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Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.2 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (22 Feb 2021), Semester 2 (19 Jul 2021)No intake in 2021Semester 1 (22 Feb 2021), Semester 2 (19 Jul 2021)No intake in 2021
FeesCommonwealth supported places are available.
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English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.5, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
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Program Code12060

Study Architecture

Quietly change the world.

Architecture at the University of Newcastle is different. We believe in the third space. We look for grey where there is only black and white. We’re about people. We use architecture and bold ideas to create social change. The City of Newcastle is on the cusp of total transformation, making it a unique centre for innovative design practice.

Our students work on live projects that solve real design problems, working side-by-side with communities on an international scale. These projects culminate in spectacular public exhibitions, giving students the opportunity to showcase their work to industry and the local community. The University of Newcastle's architecture design studio is also like no other. An incredibly close-knit and supportive community, students have their own personal-work-station. It’s where inspiration and creativity thrives.

Why study with us?

  • Study with Australia’s top research institute for architecture – the University of Newcastle named Australia’s top research institute for architecture (The Australian’s 2019 Research magazine)
  • Studio-based learning - complete the most studio-based Master of Architecture degree in Australia.
  • 24-hour studio access - join a supportive student community and inhabit your own space in some of Australia's finest 24-hour access architecture studios.
  • We produce high quality, award winning graduates such as 2018 NSW Graduate Medal winner, Andrew Hannah-Davies.
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World Top 150 ? for Architecture and the Built Environment
No. 1 ? in NSW for skills development, median salary and student support (Architecture)
96.2% Employed ? within four months of graduation

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What you will study

Keeping pace with progressive architecture schools around the world, from 2017 UON’s Master of Architecture will be studio-based; dedicated to projects that allow for engaged, integrated and applied forms of architectural practice. You’ll spend more time in the studio than you would at any other University in NSW.

To reflect the diverse forms of practice architects are now engaged in through their working lives, our program is designed to help you become the architect you want to be. You will participate in a range of projects, both guided and self-directed.

During each Architecture Studio course you will explore the core information and resources that explain the conditions of the project as site, landscape and place; the technical information required for its development, detail and resolution; together with the historical and theoretical knowledge that underpins architectural design.

You will have the opportunity to engage in live projects with NSW Urban Growth and local government; understand and work within the real architectural projects of our cities and regions.

The Studio provides the learning environment where the design process and the proposition are discussed with your teachers; academics, architects, experts, consultants and stakeholders.

You’ll have the creative freedom to determine how you respond to the challenges of each studio project. Working on architectural projects that you shape yourself puts you in control of your own portfolio, and your career that follows.

There are now two opportunities to undertake elective courses within the program. You can broaden your skills and knowledge, take the opportunity to undertake a study tour, or get involved in working laboratories and other forms of practice-based research.

Our Open Lecture Series showcases a wide range of projects, global trends and practice styles from local, national and international industry experts within the Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design, and Construction Management professions.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Archilife Find out more about architecture life at UON

Career

Career opportunities

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Architecture is well regarded by industry for its emphasis on preparing students for the working reality of practicing architecture.

Providing you with a range of architectural skills and knowledge, upon successful completion of this advanced program you can look forward to a diverse range of career opportunities in areas including:

  • private and commercial practice
  • research
  • construction
  • project management
  • property development
  • town planning
  • infrastructure planning
  • overseas aid

Professional and international recognition

The Master of Architecture is recognised for registration by the Australian Institute of Architects, the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, state Architects Boards (in NSW, the NSW Architects Registration Board), the Board of Architects Malaysia and the Royal Institute of British Architects. This program, along with a minimum of two years professional experience and subject to passing a professional practice exam conducted by the relevant State Architects Board, leads to registration as an architect.

How to apply

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

Admission to this program is available via the direct application to UON

PLEASE NOTE THAT COMMONWEALTH SUPPORTED PLACES ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT THE SYDNEY CAMPUS. Only domestic full-fee paying and international students will be eligible to apply for admission to the program at the Sydney campus.

Applicants must have successfully completed a Bachelor of Design (Architecture) program, or approved equivalent in order to apply for entry.

Mid-year entry is now available in this program.

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

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