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Architecture - MArch

Course Description

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.


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.


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.

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

(Student Profile)


5290.jpg Choosing Newcastle

"I really enjoyed my time at Newcastle for my undergraduate degree, and actually I found I was really looking forward to coming back during my year out working on a placement. There’s a familiarity and friendliness in Newcastle that I haven’t found elsewhere, not to mention always new hidden places to find. Each year of study has always been so different!"

Studying at Newcastle

"A Master’s in Architecture is particularly sociable compared to other Masters’ courses, and I really love working in the studio environment. I would definitely recommend the route of Architecture at Newcastle, the modules and design projects are always interesting, and the support of the Architecture staff doesn’t go unnoticed near the deadlines and crits!

"My workload this year has increased gradually, but after a year out in industry the working methods seem to be more efficient so perhaps that may be why work seems to be a little easier so far! The syllabus is definitely a lot more theoretical – which I particularly enjoy – and has definitely been stretching."

Postgraduate community

"Quite a few other students from the undergraduate degree returned for this year’s MArch, so socially there have been a few familiar faces. The studio environment has been particularly helpful in getting to know new students, which has been nice to mix things up a bit! We have all been working in groups for a larger project so far, and that has been a very good way to get to know a lot of students fairly well."

Career aspirations

"My aspirations are to qualify as an Architect – Newcastle is great for studying for this as I feel it has the right balance between the ability to be comfortable to relax and enjoy your time at university, but also has interesting and exciting prospects which continually stretch me. I found it prepped me very well for my year in practice, and therefore hope for similar things from the Master’s course!"

Living in Newcastle

"I absolutely love living in Newcastle – I’m always talking to my friends and family about all the new places I find – and taking them to them when they visit!"

Remembering Newcastle

"So far, the MArch highlight has been a trip to Rotterdam, to study the city for our current project. The whole year spent a week, mostly in the same hostel, exploring the city."


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.

Last Updated

18 May 2017

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