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Full time | Newcastle University | 12 months | SEP

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Full time


12 months

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Urban Studies

Course type


Course Summary

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 fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). The Development pathway is partially accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and offers 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 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.

Development pathway

Global Development pathway

Regeneration pathway

Conservation pathway

Green Infrastructure and Landscape Planning pathway.


This course will introduce students to the law of town and country planning, and to its use as a tool of environmental management. The course will consider the mechanisms used in planning law to structure development and provide forward-looking strategies for environmental protection, including the use of planning conditions, planning agreements and planning gain. It will consider the law on development control, and the impact of environmental management techniques (such as EIA) and human rights legislation on the practice and law of planning. The course will look at judicial interpretation of the provisions for development control, and the role of the courts in controlling public bodies in the exercise of their planning powers.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree. International students need a qualification equal to a 2:1 honours degree. Your degree can be in any subject, but preference is given to graduates of a related discipline such as: planning; geography; urban studies; sociology; history; politics; economics; architecture; law; modern languages. Applicants who demonstrate significant knowledge and professional experience in UK town planning are welcome. We will consider your application if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and demonstrate aptitude for further study.

University information

Newcastle University is a world-leading university, advancing knowledge, providing creative solutions and solving global problems. The university is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, one of 24 leading research-intensive UK universities. In recent years, Newcastle University has developed a presence in three similarly vibrant and globally-connected locations – London, Singapore and Malaysia. These provide both a global...more

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