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Architectural education at the University of Newcastle is different. We not only teach the art, science, business and philosophy of architecture, we also help our architecture graduates realise their potential as agents for social change.

Newcastle is in the midst of an exciting transformation. Once a heavy industry, coal-export hub, it is shifting into a knowledge and creative innovation centre, offering a unique context for community-engaged architectural education and practice.

Through live projects in our city and beyond, our students develop design principles that emphasise social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Now a national grass-roots movement for urban revitalisation, Renew Australia began in Newcastle where it continues to stimulate community rejuvenation, economic development and the arts. Our architecture students engage with Renew through hands-on projects and public exhibitions.

UON students also collaborate with organisations like Healthabitat, improving the housing and health of disadvantaged people, in remote Australia and developing countries such as Nepal, PNG and Bangladesh.

Drawing on these experiences, our students become confident, consultative problem solvers with exceptional communication skills. They learn to develop design solutions that are pragmatic and humanistic, rather than grandiose.

If you see yourself effecting positive change through architecture, then Newcastle is the place for you.

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. Take a look at our Masters students' blog to gain insight into their experience.


Newcastle architecture students have access to the best design minds in the country including five leading Australian architects in residence; Lawrence Nield, Kerry Clare and Lindsay Clare, Peter Stutchbury and Richard Leplastrier. These five AIA Gold Medal-winning Professors are fully involved in design teaching and act as specialist mentors for students.

Our Open Lecture Series brings other national and international leaders in the field to share their latest projects and ideas with our students.

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 places are provided by the University of Newcastle Students Financials and Scholarships unit.

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.

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  • 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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Number of Courses

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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, you will engage in real life projects designed to extend your practical knowledge and skills. 

The majority of the Masters program is focused on architectural design studio courses, supplemented by studies in construction technology and services, research, construction ecology, and architectural management and practice.

Public Exhibitions

Our architecture degrees culminate in spectacular public exhibitions showcasing students' work to the professional community. In 2014, Newcastle’s often overlooked King Street car-park was remade for [un]made, a one-of-a-kind public architecture show displaying student visions of the city. You can view photos of this exhibition on the University of Newcastle 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.

Award winning graduates

In the past four years, our graduates have received six NSW RAIA design medals and commendations. Take a look at our student's work and you'll understand why. We also received both commendations in the Australian Bluescope Glenn Murcutt prize with four of the 13 students selected to be part of the competitive 2014 Architecture Student Biennale traveling exhibition.

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 practising 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 commerical 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
  • Royal 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 2015 the QS World University Subject Rankings ranked the University of Newcastle's (UON) School of Architecture and Built Environment discipline at number 40 in the world.

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


Courses and Details

Program Code 12060
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 062019J
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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

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

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

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language 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 at

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.

Course Information

Core Courses

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

Code Name Availability Units
ARBE4102 Construction Technology and Services Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
ARBE4121A Research in the Built Environment A Semester 1 - 2016 (BCA)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
ARBE4121B Research in the Built Environment B Semester 2 - 2016 (BCA)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
20 units
ARBE6220 Architectural Design 4A Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 20 units
ARBE6221 Architectural Design 4B Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 20 units
ARBE4101 Construction Ecology 3 Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (DIST_CAL)
10 units
ARBE6201 Architectural Management Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
ARBE6202 Architectural Practice Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
ARBE6222 Architectural Design 5A Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 20 units
ARBE6230 Architectural Design 5B Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 30 units

Additional Information

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.

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

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.

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.

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, go to 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 to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided 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. Please visit for more information.

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 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

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