Urban Energy Technology and Policy MSc

Urban Energy Technology and Policy (with specialist pathways in Planning, Architecture) MSc

Full time: 12 months


Our course provides a wide, cross-scale and integral understanding of energy in cities. You'll focus on the UK policy environment within the context of international energy challenges. The course builds on the latest professional practice, making it ideal for a career in urban energy infrastructure.

Our course allows graduates to retrain and become energy specialists. It will suit those with a background in:

  • engineering
  • planning
  • architecture
  • science
  • relevant business management 

Specialist pathways

Our three specialist pathways allow you to tailor the course to your individual needs. You are able to select a pathway that suits your background and career aspirations:

  • planning focuses on planning and law
  • architecture has an emphasis on buildings
  • engineering is from the technical/technological perspective

On completing the course you'll have detailed knowledge and understanding of:

  • relevant facts, concepts, principles and theories
  • qualitative, quantitative or creative practice methods and processes
  • relevant IT applications
  • conceptual and detailed design of artefacts
  • management principles and business practices
  • professional and ethical responsibilities
  • the role and constraints of energy specialists in society
  • production practice and the regulatory and legislative framework


You will also develop a knowledge of the tools required to carry out a research project. The research project is set within an industrial context. You will develop an understanding of the environment in which you'll operate. Additionally, you will develop an appreciation of research techniques, including:

  • specialised tools and methods
  • analysing and defining project objectives
  • designing and planning projects according to rational methodologies
  • employing practicable and efficient procedures
  • analysing and interpreting results and presenting them in a meaningful manner
  • project management


You'll be prepared for careers in:

  • energy consultancy
  • engineering firms
  • architectural firms
  • energy companies
  • public sector (eg local authorities)

High-profile roles in urban energy infrastructure include:

  • planning
  • design
  • management
  • policy making 


The programme is structured around projects that explore key issues in urban energy. These projects are underpinned by theoretical and practical lectures, seminars and workshops. You will learn through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • coursework
  • case studies
  • presentations
  • research 
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Modules for 2017 entry

Compulsory modules

There are two specialist pathways to choose from. You will choose your pathway route when registering although you can show preference for one route during the admissions process.

Planning Route

Architecture Route

*Alternatively you can replace ARC8055 with ARC8106 Contrasting Theories in Sustainability and 20 credits from any Semester 2 modules included in the MSc course regulations.

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 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in an appropriate discipline. You also need to submit a portfolio.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

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English Language Requirements

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

Please email us at for further information.

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

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.


Nicola Rutherford
Programme Secretary
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6809

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