School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Study With Us

Study With Us


With a breadth of expertise from leading professionals, high-quality research and outstanding facilities Newcastle is a great place to study architecture and urban planning.

Encounter a breadth of experience

We are one of the few academic schools in the UK to focus exclusively on the built environment. Rated 4th for research power and intensity in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF), the School’s expertise spans the history, theory and practice of architecture, planning, urban design, and landscape architecture.

Your first step to qualifications

Both our architecture and urban planning degrees are recognised by their professional bodies.

We offer a full professionally accredited route to qualification as a registered architect in the UK, with programmes prescribed by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part I, II and III.

Our Urban Planning BA and MPlan degrees are professionally accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), taking you towards qualification as a chartered town planner.

Study in Newcastle

The city provides the ultimate case study for architecture and planning students. The rise and decline of heavy industry, combined with the city’s recent cultural renaissance, have left an architectural and planning legacy that few UK cities can rival. With stunning coastline and countryside just 20 minutes away, the areas offers numerous stimulating sites for student projects.

The School is also involved with a number of engagement projects within the wider community and details of projects can be found here.


Find out about the range of benefits of studying Architecture at Newcastle.

Develop your own design approach

Enjoy the freedom to explore your individual design ideas with tutors who teach you ways to think, not what to think.  Projects increase in complexity through the programme, gradually stretching your architectural thinking, skills and knowledge.

Hone professional skills in excellent facilities

  • Dedicated design studios for each year-group, open 24/7, with CAD facilities and drawing boards.  The School’s thriving studio culture engenders a strong sense of community, allowing you to support each other through the learning process
  • Fully staffed model-making workshop with cutting-edge machinery including three powerful laser cutters, CNC routers, ZCorp and Makerbot 3D printers
  • An in house self-service printing facility ‘Archiprint’ with 5 professional large-format colour printers and scanners specifically set up for your needs

Experience architecture abroad

Take advantage of UK and European field trips to explore architecture in different places and cultural contexts. ­Destinations include Venice, Rome, Porto, Tenerife, Copenhagen and Stockholm. Our MArch (Part II) programme offers the chance to study abroad in Europe, Australia or Singapore.  Find out more on the University's Study Abroad pages.

Test ideas at 1:1

Our annual whole-school Charrettes and Th­inking through Making week bring together students across stages and programmes to explore hands-on approaches to architecture through workshops, installations and material experiments. In MArch there are opportunities to work on live projects, designed and realised with community groups.

Learn from professionals and specialists

Benefit from tutors based in architectural practice, and lectures by leading architects, researchers and academics as part of the School’s Conversations with Practice and Public Lecture Series.  The School enjoys an excellent reputation amongst employers and good links with industry.

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Urban Planning

Find out about the range of benefits of studying Urban Planning at Newcastle.

Enjoy time to decide where your career interests lie

A shared study programme between the Urban Planning BA and MPlan degrees for the first three years gives you time to decide whether you want to pursue chartered town planner status.

You also have the potential option to transfer between any of our undergraduate degrees, including two exciting Joint Honours degrees, should your interests change.

Take a year out in planning practice and gain an additional qualification

Undertake a one-year paid work placement with the MPlan degree and gain a Certificate in Planning Practice. This year counts as one of the two years’ practice required for qualification as a chartered town planner. We source placements on your behalf in locations across the UK. We also provide training in interview practice, CV writing and other key job-hunting techniques.

Previous host organisations include Transport for London, Northumberland Council, London Borough of Hounslow, White Young Green and The Planning Inspectorate, as well as many other local authorities and planning consultancies nationwide.

Explore planning beyond the UK

Take advantage of our strong European links, as founder members of the Association of European Schools of Planning. You’ll also have the chance to experience differences in planning approaches outside the UK through European field visits. MPlan students can also undertake a semester of study in Europe through the Erasmus exchange scheme in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Sweden or Slovak Republic.  Find out more on the University's Study Abroad pages.

Learn from active researchers

Our teaching is brought to life by staff who are also active researchers. This direct link to our research translates into enthusiastic and up-to-date teaching by people who are passionate about their subject, as well as being acknowledged leaders in their field.

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