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Professional Doctorate in Urban Design - MA/PGDip

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Course Description

Our Urban Design MA, PGDip is aimed at built environment professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of urban design. It equips you to contribute towards an improvement in the quality of the built environment.

The course is structured around three main design projects. Each explores key contemporary issues in urban design:
-Urban regeneration
-Public space and engagement

These projects are underpinned by theoretical and practical lectures, seminars and workshops. The course is primarily studio based and there is an emphasis on independent learning. You are encouraged to cultivate a studio atmosphere within your year group where you will benefit from each other's diverse disciplinary backgrounds.

Building on the strengths of the multidisciplinarity of its cohort, the course complements existing skills and experience in built environment related disciplines with new skills in understanding and designing in physical, social and economic contexts.

The course can be studied as a nine month Diploma route from Town Planning. It can later be upgraded to an MA through studying the Thesis Only route, involving a dissertation or Design Thesis. The Diploma can be undertaken by students from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds, including:
-Landscape architecture
-Property development
-Community engagement


The programme is structured around three main design projects that each explore key contemporary issues in urban design, currently: urban regeneration; housing; and public space/engagement. These projects are underpinned by theoretical and practical lectures, seminars and workshops. The programme is therefore 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.


The Urban Design MA is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a specialist qualification. This is a professional accreditation and allows membership to RTPI, which will enhance your career whether you are a student just starting out on your professional journey or an experienced planner at the peak of your career.


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

Visit the Urban Design - MA/PGDip page on the Newcastle University website for more details!

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Brian Glodney

I chose to study Urban Design in Newcastle because it has one of the top programmes in the UK. I enjoy meeting different people in a foreign country and adjusting to a new lifestyle, Newcastle is an easy place to do that.
I can now apply to jobs in both Britain and the States; the opportunities are endless as I will have a degree from both the US and the UK. The international experience I have had at Newcastle really helps with big firms.


PGT Excellence Awards 2012 - 20+ Awards

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape is pleased to offer 20 PGT Excellence Awards for Sept 2012 entry. The awards will be worth £2000.00 which will be deducted from your tuition fees.Full details about the awards scheme and how to apply are available here: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/apl/assets/documents/Excellence%20Awards%202012.pdfClosing Date: Monday 23rd April 2012

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible to apply for an Excellence Award you must meet the following criteria:
 Be a Home/EU student
 Hold an offer to study one of the Full Time programmes listed below starting in Sept 2012
 Have a 2:1 or above at UG level
 Be self funding*Conditional offer holders may be selected for an award subject to meeting the requirements of their offer.
Please note this offer is not available in conjunction with any other awards or scholarship scheme.

Application Procedure

Please see: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/apl/assets/documents/Excellence%20Awards%202012.pdf
Where an application question has been set, answers must be sent to [email protected] by the closing date.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject, such as:
•landscape architecture
•environmental design
•urban planning
•property development.

We will also consider your application if you have a degree in a different subject, lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant professional experience. If you have a non-traditional background you could be offered a place on the PGDip. On achieving the required grades you could then transfer to the full MA.

Newcastle University graduates? See Entry Requirements in the Programme information in our onliine Prospectus.

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