Postgraduate

Spatial Planning PGDip

Spatial Planning PGDip

Full time: 9 months, part time: 21 months

Profile

Our Spatial Planning PGDip gives you the academic and professional core knowledge, understanding and skills to enable you to practise professionally as a town and country planner.

Planning is about understanding places and place making. This ensures that we can achieve the best social, economic and environmental outcomes. We offer a friendly and supportive environment for you to make the transition towards a career in:

  • planning 
  • wider built environment professions

Through our high quality research and teaching we provide you with a complete planning education:

  • academic core knowledge
  • understanding
  • skills

This equips you to embark on your professional planning career. You will be able to apply your planning knowledge and deal with the rapidly changing context of real world planning and the problem solving this requires.

The course is a conversion degree so you do not need to have studied planning before. It is for anyone with an interest in planning - thinking about how people, places and the environment interact. The course attracts students from a range of backgrounds and nationalities.

Delivery

Leading planning academics teach our modules. They are members of planning teaching staff in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. Their world-leading research informs the teaching programme.

We teach the course on our Newcastle campus. You can study full time over 9 months or part time over 21 months.

If you study full time you are usually expected to attend 12 hours of taught contact time per week. You will need to allow around 28 hours of independent study per week. Contact hours and independent study times will vary depending on modules.

Part time study consists of the same modules and options as the full time programme. If you study part time, we timetable teaching for day release (one full day per week).

The majority of the course consists of a series of compulsory modules. They will introduce you to the core values and principles of planning. You will build on these throughout the rest of your studies and professional life. The main focus of these modules is the UK system complemented by international examples.

You will also have a choice of optional modules. These help you to develop a specialisation in planning practice informed by the latest research.

We deliver knowledge and skills through a series of lecture-based modules in semester one and two. We also deliver teaching through:

  • workshops
  • seminars
  • tutorials 
  • optional international field trips (depending on the module)

Related Degrees

  • Urban Planning MSc

    Our Urban Planning MSc provides a core introduction to planning issues, professional and theoretical debates and their application to live cases and places.

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Modules

Modules for 2017 entry

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 year.

PGDip

UK

Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400

EU

Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400

International

Full time: £10,800

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.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 honours degree. International students need a qualification equal to a 2:1 honours degree. Your degree can be in any subject, but preference is given to graduates of a related discipline such as:

  • planning
  • geography
  • urban studies
  • sociology
  • history
  • politics
  • economics
  • architecture
  • law
  • modern languages

Applicants who demonstrate significant knowledge and professional experience in UK town planning are welcome. We will consider your application if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and demonstrate aptitude for further study.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

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

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.

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.

Deposit

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.

Contact

Vicky Young
Postgraduate Taught Secretary
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6004
Email: vicky.young1@ncl.ac.uk

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