Skip to main content

Advanced Architectural Design MSc

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

You are currently viewing course information for entry year:

Start date(s):

  • September 2024
Supporting your PG career. Join our webinar on Wednesday 24 July, 2pm-3pm (BST)


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

This post-professional degree helps you consolidate your own identity as a designer. You'll develop your own distinctive specialisms through research-led design, with an emphasis on sophisticated representational techniques. 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. It can be undertaken on either 1-year or 2-year pathways.

Our School’s leading academics in Architecture, Planning, and Landscape will support you. You'll also work with leading practitioners and creative practitioners who research techniques of drawing and designing.

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 annual 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.


Important information

We've highlighted important information about your course. Please take note of any deadlines.

Qualifications explained

Find out about the different qualification options for this course.

What you'll learn

The emphasis of our programmes is on learning and mastering sophisticated representational techniques that help you to communicate your interests and ideas.

Semester 1

The semester 1 design project is an intensive, iterative site-specific project that introduces you to creative and critical ways of designing through different tools and media.

On this project, you’ll engage with a complex urban site to develop ways of thinking critically about the city, its past and future.

The project is supported with ‘Design Translation Workshops’ looking at techniques of composition, modelling and visualisation, photogrammetry, and more. These workshops directly inform the design project work.

Alongside your design project, you’ll also undertake the module Architecture and Landscape Studies: Critical and Comparative.

This module will introduce you to theories and methods for investigating architecture as a multidisciplinary, multicultural form of practice.

Semester 2 and 3

In semester 2 you'll frame your own Thesis Project, which you continue developing in semester 3 (for 1-year programme students).

This project can be speculative, large-scale and centred on your own research and interests.

The Thesis Project should confidently utilise advanced representational techniques to demonstrate your thinking and ask critical question relevant to the discipline.

You’ll also take a module, Reading Theory, Thinking Architecture designed to stimulate your thinking and ground your thesis through understanding key contemporary texts on issues related to architecture today.


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.

Visit our Careers Service website

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. 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 2024 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

Find out more about:

Search for funding

Find funding available for your course

Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Download our admissions policy (PDF: 201KB)
Other policies related to admissions

Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course

INTO International Pre-Master's - Pathway course

Our Architecture and Landscape Architecture Pre-Master's will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course.


How to apply

Using the application portal

The application 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 application portal.

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

Apply Online  

Open days and events

You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year including:

  • campus tours
  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

Find out about how you can visit Newcastle in person and virtually

Overseas events

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

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:

Jack Blenkinsopp
Learning and Teaching Assistant
School of Architecture Planning and Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4881


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

Fill in our enquiry form

Live chat

Our Ncl chatbot might be able to give you an answer straight away. If not, it’ll direct you to someone who can help.

You'll find our Ncl chatbot in the bottom right of this page.

Keep updated

We regularly send email updates and extra information about the University.

Receive regular updates by email

Chat to a student

Chat online with current students with our Unibuddy platform.

Chat to a student

Social Media

Get involved with the School of Architecture Planning and Landscape.