Grad.Cert. Urban and Regional Regeneration

Oxford Brookes University

Application deadline: as early as possible
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
Duration full-time: 9 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The regeneration of local economies, local places and local societies is high on the political agenda. Current discussion in the UK of an urban renaissance, about creating sustainable communities and about growing disparities between the economies of London and other regions and cities in the UK overlays the traditions of inner-city regeneration and neighbourhood renewal that have long been a focus for British urban policy. At a wider level, cities throughout the world are seeking to reinvent themselves and provide models for others to copy or compete with.

You will develop an understanding of the application of planning and action to the regeneration and sustainable development of local and regional economies, and societies. The major aims of this course are to develop a critical understanding of key issues in regeneration theory, policy and practice, and to ground you as a reflective practitioner who is also aware of the ethical and political dilemmas of practice.

Why Brookes?
* Oxford Brookes has offered a graduate planning course in Oxford for over 40 years, and is acknowledged as a leading provider in the UK. We have over 30 teaching and research staff. Our reputation is built on our student centred approach, our teaching and research excellence, innovation and service to the community and professional organisations, and our educational philosophy that seeks to embrace planning education in its widest sense.
* Research from the Department of Planning was ranked 5th in the UK and in the RAE research power tables in the fields of Architecture and the Built Environment and Town and Country Planning (RAE 2008).
* As well as being one of the most world's most famous centres for learning, Oxford is a city with great urban heritage and is within easy reach of London and other urban centres. Its excellent transport links make it a convenient place to take up a day release part- time course.

Contents

The major aims of this course are to:

* develop a critical understanding of key issues in regeneration theory, policy and practice
* develop a critical understanding of the history and the nature of regeneration as an intervention in local economies, communities and environments
* develop an in-depth understanding of varying dynamics of market driven and public policy driven strategies, along with an ability to adjust these to mutual benefit
* ground students as reflective practitioners who are also aware of the ethical and political dilemmas of practice
* enable students to access and understand the data sources relevant to analysing current processes and generating policy responses
* enable students to compare, monitor and evaluate such policy responses in relation to relevant objectives, in order to make the highest quality strategies practicable in any particular context
* develop skills to work effectively in a range of regeneration contexts.

The postgraduate certificate is based on the completion of three core modules and is worth 60 master's-level credits in total. To obtain the award you must pass all three modules:

* Introduction to Regeneration introduces students to the context within which regeneration takes place and to different approaches to securing desired change. The challenges facing regeneration and the varying ways in which these have been met over time and space are critically reviewed. The main contemporary policies, objectives, strategies, funding regimes and agencies are introduced and critically analysed.
* Regeneration and Neighbourhoods critically examines key issues in current regeneration theory, policy and practice, focusing on neighbourhood renewal and people-based approaches to regeneration. As well as looking at particular initiatives the module explores issues involved in community participation in regeneration. The unit builds relevant skills in participation, drawing up community-based strategies and working in partnerships.
* Delivering Regeneration focuses on the implementation and management of regeneration projects, including valuation and appraisal, project management, evaluation and monitoring, strategy and project formulation, bidding for funds and funding packages, partnership working and working with the private sector. It aims to build students awareness of implementation issues and skills in delivering regeneration.

All teaching is currently on Tuesdays. Introduction to Regeneration is delivered in Semester 1, Regeneration and Neighbourhoods in Semester 2 and Delivering Regeneration as a 'long, thin' module over both semesters.

NB As courses are reviewed regularly, the module list may vary from that shown here.

Teaching, learning and assessment
Teaching and learning methods reflect the wide variety of topics and techniques associated with regeneration. This includes lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, and practical and project work. The course also includes site visits and a project.

Each module on the course is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written work, and partly on oral presentations. Assessment methods may include essays, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project work and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations and practical exercises. In keeping with the course emphasis on practical application, most assessment is based on coursework. A wide range of staff are involved in teaching various components of the course, drawn primarily from the Department of Planning, but with contributions from other parts of the School of the Built Environment. Visiting speakers from across the regeneration field provide further input, bringing practice based experience to the course.

Requirements

Admission to the course will normally be open to those who either hold an approved good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) or other professional qualification relevant to regeneration; or who possess an appropriate professional background and experience of regeneration.

Students come from a wide range of backgrounds and experience, including undergraduate studies in geography, planning, economics, management and environmental policy. However, candidates are welcome to apply from any academic discipline, as are those in work and seeking continuing professional development.

The course provides the opportunity for people coming from a diversity of professional backgrounds to attain formal academic training and qualifications. Thus applications will also be considered from potential candidates who wish to seek accreditation for their prior experiential learning or earlier qualifications.

English language requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate that their level of English is appropriate to study at postgraduate level. The course requires IELTS level 6 (preferably 6.5) in the academic test, with a minimum score of 6 in reading and writing. For TOEFL the required score is 79 or above (internet-based), with a score of 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

75 (Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test: 79

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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