Postgraduate

Urban Design MA, PGDip

Urban Design MA, PGDip

MA - full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months
PGDip - full time: 9 months, part time: 21 months

Profile

Our Urban Design MA, PGDip is aimed at built environment professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of urban design. It equips you to contribute towards an improvement in the quality of the built environment.

The course is structured around three main design projects. Each explores key contemporary issues in urban design:

  • urban regeneration
  • housing
  • public space and engagement

These projects are underpinned by theoretical and practical lectures, seminars and workshops.  The course is primarily studio based and there is an emphasis on independent learning. You are encouraged to cultivate a studio atmosphere within your year group where you will benefit from each other's diverse disciplinary backgrounds. 

Building on the strengths of the multidisciplinarity of its cohort, the course complements existing skills and experience in built environment related disciplines with new skills in understanding and designing in physical, social and economic contexts.

The course can be studied as a nine month Diploma route from Town Planning. It can later be upgraded to an MA through studying the Thesis Only route, 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

The course has strong links with the Urban Design Group (UDG) and one of our graduates won the student prize at the National Urban Design Awards 2014. Sarah Cawrse talks about her winning submission ‘Designing Incentives for Healthy Lifestyles: Promoting food access, physical activity and social interaction through design’, which was based on Elswick in Newcastle.

 

Delivery

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.

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Student profile

The projects have all been varied and interesting, and have touched on many different urban (and rural) issues, contexts and subjects. The projects have been really well set up, so we have the chance to work with communities and stakeholders in meaningful ways.

Amy's student profile
Amy

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Modules

Postgraduate Diploma students study the same modules as MA students to the value of 120 credits. Only MA students undertake the independent research and design thesis modules to achieve a total of 180 credits.

Modules for 2017 entry

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Careers

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Work experience

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Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.

In addition to your fees, you may have extra costs for materials and travel as part of these courses.

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject, such as

  • architecture
  • design
  • fine art
  • planning
  • graphic design

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant professional experience. If you have a non-traditional background you could be offered a place on the PGDip. On achieving the required grades you could then transfer to the full MA.

Newcastle University graduates

Do you hold an Architecture and Urban Planning BA Honours (K190) degree?

  • 2:1 or above - you don't need to submit a portfolio, we will automatically offer you a place when you apply
  • 2:2 - submit your application and portfolio and we will consider you for an interview

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Pathway courses

Our Architecture Graduate Diplomas will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. Depending on your level of English, you can choose from:

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

Personal statement 

You need to submit a personal statement (up to 500 words) with your application. This should outline the core experience and skills you have that make you a good candidate for the course. It should also cover your main motivations and objectives for undertaking the course. Try to be concise and to the point.

Portfolio

You also need to submit a portfolio demonstrating your design ability and creative flair. The portfolio should contain images from a variety of projects using a range of different media. Images that are relevant to urban design should take priority. It is important to provide some explanatory text alongside images, but please keep this concise.

You need to submit your portfolio with your online application. If you prefer, you can you can email it to pgadmissions@ncl.ac.uk. Your portfolio should be one PDF document, containing up to 15 pages.

We can only accept electronic portfolios. We do not accept or return hard copy portfolios.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

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