Architectural Design Research MA

12 months full time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

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

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This exciting design-based international Master’s programme focuses on the relations between architecture and the contemporary global city to produce innovative design-based research of the highest quality. Each year, the programme concentrates on a particular city and is co-ordinated in relation to a specific theme.

The programme is aimed at students who have already completed academic training in architecture although you do not need to have gained your full professional qualification in order to be eligible for entry.

Through the programme, you will develop:

• understanding of a significant contemporary urban condition and the range of factors affecting it
• appreciation of the role of the architect and the potentiality of the architectural project in relation to the complex array of agencies and interests converging on the city
• critical knowledge of the range of representational techniques available to the architect and the ability to deploy them effectively in the design process and for public engagement
• the ability to develop an idea from the abstract to the specific, working with a range of different media
• the ability to imagine relations of space and material and to think creatively with drawings, models etc.
• skills in presenting creative work in terms of exploration and participation in debate, criticism and discussion

Two intensive design studio modules drive the programme, representing progressive stages in your Master’s project.

This programme offers unparalleled breadth of engagement, supporting the development of speculative design projects that operate across the range of architectural scales, from urban strategy to detail.


Find out more detailed information about the programme modules.

+Entrance Requirements

The programme is open to students who have completed their academic training in architectural design (ARB/RIBA Part 2 or international equivalent).  As part of the application process you will need to supply an electronic portfolio in pdf format (maximum size 8MB).

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.

Student profiles:

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