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Urban Design, Planning and Development

BA (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

KK42

Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: 6 years

Department

School of the Built Environment

Accreditation(s)

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) when combined with the Postgraduate Diploma in Planning, or MSc in Spatial Planning.

UCAS Tariff Points

112

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • The Royal Town Planning Institute

Overview


Our Urban Design, Planning and Development course offers you a unique learning experience. Our approach is based on a structure of Urban Labs, interconnected modules and study trips in the UK and abroad.

You will learn how the disciplines of urban design, planning and development are integrated. And you will understand how to use this framework to impact the future of cities and create great places.

You will study:

  • infrastructure
  • economics
  • heritage
  • place-making
  • sustainability
  • globalisation.

Visiting speakers and live projects provide you with opportunities to apply theory to practice.

We will introduce you to employers and help you develop your portfolio so you will be ready for work after graduating. Our graduates have found jobs with companies such as Barton Willmore, Savills, AECOM and the UK government.

We are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), when combined with the Postgraduate Diploma in Planning, or MSc in Spatial Planning.

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30

BTEC: DMM

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Applications are welcomed from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: English and Mathematics at grade C / 4

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

We value the personal statement. In this we are looking for evidence of motivation and commitment: what interests you about the subject and why you want to study it. 

After reading personal statements and considering predicted grades, all eligible applicants are required to attend a pre-offer event day hosted by the Faculty, to offer insight & engagement about the course. If invited to one of these, we usually do not make offers without meeting you. However, in exceptional circumstances a meeting by phone or Skype may be arranged.

The events will usually be hosted between November and mid-March. If you cannot attend the first suggested date offered to you, there can be provision to attend alternatives - please be communicative with the Faculty Programme Administrator.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

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

Additional costs

Our tuition fees cover the cost of delivering your course, and are payable annually. Further costs may be incurred by you, including:

  • personal computer (cost varies)
  • drawing equipment (around £50)
  • printing and model making: although access to our model making workshop is free, you need to source your own materials. It is wise to budget £50 for build materials for model making and £100 for printing over the year. These figures should be seen as a guide as the actual cost can vary depending on your area of interest, the materials and print quality you choose.
  • contributions to subsistence for the international field trip in year 2;
  • apart from the international field trip many courses include optional field trips, where participation is encouraged but not required to evidence module or programme learning outcomes and will not disadvantage you should you not be able to take part. These optional activities are at additional cost to you.

Learning and assessment


In Year 1 you will explore how economic, social and political processes affect the change in cities. You will learn how urban development systems impact different development types. We will teach you key policy frameworks.

In Year 2 you will understand how policies and agencies come together to create cities. You will learn to develop change in cities through:

  • urban regeneration
  • heritage conservation
  • master-planning.

We teach you how urban design policies affect outcomes in the UK and abroad. You will learn how environmental decision-making and planning work together with urban design ideas to produce a masterplan for a site. We will also teach you how to engage with public participation.

In Year 3 we prepare you for the professional work environment. You will conduct a research project on a contemporary issue in urban design, planning and development. Our Professional Practice module introduces you to the dynamics and opportunities of a work environment.

Urban Design, Planning and Development

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Cities in Historical Contexts

Introduces you to the complex character and dimensions of urban development and change; examining how cities change over time in the context of both broader economic, political, social and cultural changes and specific urban land development processes.

Urban Diversity: People, Society and Space

Focuses on the study of the contemporary city and the way it is experienced by different social groups. You will examine a number of themes as ways of explaining the processes underlying urban diversity and built form.

Urban Lab 1: Urban Design and Place Experience

Introduces you to the role of spatial planning, urban design and urban development in creating better places. An exploration of contemporary challenges faced by built environment professionals at different scales.

Development Processes and Site Delivery

Focuses on the way that the development sector delivers commercial, residential and mixed-use developments and associated planning obligations and community infrastructure levy contributions.

Sustainability and Development

Introduces you to the concept of sustainability in its broader concept and in relation to urban development.

Urban Lab 2: Architecture and Open Space Design

Seeks to develop basic planning, design and development thinking and communication skills appropriate to architectural (plot and building typologies) and small scale public space (the home patch and the home zone).

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Mediating Change: Governance, Politics and Social Actors

Examines the interrelationships of UK spatial planning and its associated political and governance networks, at the local, regional, National and European levels while also exploring comparative planning and related systems.

Plans and Policy Making

Examines the development of policies and plans within specific political contexts at the local level, giving you an in depth appreciation of the planning policy process and the skills needed to generate successful policies.

Urban Lab 3: Urban Regeneration and Heritage Conservation

Introduces you to current regeneration theory, policy and practice in an international context, as well as giving you the opportunity to devise your own regeneration strategies for a particular site.

Environmental Decision Making: Theory and Practice

Examines some of the theories that can be used to explain the way environmental decisions are made from the perspective of individuals, organisations and institutions.

Urban Development: Economic & Financial Appraisal

Provides a course of study with an explicit planning and property development process focus.

Urban Lab 4: Urban Design Masterplanning

Aims to develop your understanding and ability to apply the fundamental concepts of contemporary urban design masterplanning within the context of the UK planning and development processes and international best practice.

Strategic Planning and Policy

Examines the nature of and the varied approaches to strategic planning and policy, including the impact of major infrastructure.

Research Methods

Provides you with a practical knowledge of the methods and skills of research that are applicable in planning, development and design.

Urban Lab 5: Global City Design, Planning and Development

Aims to engage your critical analysis, independent thinking and professional skills to understand and work in the challenging context of the global city.

Contemporary Debates in Planning, Design and Development

Examines key contemporary and emerging issues in planning, design and development and provides you with an opportunity for in-depth reading, critical reflection and debate around major questions of theory and practice.

Professional Practice

Develops an understanding of ethical and professional conduct as required for practice and as set out in assessments of professional conduct for the RICS and RTPI. Promoting and assessing effective communication, self-confidence, time management and self-motivation.

Research Project

Provides you with a structured and supportive environment to carry out a small-scale, research project on a topic of their choice.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Choose from the modules listed in year 2.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Our teaching gives you the skills you need for professional practice. You will gain practical and theoretical knowledge through single and double modules (‘Urban Labs’).

You will learn through:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • project-led workshops
  • site visits and field trips
  • presentations.

You will experience working with clients such as communities or private practice professionals through "Charrettes”. Charrettes are short, focused design work, which take place in studios or project sites.

You will learn through project-led modules for 50 % of your course. In a typical week, you will attend:

  • two single modules (a mixture of lectures, seminars or workshops)
  • one Urban Lab (a mixture of lectures, in-Lab training workshops and studio time).

Field trips

There is one mandatory residential field trip (either abroad or in the UK), with the cost of travel and accommodation covered by your tuition fees. A separate fee will apply for any optional field trips or site visits within other modules.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

Assessment is 100 % coursework. We use a variety of coursework types so that you can develop different skills, these include:

  • essays
  • reflective work (essays, diaries)
  • professional planning
  • urban design reports
  • design work
  • oral presentations.

We give you consistent feedback throughout your Urban Labs and single modules. You will have a clear idea of how well you are doing, and how you can improve your learning and results.
 

Study Abroad


You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate


Career prospects

You will have developed the knowledge and skills sought after by leading companies in the urban design, planning and development industry. You will be skilled to work in private or public sectors, charities, NGOs, local communities, research centres, government and educational institutions for example. Your graduate profile will provide you with a flexibility of choice and a range of experiences to enable you to work in the UK and international job market.

Further study

For those wishing to obtain membership of the RTPI it is necessary to complete either a PG Diploma in Planning or the MSc in Spatial Planning. These can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. 

We offer the best in postgraduate research degree teaching, with a wide range of relevant, well-structured courses, and our thriving research culture provides a friendly and supportive community in which to undertake a research degree.

The Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD), based at Oxford Brookes, is the largest academic research institute in the UK dedicated to research on sustainable development in the built environment. It comprises active teams of researchers who focus on the environment, cities, international land markets and architecture, culture and technology.

We have led or contributed to reviews of national planning, transport, housing and environmental policy guidance, sustainable building specifications, and valuation standards which presently affect our town and country areas including building design and construction processes.

Our Staff


Dr Graham Wood

Graham's teaching interests include environmental assessment and management; GIS and information technology in environmental planning and management; environmental decision-making; and research methods.

Read more about Graham

Free language courses


Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Information from Unistats


Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.