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Regional Development and Spatial Planning PGDip

Regional Development and Spatial Planning PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Environmental Planning Regional Planning

Course type


Course Summary

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), the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology and the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

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.

Different course options

Full time | Newcastle University | 9 months | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


9 months

Start date



To consider practically and theoretically how spatial planning and design can contribute to the sustainable development agenda. To develop skills in critical analysis of development proposals and planning policies in relation to their environmental implications. To introduce students to a range of tools that might improve the sustainability of planning and foster sustainable development. To develop an understanding of the problems, causes and planning responses to sustainable development.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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: economics; geography; law; management; planning; politics.

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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