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Urban Planning and Property Development BSc

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Urban Planning and Property Development combines real estate management, urban and regional planning and design. The programme aims to produce graduates who can work equally in the private, public and voluntary sectors of the planning industry, and in the land and property development and management industry. Successful completion of the degree and subsequent approved practical experience will enable students to apply for the Assessments of Professional Competence of RTPI and RICS, culminating in professional membership of one or both Institutes. In the UK there is a shortage of qualified professionals, which is set to continue for the foreseeable future, so our graduates are in high demand.

Heriot-Watt is rated top in Scotland for Planning in the National Student Survey 2014 and ranked 2nd in the UK and top in Scotland for Building and Town & Country Planning in the Guardian League Table 2017. 

Sandwich year

A sandwich year option is available, giving students the opportunity to spend one year in a paid placement before completing the final year of study.

For more information about the programme structure, the type of job it can lead to, and why you should consider studying it, see our School website.


Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership.

Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).


Programme content

Year 1

Note that the below programme structure is provided to illustrate distribution of teaching and is subject to developmental change.

Semester 1

  • Property, Development and Planning 2
  • Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to the Environment
  • Statistics and Data Analysis

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Design
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Property, Development and Planning 1
  • Construction Technology 1

Students also take part in a residential study tour of a major British city.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 36%
  • Independent study: 64%


  • Written: 35%
  • Practical: 18%
  • Coursework: 47%
Year 2

Semester 1

  • Commercial Law
  • Principles of Property Valuation
  • Governance and Participation
  • Development Planning

Semester 2

  • Development Management
  • Urban and Real Estate Economics
  • Design of Place
  • Optional course

Students also take part in a residential study tour of a major British city.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 38%
  • Independent study: 62%


  • Written: 35%
  • Practical: 18%
  • Coursework: 47%
Year 3

Semester 1

  • Contemporary Appraisal
  • Urban Design Theory and Practice
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Optional course

Semester 2

  • Real Estate Development
  • Comparative Planning and Real Estate Markets
  • Regional and Strategic Planning
  • Optional course

Students take part in a one-week field trip to a European city.

Learning and teaching

Scheduled learning: 40%
Independent study: 60%


Written: 50%
Practical: 11%
Coursework: 39%

Year 4

Semester 1

  • Research Dissertation (S1)
  • Design Project (S1)
  • Current Debates in Practice
  • Optional course

Semester 2

  • Research Dissertation (S2)
  • Design Project (S2)
  • Urban Economy and Property Markets
  • Optional course

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 33%
  • Independent study: 67%


  • Written: 21%
  • Practical: 18%
  • Coursework: 61%


In professional/managerial position

Work and study

This is what our BScUrban Planning and Property Development students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 75% are working
  • 5% are studying
  • 15% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 85% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £21000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar programme: £21000


These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Architects, town planners and surveyors
  • Managers, directors and senior officials
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Administrative occupations
  • Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AAAB or BBBC
  • A-Levels ABC or BBB
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Pass

Year 2

  • A-Levels ABB
  • Advanced Highers BB, plus BBC at Higher in other subjects
  • HNC A in graded unit
  • HND BB in graded unit
  • Int. Baccalaureate 34 points
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction

Additional information

  • Alternative Qualifications For all years, applications are welcomed from holders of non-school qualifications and mature candidates. All EU and overseas candidates will require an IELTS overall grade 6.0 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 5.5 or equivalent.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2016 entry (by residency status)
Status*Scotland / EU**England / Northern Ireland / WalesInternational
FeePaid by SAAS£9,000£13,500

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your programme. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships & bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree programmes in 2016

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships