Taught course

Urban Planning

Newcastle University · School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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 learn

  • fundamentals of planning
  • academic underpinnings of planning
  • principles of planning
  • legal, economic, social, political frameworks in which planning is situated.

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Information for international students

English Language Requirements:

To study this course you need to meet our Band 4 English Language Requirements.

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, and 5.5 in all other sub-skills).

Fees and funding

See Fees and Funding in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Vicky Young, Postgraduate Taught Secretary
+44 (0) 191 208 6004