Our Architecture BA Honours degree is your first step towards qualification as a professional architect.
It is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and provides exemption from the RIBA Part I examination.
This design-based degree provides you with the opportunity to develop your design ideas.
We encourage you to develop your own style, while providing you with the knowledge to understand the implications of your design decisions.
We also offer all other qualifications required to become an architect, meaning you can complete your full training in Newcastle.
Study at a UK top 5 university for architecture in all major league tables, and enjoy our city centre location and fascinating local architecture.
Explore architectural design in another country with a European study visit.
Newcastle is ranked 7th in the UK for architecture in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015.
We also achieved an impressive 90% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2014.
Successful completion of this degree satisfies ARB requirements and provides exemption from the RIBA Part 1. This is the first step towards qualifying as an architect.
Following on from this degree, Newcastle University offers further professional qualifications that give unconditional exemption from the RIBA and ARB examinations, taking you to qualification as a registered architect. This means you would not need to change institutions if you choose to continue your architectural education.
See The Route to becoming a Registered Architect below.
You will work with and learn from leading professionals, who will teach you how to think, not what to think.
You are introduced to the design process through a series of study visits and design projects, gradually developing your architectural thinking, skills and knowledge.
These projects increase in complexity during the degree, giving you the opportunity to showcase your growing skills.
During the degree, you will:
You also visit another European city in Stage 2 to explore and record architectural design in another country.
We offer excellent facilities to support your studies including:
As an architecture student at Newcastle, you will join one of the largest and most dynamic Schools of its kind in Europe.
We are one of the few academic schools in the UK focusing exclusively on the built environment. Our expertise spans architecture, planning, urban design, digital architecture, urban conservation and landscape architecture, bringing breadth and depth to your study programme.
The Architecture Building is located in the Quadrangle, the oldest part of the University campus. Here you will be part of a relatively small student cohort, creating a real sense of community.
Visit the School website to take a virtual tour of architecture facilities at Newcastle University.
Newcastle provides the ultimate case study for our students. The rise and decline of heavy industry, combined with Newcastle’s recent cultural renaissance, have left an architectural legacy that few UK cities can rival.
This constantly evolving city is on your doorstep and we take advantage of our location with a series of study visits to introduce you to the design process.
Completing our Architecture BA Honours degree is the first step towards qualifying as an architect. Newcastle University also offers further professional architecture courses, which give unconditional exemption from the RIBA and ARB examinations and take you to qualification as a Registered Architect.
The Certificate in Architectural Practice (CAP) is a one-year programme that involves several short courses at the University and self-study assignments during the year, which students complete while spending a year in practice working as an architectural assistant either in Britain or abroad. For more information about the CAP, including entrance requirements, visit the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape’s website.
Completion of this course leads to the degree of Master of Architecture and gives exemption from the RIBA Part II examination. It is based on project work that focuses on culturally and technologically complex public buildings. You also develop a design thesis, often building on your practice experiences. Professional practice and management are integrated into the programme, preparing you for the final phase of professional training. There are study opportunities with European universities, the National University of Singapore, and the University of Sydney in Australia.
This is the final qualification for entry into the profession as an ARB-Registered Architect and for membership of the RIBA. It covers professional and business aspects of work, and is taken part time while you work as an architectural assistant.
The course is interesting, engaging and hard but incredibly rewarding work. There is a great sense of community in the architecture school which makes studying really very enjoyable.