Planning and Environment 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 programme provides strong research training for those who wish to specialise in environmental or landscape planning research.  It is suited to those wanting to prepare for doctoral studies but will also equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to undertake research careers in a variety of public, private and voluntary sector bodies in the UK and internationally.

The programme is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under its 1+3 system (Master’s plus PhD) for postgraduate studies. This provides UK students with a route to ESRC-funded doctoral study.  This programme is also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

The programme is structured in such a way that you study alongside PhD and MPhil students in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

 Through the programme you will develop:

• knowledge and understanding of a range of contemporary and specialised issues in environmental planning research through a flexible specialist module choice
• strong research skills including data collection and analysis and awareness of ethical issues in research
• practical skills crucial to planning, managing and disseminating research, including bibliographic, IT and communication skills
• expertise in specialist areas relating directly to your personal research interests, underpinned with a broad understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods.

You will be taught by research-active staff and the programme is structured in such a way that you study alongside PhD and MPhil students and can benefit from the many opportunities afforded to them.


You take compulsory modules in research methods and skills development, delivered by the Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School.

You will join the large body of taught postgraduate students in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape when studying optional modules.

More specialised subject modules that relate to your personal research interests are delivered by the School. These optional modules are chosen from a wide range of subjects enabling you to customise your programme. Optional modules from other academic schools within the University can also be taken.

You also complete a dissertation which will enhance and enable you to demonstrate your research skills and training in planning and environmental research.

Staff involved in the teaching of this programme are research-active specialists, many of whom also have experience in practice and are experienced supervisors and examiners of doctoral level research students.  This has considerable benefits for those students wishing to carry on to PhD at Newcastle as it provides opportunities to develop research proposals in close association with potential supervisors.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or an international equivalent, in a relevant subject area such as planning, landscape, environmental science, environmental management, geography or architecture. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with a lower-second-class Honours degree if they have a Master’s level qualification.

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

See our School website for the latest funding opportunities.

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 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 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 and 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

Extra costs may be incurred for materials and travel as part of this programme.

For further information, please contact:

Vicky Watson
Programme Secretary
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6004

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.