Newcastle University: Local and Regional Development

InstitutionNewcastle University View institution profile
Department School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
Study type Research


This course provides an opportunity to engage with contemporary debates in local and regional development theory and policy in an international context. It fulfils the current demand to build capacity and skills for strategic analysis and policy-making. We place a distinctive emphasis on the links between theory, policy and practice.

The Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), where you will be based, has played a leading role in contemporary academic and policy debates for over 35 years, and our research contributes directly to the teaching of this course. It offers you a great opportunity to engage with contemporary debates in local and regional development theory, governance and policy in an international context.


You are taught by highly research active staff in a welcoming and supportive environment. We use interactive and participant focused teaching methods, including:
•discussion of taught and read material
•individual and group projects
•case study analyses
•practical projects
•external practitioner speakers.

The course is comprised of 180 credits of compulsory core modules including the 15,000 word Research Dissertation.

Our teaching and learning strategy is seminar based, combining a mixture of sessions led by staff and course participants.


This course is taught in dedicated Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) seminar and meeting rooms.

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape has a range of facilities available to students including:
•a workshop
•exhibition spaces
•crit rooms
•seminar rooms
•IT suites.

MA (Res)

Newcastle University

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