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K190 - Architecture and Urban Planning

Architecture and Urban Planning

BA Honours

  • UCAS code: K190
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2020

This multidisciplinary degree will help you expand your knowledge and develop expertise in the fields of architecture and urban planning.

Fees (per year)

  • UK/EU: £9250
  • International: £19800

Entry requirements

  • A Level: ABB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity

Course overview

This degree engages you in the processes involved in the production of the urban spaces that shape our cities, from the design of buildings and urban spaces to the consideration of urban issues.

You’ll be inspired by the work of innovative architects and planners whose approach aims to encourage people to actively participate in the design of their environment.

You will study a range of modules spanning our expertise in architecture, urban design, social and political theory. You'll also select from modules in history and sociology, urban planning and informal housing and development, and social enterprise, economics and business.

Your understanding of how architecture and cities can be developed will be supported through design projects, historical examples and theoretical ideas.

Students exhibition of work

Quality and ranking

  • 4th in the UK for research power and intensity – Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • 8th in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2020
  • 8th in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • top 100 – Architecture category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
  • top 200 – Arts and Humanities category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018
  • 90% overall satisfaction score – National Student Survey 2019

Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or numbers of students interested in an optional module.

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.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Through a varied series of design projects, workshops and visits, we'll introduce you to key design skills. You'll gain an understanding of scale and context and develop spatial imagination as well as an understanding of materiality and structural issues at stake. These will underpin your design work and help you communicate your ideas verbally and visually.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Alternative Practice: Histories 10
Architectural Design 1.1 40
Architectural Technology 1.1: Explorations in Making Architecture 10
Introduction to Architecture 20
Planning Processes 10
Social Worlds 20
Optional Modules Credits
Architectural Technology 1.2: Principles of Constructing Architecture 10
Economics of Development I 10
Environment and Sustainability 10

You'll gain a deeper understanding of the development of urban architecture and theories of alternative practice. Design modules will enhance your skills and help you develop an understanding of a greater range of scales related to 20th-century heritage. You'll also develop your research skills and prepare for your dissertation.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Alternative Practice: Theories and Practices 20
Visual and Creative Practice Research Skills 20
Optional Modules Credits
Introduction to Marketing and Consumer Behaviour 20
Twentieth Century Architecture 20
Relational Mapping, Design and Representation 40
Participation: Theories & Practice 20
Houses and Homes 20
Researching Local Economies 20
Understanding Cities 20
Urban Poverty: A Global Perspective 20
Digital Civics - designing applications for digital public engagement 20
Urban Infrastructures: A Lens on the City 20
How Public is Public Space? An interdisciplinary perspective 20
Study Visit 20
Global Course on Institutional Design for Spatial Planning 20

You'll undertake a dissertation on a topic of your choice, as well as engaging in a community live design project supporting a local organisation where you can see theory in practice.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Dissertation in Architecture and Urbanism 40
Optional Modules Credits
Globalisation: Patterns, Processes & Challenges 20
Alternative Practice: Co-producing Space 20
A Home for all : housing vulnerable populations 20
Chinese Cultural History and Urban Development 20
Enterprise and Entrepreneurship with Lean Innovation 20
Innovation and Creativity 20
Politics of Immigration 20
Strategies into Action: Planning 20
Development Management 20
Erasmus Exchange 40
Contemporary Planning Issues 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

This programme provides a mix of studio design projects and traditional teaching. A typical week will involve working in the studio, either in groups developing design projects or working independently.

Methods include:

  • tutorials and support
  • traditional lectures and seminars
  • site visits and library-based research
  • individual and group project work

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Case studies

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Portfolio submission

  • Presentations

  • Projects

  • Reflective report/journal

  • Reports

Skills and experience

Practical skills

You'll learn about the design process through a series of design projects. You'll gradually develop your architectural thinking, skills and knowledge working in our well-equipped studios.

You'll also gain an understanding of architectural design through working with drawing and model-making in Stage 1, and Adobe Suite and CAD software in Stage 2.

In Stage 3 you'll have the chance to participate in a live community project, seeing theory put into practice.

Chat to a student

I went for my course because it’s a vibrant mix of design and social science modules, which all interconnect but also allow you to study a broad range of content no matter what your interests are!

Maud, Architecture and Urban Planning student


Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.

If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year. 

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. A work placement is not available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment


As an Architecture and Planning student, you will split your time between our dedicated Architecture building and the newly refurbished Henry Daysh Building, opening in January 2020.

You will have access to a fully equipped analogue workshop and casting space as well as state-of-the-art digital fabrication facilities, including:

  • 3D printers
  • a CNC router
  • laser cutters

Design studios

Our design studios include CAD facilities and drawing boards. We have dedicated AUP Studio Space with limited access however, you will have access to studio space 24/7 elsewhere in the School.

Other facilities

You will also benefit from:

  • Archiprint facilities, 5x A0 Printers, 2 x A0 scanners, A3 scanners available in studio rooms
  • student-run Kofi bar providing a social space for you to meet with staff and fellow students

You will collaborate with artists and engineers to test design ideas at 1:1 scale, and explore alternative forms of practice with community projects.

Take a virtual tour of the Architecture facilities

Architecture building


Parenting scheme

This scheme aims to help you adapt to student life and get the most out of your time here by putting you in contact with current undergraduate students who can share their knowledge and experiences.

Dedicated Student Recruitment and Wellbeing Manager

This key staff member offers support if you are experiencing particular issues that are affecting your performance whilst at University.

You can discuss confidential problems with them and receive relevant support and advice. They will also offer guidance about other University services that may be of benefit.

Your future

Developing your employability

We will help you to develop a range of transferable skills that employers look for in new graduates. These skills have helped graduates find employment in numerous fields such as:

  • teaching
  • property development
  • construction management
  • planning
  • urban design
  • landscape architecture

Employability at Newcastle

96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.

Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.

Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

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Careers support

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+ inititiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Additional information

If you graduate from this degree with a 2:1 or above, you'll automatically receive an offer to study our MA Urban Design programme upon application. You may be considered with a 2:2 but an interview will be required.

The Route to Royal Town Planning Institute Accreditation

The route to receiving Royal Town Planning Institute accreditation is a 5-year programme. Beginning with the BA (Hons) Architecture and Urban Planning degree, followed by the Certification of Planning Practice and concluded by the MA in Urban Design. To qualify for this accreditation students must opt for the RTPI approved modules during their studies.

Students taking the RTPI pathway will receive full accreditation from the Royal Town Planning Institute

Transfer opportunities

This wide-ranging degree opens up a great variety of career paths in the built environment. However, we understand that you may not yet be sure exactly where your architectural/planning interests lie. If you have acquired the relevant skills in Stage 1, you may be eligible to transfer to another similar degree within the School if you find your interests change, such as:

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

32 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements


Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Portfolio information

To showcase your understanding and appreciation of the built environment, all candidate must submit a portfolio of artwork as part of the application process.

Find out everything you need to know about collating and submitting your portfolio.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

UK Students


International Students


The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

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

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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