Our Planning and Environment Research MA provides strong research training. You will develop your research skills and receive professional accreditation. It will suit those looking to specialise in environmental or landscape planning research. The course is Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised.
The course will prepare you for a PhD in the field of environmental or landscape planning. It will also equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to pursue a research career. The research skills that you will develop are relevant to a variety of organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
You will develop:
- understanding of a range of contemporary and specialised issues in environmental planning research
- strong research skills including data collection and analysis
- awareness of ethical issues in research
- practical skills for planning, managing and disseminating research, including bibliographic, IT and communication skills
- expertise in specialist areas relating to your personal research interests
- a broad understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods
Our research-active staff will deliver your teaching and research training. Our staff have extensive practice experience. They are also experienced supervisors and examiners of doctoral level research students. This has considerable benefits if you wish to carry on to PhD at Newcastle. It provides opportunities to develop research proposals in close association with potential supervisors.
You will take compulsory modules in research methods and skills development. These are delivered by the Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School.
The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape will deliver optional modules. Optional modules include specialised modules related to your personal research interests. You can choose from a wide range of subjects, enabling you to customise your course. You can also take optional modules from other academic schools within the University.
Your dissertation will enhance and enable you to show your research skills and training.
This course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). This is a professional accreditation and allows membership to RTPI. This will enhance your career whether you are a student just starting out on your professional journey or an experienced planner.
The course is also recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It is recognised under the 1+3 system (Master's plus PhD) for postgraduate studies. This provides UK students with a route to ESRC-funded doctoral study.
The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape has excellent studio teaching facilities. Our research suite provides designated space and equipment for each postgraduate researcher. Our facilities include:
- exhibition spaces
- print room
- seminar rooms
- IT suites
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Modules for 2017 entry
- HSS8001 Thinking about Research
- HSS8002 Information Skills
- HSS8003 Dissertation Preparation
- HSS8004 Qualitative Methodology in the Arts, Humanities and Social Science
- HSS8005 Introduction to Quantitative Methods
- TCP8099 Dissertation
You will take a further 50 credits from the following:
- TCP7021 Project 1: Spatial Strategies
- TCP7023 Economics of Development
- TCP7024 Conservation and the City
- TCP8001 Planning Frameworks
- TCP8025 Linked Research Project
- TCP8902 The Reflexive Practitioner
- TCP8034 Planning and Sustainability
- TCP8912 Conservation and the City Project *
- TCP8921 Globalisation and Social Justice
- TCP8920 Globalisation and Social Justice: Project *
- APL8000 Conceptualising Landscape
- APL8004 Conceptualising Landscape
* There is a pre-requisite semester one module with each of these modules.
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £16,200
Extra costs may be incurred for materials and travel as part of this course.
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or an international equivalent. Your degree must be in a relevant subject area such as:
- environmental science
- environmental management
The Degree Programme Director will also consider those with a 2:2 honours degree if you have:
- a Master's level qualification
- or significant relevant experience
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- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.