School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Funding and Scholarships

Funding and Scholarships

Funding opportunities can arise throughout the year, details are added to these pages when available.

Undergraduate Funding

The University offers a range of scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students. To find out more about what is on offer please visit the scholarships and bursaries pages.

Postgraduate Funding

Home and EU Scholarship Scheme 2017

The School is pleased to offer postgraduate taught fees scholarships for September 2017 entry. The following scholarship awards are available:

  • £2,000 (which will be deducted from your tuition fees)
  • Full fees scholarships

Please read full details of the Home/EU Scholarship Scheme 2017 and then complete the relevant application form: Home/EU Scholarship 2017 application form. If you apply for this funding, you will automatically be considered for the RTPI Future Planners Bursary.

International Scholarship Scheme 2017

The School is pleased to offer postgraduate taught Scholarship Awards for international students for September 2017 entry.  Each scholarship has a value of £2,000 per year, payable towards tuition fees, and is available for the first year of study.

Please read full details of the International Scholarship Awards 2017 and then complete the relevant application form: International Scholarship Awards Application Form.

20% fees discount for Newcastle University graduates

Graduates of Newcastle University receive a 20% discount on their postgraduate tuition fees, to find out more visit the University's tuition fees web page.

The University's Postgraduate Guide to Funding pages contain lots of useful information including opportunities available, tuition fees, living expenses and a searchable funding database.

PhD Funding

When available, PhD studentships are also advertised on our main news page. You can find out about other sources of funding via the University's postgraduate funding database.

Current scholarship funding available in the School of Architecture Planning and Landscape:

PhD "Thinking Soils" EPSRC Funded Project  

We are pleased to announce a PhD studentship in a pioneering new EPSRC funded project: “Thinking Soils”. We are looking for highly motivated and talented Design Lead Researcher to join the team and take a leading role in a new field of Bio-Design by exploring the design potentials of living materials which respond to physical forces in their environment.

Imagine a column of sand saturated with billions of engineered bacteria cells. As a force is applied to the top of the column, bacteria in the sand detect an increase in pressure. The bacteria respond by synthesising a new biological material to bind the grains together and resist the load. The resulting structure would consist of a material where sand grains are only cemented where the forces through the material require. Our research proposes a proof of concept to show how we might design a manufacturing process where the material itself acts as manufacturer and designer, modelling and responding to its environment.

The initial pilot project attracted wide coverage across the scientific and popular media, including Science, The Times and Mail Online.  

This three year studentship will develop new design concepts and will have an opportunity to work in a level two containment lab with genetically modified building prototypes and computational models. We are looking for a highly motivated and adaptable PhD candidate to lead the Design aspects of the project. The appointee will join one of the UKs leading Synthetic Biology teams and be supervised across Architecture and Civil Engineering.

For more information of the research group and projects see our website: 

Required for Application

  • A full CV
  • A portfolio of relevant design work
  • A one page statement: “My approach to the Thinking Soils project would be”.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Developing design concepts based on our “Thinking Soils” technology.
  • Develop prototypes using live genetically modified bacteria and a range of materials including hydrogels and soils.
  • Develop computational models using Processing or other equivalent software based on data from the project.
  • Support the development of the new Design Lab at Newcastle university.
  • Publish original research in international conferences and journals.
  • Help develop new funding bids and support the growth of the research group.

Knowledge (inc qualifications)


  • 2.1 degree in Architecture, Civil Engineering (or combination) or subjects related to Bio Design.
  • Experience in bio-inspired or bio design demonstrable through a portfolio.


  • Master in Architecture, Design or related field.

Skills (professional, technical, managerial, practical)


  • Excellent research skills in terms of planning and executing a research project and analysing the results.
  • Experience conducting mechanical experiments and ability to plan and collect data from experimental work.
  • Communication skills and ability to describe complex concepts to non-experts.
  • Good team working ability to work with people across many different fields.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to a challenging research environment.


  • Experience designing with living organisms in and prototyping in a biological lab.
  • Experience working with bacteria and biomineralisation. 
  • Computational and mathematical modelling skills.



  • Available for international travel and occasional evening and weekend work

Value of award - £15,000 per year for 3 years. The scholarship is payable towards 100% of tuition fees, with the remainder awarded as living expenses. 

Closing date - 20 October 2017

How to apply

You must send the following to Marian Kyte by email to  Please quote reference code APL21 in the email heading. 

  • A full CV
  • A portfolio of relevant design work
  • A one page statement: “My approach to the Thinking Soils project would be”.

You should also apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please click on the link ‘Create a new account’.  Select ‘PhD School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape’ full time. 


For further details, please contact: 
Dr Martyn Dade-Robertson
School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5926

Awards and prizes

We offer a number of awards and prizes for undergraduate and postgraduate students. We are grateful to all our benefactors for their support.