Taught course

Architecture, Master of

Newcastle University · School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in architecture. We prefer this to be recognised by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) as successful completion of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part I.

You will need to submit a portfolio and may need to attend an interview.

If you are a Newcastle BA Hons Architecture graduate with a first-class degree or with a 2.1 degree including a 2.1 in design (ARC3001), it is recommended that you apply after undertaking at least one year in practice. Your application will need to include:

  • a personal statement detailing your work experience
  • your design portfolio including examples of work from practice (if applicable).

We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with a lower or non-accredited qualification providing they submit a strong portfolio and evidence of personal development. We prefer you to have successfully completed a year in professional training.

Whilst you can enter our MArch (Part II) programme without previously passing RIBA (Part I), if you wish to practice in the UK you will need to satisfy the requirements of the RIBA by passing the RIBA Part I and Part III exams.

Part III can be taken here in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape and is a part time placement year programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MArch Architecture is designed to help you define the kind of architect you want to be. You can tailor your portfolio towards the practices in which you want to work or areas in which you want to demonstrate your expertise.

It is a modular MArch 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. You'll think harder and deeper about architecture, what it can achieve and what you can do with it
  • define the kind of architect you want to be
  • tailor your portfolio towards the practices in which you want to work or areas in which you want to demonstrate expertise
  • develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the architectural profession with an independent, research-led attitude towards design.

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Information for international students

English Language Requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page in our online Prospectus.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MArch
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Lucy Kirkbride, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
+44 (0) 191 208 6007