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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Architecture, Building & Planning

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Home / EU: Full-time £9,000, Part-time £750 per single module; International: Full-time £12,850

Course content

This postgraduate diploma aims to extend the skills, knowledge and critical understanding of planning that you developed on an undergraduate course to a professional level of expertise.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Planning is centred on core modules that provide an in-depth understanding of professional planning practice and students also have the opportunity to broaden out their skills and knowledge by specialising in a specific area of planning practice.

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) accredited

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/diploma-in-planning/

Why choose this course?

- Strong career prospects in international planning and environmental consultancies, government agencies, local government, NGOs and campaigning organisations.

- Brookes' Department of Planning performs a leading role in research and consultancy, with clients and projects covering subjects from local concerns to multinational organisations, government and industry.

- We feed our research directly into our teaching enabling you to learn directly from the most current areas of practice.

- Experience of current practice and the professional world is gained through fieldwork, study visits and visiting speakers.

- Oxford, with its excellent transport links to all regions of the UK, is a particularly convenient place to study for part-time students on day release from work.

Teaching and learning

The emphasis of this course is on small group teaching and active learning to help students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills. A variety of methods are used with project work and workshops tending to predominate, using topical national and local issues as a basis. Further experience of current practice and the professional world is gained through fieldwork, study visits and visiting speakers.

Teaching is organised on a module-credit basis involving three-hour teaching blocks delivered over a 12-week period.

Approach to assessment

Each 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.

How this course helps you develop

Not only is the Postgraduate Diploma in Planning a qualification for professional planners, it is also widely recognised as providing the transferable skills and critical knowledge and understanding necessary in many fields of work in the built and natural environment.


Local government, the traditional destination of the planning graduate, is just one of many career opportunities available to Postgraduate Diploma in Planning graduates. Today our alumni can be found in senior positions in some of the largest international planning and environmental consultancies, in government agencies, in large NGOs and campaigning organisations. They can also be found in similar positions and organisations in countries across the globe.

The long-standing reputation of the Department of Planning in producing highly skilled, enthusiastic and very capable professional planners aids the employability of our graduates. We are the first port of call for many employers when they are seeking new graduate planners.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Visit the Planning (PGDip) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!





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