Postgraduate

Architecture, Master of (MArch)

Architecture, Master of (MArch)

Full time: 24 months

Profile

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.

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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. 

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 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

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.

Student profile

The modules and design projects are always interesting, and the support of the Architecture staff doesn’t go unnoticed near the deadlines and crits!

Becky's student profile
Becky W

A sample of job titles our graduates now hold

Architect, Urban Designer, Planning Officer

A sample of employers our graduates now work for

CCDI Shanghai, MADE, Purcell LLP

Data based on responses from 105 UK, EU and International postgraduate leavers (2011/12, 2012/13) studying Architecture, Planning and Landscape. See more about what our graduates do.

Related Degrees

  • Architecture, Planning and Landscape MA

    This course allows you to develop a broader critical understanding of the urban built environment. It is highly flexible, allowing you to choose from a wide variety of modules to suit your skills and interests.

  • Urban Design MA, PGDip

    Our Urban Design MA, PGDip is aimed at built environment professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of urban design. It equips you to contribute towards an improvement in the quality of the built environment.

All related programmes

Modules

Modules for 2017 entry

Stage 5

Compulsory modules

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

You will select modules to the value of 40 credits from the following:

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. 

Stage 6

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You will select modules to the value of 20 credits from the following, if not already taken:

*This module is taken by students taking part in the Exchange programme

Module changes

Module changes

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.

Fees & Funding

2017-2018 fees

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.

You can read more about our tuition fees and discounts available.

Tuition fees for 2018-19 have not yet been confirmed.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2017 and 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Non EU students Number of awards Value of awards
Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarships
Our students/graduates Number of awards Value of awards
20% Alumni Tuition Fee Discount

Discount varies by level of tuition fee.

UK/EU students Number of awards Value of awards
Phd in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences - Brimstone and Treacle: understanding oil-driven microbial souring in petroleum reservoirs

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,533 (full award) plus an industrial CASE studentship top up fee.  

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Next generation of composite molten salt-ceramic membranes for selective separation of NOx, SO2 and CO2

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,553 (2017/18).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: The Use of Perovskite-type Oxygen-carriers for Hydrogen Production via Chemical Looping

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,553 (2017/18).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

Postgraduate Master’s Loan Scheme (students from England and non-UK countries)

Maximum of £10,280 (2017 entry)

Disabled Students' Allowances

Varies

Professional and Career Development Loans

Varies

Industrial CASE PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Data-driven modelling of glass durability and glass pouring rate in nuclear waste vitrification process

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD Studentship in Cell and Molecular Biosciences - Virulence factors of human and bird Trichomonad parasites targeting host proteoglycans: integrating evolutionary genomics and molecular cell biology

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553 (full award). A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only. 

BBSRC CASE PhD Studentship in Cellular Medicine - Investigating the impact of insulin resistance on ageing, appearance and wellbeing using sleep as a model system

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553 (full award).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD in Computer Science - Visualization of Heterogeneous Multi-Source Data

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14.553 (full award)

PhD Studentship in Computing Science - Verification of Portable Synthetic Biocircuits (EPSRC Portabolomics)

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14,553 (full award).

International (Non EU) students Number of awards Value of awards
Newcastle University – GREAT Scholarship 2018 – China

7

50% of tuition fees.

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape - Postgraduate International Scholarship Scheme (2017)

Not specified

£2,000 tuition fee scholarships

Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarships
International Family Discounts (IFD)

10% of the tuition fee per year.

Fulbright Scholarships

Varies

British Marshall Scholarships

40

Varies

Newcastle University Overseas Research Scholarship (NUORS)

Tuition fee scholarships of typically £7,800 - £11,700 per year. The award covers the difference between fees for UK/EU students and international students.

Chinese Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fees scholarships from £5,000 for a range of Business School postgraduate courses.

Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP)

Not specified.

The scholarship covers tuition fees and living expenses.

USA Athlete Scholarship

10

£5000- £8000 payable towards the first year of tuition fees and a comprehensive support package (see Overview for further details).

All students Number of awards Value of awards
PhD Studentship in Computing Science - A Computational Systems Biology Approach to Psoriasis Treatment (Rosetrees Trust)

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend of £14,553 (full award).  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

MSc Funding - 1st Class Scholarship (Civil Engineering and Geosciences)

Not specified

£2,000

Clinical Research Funding - various

Varies

Health Education England Bursaries (Physician Associate Studies, PGDip)

20 awards for 2017 entry

£18,000 bursary (£9,000 per year) and a contribution towards travel costs. The Bursary is paid as a tuition fee discount direct to the University.

School and Research Institute Studentships, Bursaries and Scholarships

Varies

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Instalments
2% Tuition Fee Discount

2% off annual tuition fee

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)

Varies

Varies.

Sir Mark Waller Postgraduate Law Scholarships

6 for international students, 2 for home/EU students.

Full and partial (£2,500-£3,000) tuition fee scholarships.

Charities and Trusts

Varies

Allergy Module Funding

Varies

Employer Sponsorship

Varies

FindAMasters.com and FindAPhD.com Postgraduate Scholarships

Not specified.

FindAMasters.com and FindAPhD.com are offering £12,000 in scholarships for postgraduate study.

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries

15

£500 payable towards tuition fees.

Teacher Training (PGCE programmes)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip Bursaries

£2,000

Sport Scholarships

Varies

£500 - £10,000

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Mathematical modelling studies of rhythmic hydrogels for medical applications

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, 100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fees scholarships from £2,000 - £5,000 for a range of Business School Master’s courses.

MBA Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fee scholarships of £6,000 will be awarded to high achieving MBA candidates.

MBA Leadership Scholarships

Tuition fee scholarships of £10,000 will be awarded to high achieving MBA candidates.

Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation MLitt/PhD Studentships for Studies Relating to Japan

Up to 3 (MLitt or PhD)

£10,000,contributing towards your MLitt/PhD tuition fees and living costs. 

MastersCompare Postgraduate Scholarship

1

£5,000

PhD studentship in Biochemistry and Structural Biology – The Molecular Structure of Meiotic Chromosomes

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expense of £14,553.  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD studentship - Long-term training load management and recovery strategies in elite rugby union players (Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club and Newcastle University)

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,533. Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Computing Science - Data Driven Computer Modelling of Brain Injury Recovery

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend of £14,553 (full award).  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Cell and Molecular Biosciences - Understanding the molecular regulation of autophagy during ageing.

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553. Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees. Additional funding to cover research costs.

PhD in Chemistry: Computational Studies of Electron Transfer at Interfaces

1

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend at RCUK rate (£14,553 2017/18).  Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD in the School of Engineering - Role of social conformity in the acceptance and uptake of autonomous vehicles

1

100% of tuition fees paid - UK/EU or international - plus annual living expenses of £14,553 per annum.

PhD Studentship in Bio-Design - Exploring the Design Potential of ‘Thinking Soils’

1

£15,000 per year for 3 years. You will be required to pay your tuition fees from this award with the remainder of the studentship being awarded as living expenses. UK/EU tuition fees for 2017- 18 are £4,540. International tuition fees for 2017-18 are £12,680. 

Entry Requirements

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:

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.

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

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 3 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Graduate Diplomas

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

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

Portfolio

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.  

Guidance

  • you should clearly label your portfolio with your full name and email address.
  • your portfolio should not exceed 25 pages, be a maximum A3 size (Portrait or Landscape) in a single PDF File which is a maximum file size of 100MB. 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.

Deadline

Your application, portfolio and supporting evidence must be submitted by 1 June 2017.

For further information please contact:
Eileen Donnelly
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6007
E-mail: eileen.donnelly@ncl.ac.uk

Deposit

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.

Contact

Eileen Donnelly
Programme Secretary
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6007
Email: eileen.donnelly@ncl.ac.uk