12 months full time
Fees per academic year 2013-14
UK and EU: full time £5,500
International: full time £11,500
More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.
This new MSc programme has been developed specifically for students from the Global South or UK students wishing to work in a Global South context. It is designed to help you translate academic and professional knowledge, understanding and skills in urban planning into a context suitable for developing countries. It is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and prepares you to practise professionally as a town planner in either the UK or other countries, depending on the local professional requirements. It is also valuable for those wishing to work with private planning consultancies or international agencies such as the UN or international NGOs.
The programme consists of a range of compulsory modules designed to meet the professional requirements of the RTPI. Knowledge and skills are developed through a series of lecture-based modules exploring planning systems around the world, professional ethics, planning processes and strategy making, stakeholders and collaborative planning and research skills. Three project modules - sustainable development, urban planning and housing and settlements - help students relate learning to their own country’s social, economic, political and environmental context. You also complete a dissertation.
The learning environment is informal and friendly and the approach to teaching offers a mix of theoretical and practical modules. You will study alongside other international students and students from the UK. We place strong emphasis on team and individual project work, allowing you to put your learning into practice. To this end a field trip to a country in Asia, Africa or Latin America provides valuable practical project experience. The field trip is not included in the cost of the programme and costs around £800 – £900 for two weeks. Students are responsible for all field trip costs. In exceptional circumstances, if a student cannot attend the field trip, alternative work will be arranged.
To support international students to make the transition to UK Higher Education, a strong element of tutorial and seminar teaching runs throughout the programme.
Find out more detailed information about the programme modules
An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related discipline such as planning, geography, sociology, history, politics, economics, architecture, law. We may also consider applicants with non-standard qualifications and/or relevant professional experience, contact the School for further advice.
Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based) 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.
See our School website.
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.
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.
For further information please contact:
Degree Programme Director
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 222 5646
This programme is within the subject area of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.