Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University

Urban and Regional Regeneration

This course is run by the Department of Planning. The major aims of this course are to develop a critical understanding of key issues in regeneration theory, policy and practice, and to ground you as a reflective practitioner who is also aware of the ethical and political dilemmas of practice. The regeneration of local economies, local places and local societies is high on the political agenda. Current discussion in the UK of an urban renaissance, about creating sustainable communities and about growing disparities between the economies of London and other regions and cities in the UK overlays the traditions of inner-city regeneration and neighbourhood renewal that have long been a focus for British urban policy. You will develop an understanding of the application of planning and action to the regeneration and sustainable development of local and regional economies and societies.

Entry requirements

Admission to the course will normally be open to those who either hold an approved good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) or other professional qualification relevant to regeneration; or who possess an appropriate professional background and experience of regeneration. Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate that their level of English is appropriate to study at postgraduate level. The course requires IELTS level 6 (preferably 6.5) in the academic test, with a minimum score of 6 in reading and writing.

Course modules

The postgraduate certificate is based on the completion of three core modules and is worth 60 level 7 credits in total. To obtain the award you must pass all three modules: Introduction to regeneration, regeneration and neighbourhoods and delivering regeneration.

Assessment methods

Teaching and learning methods reflect the wide variety of topics and techniques associated with regeneration. This includes lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, and practical and project work. The course also includes site visits and a project. Each module on the course is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written work, and partly on oral presentations. Assessment methods may include essays, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project work and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations and practical exercises. In keeping with the course emphasis on practical application, most assessment is based on coursework. A wide range of staff are involved in teaching various components of the course, drawn primarily from the Department of Planning, but with contributions from other departments within Built Environment and the wider university community. Visiting speakers from across the regeneration field provide further input, bringing practice based experience to the course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Full-time £ 900 per Unit (home fees) 9 months

Campus details

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

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