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Advanced Architectural Design - Architecture and Cities MSc

Newcastle University

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Newcastle University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    24 months

Course summary

The Advanced Architectural Design MSc provides the resources for you to gain further skills in architectural design.

About this course

Full time 1 Year

Our MSc Advanced Architectural Design is a degree course for international designers to enhance their design and research skills in the environment of one of the UK’s leading Schools of Architecture. The course helps you consolidate your own identity as a designer, and develop your own distinctive specialisms through research-led design, in a world where successful architects increasingly have to be specialists as well as generalists. Our aim is to help you become a leading architect in the profession.

Architecture and Cities pathway

This pathway focuses on the dialogue and interconnection between architecture and the fabric of cities. It helps you appreciate architectural design in the broader social, cultural, and economic contexts of cities. The pathway focuses on how architecture can be derived from detailed studies of particular urban communities, and determining what is appropriate in the strategic and detailed development of specific urban sites.

In all three semesters of the course, projects use community-based design frameworks which work with the surrounding context. Key themes of the projects are:

holistic design frameworks
notions of identity, community and culture in an urban context
public space in an increasingly privatised built environment

The semester 1 design project uses the city as a laboratory for exploring ideas and design strategies in order to develop a masterplan for a significant city centre site. You will also take a module which enables you to develop appropriate research strategies for your chosen area of research in your design thesis.

The second semester design project returns to a more conventional architectural scale, exploring:

ideas of meaning and identity in the urban environment
the role that public space and buildings play in articulating notions of citizenship and community

You will also take a course which focuses on a series of seminal theoretical readings that relate directly to architecture and the city.

Building on this work you will complete a Design Thesis that:

provides you with experience in design thesis processes and methodology by defining and studying a problem related to your own interests
develops an ability to evaluate and analyse design thesis findings according to explicit criteria
develops a response to the issues raised by your design thesis.

Full time: 2 years

This two year programme extends the first year of the Architecture and Cities programme into a deeper advanced understanding of the mutual interrelationship between architecture and urban form.

Year two is shared with Stage 5 of the MArch programme, which has a diverse range of research-led studios on offer. Design projects in this year are based on a visit to a major European city. The semester 1 project focuses on the urban scale, examining the distinctive cultural, social and economic pressures of a global city.

Semester 2 is set in the same city, this time focusing on the detail scale, both technically and atmospherically, examining how architecture operates across all the scales, from detail, to element, to plan, to urban block, to city – deepening further your advanced appreciation of architectural and urban form.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 12,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Newcastle University

  • University League Table

    23rd

  • Campus address

    Newcastle University, King’s Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, NE1 7RU, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    7th out of 59 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 220
    173 87%

    7th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90 90%

    10th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.09 82%

    33rd

    13

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