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Our Master of Architecture (MArch) is centred on studio work that is intended to stretch the boundaries of your 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.

This course 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. Our School Gallery has examples of our student's work and images from our Degree Shows and publications.

Design projects in the first year (Stage 5) are based on a visit to a major European city. Your work focuses on the urban scale and the detail scale with studios exposed to a diversity of design approaches. In the second year (Stage 6), you choose from a range of thematic studios on offer to pursue a self-led design thesis.

Alongside design, you can choose from a range of modules. These include the stimulating 'Tools for Thinking About Architecture' which leads either to a dissertation, a live build project or research work with a member of staff. Alternatively, you can opt to pursue modules from another of our Masters' programmes – Urban Design, Town Planning, or Design and Emergence – and students who take these modules are also eligible for an accelerated route onto one of these programmes after the MArch.

The whole school 'Conversations with Practice' lecture series introduces new ideas from prominent practitioners and academics.

Through the programme you will:

-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, thinking 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 and 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

Our Erasmus and international exchange programmes provide opportunities to study abroad for one or two semesters in Stage 5. Exchange partners include The University of Sydney and KTH Stockholm.

Accreditation

This course is Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part II professionally accredited and will give you a sound preparation for a career in the architectural profession.

Facilities

You will have access to a well-equipped graduate studio space and, in the second year (Stage 6), a personal workspace within one of two 'Atelier' spaces. We have a fully equipped workshop set-up for timber and metalwork including laser-cutting and 3D-printing facilities. Our computing resources include print and plot, and video-editing facilities.

Studio spaces in the School are supplemented as social spaces with the student-run coffee bar.

See Programme information in our online Prospectus for 'How to Apply' information.


Visit the Architecture - MArch page on the Newcastle University website for more details!

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