Postgraduate

Planning and Environment Research MA

Planning and Environment Research MA

Full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months

Profile

Our Planning and Environment Research MA provides strong research training. You will develop your research skills and receive professional accreditation. It will suit those looking to specialise in environmental or landscape planning research. The course is Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised.


Your course during COVID-19

Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University study experience.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.


About this course

The course will prepare you for a PhD in the field of environmental or landscape planning. It will also equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to pursue a research career. The research skills that you will develop are relevant to a variety of organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

You will develop:

  • understanding of a range of contemporary and specialised issues in environmental planning research
  • strong research skills including data collection and analysis
  • awareness of ethical issues in research
  • practical skills for planning, managing and disseminating research, including bibliographic, IT and communication skills
  • expertise in specialist areas relating to your personal research interests
  • a broad understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods

The course is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under the 1+3 system (Master's plus PhD) for postgraduate studies. This provides UK students with a route to ESRC-funded doctoral study.

Our research-active staff will deliver your teaching and research training. Our staff have extensive practice experience. They are also experienced supervisors and examiners of doctoral level research students. This has considerable benefits if you wish to carry on to PhD at Newcastle. It provides opportunities to develop research proposals in close association with potential supervisors.

Quality and Ranking

We rank in the top 100 for Architecture - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

Delivery

You will take compulsory modules in research methods and skills development. These are delivered by the Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School.

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape will deliver optional modules. Optional modules include specialised modules related to your personal research interests. You can choose from a wide range of subjects, enabling you to customise your course. You can also take optional modules from other academic schools within the University.

Your dissertation will enhance and enable you to show your research skills and training.

Student Profile

The greatest advantage of my study programme is that it is very flexible. Alongside the compulsory research modules, I have the freedom to choose a great many of my architecture and planning modules. I am able define my very own focus of interest, which is essential in order to successfully undertake a research project and tackle the challenges of a Master’s dissertation.

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Modules

You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2020 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Fees & Funding

2021-2022 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

MA

Home

Full time: £8,100
Part time: £4,050

International

Full time: £18,600

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.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or an international equivalent. Your degree must be in a relevant subject area such as:

  • planning
  • landscape
  • environmental science
  • environmental management
  • geography
  • architecture

The Degree Programme Director will also consider those with a 2:2 honours degree if you have:

  • a Master's level qualification
  • or significant relevant experience

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. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering our Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

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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