Newcastle University

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Planning and Environment Research


School of Psychology

Percy Building

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The programme aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to undertake careers in research in a variety of public, private and voluntary sector bodies, including doctoral research.This programme focuses on the development of the skills necessary to undertake research in the social sciences in general, and planning, environment and housing in particular.
You take compulsory modules in research methods and skills development (70 credits) including: introduction to information skills; thinking about research û puzzles, paradoxes and problems; qualitative methodology in the social sciences; quantitative methodology in the social sciences; dissertation preparation.
You then select optional modules (50 credits) from a comprehensive list which engages with a full spectrum of state-of-the-art planning, environment, housing and design research issues. You will be able to customise your portfolio of optional modules to fit with your own research interests. Optional modules include: planning law and government; land economics; urban design; cities and new technologies; environmental assessment and design; conservation of the historic environment; equal opportunities.You also complete a dissertation project (60 credits), which will enhance and demonstrate your research skills and training in planning and environmental research.


This programme is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under its 1+3 system
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