Planning for Sustainability and Climate Change MSc

Planning for Sustainability and Climate Change MSc

Full time: 12 months


Our Planning for Sustainability and Climate Change MSc prepares planners with specialised knowledge in sustainability and climate change issues. It attracts students primarily from science backgrounds.

The course 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 taught by the School of Architecture Planning and Landscape are complemented by key areas of law and energy in other schools.

Through the course you:

  • 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

This course offers a career path for students with first degrees in environment or engineering to move into town planning. There is still need in this area, particularly for planners with the knowledge and skills to act on climate change issues.

Our scholarship and relationship to the planning profession mean that the School is seen as a leading provider of planning education.


This is a specialised course. All modules are compulsory and 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 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 course 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.

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Module changes

Module changes

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

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per course.



Full time: £7,200


Full time: £7,200


Full time: £16,200

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.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent to a 2:1 honours degree, in a related discipline such as agriculture, environmental sciences, engineering, or social sciences.

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English Language Requirements

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If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Pathway courses

Our Architecture Graduate Diplomas will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. Depending on your level of English, you can choose from:

Pathway courses

Our Business and Humanities Graduate Diplomas will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. Depending on your level of English, you can choose from:

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

Start dates

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.


Vicky Young
Postgraduate Taught Secretary
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6004

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