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Master of Architecture

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At UON, we not only teach the art, technology, philosophy and business of architecture, we challenge our students to think laterally and explore their potential as agents for change. UON architects don’t just design and shape the physical spaces of our cities and buildings; they use architecture to stimulate the places where we live and work, find social justice, engage the community and improve our world.

Once a heavy industry hub, Newcastle is shifting into a creative innovation centre, offering a unique space for resourceful, transformative architectural practice. Through live projects in our city and beyond, you’ll develop design principles that emphasise social, economic and environmental sustainability. You’ll invest time in developing a deep understanding of each site you work on. You will be become a consultative problem solver, remaining engaged with our challenging future, learning how to develop human and purposeful architecture.

Why study with us?

  • Be mentored by six AIA gold-medal winning professors in practice who will teach you to push the boundaries
  • Join a supportive student community and inhabit your own space in our 24-hour access studios
  • Study in a school that’s top 50 in the world for architecture and built environment
  • Complete the most studio-based Master of Architecture degree in Australia

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The average course and programs costs listed on this page are the tuition costs for full fee paying students. Students with a graduate Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) pay a contribution towards the cost of their postgraduate education. The Australian Government pays the balance of the tuition costs.

Details of student contributions for CSP are provided by the University of Newcastle Students Financials and Scholarships unit.

Please note that Commonwealth Supported Places are not available to students studying at the Sydney campus.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary

Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Tuition Fees

Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

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Commonwealth Supported Places are available in this program.

Number of Courses

Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.


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International Student Program and Fee Summary

Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Tuition Fees

Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

Please click here to view the indicative one year program fees.

Number of Courses

Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.



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What's New in 2018

Keeping pace with progressive architecture schools around the world, in 2018, UON’s Master of Architecture will be studio-based; dedicated to projects that allow for the 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, we’ve renewed our program to offer you greater flexibility to become the architect you want to be. You will select, initiate and direct your own live and research-based architectural projects.  

The Architecture Studio

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.  

Professional Practice Courses

The important architectural management and architectural practice courses provide core and responsive knowledge about becoming a professional Architect. You will then demonstrate and apply that knowledge within your Architecture Studio projects.


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.

Mid-year entry

The changes to the structure of the Master of Architecture also provide more flexibility for students and enable mid-year entry into the degree. 

Master of Architecture 2017 Program Schedule

The structure outlined above applies to students commencing the program in 2017. Students who commenced studies in 2016 or earlier will be contacted with individual enrolment advice to ensure a smooth transition into the new program structure. For more information, please contact your Program Advisor at

Facilities and Community

Students who come into the Masters with an undergraduate degree from elsewhere in Australia or from overseas are often amazed at the studio environment here at Newcastle. Our facilities are considered to be the finest in the country. 

Our Masters students have a substantial allocation of studio space which they can access 24-hours a day, settle into and make their own. 

They also have access to state-of-the-art facilities to realise their design projects. The School has invested in the latest prototyping technologies including 3D Printers, a 10-tool CNC router, a fully-automated vacuum former and a large-format laser cutter.

These spaces and generous facilities foster creative freedom and help build a strong, non-competitive community, encouraging our students to support each other and provide peer-to-peer feedback. See more of our student community by following us on Instagram @uonarch.


Newcastle architecture students have access to the best design minds in the country including six leading Australian architects in residence; Lawrence Nield, Kerry Clare and Lindsay Clare, Peter Stutchbury, Richard Leplastrier and Brit Andresen.

These six AIA Gold Medal-winning Professors, two of which are also International Fellows of the Royal Institute of British Architects, are fully involved in design teaching at all levels in the School.

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.

Public Exhibitions

Our architecture degrees culminate in spectacular public exhibitions, giving students the opportunity to showcase their work to industry and the local community. You can view photos of these exhibitions on the UON Architecture Facebook page. Our Masters students have a second annual exhibition in Sydney, held for the past few years at Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay. This event has a reputation in the industry for being Sydney’s most exciting graduate architecture exhibition. Visit the Master of Architecture student website for a full archive of student work.

Award winning graduates

When you study at UON, you will be joining a highly successful student community. UON Masters graduate Andrew Donaldson was awarded the prestigious 2016 Blacket Prize and Small Project Architecture Award at the AIA 2016 NSW Architecture Awards for his firm’s refurbishment of UON's Watt Space gallery.

At the 2016 NSW Graduate and Student Architecture Awards, a special High Commendation went to graduate, Cameron White for his Masters project, Tocal Apiary. Cameron also won the opportunity to travel with award-winning architect Rafiq Azam to see the works of legendary architects such as Louis Kahn, Paul Rudolf and Mazharul Islam in Bangladesh.

Also, in 2014 Sacha Parkinson won the NSW Architects Registration Board Architects Medallion for her impressive portfolio of projects completed during her Masters degree at UON. 

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

On completion of the Master of Architecture you will be recognised for registration by the:

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

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

This international recognition is supported by University’s own reputation in the field. In 2016 the QS World University Subject Rankings ranked the University of Newcastle's (UON) School of Architecture and Built Environment discipline in the world’s top 50.

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


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Courses and Details

Program Code 12060
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
  • Sydney Elizabeth Street
CRICOS Code 062019J
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Face to Face
Program Plans
Additional Documents


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.

Admission Requirements

Direct admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students via the GradSchool website. 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 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.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

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.

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 “Additional Information” section (located towards the top of this page), in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Convenor or Student Hub.

Requirements and Structure

The program requires the completion of 160 units, 140 of which are core courses, 10 units are directed courses and 10 units are electives.

Important information for students undertaking the program in Sydney:

Assessment of student work varies between courses but usually involves students presenting project material to a critique panel for feedback and assessment. For students undertaking the program in Sydney, the major assessment item at the end of each course will take place at Callaghan Campus (Newcastle). It is important for moderation, and the reflective student learning experience, that all students present to all other students in the course and to the same critique panel for assessment. Please ensure you are able to meet the requirement to travel to Callaghan Campus before enrolling in this program.

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
ARBE6201 Architectural Management Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
ARBE6202 Architectural Practice Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
ARBE6231 Architecture Studio 7 Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
30 units
ARBE6232 Architecture Studio 8 Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
30 units
ARBE6233 Architecture Studio 9 Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
30 units
ARBE6234 Architecture Studio 10 Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
30 units

Directed Course

Choose 10 units from the following directed course list..

Code Name Availability Units
ARBE3225 Architecture Studio Project 3 Summer 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Summer 3 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Trimester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Winter - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2018 (Callaghan)
10 units
ARBE3308 Building Information Modelling (BIM) Semester 1 - 2018 (BCA)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
ARBE4302 Disaster Management and Resilience in the Built Environment Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (DIST_CAL)
10 units


Choose 10 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.

Additional Information

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

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.

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

Learning Outcomes

  • To demonstrate an understanding of contemporary architectural scholarship, research and practice
  • To have the core knowledge to proceed to become a registered architect in Australia
  • To apply knowledge for the architectural design of complex building types within urban and natural environments
  • To value cultural differences and appreciate their impact on architectural practice
  • To recognize the social, historical and environmental context of architectural practice
  • To communicate appropriately and sensitively with professional colleagues and the public

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.

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 the new program, visit the University’s credit website and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional Support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online

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.

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 unless they can complete both their principal program and the Diploma in Languages within the duration of their CoE. For more information please contact the Student Advice team.

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