Our Urban Planning MSc provides a core introduction to planning issues, professional and theoretical debates and their application to live cases and places.
About this course
Urban Planning is the understanding of the place making processes that underpins places, society and the environment. It is also interdisciplinary, with professionals having an understanding across a range of topics. You'll gain an understanding of the fundamentals required for a successful career in planning or the wider built environment professions.
The Urban Planning MSc is seeking accreditation from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). The Development pathway is also seeking accreditation from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and will offer a RICS-accredited route to gain Chartered Surveyors status.
The course is suitable:
- if you are new to studying planning
- if you have before studied planning in a different regulatory context
What you'll learnWhat you'll learn
- fundamentals of planning
- academic underpinnings of planning
- principles of planning
- legal, economic, social, political frameworks in which planning is situated
The course has five specialist pathways to suit your individual needs, background and career aspirations.
Global development pathway
Green Infrastructure and Landscape Planning pathway
This course is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). The RTPI (a professional body for planners) 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
The Development pathway is also seeking accreditation from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and will offer a RICS-accredited route to gain Chartered Surveyors status. You can apply for RICS student membership through the RICS website.
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 12 months or part time over two years.
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.
An optional field trip to a country in Asia, Africa or Latin America provides valuable practical project experience. The field trip is not included in the cost of the course and is self-funded by students. We anticipate the costs to be around £900-£1,000 for two weeks.
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)
A member of planning staff will mentor you through your individual dissertation research study.
You will have access to a dedicated social space for planning students, with computing and printing facilities. This is in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.