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Diploma in Town Planning

This programme is the final stage of the RTPI-accredited education and is designed for students who have already completed the BA in Town Planning programme as a continuation of the undergraduate degree.

The Diploma in Town Planning aims to provide students with the opportunity:

  • to deepen their knowledge and understanding gained from their first degree and practice experience
  • to work on live projects with specialists in planning and related disciplines to extend students’ expertise.
  • to reflect on planning as a profession and as a professional

Programme Description

The 120-credit Diploma in Town Planning (DipTP) completes the second part of our route to a professionally accredited planning qualification (following the BA Hons in Town Planning and Certificate in Planning Practice) and is taught at Masters level.  

Students return from the Certificate in Planning Practice to complete the Diploma which is characterised by its emphasis on choice, participation on ‘live projects’ and specialisation.  The Diploma can be taken via one of three routes: planning and urban design; planning and regeneration; environmental planning.  On all routes there are opportunities to work with practitioners, and specialists from other planning related fields (architects, urban designers, planning lawyers, experts in environmental impact assessment etc.) and with academics on live research projects.  There are also a number of opportunities to study abroad including ERASMUS exchange opportunities in semester one, and optional field trips currently to India or Europe in the 2nd semester. Students who complete the Diploma programme are eligible to convert their Diploma to a 180-credit Masters in Town Planning (MTP).  To satisfy the requirements for this programme, students are required to undertake and submit a dissertation (60 credits) within a year.

Entry Requirements

This programme is open to Newcastle University BA (Hons) Town Planning students who have complete a year in placement and the Certificate in Planning Practice.  Students who have completed an RTPI-accredited first degree in planning at another university may also apply (requires RTPI agreement).


There is a broad and varied career path for graduates on this course. Students have recently gained employment in a number of consultancies including: Arups; WA Fairhurst & Partners; DPP; Smith & Gore; Peacock and Smith; the public sector:  Brighton and Hove and other related environmental organisations such as: United Utilities and Cumberland Building Society. For further information regarding careers in planning please see the Royal Town Planning Institute website.

A course description is also available on the University’s online prospectus.