designed not only for architectural scholars but also for designers who wish to develop their understanding of the role of criticism in practice.

Drawing upon the unique strengths that the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape has in this area, you are encouraged to develop understanding of the role of criticism and the critical effects of your own creative practice. This can range from:

  • published essays
  • public demonstrations
  • social and political engagement enabled by digital technologies.


Find out about the programme modules.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in architecture or a related discipline such as fine art, visual culture, cultural studies, literature or geography. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with non-standard qualifications who have relevant industry experience.

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

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape offers Postgraduate awards.

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

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information, please contact:

Nicola Rutherford
Programme Secretary
School of Architecture Planning and Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6509

Subject Overview

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

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