Regional Development and Spatial Planning (MA)

Newcastle University

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12 months

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About Regional Development and Spatial Planning at Newcastle University

This course integrates regional development and spatial planning concerns in an international context. It brings together two disciplines and addresses the challenges of building capacity for analysis, strategy and policy making.

The course is a joint initiative involving staff based in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) and The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (APL).

The Regional Development and Spatial Planning course offers a distinctive integration of regional development and spatial planning not found at other institutions elsewhere in the UK. It has an international focus and outlook and includes conceptual, practical and policy content. There is an emphasis on links between theory, policy and practice.


Our teaching and learning strategy is seminar based, combining a mixture of sessions led by full-time staff and programme participants. We use interactive and participant focused teaching methods, including:

  • discussion of taught and read material
  • individual and group projects
  • case study analyses
  • practical projects
  • external practitioner speakers


This course is taught in dedicated Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) seminar and meeting rooms. The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape has a range of facilities available to students including:

  • a workshop
  • studios
  • exhibition spaces
  • crit rooms
  • seminar rooms
  • IT suites.

    How to Apply

    Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

    Start dates

    The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

    We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


    If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

    • pay a deposit of £1,500
    • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

    The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.


      Karyn McCloud
      Clerical Officer (Postgraduate Taught)
      School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
      Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7200

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      Entry requirements

      At least a 2:2 honours degree, or an international equivalent to a 2:1 honours degree. You degree must be in a relevant social science subject including:

      International Students

      To study this course you need to meet our Band 3 English Language requirements:

      Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

      If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

      Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

      The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

      Pre-sessional English Course Requirements

      You can study a pre-sessional English course at our INTO Newcastle Centre.

      You must also read our English language requirements, including:

      Academic qualifications that we accept from your country to meet our entry requirements are listed on your country page.

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