Urban Design MA; PGDip

MA: 12 months full time; 24 months part time
PGDip: 9 months full time; 21 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £5,500 (MA); £3,670 (PGDip) part time £3,670 (MA); £1,835 (PGDip)
International: full time £12,075 (MA); £8,050 (PGDip) part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

The MA in Urban Design is aimed at a varied range of built environment professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of urban design in order that they may contribute towards an improvement in the quality of the built environment. The programme can also be studied as a 9-month Diploma route from Town Planning or it can later be upgraded to an MA through studying the Thesis Only programme, involving a dissertation or Design Thesis.

The Diploma can be undertaken by students from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds, including architecture, planning, landscape architecture, property development, art, community engagement as all of these disciplines are relevant and contribute to place-making. The programme builds on the strengths of the multidisciplinarity of its cohort and complements existing skills and experience in built environment related disciplines with new skills in understanding and designing in physical, social and economic contexts.


The programme is structured around three main design projects that each explore key contemporary issues in urban design, currently: urban regeneration; housing; and public space/engagement. These projects are underpinned by theoretical and practical lectures, seminars and workshops.  The programme is therefore heavily studio based and there is an emphasis on independent learning. Year groups are encouraged to cultivate a studio atmosphere where students benefit from each other's diverse disciplinary backgrounds.  

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related discipline, such as architecture, design, fine art, planning or graphic design. Applicants must submit an electronic portfolio demonstrating an aptitude for design work. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications who have significant professional industry experience.

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

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

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

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

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Your application must include a personal statement (500 words maximum), which outlines the core experience and skills you have that make you a suitable candidate for this programme. It should also cover your main motivations and objectives for undertaking this programme. Be concise and to the point.

As part of the application process students are required to submit a portfolio demonstrating their design ability and creative flair. The portfolio should contain images from a variety of projects using a range of different media; those most relevant to Urban Design should take priority. It is important to provide some explanatory text alongside images but please keep this to a minimum. Portfolios should be submitted as one PDF document, containing a maximum of 15 pages. Portfolios should be attached as supporting evidence to your online application or can be e-mailed to pgadmissions@ncl.ac.uk. Please note we do not accept hard copy portfolios, only electronic submissions will be progressed. Applicants should be aware that portfolios will not be returned after review.

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

Extra costs may be incurred for materials and travel as part of these programmes

For further information, please contact:

Nicola Rutherford
Programme Secretary
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6509
E-mail: nicola.rutherford@ncl.ac.uk
Programme Blog : http://nclurbandesign.org/

Subject Overview

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