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Course content

The Architecture Planning and Landscape (Design) MA focusses on the interface between planning, landscape and architectural design in the creation of sustainable and successful places. This flexible and diverse course deals with these complex aspects in a creative and innovative way, with much of what you learn applicable worldwide.

Architecture, planning and landscape present a complex inter-relationship between people, buildings, landscape and the environment. The course focuses on understanding the role of architectural design in the built environment. This includes the need to relate buildings, and the spaces between them, to human needs.

The course provides a framework for you to develop your critical thinking about the design of place and space. You will learn how to deal with complex aspects of planning, landscape and architecture in a creative and innovative way.

Through this course you will gain in-depth knowledge and skill in particular areas of town planning and/or architecture design, underpinned by current leading research. You will manage your own research too, developing your design skills and ability to link theory and practice in planning and designing places and spaces.

The course is flexible and diverse, giving you the opportunity to develop your critical thinking around your own interests. Your architectural design studio studies are complimented by a rich menu of design and non-design modules, helping you to understand the architecture, planning and landscape in a socio-economic context. Many of the modules available are specifically designed to place planning, landscape and architecture in a global context.

Through studio based design workshops you will refine your design skills, critically comparing and analysing architectural styles in a range of country contexts. Through the course you will also develop advanced transferrable skills in literacy, design and communication.


The course is taught and based on the Newcastle campus. The course runs across two taught semesters with the summer months taken up with a final thesis design project.

You will participate in a significant amount of work with your tutor and the other students. The style of teaching depends on the modules selected and include:
-Design studio teaching
-Project work


The course is based in a dedicated taught postgraduate Design Studio building. The School's Workshop is nearby. Dedicated School desktop computers and large and small format printers are also available. Most spaces in the School are Wi-Fi enabled.

Visit the Architecture, Planning and Landscape (Design) - MA page on the Newcastle University website for more details!






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