We offer a flexible range of opportunities for postgraduate research. We welcome MPhil and PhD proposals in any topic related to architecture, planning, or landscape.
We offer supervision in the following areas:
Architectural and planning education
We conduct research into innovative teaching methods, the integration of theory and practice, and learn from related creative disciplines.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has funded research into effective skills transfer. This activity is strengthened through our involvement in the:
- European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE)
- Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP)
- European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) including the Le NOTRE EU Network
Architectural science and environmental design
- design related aspects of construction and the use of buildings
- non-destructive testing
- measurement of energy
- environmental performance
Cities and technology
- the changing relationship between utilities, the development, planning and management of contemporary cities
- culture and the built environment, including cultural change and transformation of the built environment
Design history and theory
- architectural history
- architectural theory
- material culture
- environmental economics
- benefit appraisal
Our research in this area covers environmental planning, management, impact assessment, sustainability, and Local Agenda 21 issues.
Housing and community
- social housing
- community development
Information technology in construction
- computer-based information search
- retrieval systems
- building product modelling with a philosophy of taking basic and applied research through to the end users
Landscape architecture, landscape planning, landscape design and landscape management
- landscape architecture theory, philosophy and environmental ethics
- sustainable landscape planning, design and management
- the history and development of the designed and cultural landscape
International urban development
- interpreting and managing change in diverse urban contexts
- improving the environment and quality of life in the cities of the developing world
Planning processes and policy
- contemporary policy and practice issues in planning
- development and urban regeneration, in the context of theoretical developments and European experiences
- spatial change
- spatial statistics
- the use of GIS
- city design and development
- design control
- urban public space
- public art in cities
- meaning in the built environment
- urban regeneration
- urban design
Part-time students will be based in Newcastle for the first year of study. Following successful completion of Year One, you can opt to study part-time, away from Newcastle.
The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape has excellent studio teaching facilities and our research suite provides designated space and equipment for each postgraduate researcher. Our facilities include:
- exhibition spaces
- print room
- seminar rooms
- IT suites
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Training & Skills
As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our doctoral training centres, Faculty Training Programme and Research Student Support Team.
Our Faculty Training Programme provides a community made up of postgraduate social sciences and humanities students and staff. It is a unique blend of cross-disciplinary and generic researcher development training, recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as providing a solid basis for doctoral study.
Although your focus will be on your specialist study, our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills that will support you in your career ahead. We have nurtured a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and supportive environment where staff and students from across the world can come together and share their research experiences. You can also choose to register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training, which accredits the core foundation modules on the training programme.
You will study in our Doctoral Training Suite with purpose-built facilities for lectures, workshops, seminars and computer access to specialist software required for doctoral research in the social sciences and humanities. Each year we have two student-led research postgraduate conferences and we have a variety of prizes and awards to celebrate the successes of our students.
ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership
The ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership is a joint venture between Durham University, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Sunderland, Teesside University and Ulster University. We are a centre of excellence for postgraduate social sciences. We offer a world-class, interdisciplinary environment for doctoral training and research.
Funded and accredited by the ESRC, we are one of the most innovative of the national network of doctoral training centres with a strong track record of partnership working with public, private and community organisations.
Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership
Based at Newcastle University, Northern Bridge brings together the expertise and exceptional resources of Newcastle University, Durham University, Queen’s University Belfast and their partners for the training and development of outstanding arts and humanities postgraduate researchers.
Northern Bridge is funded by the AHRC to provide doctoral studentships and has been commended for the strength of its research base, shared vision, and its successful track record of partnership working.
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Digital Civics
Postgraduate Research Student Support
Our award winning Research Student Support Team is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. The team can help and advise you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400
Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400
Full time: £15,600
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.
A 2:1 honours degree and a master's degree in an appropriate discipline, or international equivalent. If you have no research experience you will need to register for an MPhil in the first instance.
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English Language Requirements
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
There are usually two possible start dates, although in some circumstances an alternative start date can be arranged:
There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply.
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.
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.