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Architecture, Master of (MArch)

This course is centred on studio work that is intended to stretch the boundaries of your design imagination.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024


On our two-year programme you'll engage with challenging ideas and theories, tackle meaningful problems through creative and exploratory design and research.

Our diverse programme is structured around vertical design studios taught across both stages of the programme.

Each studio sets an agenda and brief and will help you to develop and apply critical thinking, practical tools and methods to your own design process.

Through our elective modules you'll work closely with academics in the School and contribute to:

  • emerging research on material sciences and cultures
  • processes and practices of architecture
  • environmental sustainability
  • histories of architecture

Being part of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape means you can also take optional modules in Urban Design and Planning, offering an accelerated route to accredited masters in these disciplines following the MArch.

This is a modular MArch programme based on design project work. Lectures and seminars examine the theoretical, practical and material dimensions of architecture.

Through the course you’ll:

  • 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
  • Define the kind of architect you want to be
  • Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the architectural profession with an independent, research-led attitude towards design

You'll engage with a wide range of staff in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. The MArch Architecture course content makes direct links to staff research.

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What you'll learn

The programme is organised around design studios, which account for two thirds of the credits in each semester.

Design is offered through 'vertical studios' where students from both stages of the programme are taught together and address different themes and questions at different stages of the programme.

In stage 5, semester 1 focuses on strategic scale, engaging with social, cultural, economic and environmental contexts. This includes a field trip to a UK or European city.

Semester 2 focuses on the building scale, and addresses issues of material, construction, performance and technical competency.

In stage 6 you'll develop an independent thesis inquiry, supported by the structure and themes of the vertical studio.


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.

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How you'll learn


Your development

International opportunities

Our international exchange programmes provide opportunities to study abroad for one or two semesters. Exchange partners include The University of Sydney, KTH Stockholm and The National University of Singapore.

Your future

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. 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 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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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


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