Entry requirements

The course is primarily open to candidates progressing from the final year of an RTPI-approved undergraduate programme at Oxford Brookes.

These will be our Bachelor programmes in:

  • BA (Hons) Plannning and Property Development
  • BA (Hons) Urban Design, Planning and Development

or - graduates from our recent past courses, such as BA (Hons) City and Regional Planning

Students who have graduated from equivalent programmes at other universities, and whose transfer has been approved by the department in collaboration with the RTPI - are also welcome to apply.
In all cases, a minimum of a 2.2 (Hons) is required.

Non-Brookes applicants will usually apply for our outright MSc in Spatial Planning course.

Students with planning experience and/or other degrees and qualifications may be accepted. Their applications are normally considered on the basis of the syllabus and pass mark of the student's earlier course or the presentation of a folio of work.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English you will require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in all components.


An equivalent English language qualification acceptable to the University.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Diploma in Planning provides an in-depth understanding of professional planning practice. It develops the skills, knowledge and critical understanding, that you gained on an undergraduate course, to a professional level of expertise.

You'll study core modules that provide an in-depth understanding of professional planning practice. While fieldwork, study visits and visiting speakers give you experience of current practice and the professional world. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in a specific area of planning practice.

Our Department of Planning performs a leading role in research and consultancy. Our clients and projects cover local concerns to multinational organisations, government and industry. We feed our research directly into our teaching so you will learn from the most current areas of practice.

The course will prepare you for career prospects in:

  • international planning and environmental consultancies
  • government agencies
  • local government
  • NGOs
  • campaigning organisations.

Information for international students

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,250 (Full Time) £1,155 per single module (Part Time

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1865 484848