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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 (20 Feb 2023), Semester 2 (17 Jul 2023), Semester 1 (20 Feb 2023), Semester 2 (17 Jul 2023),
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. Our program is grounded and future-focused, shaping students who care for Country, who are motivated by social and ecological issues, and who explore their potential as agents for change.

Our students develop a broad range of skills actively through design projects. In our applied learning framework, you will spend most of your time—more than other NSW programs—in studio, with options for undertaking an array of briefs as well as exciting, special elective projects. We are committed to developing the best learning experience for our unique student cohort and working collectively to create a vibrant and engaged design community that centres on our Architectural Design Studio, Workshop, and Makerspace.

We are focused on creating inquisitive, agile, and skilled graduates, confident to play key roles in transforming the architectural field you will enter. To reflect the diverse forms of practice architects are now engaged in, 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, with the option to pursue a year-long, final project of your own conception.

Why study with us?

  • Studio-based learning – complete the most studio-based Master of Architecture degree in Australia.
  • 24-hour studio access – inhabit your own space in some of Australia's finest 24-hour access architecture studios.
  • Built-in flexibility – with student led coursework, self-directed studio groups, and the ability to start and finish your programs mid-year.
  • Learn from global leaders in the field – with regular presentations from visiting architects and experts.
  • 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)
  • We produce high quality, award winning graduates – such as Paris Perry (MADE by the Opera House scholarship winner) and Tualagi Nokise (2022 Architects Medallion winner)
  • Join a supportive community – of staff and students keen to help you succeed.

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World Top 150 ? for Architecture and the Built Environment
Ranked 3 in Australia ? for overall student satisfaction
88.5% employed ? full time within four months of graduating

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What you will study

Keeping pace with progressive architecture schools around the world, the University of Newcastle's Master of Architecture is 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.

Check out the spaces you'll have access to while you study with us!

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.


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:

  • Architectural practice
  • Advocacy and community work
  • Government and non-government agencies
  • Research
  • Construction
  • Project management
  • Property development
  • Town planning
  • Infrastructure planning
  • Overseas aid

Career examples include:

  • Architect
  • Construction Manager
  • Infrastructure Planner
  • Overseas Aid Worker
  • Private and Commercial Practice
  • Project Manager
  • Property Developer
  • Researcher
  • Town Planner

Professional 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.

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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.

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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.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0

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The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.