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Our Planning for Sustainability and Climate Change MSc prepares planners with specialised knowledge in sustainability and climate change issues. It attracts students primarily from science backgrounds.

The course will provide you with the planning knowledge, understanding and viewpoints required for Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) accreditation, plus a specialised understanding of planning for climate change issues.

Modules taught by the School of Architecture Planning and Landscape are complemented by key areas of law and energy in other schools.

Through the course you:
-Develop a systematic understanding of town planning, enabling you to engage critically with current problems and practices in the discipline
-Use an interdisciplinary approach to understand planning for sustainability, with a focus on planning responses to the issues raised by climate change
-Develop critical understanding of values, ethics and professionalism in planning and skills in making sound judgements when confronted by complex issues

This course offers a career path for students with first degrees in environment or engineering to move into town planning. There is still need in this area, particularly for planners with the knowledge and skills to act on climate change issues.

Our scholarship and relationship to the planning profession mean that the School is seen as a leading provider of planning education.


This is a specialised course. All modules are compulsory and designed to meet the professional requirements of the RTPI. Knowledge and skills are developed through a series of modules based primarily on lectures, seminars and workshops.

You will also develop research, evaluation and core planning skills, and gain an understanding of how planners approach the legal and regulatory context and renewable energy issues. Mitigation and adaptation techniques, which are the core skills planners require in this field, will also be developed.

The dissertation will enable you to examine the application and professional practice approaches for planners. You will also be given the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of how academic and professional aspects of planning can respond to climate change.

The approach to teaching offers a mix of theoretical, thematic and practical modules, and a strong emphasis is placed on team and individual project work. The course has close linkages to the School, broader University research activities, and cross-European dimensions of planning practice and research. Sessions include seminars and workshops with visiting practitioners who are expert in various specialised areas. A study visit to another European country forms part of the Spatial Strategies project module.


This course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). This is a professional accreditation and allows membership to RTPI, which 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 Planning for Sustainability and Climate Change - MSc page on the Newcastle University website for more details!






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