Future Landscape Imaginaries MA

12 months full time; 24 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £5,500 part time £2,750
International: full time £12,075 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This innovative MA programme focuses on the relations between landscape, culture and society, and on the various ways that landscape is practised, represented and imagined. It is likely to appeal to those with a qualification in landscape architecture, planning, architecture, geography, fine art, creative writing, film, or digital media.

The MA will be of particular interest to mid-career professionals who wish to develop their practice and thinking, and also to those who may be considering working towards a PhD in creative practice. 

Through the programme you will:

• gain critical insight into the philosophies, ideologies and critical positions underpinning different approaches to landscape, informed by leading edge research and practice
• learn to look critically at landscape as a hybrid of nature and culture
• develop your ability to relate the representation of future landscapes to the social, political and ecological crises of our times

This is a studio-based programme and you will have the opportunity to work in media of your own choice, depending on your background and interests (e.g. design project, photography, video, text, digital media). A series of studio-based tutorials and group critical reviews will culminate in a public exhibition of your work.

This interdisciplinary programme brings together aspects of landscape studies that are normally isolated, involving you in both critical analyses of historical and contemporary landscape discourses and substantial research through creative practice.


The MA, which includes lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials, alongside studio practice and critical reviews, is intended for those who wish to develop their critical thinking in tandem with their individual practice, whether this be in environmental art, digital architecture, photography or landscape planning.

You will undertake a creative practice research project, compulsory modules and optional modules. Finally you complete a dissertation which will reflect upon and extend your creative practice research or may take the form of stand-alone study on a relevant topic of your choice.

The compulsory creative practice research project will be assessed through a critical review and the work produced on the programme will be exhibited in public.

Though based in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, the programme will involve staff from the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology and the School of Arts and Cultures. You will have access to studio space within the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape and may also, by agreement, use the facilities offered by the University's Culture Lab.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, preferably in a creative or design related subject. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with a degree in a different subject, a lower/non-standard qualification and applicants with relevant practice or work experience. As part of the application process you will need to supply an electronic portfolio in pdf or jpg format.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

See our School website for general information.

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

Dr Ian Thompson
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8812
E-mail: i.h.thompson@ncl.ac.uk

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

Student profiles:

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