12 months full time; 24 months part time
Fees per academic year 2013-14
UK and EU: full time £5,500 part time £2,750
International: full time £11,500 part time fees
More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.
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.
Our approach to teaching offers a mix of theoretical, thematic and practical modules. 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.
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
Normally an upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent in any subject. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower class Honours degrees and those with non-standard qualifications and/or relevant experience.
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 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.
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.
Extra costs may be incurred for materials and travel as part of this programme.
For further information please contact:
Vicky Watson or Nicola Rutherford
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 222 6004
This programme is within the subject area of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.