Newcastle University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Advanced Architectural Design (Taught)

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Course summary

Our MSc Advanced Architectural Design is aimed at international designers who want to enhance their design and research skills. This architectural design course helps you consolidate your own identity as a designer. You'll develop your own distinctive specialisms through research-led design. We'll prepare you for a world where successful architects increasingly have to be specialists as well as generalists. Our aim is to help you become a leading architect in the profession. The course offers an innovative, absorbing, research-led pathway in advanced architectural design. What you'll learn Architecture and Cities pathway: The semester 1 design project uses the city as a laboratory for exploring ideas and design strategies to develop a masterplan for a significant city centre site. You'll also take a module to develop appropriate research strategies for your chosen area of research in your design thesis. The second semester design project returns to a more conventional architectural scale, exploring:

  • ideas of meaning and identity in the urban environment
  • the role that public space and buildings play in articulating notions of citizenship and community
  • You'll also take a course which focuses on a series of seminal theoretical readings that relate directly to architecture and the city.
Facilities You'll be based in one of the UK’s leading Schools of Architecture. We aim to provide a lively design studio culture across our professional courses making the School a thriving and creative place to be. Our well-equipped workshop includes some of the latest digital and biological manufacturing tools. The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape has excellent studio teaching facilities. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, access to our facilities may be limited to allow social distancing and follow government guidance. Our facilities include:
  • lively design studios
  • exhibition spaces
  • well-equipped workshop including the latest digital manufacturing technology
  • wet fabrication lab including 3D printers
  • molecular biology lab (one of the first in the world to be administered by a school of architecture)
  • print media suite
  • IT suites.
Find out more about the School facilities, including virtual tours of some teaching spaces.

Course details


How to apply

International applicants

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.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in an appropriate discipline. You also need to submit a portfolio. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with a 2:2 honours degree, or nonstandard qualifications, who can demonstrate a high level of design ability and relevant knowledge from work experience. Architecture and Cities pathway only: Progression to year two of the course is determined by an interview with the Degree Programme Director of the MArch and Degree Programme Director of Architecture and Cities (two year programme). Progression to year two is normally dependent on achieving a mark of 60% or higher in the Specialist Studio module. To study this course you need to meet our Band 3 English Language Requirements. Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).


Fees and funding

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Advanced Architectural Design at Newcastle University - UCAS