Newcastle University

Newcastle University


This course is centred on studio work that is intended to stretch the boundaries of design imagination. It is a modular course based on design project work, supported by lectures and seminars that examine the theoretical, practical and material dimensions of architecture. The course is designed to help students define the kind of architect they want to be and tailor their portfolio towards the practices in which they want to work or areas in which they want to demonstrate their expertise. Design projects in the 1st year (stage 5) are based on a visit to a major European city. Students' work focuses on the urban scale and the detail scale with studios exposed to a diversity of design approaches. In the 2nd year (stage 6), students choose from a range of thematic studios on offer to pursue a self-led design thesis.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or international equivalent in architecture, which is recognised by the ARB as successful completion of RIBA Part 1, is preferred. Applicants with a lower or non-accredited qualification will be considered on individual basis providing they submit a strong portfolio and evidence of personal development. Applicants are preferred to have successfully completed a year in professional training. All applicants must submit a portfolio as part of the application process and may be requested to attend an interview; please note that whilst applicants can enter the programme without previously passing RIBA (Part 1), if they wish to practice in the UK they will need to satisfy the requirements of the RIBA by passing the RIBA Part 1 and Part 3 exams. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5, or equivalent.

Course modules

Stage 5 compulsory modules include: Architectural design. If you are taking part in the Erasmus exchange programme you will take the appropriate semester module as follows: Architectural design (if exchange in stage 5 semester 1) or architectural design (if exchange in stage 5 semester 2). Optional modules include: Tools for thinking about architecture (stage 5); linked research project a (stage 5); dissertation in architecture a (stage 5); linked research project b (stage 6); the reflexive practitioner (stage 5); planning frameworks (stage 5); stakeholders and participation (stage 5); planning theory (stage 5); tools for thinking about architecture (stage 5); cities and culture (European study visit) (stage 5); exchange study project (this module is taken by students taking part in the exchange programme). Stage 6 compulsory modules include: Academic portfolio; architecture and construction (process and management); architectural design. Optional modules include: Dissertation in architecture b (stage 6); linked research project b (stage 6); emergent digital design methods (stage 6); programming for design (stage 6); planning and sustainability (stage 6); urban design seminars (stage 6); principles of practice of urban design (stage 6); urban design project 1 (stage 6); thesis research document (stage 6); planning, power and people (stage 5); economics of development. Modules might change at year of entry.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MArch Full-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Campus Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU North East

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School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Telephone number: 
0191 208 6007