The course

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

Contact

Overview

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.

Accreditation

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

Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

RTPI video

Want to find out more about what planners do? Watch this short video from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Course content

   Detailed course guide
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%

Assessment

  • 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%

Assessment

  • 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%

Assessment

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%

Assessment

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

You might be interested in…