Architecture, Planning and Landscape MPhil; PhD

MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320 part time £2,160
International: full time £11,380 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas

We offer a flexible range of opportunities for research leading to the award of higher degrees, examined by thesis. 

Research can be based on full- or part-time study, or combinations of both, and you can propose routes of study according to your interests, research topic and financial circumstances.

Part-time study will only be agreed if you are based in Newcastle for the first year of your studies, and following successful completion of Year 1, you can opt to change to part-time studies away from Newcastle.

 MPhil/ PhD supervision is normally available in the following areas:

Architectural and planning education
Innovative teaching methods, integration of theory and practice, and learning from related creative disciplines.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has funded research into effective skills transfer. This activity is strengthened through our involvement in the:

Architectural science and environmental design
Design related aspects of construction and the use of buildings, non-destructive testing, simulation, measurement of energy, environmental performance.

Cities and technology
Changing relationship between utilities, the development, planning and management of contemporary cities.
Culture and the built environment: cultural change, transformation of the built environment.

Design history and theory
Architectural history, architectural theory, material culture.

Environmental economics
Environmental economics, valuation, and benefit appraisal.

Environmental management
Environmental planning, management, impact assessment, sustainability, and Local Agenda 21 issues.

Housing and community
social housing, community development.

Information technology in construction
Computer-based information search, retrieval systems, and building product modelling with a philosophy of taking basic and applied research through to the end users.

Landscape architecture, landscape planning, landscape design and landscape management
Landscape architecture theory, philosophy and environmental ethics; sustainable landscape planning, design and management; the history and development of the designed and cultural landscape.

International urban development
Interpreting and managing change in diverse urban contexts, and improving the environment and quality of life in the cities of the developing world.

Planning processes and policy
Contemporary policy and practice issues in planning, and development and urban regeneration, in the context of theoretical developments and European experiences.

Spatial analysis
Spatial change, spatial statistics, and use of GIS.

Urban Design
City design and development, design control, urban public space, public art in cities, meaning in the built environment, conservation, urban regeneration and urban design.

For more information about staff specialisms please visit the website for the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

Our Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School provides training in professional/key skills and research techniques, supports personal development and hosts postgraduate events.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree and a master’s degree in an appropriate discipline, or international equivalent. Applicants with no research experience will be asked to register in the first instance for an MPhil.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in writing), 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

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.

Applications are considered throughout the year although specific deadlines for funding may apply. Please contact the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape for more information. Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

There are two possible start dates for your research degree:

  • 6 January 2014
  • 22 September 2014

However, these dates are not mandatory and in some circumstances permission can be granted for alternative start dates.

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

For further information please contact:

Marian Kyte
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6014

Subject Overview

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