The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Delivery type


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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.

We are still accepting applications for September 2018.

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.


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).

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.