Newcastle University

Newcastle University

International Spatial Planning

The course seeks to engage you in the theoretical and practical context of planning in a broad range of countries. It helps prepare you for work as urban planning and development professional around the world. For students from countries experiencing rapid economic development and urbanisation (with the physical and social challenges these produce), the course bridges the gap between the focused field of urban planning and the broader field of international development. It offers you the opportunity to relate the core learning directly to your own country's context, which is of particular value to international students. The learning environment is informal and friendly and the approach to teaching offers a mix of theoretical and practical modules. We place strong emphasis on team and individual project work, allowing you to put your learning into practice. An optional field trip to a country in Asia, Africa or Latin America provides valuable practical project experience. The field trip is not included in the cost of the programme and costs around �900-1000 for two weeks. To support international students to make the transition to UK higher education, a strong element of tutorial and seminar teaching runs throughout the programme.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related discipline such as planning, geography, sociology, history, politics, economics, architecture or law. We will also consider applicantions on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing) or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: Dissertation; the reflective practitioner; globalisation and social justice; housing and settlements; sustainable development; planning and regulatory frameworks; spatial strategies; planning, power and people.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,500 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 11,165 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Campus Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU North East

Key information

Vicky Watson, PG Taught Secretary, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Telephone number: 
0191 208 6004