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4004f - Urban Design MA, PGDip

Urban Design MA, PGDip

Start in: September 2021

Our Urban Design master's, PGDip is aimed at built environment professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of urban design.

Overview

This Urban Design master's prepares you to contribute towards an improvement in the quality of the built environment.

We've structured the course around three main urban projects. Each explores key contemporary issues in urban design:

  • urban regeneration
  • housing
  • public space and engagement

Theoretical and practical lectures, seminars and workshops underpin these projects. The course is primarily studio based. There is an emphasis on independent learning. You're encouraged to cultivate a studio atmosphere within your year group. You'll learn from each other's diverse disciplinary backgrounds. 

The Urban Design master's builds on the strengths of the multidisciplinarity of its cohort. It complements existing skills and experience in built environment-related disciplines. You'll develop new skills in understanding and designing in physical, social and economic contexts.

Students from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds could take this course; including:

  • architecture
  • planning
  • landscape architecture
  • property development
  • art
  • community engagement

Our Urban Design master's, PGDip has strong links with the Urban Design Group (UDG). One of our graduates won the student prize at the National Urban Design Awards 2014. Sarah Cawrse talks about her winning submission ‘Designing Incentives for Healthy Lifestyles: Promoting food access, physical activity and social interaction through design’. Sarah based this project on Elswick in Newcastle.

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Qualifications explained

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What you'll learn

The programme is structured around three main design projects that each explore key contemporary issues in urban design, currently:

  • urban regeneration
  • housing
  • public space/engagement

Modules

You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your future

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body

Facilities

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:

  • studios
  • exhibition spaces
  • print room
  • seminar rooms
  • IT suites

 

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

Find out more about:

  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply

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Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021


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Open days

The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold open days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.

From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:

  • explore our beautiful campus
  • find out about our vibrant city
  • discover what students think about studying at Newcastle

You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the courses you're interested in.

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Events

We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.

We also hold various online and virtual events.

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Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Nicola Rutherford
Postgraduate Taught Secretary
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6509
Email: nicola.rutherford@ncl.ac.uk

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