Postgrad.Cert. Urban and Regional Regeneration

Oxford Brookes University | Oxford, United Kingdom
This programme links critical examination of the processes underlying urban regeneration with the development of effective strategies and skills for regeneration practice. It enables you to take one step back from the fast-moving and results-driven world of practice and to place this in the context of broader changes in societies, economies and governance.

Description of Urban and Regional Regeneration


This programme links critical examination of the processes underlying urban regeneration with the development of effective strategies and skills for regeneration practice.

It enables you to take one step back from the fast-moving and results-driven world of practice and to place this in the context of broader changes in societies, economies and governance.

At the same time it equips you to work within this constantly evolving environment. It provides an enduring foundation for work in regeneration, by emphasising such principles as:

  • working with and respecting diverse communities
  • understanding market responses
  • maximising social and environmental justice
  • developing visions for local areas and understanding how to achieve them.

Why choose this course?

  • Staff teaching on the postgraduate certificate are actively engaged in research and policy on regeneration, neighbourhood planning and economic development and growth.
  • Visiting speakers from across the regeneration field bring practice based experience to the course.
  • Excellent career prospects include Economic Development or Regeneration Officers in the public sector, consultancies, researchers in universities and planners for regeneration or advocacy groups.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline as early as possible
Tuition fee

UK/EU Part-time: £850 per single unit

Not specified
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 9 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

  • Introduction to Regeneration introduces you to the context within which regeneration takes place and to varying approaches to securing desired change. 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.
  • Regeneration: Regions, Economies and Planning tackles the wider scale of regeneration, with prime focus on regions, strategies and long term development. This module stresses the core importance of economic change, and how this is related to environmental and social transformation. Study is set primarily within the south-east England context, taking in the range of spatial situations - London, major cities, market towns and countryside, but an understanding of other English regions will also be ensured. Transport and infrastructure connectivity is stressed as a key ingredient of long term dynamics.
  • 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 your awareness of implementation issues and skills in delivering regeneration.

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

Teaching and Learning

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.

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 the wider university community.

Visiting speakers from across the regeneration field provide further input, bringing practice based experience to the course.

Approach to assessment

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.

Major aims of the course
  • 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.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
193(Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) 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. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

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

Requirements for Urban and Regional Regeneration

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).

Work Experience for Urban and Regional Regeneration

No work experience is required.

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