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International Architectural Regeneration and Development MA or PGDip or PGCert

International Architectural Regeneration and Development MA or PGDip or PGCert

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Full time | Headington Campus | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Town & Country Planning Architecture (General)

Course type


Course Summary


Our MA/ PGDip/ PGCert in International Architectural Regeneration and Development (IARD) focuses on sustainable development and regeneration of the built environment.

Architectural regeneration involves reusing, adapting and evolving existing buildings within an urban or rural context. It recognises the impacts these decisions and interventions have on the regeneration of a place. And it is underpinned by the principles of environmental, social and cultural sustainability.

The course has an international focus and we introduce you to a network of international organisations in the field. We encourage you to use more innovative approaches and dynamic ways of thinking. And we use an interdisciplinary approach so you will gain skills and take part in:

  • critical thinking and analysis
  • creative design
  • field research and design
  • implementing projects
  • working in different cultural contexts.

On graduating you will be able to take on a leading role in organisations involved in architectural regeneration and development.

Career prospects

Jobs in architectural regeneration can include a wide range of prospects including private sector consultancy assignments, public sector decision making positions or working for not for profit organisations delivering or assisting the regeneration process.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to work in a wide range of positions in the regeneration field internationally. Much of the success of a career in regeneration is combining the knowledge and skills learnt in the programme with professional skills gained in previous study and practice. Although we are unable to directly ‘find’ jobs for programme graduates, we regularly make recommendations through a good network of contacts and alumni and share employment opportunities with current students and graduates of the programme.

Graduates with architecture backgrounds often go on to work in practices specialising in regeneration or rehabilitation. Younger graduates have found that regeneration expertise has given them an edge and therefore more responsibility in practices they are working at. Those with more experience have found opportunities to diversify and gain positions in consultancy or multi-disciplinary practices.

There are also a wide range of jobs in the non-governmental sectors, ranging from managing small non-governmental (charitable) organisations to working on projects for major donor bodies like UNESCO. We have had an Indian graduate working on post-disaster rebuilding in Haiti, a Japanese graduate working on the preservation of vernacular architecture in Vietnam, and a Canadian graduate running donor-assisted construction programmes in Papua New Guinea. Closer to home, a UK graduate with a background in law is managing a townscape heritage initiative on behalf of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Overseas students in particular, who have joined the programme from public sector assignments, have found that the degree has helped them both specialise and progress in their departments on their return. One graduate has gone onto head the procurement team in the Ministry of Municipalities specifically dealing with major regeneration projects. Several others work for their respective national heritage authorities.

Other graduates have used the programme as a stepping stone for PhD study, at Brookes or elsewhere. A number of former graduates are now teaching regeneration and conservation at degree and postgraduate levels.

Students can also exit with Pgdip/PgCert awards.


This is a studio-based module that builds on the taught modules in developing strategic planning, contextual design and project management skills to solve problems in adapting and revitalising the existing built environment. Through a project set in an international location, students are expected to develop culturally and socially sensitive, environmentally responsible and financially viable strategic plans and design interventions for historic urban quarters, post-industrial sites or rural/vernacular settlements. Master's students may also develop one aspect of the regeneration strategy through a research report in place of a design proposal.
Dissertation or Design Project (50 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The course attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. Applications will normally be open to candidates who fulfil one, or more, of the following requirements: hold a good honours degree (minimum 2.2), or international equivalent, in a related discipline; hold a recognised postgraduate diploma or professional qualification in a relevant subject; can provide a portfolio or equivalent samples of work (for non-design applicants); mature candidates, who can demonstrate considerable practical experience in a related field.

University information

Based in the historic student city of Oxford, Oxford Brookes is one of the UK’s leading modern universities. It enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence, innovative approaches to learning, and strong links with business and industry. The university welcomes students from more than 140 countries around the world, and is proud of its diverse, inclusive community. Oxford Brookes is known for great teaching, coming second in...more

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