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Spatial Planning MSc or PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Environmental Planning

Course type


Course Summary


Our MSc Spatial Planning is a benchmark qualification for those wishing to enter the planning profession. It is fully accredited by Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The course takes a broad approach to the “traditional” field of city and regional or town and country planning. And combines core planning education with the development of expertise in specialist areas.

You will develop a broad and flexible level of knowledge and understanding which enables you to adapt to developing pressures during your career. You will learn to integrate concerns across the board, including those of:

climate change
social need.

We have top-of-the-range facilities including studios, IT suites and computer programs. As well as three libraries and 24/7 online databases with all the academic material you need to be successful in your studies. Our links with practitioners in both the private and public sectors ensures that the course remains at the cutting edge of practice.

Learning and assessment

Master's degree (MSc)
You must complete:

6 compulsory modules
elective specialisations
a 15,000-word master's dissertation.

Postgraduate diploma (PGDip)
You must complete 140 credits, including the compulsory modules. You can choose modules from the alternative compulsory modules list to gain your remaining 40 credits.

If you seek an exemption or transferred credit for any element of this award you must select an alternative module in its place.

The MSc in Spatial Planning is fully accredited by:

the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

On graduating you can complete the Assessment of Professional Competence of these professional bodies and become a full member.

To gain full accreditation for the RTPI and RICS, you must combine the PGDip in Spatial Planning with one of our specialist master's courses. These include:

MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management
MSc in Historic Conservation
MA in Urban Design.

After you graduate

Career prospects

Not only is the MSc in Spatial Planning seen as the benchmark qualification for professional planners, it is also widely recognised as providing the transferable skills and critical knowledge necessary in many fields of work in the built and natural environment.

Local government is just one of very many career opportunities available to MSc in Spatial 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 in organisations across the globe.

Students can also exit with Pgdip awards.

Different course options

Full time | Headington Campus | 1 year | 14-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module provides an opportunity to study developing issues in planning practice, particularly the legal aspects of decision making, using examples from areas of current controversy. A hands on exercise is included, such as participating in a mock public inquiry for a real planning case.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The course is open to applicants who hold a 2.1 undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent) in any discipline, as well as those seeking continuing professional development. We will actively consider applications from candidates with lower degrees, who can evidence relevant planning & development experience. Applications will also be considered from those who have no first degree but have three or more years' professional experience in planning, and have completed the university's Certificate in Spatial Planning Studies.

University information

Oxford Brookes University has grown to become one of the UK's top modern universities, and is highly regarded both nationally and internationally for its excellence in teaching, research and innovation. Oxford Brookes University brings together high-quality teaching with courses designed for the real world, great employer links and a first-class careers service. The University has four main faculties: Oxford Brookes Business...more