Taught course


Northumbria University · Faculty of Engineering and Environment

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a minimum of an upper second class (2:1) honours degree from a Part 1 Architectural programme plus postgraduate work experience in a relevant field.

Months of entry


Course content

The course develops the knowledge, understanding and skills of the architectural graduate, and acknowledges learning during the period of practical training, assuming that the student will be self-motivated, and have the desire to develop specialised areas of expertise. As a significant number of modules are at level 7 (postgraduate), the development of independent learning and advanced skills in the analysis, synthesis and evaluation of complex issues are fundamental to the programme philosophy.

The programme develops an understanding and ability in complex design issues, underpinned by studies in theory and urban design, technology and environment, communication and management practice and law. It develops the approach of the degree in Architecture by making an understanding of context and management of the design process a key part of project work. There is also the opportunity for the graduate student to draw on the expertise of our wider range of subjects in the development of a specialism.

Students are encouraged to maintain links with practice, and develop an appropriate dialogue in gathering and developing material for projects and assignments.

The modules are developed around student centred learning strategies. They are predominantly project- or assignment-based and rely on experiential learning. Lecture programmes are supported where possible by field study visits to sites, buildings under construction, completed buildings and urban environments. Students are encouraged to make extensive use of the department’s design studios, workshops, and computing laboratories to develop knowledge, skills, techniques and understanding. The interaction of the student body in this respect is regarded as a critically important factor in the learning process. Assessment is by design project portfolio and assignment.


Accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for the purpose of a Part 2 qualification. Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 2 level for the purpose of eligibility for membership of the RIBA

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
+ 44 (0) 191 227 4453