lk74 - Geography and Planning BA

Geography and Planning BA Honours

UCAS Code: LK74 (full time: 3 Years)

Course Overview

If you would like to study human geography alongside issues relating to urban planning then this degree is for you.

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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 Level: ABB-BBB
IB: 30-32 points

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You will learn about the social forces that shape our society and spaces we live in, and will discover a variety of techniques for ‘reading’ cities and spaces.

You will examine the practices of public planning and design, and explore the political and democratic factors which influence it.

The degree integrates core areas from our geography and urban planning degrees and is designed to equip you with strong analytical skills and practical implementation abilities.

Your first year is professionally accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Highlights of this degree

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Course Details

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Requests for a transfer from stage 1 of LK74 into stage 2 of K421 or K400 can be considered only if you have passed all stage 1 modules.

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose 100 credits of modules from the lists below. You are advised to select 60 credits from semester 1 and 40 from semester 2 in order to give a 60/60 credit balance.

You must select a minimum of 40 credits from the following Geography modules:

You must select a minimum of 40 credits from the following Planning modules:

You may select the following module:

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. It isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Find out more about Work Placements.

Year 3 (Placement Year)

On completion of Stage 2 and before entering Stage 3, you may as part of your studies for the degree spend a year in a placement with an approved organisation. If you are required to re-sit your Stage 2 assessment, you must delay the start of your placement until you have done so. If you fail Stage 2, you may not complete a placement year.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose 80 credits of modules from the following lists. You are advised to select 40 credits each semester in order to give a 60/60 credit balance.

You must select 40 credits from the following Geography modules (to follow some of these modules you are required to have followed certain modules at Stage 2):

You must select 40 credits from the following Planning modules:

*You must have previously taken the TCP2006.

If you did not take NCL2007 in Stage 2, you may take the following in place of a Stage 3 option from a subject you took 60 credits from in Stage 2:

    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.


    Geography and Planning careers

    Our graduates’ excellent employment record is a sign of the flexibility and professionalism that our geography degrees develop.

    The range of skills that geographers acquire is much sought after by employers, and our graduates therefore have access to a wide variety of careers.

    Our degrees provide experience of a host of general skills including written and oral presentation, teamwork, project management, problem solving, numeracy, computing, mapping and graphics and research skills. 

    Geographers are adaptable, and their broad understanding and range of approaches to the world and its problems are relevant to many different jobs.

    Planning Graduates will leave with sought after skills, including teamwork, project management, research and presentation skills, and will therefore have access to a wide variety of careers.  A Geography and Planning degree from Newcastle will ensure you develop the skills that employers look for and can open the doors to a wide range of careers.

    Many of our graduates enter careers in recruitment, marketing, PR, insurance, research, and business management, as well as in the not-for-profit sector. Others continue their studies in areas including real estate, town planning and education.

    Find out more about the career options for Geography 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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    Application decisions and enquiries

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