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Prepare for your Masters in Architecture at Newcastle University

A pre-master's course specially designed to prepare students for architecture-related degrees.

Why apply for the graduate diploma programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • a quality-assured university programme
  • full university status
  • a conditional offer of a place on a designated postgraduate degree at Newcastle University
  • a campus-based programme with access to university facilities
  • active learning in your subject areas with guidance on appropriate study methods
  • a highly supportive study environment

Course length: 3 terms (9 months)

When can I start?

September 2015 start (3 term)

  • Term 1: Mon 21 Sep 2015 to Fri 11 Dec 2015
  • Term 2: Mon 04 Jan 2016 to Fri 18 Mar 2016
  • Term 3: Mon 04 Apr 2016 to Fri 10 Jun 2016
  • £17,500

January 2016 start (3 term)

  • Term 1: Mon 04 Jan 2016 to Fri 18 Mar 2016
  • Term 2: Mon 04 Apr 2016 to Fri 10 Jun 2016
  • Term 3: Mon 13 Jun 2016 to Fri 02 Sep 2016
  • £17,500

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline We're happy to accept students right up to when our courses begin, as long as there are places available
Tuition fee
  • GBP 17500 per year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.


Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee - an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)
  • text books - an additional charge in the region of £190 per academic course (3 terms), £250 per academic course (4 terms)
  • lab fee - an additional £375 per year fee to cover the use of laboratory facilities (only applicable to science-based courses)
Start date
Duration full-time 9 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

You will study the following modules:

Architecture 1
  • This module is designed to develop your architectural knowledge and practical skills, and to familiarise you with particular socio- economic and environmental developments in Britain and Europe. Research and critical analysis of these developments will enhance your understanding of the context of architecture and its complexity.
Architecture 2
  • This module consolidates your existingknowledge and capabilities by giving youthe opportunity to demonstrate your skills through complex projects. Specific lectures, field trips and research exercises will increase your understanding and enable you to develop an interdisciplinary holistic approach towards architecture and urban planning. You will develop and formulate your own programmatic framework and present your proposals to professional guest critics.
English for Academic Purposes
  • This module is designed to help you develop your skills and confidence in reading techniques and academic writing styles. The module covers the organisation of ideas, the planning, revising and editing of written work, integrating the ideas of others into your work using both citation and referencing, as well as how to use dictionaries, thesauri and other study aids to assist with appropriate vocabulary choices.
Study and Research Skills
  • This module is designed to help you develop university-level study skills in making notes from academic texts, organising lecture notes and interpreting data. You will also gain teamwork, problem-solving, time management and examination skills, as well as develop competence in core ICT skills
UK Institutions and Culture
  • This module will enable you to understand the country in which you are living and studying by looking topics such as government and politics in the UK, Britain and the European Union, legal institutions, geography and sociology of the UK and the North East, business in the UK, culture and the UK education system.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments will be formal and informal, designed to help students building on their successes and to meet requirements for entry into postgraduate study. Assessments in Architecture will be based on studio-tasks for a design and research portfolio and graphical and oral project presentations. Assessments of English language and communication skills will be based on written assignments, oral presentations, interviews, and written examinations.

Academic assessment

Assessment of academic modules will be based on:

  • Architecture portfolio
  • Design project
  • Written assignments
  • Group project work
  • Oral presentations
  • Written examinations

Research assessment

Assessment of the research component will be based on the final written version of a research project.


If you successfully complete the relevant Graduate Diploma programme at INTO Newcastle University, and meet the required scores for entry to your selected degree programme, you will be guaranteed entry onto designated postgraduate degree programmes at Newcastle University. You will also be able to apply to other universities in the UK.

In order to successfully progress onto your chosen postgraduate degree programme at the School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape of Newcastle University, you will need to achieve:

  • A minimum of 65 per cent (IELTS 6.5) in English for Academic Purposes
  • An average mark of 60 per cent overall the architecture modules
  • And no less than 50 per cent in any other academic module

To achieve a pass in the Graduate Diploma in Architecture you will need to achieve at least an average mark of 40 per cent in the architecture modules, 40 per cent in your academic modules, and 60 per cent in the EAP module.


The Graduate Diploma is suitable for international students who gained an undergraduate degree in architecture or any other relevant architecture related subject and are in need to upgrade qualifications to UK postgraduate standard. The Graduate Diploma is also suitable for those who want to increase or deepen their subject knowledge or those who need to improve their English language study skills within the context of their chosen subject.

English Language Requirements


IMPORTANT NOTE: The UK government confirmed new requirements for secure English language testing for visa and immigration purposes. Learn more


Academic requirements:

  • Pass in an undergraduate degree (as approved by INTO Newcastle University)
  • Diploma (3-5 years) with good grades (as approved by Newcastle University)

For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us.

Portfolio requirements

You will be expected to provide a portfolio as part of your application. Your portfolio should demonstrate a variety of architecture related core skills and abilities, such as sketching, drawing, model making and graphical presentation, use of electronic tools such as CAD and Photoshop on a solid graduate standard.

Furthermore your work should give evidence of good academic and intellectual skills such as critical analysis and methodical research.

Your portfolio should include recent creative work, whether personal, academic or professional. Consider which work will represent you best. Particularly important are design development and analytical processes.

View the Graduate Diploma in Architecture portfolio guidelines.

Portfolio review takes place only at key times during the year.

You should also include a separate curriculum vitae (CV), which details your qualifications, any previous work experience or employment and your professional ambitions for the future.

English requirements:

Minimum of IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or an equivalent score.

We can also accept Pearson (PTE). Please contact us for further details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for English for University Study.


17 years and above

All students commencing courses on a published September start date must be 17 years old by 31st December of that calendar year. For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old on the published start date of the course

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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Newcastle University, United Kingdom

United Kingdom From its origins as a School of Medicine and Surgery in 1834, Newcastle University today offers a first-class student experience in the heart of Britainís number one student city. Newcastle is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities. Ranked among the best in the world by the most recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Newcastle University is in its global top 150, while The Sunday Times University Guide 2012 placed us in 12th position in the UK.

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