Graduate Destinations

Each year, every university in the UK contacts all UK and EU graduates to find out what they are doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. This is the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

The following analysis is based on the data supplied by 32 Planning (Master of) MPlan Honours graduates from Newcastle University who responded to our survey.

2012 Newcastle University Planning (Master of) MPlan Honours Graduates

HESA categories

97% went into work, study or a combination of both.

Of those in employment, 96% were in graduate-level jobs.

£15,474 was the average salary of all of the graduates who supplied us with salary details. This includes salary details of graduates working on a casual or part-time basis, as well as those working abroad where average salaries may be lower than the UK. For town planners, this is a typical starting salary. Once town planners gain experience and progress to become principal planners, their salaries typically range between £29,000 - £45,000.

The classification 'other' can refer to a range of individual circumstances, for example, EU students who return to their country for national service.

Career Choices

This professionally accredited course is usually taken as a five-year sandwich course and normally entails a year placement in the fourth year, gaining practical experience and the Certificate of Planning Practice, before returning to a fifth year of study to take the Diploma in Town Planning. These courses are taken as part of the process of becoming a fully chartered town planner. Many of our Town Planning BA Honours graduates spend the year after graduating working in planning practices and local authority planning departments, usually as planning assistants. Occasionally graduates choose not to follow careers in the area of planning but instead use the excellent innovative and organisational abilities and communication skills gained on their course to enter other fields, for example, working in politics, or starting their own business.

Those who choose to continue studying, but don't take the Diploma in Town Planning, often specialise in other related subject areas, such as urban design.

Some graduates are working on a self-employed or freelance basis, using the self-motivation and independent learning skills they acquired while studying. Newcastle graduates are supported in self-employment and business start-up by the Careers Service while studying and after graduation.

Below are recent examples of graduates' employment and further study destinations.

Graduate Employment

Job TitleEmployer
Assistant Case OfficerThe Infrastructure Planning Commission
Assistant Planning OfficerDavid Lock Associates Limited
Assistant Project ManagerTransport For London
Development Control AssistantRyedale District Council
Development ExecutiveWildstone Property Ltd
Graduate Environmental ConsultantSinclair Knight Merz (Europe) Ltd
Graduate Operations Manager3663
Land ManagerNatural England
Outbound CommunicatorThe Labour Party
Planning AssistantTransport for London
Planning OfficerGateshead Council
Planning OfficerNorthumberland County Council
Regional Planning Assistant4NW
Student PlannerPerth & Kinross Council
Territorial Planner for Scottish GovernmentScottish Government
Town PlannerSouth Staffordshire Council

Further Study

Certificate in Planning PracticeNewcastle University
Certificate in Planning PracticeNewcastle University
Certificate in Professional PracticeNewcastle University
Diploma in Town PlanningNewcastle University
MA Urban DesignNewcastle University
MSc Historic ConservationOxford Brookes University
MSc MarketingNorthumbria University
MSc Renewable Energy & Enterprise ManagementNewcastle University
PGCE PrimaryUniversity of Cumbria
PgDip Town PlanningNewcastle University