Urban Design MA, PGDip


Student Profile

About me

Name: Olga

Course: MA Urban Design

Study mode: Full time

Where I’m from: Azerbaijan

Choosing postgraduate study

"I believe that having a postgraduate degree will help me secure a better job in the future and gain better professional recognition within the urban design industry. The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University has a very good reputation in the professional world and obtaining a postgrad degree from it would certainly add some credits to my CV and portfolio. I hoped this would help me get my dream job as an Urban Designer at one of the largest international companies in UK where I could develop my designing skills further."

Choosing Newcastle

"Newcastle itself seemed a good alternative option to me as I have lived and studied in London previously and wanted to move away from all the hassle that large cities have.
“After some research I decided to apply to Newcastle University as it is one of the best in the country for my subject area. The University offers great facilities where every student gets attention for their needs and interests to develop their knowledge further. As a city, Newcastle has a rich history and as a future Urban Designer I do have a lot to explore here."

Studying at Newcastle

"I would definitely recommend this course due to its structure and module organisation. We have great support from the academic staff and very well equipped facilities, such as state-of-the-art workshops. We have 3D printers, laser cutters and many more technical resources which are easily accessible. All computers at our studios have access to various designing and architectural software such as Photoshop, Autocad and Revit with others available on request. University staff are always happy to help us with any queries. And of course the most enjoyable part of my course is working on a project.

"This is my second Master’s level degree and although the fields of both studies are quite similar, the course at Newcastle University seems to be structured much better and academic staff are constantly working on improving it based on our feedback. It is rather surprising how attentive the University is to our needs and suggestions regarding the course. Our tutors do their best to organise deadlines with a plenty of time in between to help us complete the work on time and recharge.

"The Urban Design Seminars help me gain some understanding of how urban design developed through time, what has changed and what are the current trends in the field. Principles and Practice of Urban Design is a module that consists of series of lectures by various well-known professionals and then we write blog posts for our University website on those lectures."

Postgraduate Community

"Our postgraduate facilities are designed in a way that encourages student interaction. Studio spaces are all connected to each other and I have made many friends already among other postgraduate courses at my School. There is a week of Charrette also, in the beginning of the year where you are involved in project work with other students of various level. During this event all students from the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape are mixed and organised into teams. Each team has a guided tour around town and is given a task which is all about your creativity! Some of us made sculptures and installations, others presented filmed documentaries. The Charrette is one week-long project and is a great opportunity to explore your creativity and share it with others. Our team presented an abstract movie about Newcastle Monument."


"I currently live in shared accommodation in Jesmond which is one of the most beautiful areas in town with plenty of shops and restaurants and is only 15 minutes’ walk from the University and city centre. Another great advantage of Newcastle – you can walk pretty much everywhere. Newcastle offers a great range of accommodation to choose from and at a moderate price. There are a number of websites to look for accommodation or flatmates and I found mine in a couple of days using one of the websites."

Living in Newcastle

"Newcastle is a city with a rich and diverse history and has a lot to offer. It has a great nightlife and there is always something to see and to do, from Baltic exhibitions to Victorian underground tunnels tour. Everyone will find their place in this city."

Funding my studies

"I am a fully self-funded student and doing this course is a big step in my life.

"The University provides great support to students in every possible way. They send out newsletters with information regarding funding well in advance and University staff are very helpful in resolving any issues whether they are related to studies, finance or student wellbeing."

Career aspirations

"Newcastle University is a great place to make valuable connections. A degree earned here is well recognised by employers which, I hope, will help me land my first job as an urban designer in the UK."

Remembering Newcastle

"A highlight was being given an opportunity to represent the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, I have gained some valuable experience by attending important meetings with staff members. The role gave me the possibility to engage in various decision making events across the School and University. The University does its best to enrich the experience students have both during their studies and leisure time."


"A postgraduate qualification is increasingly sought after in the employment market in order to land an interesting and well-paid job. Generally speaking, Newcastle University gives a number of opportunities for personal and professional growth, developing many transferable skills. If you manage to plan your time efficiently and clearly set your goals, you will get the most out of your postgraduate studies."