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Program Code 12060
Graduate Level Postgraduate
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 062019J
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Face to Face on campus
Program Enrolment Checklist
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Further Information

Transition Arrangements

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PLEASE NOTE: This program is AQF level 9 Masters (Coursework) compliant from 2015.

The School of Architecture and Built Environment has developed an innovative approach to architectural education. From the beginning of the program, students work on projects that reflect real design problems met by architects in practice and use them to develop the knowledge and competence required of a graduate entering the profession. Working usually in small groups with tutors, as in a design office, students learn to creatively integrate the contributions of various disciplines to the effective practice of architecture. The basic building needs of work, home and public life from the themes of design problems covered in the program. The Architecture design studio provides students with personal-work-stations and computer network connections to allow participation in the synergy of a shared learning experience.

Why study with us?

The Master of Architecture degree is a two year full-time (or equivalent part-time) program. The Master of Architecture can only be undertaken following the successful completion of the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) program or equivalent, if registration as an Architect and the practice of Architecture is desired.

The Master of Architecture is fully accredited. Please refer to the Professional Accreditation section for further detail. The program has regularly received high commendation from professional accreditation bodies.

The program welcomes and benefits from the presence of a high percentage of International Students. The University of Newcastle is ideally located in Australia’s largest regional city, enjoying a beautiful environment and relaxed lifestyle. A very comprehensive range of cultural, sporting, educational and recreational activities are enhanced by easy access to Sydney.

Students wishing to study part-time in the Master of Architecture program are strongly advised to consult the Program Convenor.

Career Opportunities

There is a diverse range of career opportunities for architecture graduates. As well as a career in private architectural practice, opportunities that may require further study include careers in town planning, construction, project management, property development, overseas aid, infrastructure planning, research, journalism, criticism, restoration and conservation.

The program has an excellent record of preparing students for employment, with graduates continually sought by architecture practices within Australia and internationally.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When lodging an application for this program please quote the relevant code: For Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) - 927250 For Full Fee Paying Place - 927251

Please visit for information on how to gain entry.

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

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) or approved equivalent.

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to a new program go to and click on How to apply for credit.

Practical Experience

Students are encouraged to take a break of at least one year between the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) and the Master of Architecture in order to travel and/or gain experience in architect practices in Australia and overseas.

Professional Accreditation

The Master of Architecture is recognised for registration by the State Boards of Architects, the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, the Royal Australian Institute of Architects 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 State Board of Architects, leads to registration as an architect.

These qualifications are internationally recognised and reciprocal arrangements exit with many countries.

International Students

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle’s English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a visual impairment may experience difficulty in pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student to contact the Program Convenor to discuss the issue.

Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester commences. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and Faculty staff will work together to ensure adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

NB: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the program and courses they undertake. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. Please visit for more information.

Additional Information

Delivery of this program is offered in alternating patterns, with lectures, studios and laboratories.

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

Requirements and Structure

The program requires the completion of 160 units.

Transition Arrangements

As programs are regularly reviewed and updated, some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, which may require transition arrangements.

Students affected by changes to their program are advised to review any documentation contained in the “Further Information” section (located towards the top of this Handbook page), in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Convenor or Student Hub.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
ARBE4102 Construction Technology and Services Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
ARBE4121A Research in the Built Environment A Semester 1 - 2015 (BCA)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
ARBE4121B Research in the Built Environment B Semester 2 - 2015 (BCA)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (DIST_CAL)
20 units
ARBE6220 Architectural Design 4A Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 20 units
ARBE6221 Architectural Design 4B Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 20 units
ARBE4101 Construction Ecology 3 Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
ARBE6201 Architectural Management Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
ARBE6202 Architectural Practice Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
ARBE6222 Architectural Design 5A Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 20 units
ARBE6230 Architectural Design 5B Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 30 units
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