Our graduates do exceptionally well in the job market, both regionally and nationally. Almost all of our Planning graduates choose to pursue accredited Town Planner status and our unique focus on employability and the option to take the year-out with Certificate in Planning Practice means our graduates are highly sought by employers.
Graduate town planners are employed by local authorities and by private planning consultancies that advise organisations and individuals on specific planning schemes.
Major companies also employ their own teams of planners to find appropriate areas for expansion and to oversee the planning and design of new premises. Such companies include utility companies, large retail businesses and transport organisations such as airports. In addition, many of our graduates gain employment in the charity and NGO (non-governmental organisation) sectors working with environmental and conservation organisations.
A planning-related degree will not prevent you from entering most careers; in fact many employers welcome the broad range of study experienced by our graduates.
It is, for example, possible to enter one of the graduate professions on the basis of your skills in problem solving, teamwork and IT, and your background in social and environmental issues, economics and law. Such careers include:
In recent years, graduates of our programmes have gone on to become teachers, accountants, solicitors, academics, business managers and officers in the armed forces. It is also possible to take a Master’s course, such as our MA in Urban Design, to qualify in another profession.
Find out what recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation:
Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK. 93.4% of our 2011 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating. More than three quarters (78.7%) of our graduates who entered employment achieved a graduate level position.
We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+ which enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.