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Architecture and Landscape Architecture Pre-Masters

This pathway course will prepare you for architecture-related master's study at Newcastle University.

Course overview

This course will introduce you to complex architectural settings. It's equal to the final year of a related BA course. The design projects you work on suit a variety of backgrounds. They include elements like:

  • architectural design
  • urban planning
  • landscape architecture

The flexibility of the projects means that there are a variety of progression routes for you. You can develop your specialist interest depending on the progression route you have in mind.

Find out which degrees you can progress to

This course is suitable if you:

  • need to upgrade your undergraduate degree ready for architectural postgraduate study in the UK
  • want to increase your subject knowledge of architecture
  • need to improve your English language study skills within the context of architecture

If you pass this course you'll receive an International Pre-Masters in Higher Education (FHEQ Level 6).


How you'll learn

This course is brought to you by INTO Newcastle University.

We work in partnership with INTO to provide diverse study options for international students.

Choosing this course means that you'll get:

  • a quality-assured university course
  • full Newcastle University status
  • a conditional offer on a designated master's degree at Newcastle
  • a campus-based course with access to INTO and University facilities (subject to COVID-19 restrictions)
  • active learning in your subject areas with guidance on appropriate study methods
  • a very supportive study environment

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For more information see our International Preparation Courses website

Progression routes and requirements

Design Route Progression

To progress onto your chosen postgraduate degree at Newcastle, you need to pass this course with:

  • a minimum of 65% (IELTS 6.5) in English for Academic Purposes
  • an average mark of 55% overall with a minimum of 60% in Design 1 and Design 2 modules. The MArch requirements are a minimum of 70% in Design 1 and Design 2 modules*
  • no less than 40% in any other academic module

Your design route progression options:

Fees and costs

2023-2024 tuition fees

January 2024 (3 terms) £21,750

Term dates:

  • January - September 2024


June 2024 (4 terms) £26,625

Term dates:

  • June 2024 - June 2025

Entry requirements

To study on this course you need to meet the following entry requirements.

Academic requirements

You need a:

  • an undergraduate degree with suitable grades, OR
  • diploma (3-5 years) with good grades


If you want to progress to a design course at Newcastle University, you need to provide a portfolio. Your portfolio should show a variety of architecture related core skills and abilities:

  • sketching
  • drawing
  • model making
  • graphical presentation
  • use of electronic tools, such as CAD and Photoshop to a graduate standard

Your work should:

  • show good academic and intellectual skills, such as critical analysis and methodical research
  • demonstrate design development and analytical processes
  • include recent creative work, whether personal, academic or professional
  • best represent you and your interests

For more guidance read the portfolio guidelines.

If you want to progress to a non-design course you don't have to submit a portfolio. Instead, you will need to provide a statement outlining your:

  • academic achievements
  • relevant research projects
  • any other evidence of skills and experience


You need to include your curriculum vitae (CV), which should detail:

  • your qualifications
  • previous work experience
  • employment
  • professional ambitions

English requirements

  • For a 3 term programme: A minimum of IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or an equivalent score
  • For a 4 term programme: minimum of IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or an equivalent score

The INTO Newcastle Centre also accepts other Secure English Language Tests (SELTS). The INTO Newcastle website has guidance about UKVI IELTS. You can contact us for more details.


You need to be 17 years old, or older. If you want to start this course in September then you must be 17 by 31 December.

For all other start dates, you must be 17 years old by the time the course starts.

How to apply

You can apply online through the INTO Newcastle application form.

You'll need to create a free account to apply for your chosen course. You can apply for accommodation at the same time as the course.