Town Planning PGDip

12 months full time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

Please contact the School for details of fees.

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This programme completes the final stage of your RTPI-accredited education and provides a specialist planning course tailored to your particular interests.


The Diploma in Town Planning (RTPI accredited) completes the second part of our route to a professionally accredited planning qualification (following the BA Honours in Town Planning and Certificate in Planning Practice). After completing the Certificate in Planning Practice, you will review issues relating to both practice and theory.

The Diploma can be taken via one of three routes: planning and urban design; planning and regeneration; environmental planning. You will have the opportunity to work with outside planning and planning related organisations on live reports, often taken up subsequently in policy; and attend practitioner workshop sessions. You will also be able to gain more specialist knowledge and skills, enhancing your CV, and have the opportunity to work with other disciplines (law, architecture, urban design, landscape students and staff) and to visit abroad.  

You can participate in an Erasmus exchange in the second semester of the Diploma, as part of a European research project. Students who complete the Diploma programme may be eligible to convert their Diploma to the Master's in Town Planning. To satisfy the requirements for this programme, you will be required to undertake and submit a dissertation within a year.

+Entrance Requirements

This programme is open to applicants who have completed an RTPI-accredited first degree in planning at Newcastle, or at another university with an RTPI agreement, and who have completed a year in practice.

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

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

For enquiries regarding eligibility for this course and/or details of how to apply, applicants should contact the School directly at

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

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.