A planning-related degree could be for you if you are:
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 and beyond through frequent projects and field trips. You may also undertake a European field trip in second year to examine planning issues in a European city.
Newcastle is ranked in the top 5 UK universities for planning in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014, The Guardian University Guide 2014 and The Complete University Guide 2014.
We also achieved an overall student satisfaction score of 91% in the 2013 National Student Survey.
At Newcastle, you have time to decide whether you wish to enter a career as a planner. 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.
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 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.
I chose Newcastle University because I wanted to study in an institution with an esteemed academic reputation, with good career prospects, but also that had a reputation for providing a fantastic student life, in terms of both social life, and studying facilities.