Master of Architecture

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Have you completed your undergraduate degree in architecture, perhaps taken some time to explore international architecture and are now ready to complete your education to become a fully accredited, practising architect?

The University of Newcastle offers a well established and successful program founded on the principle that practice makes perfect. The Master of Architecture focuses on real life challenges faced by practicing architects whilst building upon your existing theoretical foundations.

Highly regarded within the architecture industry the program is ideally undertaken full-time over two years. Its high intake of international students further encourages students to discover and embrace the diversity of international design, whilst being provided with the practical skills and knowledge to emerge with the best qualifications when seeking registration as a practising architect. You will be armed with life experiences and a healthy dose of practical, collaborative and hands on knowledge to take on architectural challenges.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your fully accredited Master of Architecture at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of Architecture is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

Conceived around team-oriented principles which are fostered within a professional architecture working environment, the University of Newcastle’s Master of Architecture will prepare you for your career as a professional architect.

Completed over two years full-time, the school’s design studio offers a strong creative and learning environment where you will engage in real life projects designed to extend your practical knowledge and skills. You will learn the architectural skills applicable to the creative challenges met by working architects today.

You will require dedication and commitment as you complete this challenging yet highly rewarding advanced qualification. In the end you will be recognised for registration by the:

  • State Boards of Architects
  • Architects Accreditation Council of Australia
  • Royal Australian Institute of Architects
  • Royal Institute of British Architects.

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

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'Study' tab.


The University of Newcastle’s Master of Architecture has been carefully structured to ensure you receive the most relevant education, preparing you to be a highly competent architect.

Comprised entirely of compulsory coursework, you will explore design research in detail which will foster your creative problem solving skills.

You will develop your understanding of key concepts associated with the construction of high rise buildings, learn the key concepts and processes associated with academic research activities within the built environment and discover and learn to manage the many issues associated with architecture and urbanisation.

In your final year, you will focus on the practical execution of your individually selected architectural design project , with courses in construction ecology, architectural management and practice and design.

The Master of Architecture offers a highly relevant advanced education, to best prepare you for your career as a highly competent architect.

To find out more about where the Master of Architecture can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.


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

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

Whichever path you choose, you will have the opportunity to contribute professionally to the future of cities, the natural landscape and society.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Master of Architecture read the ‘Details’ tab.

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