Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Our School has a large postgraduate community of approximately 100 research students and over 90 taught postgraduates from the UK, Europe and overseas. The International Student Barometer Survey 2012 demonstrated that 90 per cent of students would recommend the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, with 97 per cent confirming they were happy with both the quality of lectures and course content.

• Both taught and research programmes offer full professional accreditation by the Royal Town Planning Institute.
• Regular funding and scholarship awards are provided each year via a range of schemes, including those from the ESRC.
• We adopt an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to researching and teaching all aspects of architecture, planning, urban design and landscape architecture.
• Our work has an impact through shaping government policy as well as through practical and action-led models of research and engagement.


The School has excellent studio teaching facilities for taught students, and our research suite provides designated space and equipment for each postgraduate researcher. Our state-of-the-art facilities includes:

• studios
• exhibition spaces
• print room
• seminar rooms
• IT suites

Taught Programmes

•Selected programmes are prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

• A suite of programmes making use of our expertise across specialisms as diverse as design, rural development and sustainability

•Alongside developing your specialist subject knowledge and expertise, studying a taught postgraduate programme at Newcastle will also enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to the global job market.

MPhil/PhD Study

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.

Research Strengths 

• We have two research centres: the Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) and the Architecture Research Collaborative (ARC). Both elements are renowned for their interdisciplinary and globally-important research which combines sophisticated, critical and rigorous scholarship with a commitment to social justice and inclusion.
• In the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008, planning was ranked second in terms of research power against other Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) accredited institutions.
• In addition, 25 per cent of our research in ‘Architecture and the Built Environment’ was classed as ‘world-leading’ with a further 65 per cent classed as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘internationally recognised’.


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