Postgraduate

Architecture, Planning and Landscape MPhil, PhD

Architecture, Planning and Landscape MPhil, PhD

MPhil – full time: minimum 12 months, part time: minimum 24 months
PhD – full time: minimum 36 months, part time: minimum 72 months

Profile

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:

Architectural science and environmental design

  • design related aspects of construction and the use of buildings
  • non-destructive testing
  • simulation
  • 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

  • environmental economics
  • valuation
  • benefit appraisal

Environmental management

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 analysis

  • spatial change
  • spatial statistics
  • the use of GIS

Urban design

  • city design and development
  • design control
  • urban public space
  • public art in cities
  • meaning in the built environment
  • conservation
  • urban regeneration
  • urban design

More information about staff specialisms and the School's research can be found on the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape website.

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.

Quality and Ranking

We rank in the top 100 for Architecture - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019

Related Degrees

  • Architecture, Master of (MArch)

    Our Master of Architecture (MArch) is centred on studio work that is intended to stretch the boundaries of your design imagination. It is a modular course based on design project work, supported by lectures and seminars that examine the theoretical, practical and material dimensions of architecture.

All related programmes

Training & Skills

You will receive a tailored package of support from the University to ensure you maximise your research and future career. There are also opportunities to undertake your research at Newcastle within a Doctoral Training Centre, Centre for Doctoral Training or Doctoral Training Partnership.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Training Programme and Student Support

Our Faculty Research Training Programme is a community made up of postgraduates from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

It is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as a sound foundation for doctoral studies.

Our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills that will support you in your career ahead. Staff and students from across a range of disciplines can come together and share their research experiences. You can also choose to register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training.

You will study in our Doctoral Training Suite, a purpose-built facility for lectures, workshops, seminars and computer access to specialist software. Each year we have two student-led research postgraduate conferences. There are also a variety of prizes and awards to celebrate the successes of our students.

Postgraduate Research Student Support

Our Research Student Support Team will provide support and advice throughout your studies. The team can help you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.

Doctoral training centres and partnerships

Being part of a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) or Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) means that you can benefit from the research expertise and training of a number of leading universities, academic schools and academics. You'll also be studying alongside a cohort of other PhD students.

These centres are often interdisciplinary, combining expertise and training from multiple subject areas. You may also be able to collaborate with an industrial or commercial organisation.

Your PhD will be funded. Normally the fees are covered and you'll receive a tax-free stipend or living expenses. Additional funding is sometimes available to cover things such as conference attendance and research materials.

The centres/ partnerships below may have PhD opportunities available in your subject area.

Fees & Funding

2019-2020 fees

If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

The fees displayed here are per year.

MPhil, PhD

UK

Full time: £4,327
Part time: £2,164

EU

Full time: £4,327
Part time: £2,164

International

Full time: £16,500

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

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

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.

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. 

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.

Read our guidelines for producing a research proposal (PDF:41.5KB) from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Graduate School.

Start dates

There are usually two possible start dates, although in some circumstances an alternative start date can be arranged:

  • January
  • September

 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.

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.

Contact

Marian Kyte
Postgraduate Research Secretary
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6014
E-mail: marian.kyte@ncl.ac.uk

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