Our Spatial Planning PGDip gives you the academic and professional core knowledge, understanding and skills to enable you to practise professionally as a town and country planner.
Planning is about understanding places and place making. This ensures that we can achieve the best social, economic and environmental outcomes. We offer a friendly and supportive environment for you to make the transition towards a career in:
- wider built environment professions
Through our high quality research and teaching we provide you with a complete planning education:
- academic core knowledge
This equips you to embark on your professional planning career. You will be able to apply your planning knowledge and deal with the rapidly changing context of real world planning and the problem solving this requires.
The course is a conversion degree so you do not need to have studied planning before. It is for anyone with an interest in planning - thinking about how people, places and the environment interact. The course attracts students from a range of backgrounds and nationalities.
Leading planning academics teach our modules. They are members of planning teaching staff in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. Their world-leading research informs the teaching programme.
We teach the course on our Newcastle campus. You can study full time over 9 months or part time over 21 months.
If you study full time you are usually expected to attend 12 hours of taught contact time per week. You will need to allow around 28 hours of independent study per week. Contact hours and independent study times will vary depending on modules.
Part time study consists of the same modules and options as the full time programme. If you study part time, we timetable teaching for day release (one full day per week).
The majority of the course consists of a series of compulsory modules. They will introduce you to the core values and principles of planning. You will build on these throughout the rest of your studies and professional life. The main focus of these modules is the UK system complemented by international examples.
You will also have a choice of optional modules. These help you to develop a specialisation in planning practice informed by the latest research.
We deliver knowledge and skills through a series of lecture-based modules in semester one and two. We also deliver teaching through:
- optional international field trips (depending on the module)
This course has partial (spatial) accreditation from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). The RTPI is the UK's leading planning body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning. It is the largest planning institute in Europe with over 23,000 members.
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- LAW8147 Introduction to Planning Law
- TCP7021 Project I: Spatial Strategies
- TCP7023 Economics of Development
- TCP8001 Planning Frameworks
- TCP8034 Planning and Sustainability
- TCP8902 The Reflexive Practitioner
- TCP8911 Research Design
- TCP8939 Planning, Power and People
You take modules to the value of 30 credits from one of the following pathways:
Development pathwayDevelopment pathway
- CEG8709 Introduction to Surveying for Town Planning
- TCP8950 Valuation and Appraisal for Planning
- TCP8953 Back to the future: Questioning the rebirth of common ownership, local democracy and post-FDI economic models
You will also take a further 10 credits of optional modules from the list provided during induction.
Global Development pathwayGlobal Development pathway
Regeneration pathwayRegeneration pathway
Conservation pathwayConservation pathway
Green infrastructure and landscape planning pathwayGreen infrastructure and landscape planning pathway
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 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400
Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400
Full time: £10,800
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.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:2 honours degree. International students need a qualification equal to a 2:1 honours degree. Your degree can be in any subject, but preference is given to graduates of a related discipline such as:
- urban studies
- modern languages
Applicants who demonstrate significant knowledge and professional experience in UK town planning are welcome. We will consider your application if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and demonstrate aptitude for further study.
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
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.
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.