Taught course

Planning for Sustainability and Climate Change

Newcastle University · School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent to a 2:1 honours degree, in a related discipline such as agriculture, environmental sciences, engineering, or social sciences.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Planning for Sustainability and Climate Change MSc prepares planners with specialised knowledge in sustainability and climate change issues. It attracts students primarily from science backgrounds.

The course will provide you with the planning knowledge, understanding and viewpoints required for Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) accreditation, plus a specialised understanding of planning for climate change issues.

Modules taught by the School of Architecture Planning and Landscape are complemented by key areas of law and energy in other schools.

Through the course you:

  • develop a systematic understanding of town planning, enabling you to engage critically with current problems and practices in the discipline
  • use an interdisciplinary approach to understand planning for sustainability, with a focus on planning responses to the issues raised by climate change
  • develop critical understanding of values, ethics and professionalism in planning and skills in making sound judgements when confronted by complex issues.

This course offers a career path for students with first degrees in environment or engineering to move into town planning. There is still need in this area, particularly for planners with the knowledge and skills to act on climate change issues.

Our scholarship and relationship to the planning profession mean that the School is seen as a leading provider of planning education.

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Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 4 English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills. If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Vicky Young, Postgraduate Taught Secretary, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
+44 (0) 191 208 6004