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New Advanced Programmes in Planning and Architecture!

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University is pleased to announce the launch of two new masters programmes for 2018/19.  The MSc Advanced Architectural Design and MSc Urban Planning programmes integrate the School’s distinctive research expertise with exciting and innovative teaching, offering specialist pathways taught by our world-leading academics and invited practitioners, helping students develop and extend distinctive specialisms towards successful professional careers.

MSc Advanced Architectural Design pathways:

Architecture & Cities (1 year and 2 year programmes available)
Property & Development
Sustainable Buildings & Environments 

Building on our research-led teaching and reputation for strong design programmes, the MSc in Advanced Architectural Design provides students with the opportunity to develop their design skills and portfolio whilst specialising in an area of expertise.  Unique options include Property & Development, a pathway which provides students with an introduction to the skills and knowledge required to lead on developments, taught alongside design studios focused on site development. This is the first studio-based property and development programme specifically for designers in the UK. Architecture & Cities equips students with advanced skills to develop a deeper understanding of questions of architectural form in relation to urban form and cultural identities.  Computation supports students to develop key skills in programming and computational hardware, with design studio that challenges students to think in new ways by developing building systems based on responsive and biological based materials.  Focusing on designing to reduce carbon footprints without compromising the socio-cultural and economic significance of architectural designs, the Sustainable Buildings & Environments pathway will allow students to gain a proficiency in designing for sustainability in the built environment. Sir Terry Farrell, an alumnus of the School, Visiting Professor in Newcastle and founder of Farrells – global architects and urban designers with offices in London, Hong Kong and Shanghai – is affiliated with the new MSc Advanced Architectural Design, scheduled to lead a project on the new programme.

MSc Urban Planning pathways*:

Global Development
Green Infrastructure & Landscape Planning

*All pathways are currently seeking Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Combined accreditation and can be studied on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 year) basis.
**Pathway is currently seeking Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accreditation (Planning and Development).  

The MSc in Urban Planning builds upon our highly successful MSc Town Planning, allowing students from a range of academic backgrounds to gain knowledge and understanding of core planning issues, with expert delivered specialisms into key areas of interest. 

As the planning of the built environment becomes increasingly driven by economic rationales, the Development pathway seeks to equip students with the knowledge and skills to engage with urban development and investment rationalities intelligently and critically, wherever they are positioned in the decision-making discussion and project delivery process. Regeneration offers students an opportunity to explore historic and current approaches to regeneration in different cities and to critically consider regeneration policy development and implementation in a range of settings and by a diversity of actors.  Global Development engages students in the theoretical and practical context of planning in a broad range of countries, preparing them for work as urban planning and development professionals around the world.  Reflecting on the role of the historic city, the Conservation pathway explores what is meant by ‘historic’ and develops a student’s understanding of the principles of conservation and heritage management.  Whilst Green Infrastructure & Landscape Planning investigates innovative solutions to the increased human impact on the environment. Considering more sustainable approaches to urban development and tools for enhancing, restoring or creating landscapes with spaces and linkages that have meaning for both human and natural systems.

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Applications are now open and can be submitted via


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published on: 19 March 2018