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5383F - Advanced Architectural Design MSc

Advanced Architectural Design MSc

Start in: September 2021

The Advanced Architectural Design MSc provides the resources for international designers to gain further skills in architectural design.


Our MSc Advanced Architectural Design is aimed at international designers who want to enhance their design and research skills.

This architectural design course helps you consolidate your own identity as a designer. You'll develop your own distinctive specialisms through research-led design. We'll prepare you for a world where successful architects increasingly have to be specialists as well as generalists. Our aim is to help you become a leading architect in the profession.

The course offers an innovative, absorbing, research-led pathway in advanced architectural design.

Our School’s leading academics in Architecture, Planning, and Landscape will support you. You'll also work with leading practitioners.

You'll benefit from the School’s strong culture of integrating design theory and practice. Designers must be able to deliver their speculations. This architectural design course helps you to design at the highest level, and implement your designs.

For achievements of the School’s architecture and design students please read our Design Yearbook

The city of Newcastle has a legacy of global design innovation from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This legacy is matched by its world-renowned culture-led regeneration in the twenty-first century. The city boasts both elegant historic architecture and urbanism, and contemporary design. It is a stimulating place to spend time, engaging with advanced design thinking.

The following pathways are available for 2021 entry:

  • Architecture and Cities (1 year)
  • Architecture and Cities (2 years)


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Qualifications explained

Find out about the different qualification options for this course.

What you'll learn

Architecture and Cities pathway

The semester 1 design project uses the city as a laboratory for exploring ideas and design strategies to develop a masterplan for a significant city centre site. You'll also take a module to develop appropriate research strategies for your chosen area of research in your design thesis.

The second semester design project returns to a more conventional architectural scale, exploring:

  • ideas of meaning and identity in the urban environment
  • the role that public space and buildings play in articulating notions of citizenship and community

You'll also take a course which focuses on a series of seminal theoretical readings that relate directly to architecture and the city.


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.

How you'll learn

Your future

Graduate destinations

Graduate have pursued careers both in architectural practice and academia.

We foster an entrepreneurial environment that ensures you'll be well prepared to continue to make active contributions within your chosen career.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


You'll be based in one of the UK’s leading Schools of Architecture. We aim to provide a lively design studio culture across our professional courses making the School a thriving and creative place to be. Our well-equipped workshop includes some of the latest digital and biological manufacturing tools.

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape has excellent studio teaching facilities. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, access to our facilities may be limited to allow social distancing and follow government guidance. Our facilities include:

  • lively design studios
  • exhibition spaces
  • well-equipped workshop including the latest digital manufacturing technology
  • wet fabrication lab including 3D printers
  • molecular biology lab (one of the first in the world to be administered by a school of architecture)
  • print media suite
  • IT suites

Find out more about the School facilities, including virtual tours of some teaching spaces.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

Find out more about:

  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply

Using the application portal

The applicant portal has instructions to guide you through your application. It will tell you what documents you need and how to upload them.

You can choose to start your application, save your details and come back to complete it later.

If you’re ready, you can select Apply Online and you’ll be taken directly to the applicant portal.

Alternatively you can find out more about applying on our applications and offers pages.

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Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021

Open days and events

Open days

The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold open days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.

From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:

  • explore our beautiful campus
  • find out about our vibrant city
  • discover what students think about studying at Newcastle

You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the courses you're interested in.

Find out about upcoming postgraduate open days


We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.

We also hold various online and virtual events.

Visit our events calendar for the latest events

Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

For enquiries about the Architecture and Cities pathways please contact:

Dr. Martin Beattie
Senior Lecturer in Architecture
School of Architecture Planning and Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6032

For enquiries about the Property Development pathway please contact:

Dr. Raymond Abdulai
Senior Lecturer in Real Estate and Urban Development
School of Architecture Planning and Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2581


For more general enquiries you could also complete our online enquiry form.

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