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Our International Spatial Planning MSc is an exciting and demanding course that is ideal if you want to work in spatial planning from an international perspective. It helps you translate academic and professional knowledge, understanding and skills in urban planning into a context suitable for a globalised economy and rapidly urbanising world.

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 course is full time and based at the central Newcastle campus. It consists of a range of compulsory modules designed to meet the professional requirements of the RTPI. Knowledge and skills are developed through a series of lecture-based modules and a dissertation.

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.


This course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). It is a combined qualification which allows graduates to progress towards Chartered Membership of the RTPI.

This is a professional accreditation that allows membership to Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Becoming a member of the RTPI will enhance your career whether you are a student just starting out on your professional journey or an experienced planner at the peak of your career.


The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape has excellent studio teaching facilities and our research suite provides designated space and equipment for each postgraduate researcher. Our facilities include:
-Exhibition spaces
-Print room
-Seminar rooms
-IT suites

Visit the International Spatial Planning - MSc page on the Newcastle University website for more details!





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