Architecture, Master of (MArch)

Architecture, Master of (MArch)

Full time: 24 months


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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About this course

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.

Quality and Ranking

We rank in the top 100 for Architecture - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

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 or Urban Planning – 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.

Your development

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, KTH Stockholm and The National University of Singapore.

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 staff are great and really push you outside your comfort zone to challenge and develop your ideas.

Katie's student profile
Katie F

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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2020 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.


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Work experience

Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.

Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.

Fees & Funding

2020-2021 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.



Full time (Year 1): £9,250*
Full time (Year 2): To be confirmed


Full time (Year 1): £9,250*
Full time (Year 2): To be confirmed

Undergraduate fees apply for this course. Newcastle University students applying for this course are not eligible for the University's 20% Alumni Tuition Fee Discount Scheme.

*The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.

*As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation, as measured by RPIX. RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments.


Full time (Year 1): £21,000
Full time (Year 2): To be confirmed

If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

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 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

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.  

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. 

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

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English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at for further information.

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering our Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

Pathway courses

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 apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.


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.


The deadline for applications is the 30 April 2020.

For further information please contact:

Stephanie Haskell
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
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.