Our Master of Architecture (MArch) is centred on studio work that is intended to stretch the boundaries of your design imagination. It is a modular course based on design project work, supported by lectures and seminars that examine the theoretical, practical and material dimensions of architecture.
This course is designed to help you define the kind of architect you want to be. You can tailor your portfolio towards the practices in which you want to work or areas in which you want to demonstrate your expertise. Our School Gallery has examples of our student's work and images from our Degree Shows and publications.
This course 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.
What you'll learn
Design projects in the first year (Stage 5) are based on a visit to a major European city. Your 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.
The whole school 'Conversations with Practice' lecture series introduces new ideas from prominent practitioners and academics.
Through the course 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
Our Erasmus and international exchange programmes provide opportunities to study abroad for one or two semesters in Stage 5. Exchange partners include The University of Sydney and KTH Stockholm.
Architecture at Newcastle is ranked in the top five in all the major UK league tables in 2014. This course will engage you with a wide range of staff in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. The course content makes direct links to staff research.
You will have access to a well-equipped graduate studio space and, in the second year (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. Our computing resources include print and plot, and video-editing facilities.
Studio spaces in the School are supplemented as social spaces with the student-run coffee bar.
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Modules for 2017 entry
Compulsory modules (Stage 5)Compulsory modules (Stage 5)
If you are on an exchange route, you take either or both of the following modules to cover all credits for semesters spent abroad:
If you are on a single-semester exchange, you shall additionally take the appropriate compulsory module for your semester in Newcastle, as follows:
Optional modules (Stage 5)Optional modules (Stage 5)
You will select modules to the value of 40 credits from the following:
- ARC8051 Tools for Thinking About Architecture
- ARC8058 Linked Research Project A
- ARC8053 Dissertation in Architecture A
- ARC8051 Tools for Thinking about Architecture
- ARC8065 Cities and Culture (European Study Visit)
- ARC8106 Contrasting Theories in Sustainability
- ARC8112 Building Performance Simulation
- TCP7023 Economics of Development
- TCP8939 Planning, Power and People
If you are on a single-semester exchange, you will select modules to the value of 20 credits. If you are on a full year exchange, you will not take any optional modules in Stage 5.
Compulsory modules (Stage 6)Compulsory modules (Stage 6)
Optional modules (Stage 6)Optional modules (Stage 6)
You will select modules to the value of 20 credits from the following, if not already taken:
- ARC8062 Dissertation in Architecture B
- ARC8068 Linked Research Project B
- ARC8028 Programming for Design
- ARC8064 Thesis Research Document*
- TCP8052 Urban Design Seminars
- TCP8090 Principles and Practice of Urban Design (MAUD)
- TCP8001 Planning Frameworks
- TCP8902 Reflective Practitioner
- ARC8113 Urban Performance Simulation
- ARC8051 Tools for Thinking About Architecture
*This module is taken by students taking part in the Exchange programme
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
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Fees & Funding
Undergraduate fees apply for this course. See the Architecture BA finance pages for further information.
If you began your professional studies on an ARB/RIBA accredited Part I course in the UK prior to 2012 you will remain eligible for tuition fees at the old, lower rate of £3,465. To be eligible for the lower rate the gap between taking Part I and Part II must not exceed three years. This applies whether you are a Newcastle graduate or an applicant from another UK institution. Contact the School if you have any questions about fees.
Extra costs may be incurred for materials and travel as part of this course.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in architecture. We prefer this to be recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) as successful completion of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part I.
If your university/programme of study is not recognised by the RIBA, you may wish to apply to one of our other design courses alongside the MArch:
- Experimental Architecture MSc
- Architecture, Planning and Landscape (Design) MA
- Sustainable Buildings and Environments MSc
You will need to submit a portfolio and may need to attend an interview.
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. We prefer you to have successfully completed a year in professional training.
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.
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English Language Requirements
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
Our Architecture Graduate Diplomas will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. Depending on your level of English, you can choose from:
How to Apply
You must submit a portfolio as part of the application process and may be requested to attend for interview. The portfolio is an essential part of the assessment process.
You need to show the highest levels of rigour, imagination and competence across all aspects of architectural design. If you do not provide a portfolio as evidence of your design skills, we will not consider your application.
- you should clearly label your portfolio with your full name and email address.
- your portfolio should not exceed 15 pages, be a maximum A3 size (Portrait or Landscape) in a single PDF File which is a maximum file size of 50MB. Remember to keep your portfolio focussed and selective
- your portfolio should be comprehensive, but you don't need to show all your work. You should present a wide variety of projects to show different approaches and techniques.
- your portfolio should be chronological with the most recent work at the end.
- you should include examples of your final year undergraduate projects. In light of your practical experience, you could provide a reflection of how this work could have been better. You can support your explanation with drawings and/or photographed models.
- you should include examples of work from your year(s) in practice.
- when constructing your portfolio consider that you will not be present when it is assessed.
- you may wish to explain your experience and approaches with critical self-reflections. In relation to your professional practice, explain your role and what you did.
- you should state examples of group work.
- you should include highlights from sketch books or exploratory work that shows project development.
- you should show photographed examples of physical models that explain your projects.
- you can include projects from competitions in your portfolio.
- submissions may be computer generated or hand drawn in ink/pencil. Text may be word processed or freehand.
- your portfolio will not be returned.
Your application, portfolio and supporting evidence must be submitted by 30 April 2018.
For further information please contact:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6007
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.