k190 - Architecture and Urban Planning BA

Architecture and Urban Planning BA Honours

UCAS Code: K190 (full time: 3 Years)

Course Overview

This degree offers a lively and thought-provoking introduction to important ideas about architecture and cities.

A student adds the finishing touches to an exhibition of design work and architectural schematics. The School of Architecture, Design and Landscape's studios include CAD facilities and drawing boards and are accessible 24/7.

At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB
IB: 32 points

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We place particular emphasis on the idea of ‘alternative practice’, 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 study topics such as:

  • understanding sustainable development
  • researching local economies
  • understanding cities
  • architectural and urban design 

We use design projects, historical examples, theoretical ideas and a live community project to support your understanding of how architecture and cities can be developed.

If you graduate from this degree with a 2:1 or above, you will 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. 

Highlights of this degree

Meet Safeer from India

The design work is a highlight of the course. You get to work closely with peers in the 24 hour studio, where you can easily get a second opinion on your work.

Safeer, Architecture and Urban Planning BA Honours
Photograph of student that studied this course

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Course Details

Modules for 2019 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose one of the following modules for semester 2:

Transfer opportunity

After completion of Stage 1, you can opt to transfer to Stage 2 of either the BA Architecture (K100), BA Urban Planning (K421) or Master of Planning (K400) programmes. If you wish to transfer, you will be assessed on individual merit. 

To transfer to Stage 2 of Master of Planning MPlan Honours (K400) or Urban Planning BA Honours (K421) you will need to pass all modules for this course and achieve 50% or more in the TCP1014 module.

Entry to Stage 2 of Architecture BA Honours (K100) requires you to have a pre-arranged one to one portfolio meeting with the Degree Programme Director and associated staff in K100 to consider eligibility for transfer. It also requires that you selected and passed the ARC1014 module.  

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You shall take 80 credits of optional modules normally selected from the following list. You should ideally select 40 credits from each Semester 1 and 40 credits from Semester 2 to give a 60/60 split.

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. Find out more about Work Placements.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose 80 credits normally selected from the following list:

    Entry Requirements

    All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

    If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

    The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our Admissions Policy (PDF: 71 KB).

    See further policies related to admission.


    Architecture and Urban Planning careers

    Our Architecture and Urban Planning BA Honours degree will equip you to follow a number of career paths including:

    • consultancy
    • education
    • development
    • community activism
    • global urbanism
    • property development
    • sustainability
    • surveying

    Routes into our Architecture BA Honours degree, Urban Planning BA Honours degree, or Master of Planning MPlan degree are also possible, depending on performance.

    Architectural education at Newcastle places a strong emphasis on developing your ability to visualise concepts and to translate your ideas in different forms to a variety of audiences. These skills have proved very attractive to employers in the creative industries and many of our former students have gone on to careers in television, film, advertising and other design-based professions.

    As well as a good degree, employers are looking for transferable skills including numeracy, interpersonal skills, teamworking, initiative, decision making and computer literacy. We see these skills as an integral part of the architectural education we offer, placing graduates of both degrees in a strong position to obtain employment in numerous fields such as:

    • teaching
    • law
    • the creative industries
    • property development
    • construction management
    • planning
    • urban design
    • landscape architecture

    Find out more about the career options for Architecture from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

    What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

    See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

    Careers and employability at Newcastle

    Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

    96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

    Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

    Fees & Funding



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    UCAS codes for Newcastle University

    • institution name - NEWC
    • institution code - N21

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