Planning for Sustainability and Climate Change MSc

12 months full time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £5,500
International: full time £12,075

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This programme aims to prepare planners with specialised knowledge in sustainability and climate change issues.  It aims to attract students primarily from science backgrounds and will provide you with the planning knowledge, understanding and viewpoints required for Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) accreditation, plus a specialised understanding of planning for climate change issues.

Modules within the School are complemented by tapping into key areas (law and energy) in other Schools.

Through the programme you will:
• develop a systematic understanding of town planning, enabling you to engage critically with current problems and practices in the discipline
• use an interdisciplinary approach to understand planning for sustainability, with a focus on planning responses to the issues raised by climate change
• develop critical understanding of values, ethics and professionalism in planning and skills in making sound judgements when confronted by complex issues

Newcastle’s scholarship, both past and present, and its relationship to the planning profession mean that it is seen as a leading school for planning education.

This interdisciplinary programme offers a career path for those with first degrees in environment or engineering to move into town planning where there is still unmet need, particularly for planners with the knowledge and skills to act on climate change issues.


Since this is already a specialised route, all modules are compulsory and are designed to meet the professional requirements of the RTPI. Knowledge and skills are developed through a series of modules based primarily on lectures, seminars and workshops.

You will also develop research, evaluation and core planning skills and through specialised modules gain an understanding of how planners approach the legal and regulatory context and renewable energy issues.  Mitigation and adaptation techniques, which are the core skills planners require in this field, will also be developed. 

The dissertation will enable you to examine the application and professional practice approaches for planners. You will also be given the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of how academic and professional aspects of planning can respond to climate change.

The approach to teaching offers a mix of theoretical, thematic and practical modules, and a strong emphasis is placed on team and individual project work. The programme has close linkages to the School, broader University research activities, and cross-European dimensions of planning practice and research.  Sessions include seminars and workshops with visiting practitioners who are expert in various specialised areas. A study visit to another European country forms part of the spatial strategies project module.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

A lower-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent to an upper-second-class Honours degree, in a related discipline such as agriculture, environmental sciences, engineering, or social sciences.

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 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/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:

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.