k400 - Master of Planning MPlan

Master of Planning MPlan Honours

UCAS Code: K400 (full time: 4 Years)

Course Overview

This professionally accredited degree is your first step to achieving chartered town planner status.

A sketch of a town centre tramline. Lectures with integrated practical exercises develop design confidence and MPlan students can choose to specialise in Urban Regeneration or Environmental Planning by taking one of the four combinations of modules in their final year.

At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
MPlan Honours

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Course Duration
4 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB-BBC
IB: 28-32 points

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You study the same programme as our Urban Planning BA Honours degree for your first three years, developing a thorough grounding in planning processes, city design, conservation, housing policy and more.

After Stage 3, you complete a year in planning practice, equipping you with valuable work experience and putting you on the fast track to Chartered Town Planner status.

You then return to university for your final year, specialising in either planning and regeneration, or environmental planning.

You develop highly practical knowledge through work with planning and planning-related organisations, as well as practitioner workshops.

You will have plenty of opportunities to get out and about, through frequent projects and field trips, and there are several opportunities to study planning in an international context.

Highlights of this degree

“The lecturers don’t just stand at the front and talk at you, they involve every student and prompt discussions and independent thinking"

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Course Details

Modules for 2019 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

You will take the following compulsory modules, unless you are on ERASMUS (see below):

Optional modules

You will take 80 credits from the following modules (40 credits in semester 1 and 40 credits in semester 2):

*If you are an Erasmus student you will take the 40 credit option TCP2037 in semester 1, plus 20 credit core of the distance learning version of TCP Researching Local Economies and follow the normal programme as shown above

Students progressing from stage 2 to stage 3 must have obtained an overall stage average of 40%.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You will select one of the following modules:

Students progressing from stage 3 to stage 4 need to obtain an overall stage average of 50%. Those not meeting this threshold will be awarded the BA (Hons) in Urban Planning.


You may choose to leave the programme at the end of Stage 3 and will be awarded a degree in Urban Planning BA Honours.

If you wish to continue on the MPlan route, you have the opportunity to gain the Certificate in Planning Practice between Stages 3 and 4 of this degree. The Certificate consists of a professional practice placement, lasting one year full time. See the Course Overview for details.

After completing the Certificate, you return to the University for Stage 4 of the MPlan degree.

Stage 4

MPlan students can choose to specialise in Regeneration, Green Infrastructure and Landscape Planning or Urban Conservation. You must take one of the three combinations of modules listed below.


Green Infrastructure and Landscape Planning

Urban Conservation

    Entry Requirements

    All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

    If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

    The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our Admissions Policy (PDF: 71 KB).

    See further policies related to admission.


    Planning careers

    Our graduates do exceptionally well in the job market, both regionally and nationally. Almost all of our Planning graduates choose to pursue accredited Town Planner status and our unique focus on employability and the option to take the year-out with a Certificate in Planning Practice means our graduates are highly sought by employers.

    Graduate town planners are employed by local authorities and by private planning consultancies that advise organisations and individuals on specific planning schemes.

    Major companies also employ their own teams of planners to find appropriate areas for expansion and to oversee the planning and design of new premises. Such companies include utility companies, large retail businesses and transport organisations such as airports. In addition, many of our graduates gain employment in the charity and NGO (non-governmental organisation) sectors working with environmental and conservation organisations.

    A planning-related degree will not prevent you from entering most careers; in fact many employers welcome the broad range of study experienced by our graduates.

    It is, for example, possible to enter one of the graduate professions on the basis of your skills in problem solving, teamwork and IT, and your background in social and environmental issues, economics and law. Such careers include:

    • management and administration
    • accountancy
    • law
    • marketing
    • tourism and leisure
    • economic development
    • work with environmental groups, property developers and housing agencies

    In recent years, graduates of our programmes have gone on to become teachers, accountants, solicitors, academics, business managers and officers in the armed forces. It is also possible to take a Master’s course, such as our MA in Urban Design, to qualify in another profession.

    Find out more about the career options for graduates from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

    What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

    See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

    Careers and employability at Newcastle

    Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

    96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

    Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

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    UCAS codes for Newcastle University

    • institution name - NEWC
    • institution code - N21

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