APL Banner

Study With Us

Find out everything you need to know about our range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. There are opportunities to visit us and see our facilities for yourself.

You can read through the handbook for each degree programme, find out more about graduate destinations and careers after your study, or read our graduate profiles to discover what our graduates are doing now.

Why Study Architecture or Urban Planning at Newcastle?

The School is ranked fifth for Architecture and fourth for Planning in the UK Complete University Guide Rankings.

The School is graded 4th for both research intensity and research power.

Newcastle is a fantastic place to study architecture and town planning. Our lively city has one of the most thriving UK arts scenes outside London, with bigger galleries like the Baltic and music venues like the Sage alongside younger, edgier and more experimental arts, theatre and music. The Baltic (converted by Ellis Williams Architects) and the Sage (by Foster + Partners) are among the many new, notable contemporary buildings in the city. The topography of the Quayside, with the dramatic high and low level bridges across the Tyne, is complemented by traces of the city's medieval fabric around the castle, the Georgian grandeur of Grey Street and a curious - but fascinating - layer of 1960s architecture and infrastructure. There are plenty of good sites for projects in the city and lots of sources for ideas.

Reasons to study Architecture at Newcastle

  • Begin your professional training
    Take the first step towards qualification as a registered architect through our Architecture degree, which provides exemption from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part I examination. We also offer the qualifications to take you right through to registered architect status.
  • Explore ‘alternative practice’ in architecture
    Gain an appreciation of radical practice ideals and of the community and social impact of architecture through our new Architecture and Urban Planning degree. Potential transfer to the BA Architecture programme is possible at the end of Stage 1.
  • Develop your own design style
    Follow your own design ideas, rather than a set house style. We will teach you how to think, not what to think. We also give you freedom and encouragement to experiment and make your own architectural design decisions.
  • Learn from the professionals
    Work with and learn from leading professionals both in the studio and at our extracurricular events. Our dedicated team of professional tutors join the studio from practice all over the UK, and the world, giving you advice and guidance on your design ideas. Our ‘Conversations with Practice’ lecture series invites leading practitioners to inspire you directly with talks about their own career paths and design journeys.
  • Enjoy 24/7 access to outstanding facilities
    Learn in a state-of-the-art working environment, with fantastic IT and CAD facilities, and a fully staffed model-making workshop equipped with a range of cutting-edge machinery. Each year-group has their own dedicated design studio open 24/7, which encourages a strong sense of community and allows you to support each other through the architectural learning process.
  • Enjoy a breadth of expertise
    Join 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.
  • Study beyond the region and the UK
    Join a School with a strong international outlook. There are opportunities for both UK and European field trips during your BA degree, allowing you to compare architectural styles and solutions in a range of environments and cultures. If you stay with us to complete your architectural education, further study abroad opportunities are available in many European universities and further afield, for example Australia and Singapore.

Reasons to study Urban Planning at Newcastle

  • Gain a professionally accredited qualification
    Graduate with an accredited degree, which satisfies the standards set by the planning profession. Our Urban Planning BA and MPlan degrees are professionally
    accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), taking you towards qualification as a chartered town planner.
  • Enjoy time to decide where your career interests lie
    Take advantage of a shared study programme between the Urban Planning BA and MPlan degrees for the first three years. This gives you time to decide whether you want to pursue chartered town planner status as your knowledge of the subject develops. You also have the potential option to transfer between any of our undergraduate degrees, including two exciting Joint Honours degrees, should your interests change.
  • Take a year out in Planning Practice and gain an additional qualification
    Undertake a one-year paid work placement and gain a Certificate in Planning Practice. This year counts as one of the two years’ practice required for qualification as a chartered town planner. We source placements on your behalf in locations across the UK. We also provide training in interview practice, CV writing and other key job-hunting techniques. Previous host organisations include Transport for London, Fairhurst, Rolfe Judd and Bellway Homes, as well as many local authorities.
  • Explore planning beyond the UK
    Take advantage of our strong European links, as founder members of the Association of European Schools of Planning. You’ll have the chance to experience differences in planning approaches outside the UK through European field visits. MPlan students can also undertake a semester of study in Europe through the Erasmus exchange scheme.
  • Enjoy a breadth of expertise
    Join 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. Our teaching is brought to life by staff who are also active researchers. This direct link to our research translates into enthusiastic and up-to-date teaching by people who are passionate about their subject,
    as well as being acknowledged leaders in their field.