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
- 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:
- landscape architecture
- property development
- 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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Find out about the different qualification options for this course.
An MA is a taught master’s degree. It usually involves the study of social sciences, art and humanities, and business, consulting and management. It typically includes:
- subject-specific taught modules
- a dissertation or research project of approximately 15,000 – 18,000 words
You'll usually study an MA full time over 12 months.
A Master of Arts is awarded for the successful completion of 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit dissertation or research project.
A PGDip is awarded if you successfully complete all of the taught modules (120 credits).
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
- public space/engagement
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.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
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Specialist RTPI acccreditation is available to Newcastle University graduates following completion of the BA Urban Planning course, or through the BA Architecture and Urban Planning + Certificate in Planning Practice + MA Urban Design pathway, who successfully complete a planning-related placement year and the Certificate in Planning Practice prior to starting MA Urban Design and the Reflexive Practitioner module.
How you'll learn
Theoretical and practical lectures, seminars and workshops underpin the projects.
The programme is heavily studio based and there is an emphasis on independent learning.
Year groups are encouraged to cultivate a studio atmosphere where students benefit from each other's diverse disciplinary backgrounds.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Computer assessment
- Design or creative project
- Professional skills assessments
- Reflective log
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
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.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
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
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
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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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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