This master's in Planning and Environment Research will suit those looking to specialise in environmental or landscape planning research.
The course will prepare you for a PhD in the field of environmental/ landscape planning. It will equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to pursue a research career. You'll develop a range of strong research skills including data collection and analysis. These skills will be relevant to a variety of organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
You'll gain an understanding of a range of contemporary and specialised issues in environmental planning research.
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.
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What you'll learn
You'll 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 demonstrate your research skills and training.
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.
Module information 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.
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.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
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How you'll learn
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Computer assessment
- Reflective log
- Research proposal
- Research paper
- Written exercise
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
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.
- strong research skills including data collection and analysis
- awareness of ethical issues in research
- practical skills for planning, managing and disseminating research. This includes bibliographic, IT and communication skills
- expertise in specialist areas relating to your personal research interests
- a broad understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods
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Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
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The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape has excellent studio teaching facilities. Our research suite provides space and equipment for postgraduate researchers. This may be limited to allow for social distancing. Our facilities include:
- exhibition spaces
- print room
- seminar rooms
- IT suites
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
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- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
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- additional costs
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
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Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021
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