k421 - Urban Planning BA

Urban Planning BA Honours

UCAS Code: K421 (full time: 3 Years)

Course Overview

If you're keen to influence the way our environment is developed or conserved, our professionally accredited Urban Planning degree could be for you.

An aerial design of buildings and transport routes. Our students enjoy enthusiastic and up-to-date teaching by people who are passionate about their subject, as well as being acknowledged leaders in their field.

At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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

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Are you interested in your surroundings? Curious about how places change? 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.

You study fascinating topics such as design awareness, environmental sustainability and housing policy, and enjoy a range of field trips and projects to see planning in action.

You can also take a field trip in second year to examine international planning issues.

Highlights of this degree

Meet Ashleigh from the UK

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

Ashleigh, Urban Planning BA Honours

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Course Details

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.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Stage 2

Compulsory modules*

Optional modules

You take 80 credits from the following modules:

*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 TCP2038 Researching Local Economies and follow the normal programme as shown above

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Optional modules 

You will select one of the following modules:

Our Urban Planning BA Honours degree covers the same modules as our Master of Planning MPlan degree. This means you have the flexibility to transfer to this undergraduate Master's degree until the end of third year should you decide you wish to become a Town Planner. MPlan students complete their planning education with an advanced study year at the University (Stage 4), during which they can choose to specialise in one of two areas of planning:

  • urban regeneration
  • environmental planning

    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.


    Urban 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 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 Urban Planning 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.

    Fees & Funding



    Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

    To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    UCAS codes for Newcastle University

    • institution name - NEWC
    • institution code - N21

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    Making your application

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    Application decisions and enquiries

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