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Property Development and Planning

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Three years full-time, four years sandwich
Full-time, sandwich
Programme leader:
Christopher Mason
Key fact:
Study the private and public sectors and work alongside related disciplines to gain valuable industry experience.

Page last updated 18 August 2017


Why BA(Hons) Property Development and Planning?

The built environment is becoming increasingly important as more people are moving to towns and cities. Managing, planning and implementing the development and regeneration of cities is now high on corporate and government agendas in the UK and abroad. As a result, there are tremendous opportunities for skilled professionals who can promote and manage property development, while understanding urban policy and planning procedures.

Why study our course? 

On this flexible degree, you will develop a solid understanding of the concepts and requirements of urban planning and sustainable development. You will study the legal system and economic forces and their impact on planning and creating healthy, sustainable communities. This is while learning about property valuation, landlord and tenant law and building construction.

Real world experience

We are recognised for our multi-disciplinary approach and provide opportunities for you to work in teams across professional areas in a way that reflects industry. We encourage you to get industry experience on a work placement and internships. Our key employer partners are involved throughout the course providing industry knowledge, placements and recruitment advice to improve your employability on graduation.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you will be set for a career working in multi-disciplinary teams leading town centre development, urban renewal and advising on delivery strategies. Opportunities are available with property developers, surveyors, planning and multi-disciplinary practices, local authorities and development agencies in the UK and abroad.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



The course includes introductory topics covering urban design, planning and urban form, sustainable development, economy and society, property appraisal, information management and construction. Students will also study property development, plan making, planning theory and policy, property finance and business management.

The project work and other studies are complemented by field study courses in each of the first two years, one of which is normally located in a British city (such as London or Liverpool) and one in another European country. Students are expected to contribute towards the costs of field courses.

The course has a distinctly inter-professional ethos, providing opportunities to work with fellow students across the built environment professions. It gives a broad perspective on city development and regeneration, enabling graduates to work creatively with a wide range of other professionals to promote effective and imaginative solutions to urban problems.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • The Context of Property and Development
  • Commercial Property Appraisal
  • An Introduction to Building Construction
  • Healthy Sustainable Communities.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Professional Practice for the Built Environment
  • Development Appraisal and Planning
  • Property Development Practice and Law
  • Future Places
  • Real Estate Economics
  • Investment Valuation and Appraisal.

Optional Placement Year (between Year two and three)

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Economics and Social Appraisal
  • Dissertation A
  • Valuations
  • Achieving Design Quality
  • Development Finance.

Plus one of the following optional modules:

  • Collaborative Practice
  • Work-based Research Project
  • International Property Project.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching methods are varied depending on the module; lectures, project work and tutorials all have a part.

The teaching staff provide a friendly, enabling environment for learning. They are also actively engaged in research or professional practice, ensuring that you learn directly from the latest academic and business developments.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


Assessment is achieved through a balance of coursework and examinations. Examinations are held in either January or May/June. Coursework will be a variety of essays, reports, surveys, design projects, teamwork or progress tests.

You are encouraged to do 'formative work' to prepare for assessments: this does not count towards your marks but the feedback which you receive will help you to improve your performance. Support is available for students who have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy and study skills.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

If you choose the three-year degree or sandwich course, you will reach the educational requirements to become an accredited member of the RICS. Two years of professional experience are needed in order to become a full member. In most cases, your placement can constitute one year of this.


Students who do a placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and get higher quality work on graduation. So as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a work placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

Many of our students do a work placement and there are opportunities with our employer partners as well as further afield. Past students have worked in public and private sector organisations ranging from local authorities to Savills, Colliers and Legat Owen. We also encourage you to do internships to boost your skills and experience.


We arrange a series of site and employer visits so you can visit the locations you are studying and meet the people that can inform your work. These are supplemented by a series of field trips.

  • In Year 1, we go to Rotterdam to explore new urban developments, meet community members, and hear from local lecturers.
  • In Year 3, we visit London to assess the regeneration of the South Bank.

Study facilities

You will be taught in modern, well-equipped facilities, which include our award-winning Design Studios.

  • Study and collaborate on group assignments in our dedicated Project Room.
  • Develop desktop publishing and design skills, and access support for photography, digital imaging, filming and sound recording.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn from industry

Thanks to our Real Estate Partner Employers consortium, major employers get involved throughout your degree. We arrange regular presentations from visiting professionals so you can learn about industry challenges and best practice. Employers also run a final year Job Bootcamp helping you prepare for applications through developing your CV, presentation and interview skills.

Socialise and campaign

You can meet and socialise with fellow planners in our new student-led Planning@UWE Bristol Group.

Showcase your work

Our final year students regularly showcase their work at the annual Plan and Make degree show. Have a look at our Pinterest board to see student's work.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, you will be set for a career working on a variety of projects associated with development and urban regeneration. Opportunities are available with property developers, surveyors, planning and multi-disciplinary practices, local authorities and development agencies in the UK and abroad.

With dual accreditation, you will have a unique professional advantage. This will equip you with the skills to promote and manage development while having a solid understanding of urban policy and planning procedures.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Prospects - Careers in Planning

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

On the course, you will learn how to undertake property valuations using a range of mathematical techniques including statistical analysis, so you need to be comfortable with using mathematics and must have at least a Grade C in GCSE Mathematics.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

We welcome applications from students without the conventional entrance requirements but who do have substantial relevant work or other experience and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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