Northumbria University Newcastle - Architecture MArch

Northumbria University Newcastle

Architecture MArch

The MArch is designed to equip you with the skills you need to succeed in your chosen career. The architecture programmes at Northumbria are all framed in relation to a common ethos and approach.

Our Ethos

Contextual Awareness: The exploration and importance of place, reading the context and being responsive to site as a precursor to change and adaptation.

Environmental Literacy: In response to the climate emergency, environmental literacy will be embedded in every module assignment and assessment.

Our Approach:

Design Led: Creativity is central to architectural practice and is developed through studio practice as a research method.

Authentic Learning: Projects will engage with real-world issues, learning through doing, and working beyond the confines of the institution.

Constructive Alignment: Connecting strands of knowledge to form an integrated approach to the subject and developing holistic architectural propositions.


Prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part 2 level for the purpose of registration in the UK. Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 2 level for the purpose of eligibility for membership of the RIBA.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry:

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2.ii honours degree in architecture from an RIBA validated / ARB accredited school of architecture, or equivalent. A minimum of three months post-Part 1 experience in an architecture practice is preferred, but applications are considered on an individual basis, particularly where transferrable skills and applicable knowledge can be demonstrated.

Applicants are required to submit a digital portfolio with their application.

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

Studying architecture provides a broad background knowledge in the liberal arts and transferable skills including design and communication via a comprehensive mix of manual and digital methods; self-reflection and intrinsic motivation; analytical and critical thinking; and awareness of social justice and environmental responsibility. These attributes then allow architecture graduates to choose to be a ‘general practitioner’ or to specialise within the profession of architecture or to diversify into other areas.

The MArch course fulfils the ARB/RIBA Part II requirements for professional accreditation and will enable you to develop the higher level skills of design and research needed to support self-directed architectural design projects, and to shape your future career.

Course Details

Design practice is at the core of all of our architecture programmes. Design is the means by which we can understand, speculate about, and then enact a change in the material world.

The Master of Architecture (MArch) programme is structured in two, inter-related strands:

  • Design (practice and research)
  • Theory (research and critical practice)

In the MArch design modules comprise 50% of year one and 75% of year two (the ‘design thesis’). Students are expected to demonstrate their increasing independence, self-reflection and criticality as they proceed through the course, while also contributing to dialogue about individual projects and the evolution of their position and approach to real-world concerns.

Year One

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
Design Project 1: Experimentation (30 Credits)
Design Project 2: Speculation (30 Credits)
Architectural Research Methods (30 Credits)
Practice Management and Law (30 Credits)

Year Two

Design Project 3: Analysis and Proposal (40 Credits)
Design Project 4 - Realisation (50 Credits)
Student Selected Investigation (30 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

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