Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University

Urban Planning: Developing and Transitional Regions

The MSc in Urban Planning: Developing and Transitional Regions is concerned with the theory and practice of urban planning in societies undergoing rapid economic, social, technological, environmental and spatial change.

The emphasis of the course is on institutional aspects of planning and management interventions in the urban sector and the scope of various policy instruments and planning modes to manage the emerging spatial patterns, impacts and processes of urban growth.

The MSc is RICS- and RTPI-accredited.

Entry requirements

The course attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. Applicants are welcome from any relevant academic discipline, and from among those in work and seeking continuing professional development.

Admission is normally open to those with a good undergraduate honours degree (2.1 or equivalent) or other professional qualifications relevant to planning and development, or an appropriate professional background.

The course provides the opportunity to attain formal academic training and qualifications based on a diversity of professional backgrounds. Applications will also be considered from those who seek to formalise their prior experiential learning or qualifications.

Please also see the university's general entry requirements.

Course modules

Development and Urbanisation; Urban Land Policy and Urban Management; Globalisation: Environment and Development; Urban Policy in Practice: Programme and Project Implementation; Research Methods; Armed Conflict and International Humanitarianism; Principles of Environmental Assessment; Environmental Management Systems; Designing the City; World of Refugees; International Transport Planning; Strategic Environmental Assessment; GIS and Environmental Modeling; Designing the Neighbourhood; Global Institutions; Delivering Sustainable Futures; Destination and Event Development; Statistical Research Using SPSS; Independent Study.

Assessment methods

Each course module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or design work, and to some extent on verbal presentations. Assessment methods may include essays, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project work, design and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations and practical exercises.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time January 2017 - 12 months
MSc Part-time January 2017 - 24 months
MSc Full-time September 2017 - 12 months
MSc Part-time September 2017 - 24 months
MSc Full-time January 2018 - 12 months
MSc Part-time January 2018 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Headington Campus Oxford OX3 0BP South East

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