Newcastle University

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Town Planning


School of Psychology

Percy Building

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc, Spatial Planning, Postgraduate Diploma

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MSc consists of taught modules totalling 120 credits and a dissertation (60 credits). Most modules are assessed solely by course work, and in some instances, presentations. During Semester 1, there is a series of lecture-based modules, incorporating seminars, group discussions and workshops, which provides a comprehensive introduction to the theories, methods, structures and techniques of planning.

In Semester 2, the emphasis shifts towards more project-based work which is very important for synthesizing knowledge and developing planning and team-working skills. There are two key project-based module - spatial strategies and sustainable communities. The latter module incorporates a European field trip and a project undertaken in conjunction with architecture students.

The third taught component is the development of specialist knowledge and skills. In Semester 1, students undertake a lecture-based module in urban design and conservation or regenerating places or planning in developing countries (10 credits). For the dissertation (60 credits), students undertake a substantial piece of individual research work of around 15,000 words, which is carried out under the guidance of an academic member of staff.


This RTPI-accredited programme is designed to give you the academic and professional core knowledge,
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