Town Planning MSc

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 RTPI-accredited programme is designed to give you the academic and professional core knowledge, understanding and skills to enable you to practise professionally as a town and country planner.

Through the programme you will:

• develop a broad understanding of town planning, enabling you to appreciate the theoretical foundations of the discipline and the links between theory and practice
• develop advanced research skills and the ability to critically evaluate and utilise current research
• critically engage with the complexity of decision making in the discipline and demonstrate how sound judgement as a professional planner is informed by values and ethics
• develop depth of knowledge and skills in particular areas of town planning, underpinned by current and relevant research
• demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of sustainable development and be able to identify the planner’s role in supporting sustainability agendas.

Our approach to teaching offers a mix of theoretical, thematic and practical modules with a range of interesting optional modules encouraging specialisation.

We place strong emphasis on team and individual project work, close linkages to the School’s research activities and cross-European dimensions of planning practice and research including a study visit to another European country.

Throughout the programme you will enjoy a high level of extracurricular support through, for example, essay writing skills development, dissertation support, student and staff seminars and the involvement of practitioners.


The MSc consists of taught modules and a dissertation. Most modules are assessed solely by course work and, in some instances, presentations.

During Semester 1 a series of taught modules provides a comprehensive introduction to the theories, methods, structures and techniques of planning. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group discussions and workshops. Team work skills are developed through the group project on sustainable development.

In Semester 2, the emphasis shifts towards synthesising the knowledge acquired in Semester 1 and further developing planning and team working skills. A major part of this semester is the project-based module, spatial strategies. The module includes a field trip to Europe where you have the opportunity to develop a comprehensive redevelopment strategy for a local area drawing on the knowledge acquired in Semesters 1 and 2 and from examples and case studies that have a European context.

In Semester 1, you undertake a lecture-based module in your chosen specialism (conservation and the city; regenerating places; planning in developing countries; issues in landscape planning and sustainability; cities, security and resilience) and this is followed by an individual project in Semester 2.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

A lower-second-class Honours degree, or an international equivalent to an upper-second-class Honours Degree, in any subject, or significant demonstrable knowledge and relevant professional experience in UK town planning.

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 information on 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

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.