Property development and planning is fundamental to the construction industry; from site identification and analysis, to design, viability and finance. Our BSc (Hons) Property Development and Planning course has been to developed to enable you to focus on adding value to land and property, as an adviser, consultant or developer of the future.
Through our course, you'll develop detailed specialist knowledge and skills, in areas such as spatial and urban design, site appraisal, sustainability, planning and development consultancy, and management of the development process. With an emphasis on practice-based learning through site visits, field work and work placements, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of property development and planning.
Why study this course?
- Our course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), recognising the quality and relevance of our course content.
- Benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, supporting you throughout your time at NTU and enabling you to make the most of your studies. As well as money towards the cost of your course materials, you'll also benefit from study trips and live projects, included in the cost of your course fees, and a pre-paid printing allowance.
- NTU is one of the leading providers of property education in the UK – we're ranked 5th in the UK for Building and Town and Country Planning (The Guardian University Guide, 2018).
- Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement.
- Experience inspiring trips in the UK and abroad, the cost of which is included in your course fees. Previous trips included visits to Berlin and Hamburg.
- Graduate with confidence by taking advantage of our mentoring programme, working alongside an NTU alumnus working in industry.
- Apply your learning to the real world, with opportunities to take part in site visits and live projects as part of the course. Your assessments will be based on real projects, supported by companies such as JLL, Rolls-Royce and Igloo.
- Learn from academic experts who have both industry experience and academic research knowledge, and who are representatives of professional bodies. You'll also benefit from guest lecturers from industry, supporting your taught sessions each year.
How you're taught
- Most content is delivered through practice-based teaching, which gives you the opportunity to understand the course material and its theoretical framework within the context of real professional practice and activity.
- Based on a 40-hour week during term time, approximately 12 hours are spent in scheduled learning. This includes lectures, seminars, tutorials and field work, which includes site visits, field trips, and practical exercises.
- You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.
- Outside of the timetabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, completing coursework, and directed reading to expand your knowledge.
Trips and study visits
Site visits and field trips form an integral part of the learning process, allowing you to put theory into practice. Recent UK-based field trips have included:
- Sheffield – a visit hosted by Sheffield County Council and South Yorkshire Forest Partnerships. Students gained an insight into regional development activities, visiting several regeneration sites in the city.
- London – students visited RICS headquarters, and were given a presentation about the Institution and a tour of the Olympic development site.
- London – as part of the Law module, students visited the Houses of Parliament and the High Court, and were given a lecture by a London-based lawyer.
- York – a heritage planning and conversation task was set in the historical city to support learning on the Planning and Land Use module.
You'll also go on a week-long European field trip in your second year, with the cost included in your course fees. Students recently visited development sites and industry professionals in Berlin and Hamburg.
You will be assessed through a mix of coursework, practical exercises and exams. The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment, and will consist of group and individual projects, reports, presentations to your peers, and essays. You will receive feedback throughout each module.
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
Careers and employability
Our course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the property industry, through work placements, working on real projects from industry, input from industry professionals, and regularly updated course content.
Where do Property Development and Planning graduates from NTU work?
NTU has a strong property alumni community, with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies.
Recent BSc (Hons) Property Development and Planning graduate destinations have included:
- Barratt Homes
- Berkeley Group
- Croudace Homes
- Innes England
- Persimmon Homes
Graduate roles include land acquisition surveyor, graduate surveyor, and trainee manager.
Getting your full RICS membership
If you aspire to become a RICS Chartered Surveyor, you will need to complete at least two years of relevant professional work experience – the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). If you undertake a sandwich placement, this will normally count as the first year of your professional work experience (only for RICS), however at least 12 months of study must take place on a graduate training scheme. Find out more about how to complete your APC and become RICS qualified.
This course is designed to prepare you for future employment in a number of the RICS APC pathways, which could include:
- Planning and Development
- Commercial Property Practice
- Residential Property Practice
Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service. Our Employability team run a series of events throughout the year specifically for Property Management and Development students, including our Property, Design and Construction fair, bringing our students together with prospective employers.
Find out more about career options in the property industry on the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors website.
Excellent placement opportunities
BSc (Hons) Property Development and Planning students have the opportunity to apply for a year-long work placement (minimum of 36 weeks in one or more organisations). This will give you real, hands-on experience within the industry, opening up exciting opportunities for future employment. Our sandwich route offers this year-long placement option, with a total course length of four years.
Where can you work?
Property Development and Planning students typically gain placements with consultancies, developers, real estate management companies and investors, as well as on the client side, looking after large retail and leisure estates.
Recent destinations have included:
- Barker Storey Matthews
- Lambert Smith Hampton
- McDonald's Restaurants Ltd, Estates department
- Domino's Pizza, Estates department
- Redrow Homes
- Croudace Homes
Typical job roles include property management, assistant surveyor, trainee surveyor, undergraduate surveyor, junior surveyor, estates assistant, and property developer.
Successful completion of the 36 weeks leads to an extra qualification of Diploma in Professional Practice, which will further enhance your CV.
Facilities for Property students
The majority of your lectures and seminars will take place in the Newton building.
Industry standard software
You will have the opportunity to use and familiarise yourself with our industry-standard software, including:
- digital mapping
- development appraisal
- property and environmental risk information
- industry-standard information systems and databases.
Dedicated resource centre
Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre, based in the Maudslay building, enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with computers, large format plotters and desk space, together with the latest, and archived, journals and publications.
This resource centre is open from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday.
Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City site, with PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage, and high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student). Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.
Books and library resources
In the library, you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within the Built Environment. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books.
Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist subject knowledge. They can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources and also support on things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.