Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University

Spatial Planning Studies (Certificate)

This certificate provides an access route to the Department of Planning's RTPI and RICS-accredited MSc in Spatial Planning for students who do not have the usual educational qualifications necessary for entry onto the course.

It is a one-year part-time (one day per week) undergraduate-level course.

The overall aims and objectives of the course are to provide you with a general, yet critical, understanding of the planning process and some of the key issues and themes in contemporary spatial planning.

Entry requirements

Normal entry to the Certificate in Spatial Planning Studies requires: GCSE, O-level or equivalent in Maths and English;
at least three years' suitable experience of working within the field of planning in an advanced technical or administration post. Applicants who have two years' work experience in planning at the commencement of their studies and have at least one A-level at grade C or above will also be considered. Overseas students must meet the university's standard English language requirements.

Applicants for the MSc in Spatial Planning who have been rejected because their first degree did not meet the required standard will be reconsidered for entry onto the master's course if they complete the certificate course to the required standard.

Assessment methods

Learning methods include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, and practical and project work.

Oxford Brookes' undergraduate courses are broken down into equal-sized units of study called modules, self-contained in teaching, learning and assessment.

The course is made up of four single-credit modules. Each requires about 150 hours of study over the 15 weeks - including around 36 hours of staff contact time. Formal teaching takes place over the first 12 weeks, with the last weeks available for examinations if these are part of the module assessment.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Certificate Part-time September 2017 - 12 months

Campus details

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

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