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.

The post-industrial city of Newcastle and the broader Hunter Region are undergoing massive change. Our place provides a local lens through which we can examine global issues such as urbanisation, the state of regional towns and cities, ecological architectures, rising seas and chaotic weather events, the future of port cities, housing crises, and the architectures of resource transition. You will engage with design problems and challenges, considering scenarios past, present and future, learning to develop architectural processes and propositions that consider ecologies and environments for the benefit of human and non-human users.

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 - join a supportive student community and inhabit your own space in some of Australia's finest 24-hour access architecture studios.
  • 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 2018 NSW Graduate Medal winner, Andrew Hannah-Davies.
  • Ranked 3 in Australia by our postgraduate Architecture and Building students for overall satisfaction. *

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World Top 150 ? for Architecture and the Built Environment
$90,000 median salary ? above national average
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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.

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

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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

Career examples include:

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

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

Applying for Master of Architecture

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

You can look at Uni prep for options to brush up on knowledge before you start.

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