The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Delivery type



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.

We are ranked:

1st in Scotland, 2nd in the UK for Building and Town and Country Planning courses in the Guardian University League Table 2017 and 2018.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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


Work and study

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

  • 84% are working
  • 5% are studying
  • 5% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 95% 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 course: £21000


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

  • Architects, town planners and surveyors
  • Welfare and housing associate professionals
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Sales occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

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

Year 2

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

Additional information

  • Alternative Qualifications For all years, applications are welcomed from holders of non-school qualifications, mature candidates and overseas students.
  • BTEC Relevant BTEC qualifications are accepted; please contact Admissions Tutor for further details
  • English language requirements All EU and overseas candidates will require an IELTS overall grade 6.0 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 5.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £13,770

* 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.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

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.

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1st in Scotland

1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK for Building and Town and Country Planning courses.

Guardian University League Table 2017 and 2018