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.
This pathway focuses on the dialogue and interconnection between architecture and the fabric of cities. It helps you appreciate architectural design in the broader social, cultural, and economic contexts of cities. The pathway focuses on how architecture can be derived from detailed studies of particular urban communities, and determining what is appropriate in the strategic and detailed development of specific urban sites.
In all three semesters of the course, projects use community-based design frameworks which work with the surrounding context. Key themes of the projects are:
- holistic design frameworks
- notions of identity, community and culture in an urban context
- public space in an increasingly privatised built environment
This two year programme extends the first year of the Architecture and Cities programme into a deeper advanced understanding of the mutual interrelationship between architecture and urban form.
The Property Development pathway is suspended for 2021 entry.
This means that we won’t be able to accept applications for this pathway for 2021 entry.
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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Find out about the different qualification options for this course.
An MSc is a taught master’s degree. It usually involves the study of a science-related subject. It typically includes:
- subject-specific taught modules
- a dissertation or research project of approximately 15,000 – 18,000 words
You'll usually study an MSc full time over 12 months.
A Master of Science is awarded for the successful completion of 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation or research project.
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.
Module information 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.
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.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
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You'll select one of the above optional modules.
How you'll learn
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Design or creative project
- Oral presentation
- Research proposal
- Written exercise
Architecture and Cities pathway
You'll complete a Design Thesis that:
- provides you with experience in design thesis processes and methodology by defining and studying a problem related to your own interests
- develops an ability to evaluate and analyse design thesis findings according to explicit criteria
- develops a response to the issues raised by your design thesis
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
This architectural design course's current association (2018-19) is with Visiting Professor Sir Terry Farrell, a Newcastle graduate. His world-respected practice Farrells has offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong, London and Manchester. His projects include:
- Beijing South Station
- KK100 Building in Shenzhen
- the MI6 Building in London
- various other projects in Newcastle
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.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
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
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
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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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
How to apply
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Alternatively you can find out more about applying on our applications and offers pages.
Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021
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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.
We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.
We also hold various online and virtual events.
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