Key facts

Start dates

September 2023

Course length

Full time: 12 months, concentrated with lectures delivered on two days per week

Part time: 24 months, delivered on day-release over two years




School of the Built Environment


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.

The School of the Built Environment takes 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 meaning you’ll 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.

Specific 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.