Taught course

Spatial Planning Studies

Oxford Brookes University · School of the Built Environment

Entry requirements

Standard entry to the course is open to those who have:

  • GCSE, O-level (or equivalent) in Maths and English
  • at least three years' suitable experience 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 hold at least one A-level at grade C will also be considered.

UK/EU applicants for MSc Spatial Planning who were unsuccessful because their undegraduate degree attainment was unsuitable, will be reconsidered for progression by completing this course to the required standard.

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

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

The course provides you with a general, yet critical, understanding of the planning process and some of the key issues and themes in contemporary spatial planning.

Our Department of Planning performs a leading role in research and consultancy. Clients and projects cover subjects from:

  • local concerns
  • multinational organisations
  • government an
  • industry.

Our research feeds directly into our teaching so you will learn directly from the most current areas of practice.

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

Information for international students

This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,620 (Part-Time)

Financial support and scholarships

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Cert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as an access route to the MSc Spatial Planning.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Assessment depends on module100

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1865 484848