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Newcastle University: Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Institution Newcastle University View institution profile
Department School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
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Study type Research


We offer a flexible range of opportunities for postgraduate research. We welcome MPhil and PhD proposals in any topic related to architecture, planning, or landscape.

We offer supervision in the following areas: ARCHITECTURAL AND PLANNING EDUCATION: We conduct research into innovative teaching methods, the integration of theory and practice, and learn from related creative disciplines. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has funded research into effective skills transfer. This activity is strengthened through our involvement in the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE); Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP); European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) including the Le NOTRE EU Network.

ARCHITECTURAL SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN: design related aspects of construction and the use of buildings; non-destructive testing; simulation; measurement of energy; environmental performance.

CITIES AND TECHNOLOGY: the changing relationship between utilities, the development, planning and management of contemporary cities; culture and the built environment, including cultural change and transformation of the built environment.

DESIGN HISTORY AND THEORY: architectural history; architectural theory; material culture.

ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS: environmental economics; valuation; benefit appraisal.

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: Our research in this area covers environmental planning, management, impact assessment, sustainability, and Local Agenda 21 issues.

HOUSING AND COMMUNITY: social housing; community development.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN CONSTRUCTION: computer-based information search; retrieval systems; building product modelling with a philosophy of taking basic and applied research through to the end users.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE PLANNING, LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT: landscape architecture theory, philosophy and environmental ethics; sustainable landscape planning, design and management; the history and development of the designed and cultural landscape.

INTERNATIONAL URBAN DEVELOPMENT: interpreting and managing change in diverse urban contexts; improving the environment and quality of life in the cities of the developing world.

PLANNING PROCESSES AND POLICY: contemporary policy and practice issues in planning; development and urban regeneration, in the context of theoretical developments and European experiences.

SPATIAL ANALYSIS: spatial change; spatial statistics; the use of GIS.

URBAN DESIGN: city design and development; design control; urban public space; public art in cities; meaning in the built environment; conservation; urban regeneration; urban design.

More information about staff specialisms and the School's research can be found on the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape website.

Part-time students will be based in Newcastle for the first year of study. Following successful completion of Year One, you can opt to study part-time, away from Newcastle.

FACILITIES: 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 studios; exhibition spaces; print room; seminar rooms ; IT suites.

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Master of Philosophy - MPhil

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About us
A Global Top 125 university (QS World University Rankings 2023), Newcastle University is dedicated to excellence, creativity and innovation, pioneering solutions that can change our world.

Through world-class research it tackles some of the biggest challenges facing society globally, leading in its key strengths of ageing and health, data, energy, cities, culture and creative arts. The UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2021 assessed its research as world-leading with outstanding impact.

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