Local and Regional Development (Research) MA

12 months full time; 24 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £5,500 part time £2,750
International: full time £12,075 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This research training programme, recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is designed for graduates and professionals who wish to enhance their research skills in regional and local development, governance and policy in an international context.

It is aimed at students who want to progress onto a PhD and/or a research career in universities or the public or private sectors.

Through the programme you will develop:

• an understanding of a range of philosophical, epistemological and theoretical social science debates engaged within regional development
• knowledge of the distinctive contribution of regional development to the social sciences
• appreciation of the roles and relevance of regional development and its practitioners and professionals in regional development, policy and practice
• skills in a range of quantitative and qualitative methods of collecting and analysing data and evidence for regional development enquiry
• communication skills appropriate to the effective dissemination of research findings to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.


You complete compulsory modules(both generic and subject-specific) and a research dissertation.

Find out  more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject, such as the arts, humanities or social sciences (eg geography, planning, urban studies, environmental studies, sociology, politics, history or business studies). We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications who have relevant industry experience. Applicants based in the UK may be invited to interview.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

School studentships and/or fees bursaries may be available - see the School's website for the latest information.

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2013 entry should apply by Friday 12 July 2013 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Postgraduate Secretary
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5200
E-mail: gps@ncl.ac.uk

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Geography.

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