The course

UCAS code
K490
Duration
4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

Studying Urban Planning and Property Development at Heriot-Watt prepares you for a professional career in real estate investment, development, or urban planning and design. It brings together theoretical, practical and policy content from both spheres – town planning and real estate.

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.

Alan Lakein

To find out more about what planners do watch this short video from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

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.

Accreditation

We are proudly the only Scottish University to offer a degree jointly accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Detailed course information

Course content

Our Urban Planning and Property Development course combines real estate management with urban and regional planning and design to provide a broad knowledge of the sector.

Learn key field work skills in surveying, mapping and key research skills whilst learning core modules in statistics and data analysis. A cross disciplinary working that helps student acquire a mutual understanding between professions.

Urban Planning and Property Development year 3 students take part in a professional mentoring scheme that matches them with local practitioners.

Detailed course guide

Year 1

8 mandatory modules

Providing introductory theory on subjects relevant to real-world issues across the globe such as human and urban geography, microeconomics, the built environment, living planet and environmental change and statistics, data analysis and GIS.

  • A residential fieldtrip within the UK to gain knowledge on city development and change while establishing key research skills.
  • Undertake a week long collaborative design project working with students from across disciplines within the school.

Year 2

7 mandatory modules | 1 mandatory module

In year 2, course content focus on planning and property development with modules such as commercial law, principles of property valuation, development planning and management, urban and real estate economics, governance and participation and design of place.

Year 3

6 mandatory modules | 2 optional modules

Year 3 focuses on planning and property studies in even more detail with modules such as real estate investment, property development, comparative planning and real estate markets and regional and strategic planning.

  • Opportunity to go on a European city fieldtrip exploring issues of urban planning, real estate and urban geography.

Year 4

Dissertation | Design project | 2 mandatory modules | 2 optional modules

Students complete an individual research dissertation, a professional design project and in addition to 2 mandatory modules (urban economy and property markets and UK and international housing policy) students select 2 modules from a list of 7 options including, planning theories, urban design for health and wellbeing, inclusive and safe environments, real estate management and sustainability and environmental planning.

  • Undertake a week long collaborative design project working with students from across disciplines within the school.
  • Field visit around Scotland’s central belt hearing from industry experts.

Employability

Work and study

This is what our BSc (Hons) Urban Planning and Property Development students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 81% are working
  • 8% are studying
  • 7% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 92% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £25000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £22000

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements 
  • Highers AABB/BBBBC
  • A-Levels BBC
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points
  • BTEC DMM (in a relevant subject)
  • HNC B in graded unit (in relevant HNC)

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC
  • A-Levels BCC

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers BB plus Highers AABB/BBBBC
  • A-Levels ABB
  • Int. Baccalaureate 34 points
  • HNC A in graded unit (in a relevant subject area)
  • HND BB in graded units (in a relevant subject area)
  • BTEC DDM (in a relevant subject)

Additional information

English language requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £14,640

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

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

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020

In addition to government 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:

Merit Awards for international students starting undergraduate degree courses in 2019

If you are an international fee-paying, self-funded applicant and have achieved, or are on course to achieve, the minimum entry requirements for the programme you wish to study you may be eligible for:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.