Are you interested in your surroundings? Curious about how places change? Keen to influence the way our environment is developed or conserved? If so, our professionally accredited Urban Planning degree could be for you...
Newcastle provides the ultimate case study for planning students. The rise and decline of industry and the recent cultural renaissance have turned the city into a ‘living laboratory’ for exploration and study.
There is a fantastic range of live planning projects on your doorstep and you will have plenty of opportunities to get out and about in the city.
You study fascinating topics such as design awareness, environmental sustainability and housing policy, and enjoy a range of field trips and projects to see planning in action.
You can also take a European field trip in second year to examine planning issues in a European city.
Newcastle is ranked 3rd in the UK for planning in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015.
At Newcastle, you have time to decide on your career path.
BA and MPlan students study the same programme for the first three years (Stages 1 to 3) so transfer is possible between the two degrees up to the end of the third year.
This gives you time to decide whether you want to pursue chartered town planner status as your degree progresses.
It is also possible to combine planning with another subject through our Joint Honours degrees:
Both of these Joint Honours degrees allow for potential transfer to our Single Honours courses at the end of Stage 1 should you decide you wish to pursue a career as a planner or an architect.
To become a Chartered Town Planner you need to fulfil the RTPI educational requirements and then complete two years' experience in planning practice.
If you decide, during your BA degree, that you would like to become a Chartered Town Planner, you can apply to transfer onto our MPlan degree up until the end of your third year.
MPlan students benefit from the unique opportunity to undertake a one-year paid work placement and gain a Certificate in Planning Practice. This counts as one of the two years' experience required to achieve Chartered Town Planner status.
Find out more by reading our MPlan degree information.
As a planning student at Newcastle you will be part of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. This is one of the few academic Schools in the UK specialising entirely in the built environment.
Visit the School website to take a virtual tour of planning facilities at Newcastle University.