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 town planning and real estate. We are ranked 5th in the UK for Town and Country Planning in the Complete University Guide 2021.
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. You will learn key field work skills in surveying, mapping and key research skills whilst learning core modules in statistics and data analysis. Cross disciplinary working helps students acquire a mutual understanding between professions.
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.
You can participate in residential field trips in years 1, 2 and 3, visiting locations in Scotland, the UK and beyond; plus shorter one day trips and site visits. These trips provide important opportunities to deepen practical skills in field survey, site observation, data collection and analysis.
You can experience links to practice and industry – hearing from visiting speakers and professionals working as chartered geographers, surveyors and planners.
In year 3, all students are given the opportunity for mentoring by a practitioner, someone working in industry who can discuss career choices, graduate job opportunities and professional membership routes.
8 mandatory modules
Providing introductory theory on subjects relevant to real-world issues across the globe such as human and urban geography, the built environment, living planet and environmental change and Scottish geographies.
6 mandatory modules | 2 optional modules
In year 2, course content focuses on planning and property with modules such as the planning system, city life and difference, urban political economy and environment and behaviour.
6 mandatory modules | 2 optional modules
Year 3 focuses on planning and property studies in even more detail with modules such as real estate development, comparative urban planning, planning theories and place and place-making.
Dissertation | 3 mandatory modules | 3 optional modules
Students complete an individual research dissertation, plus mandatory courses in spatial planning, urban design and urban economy and property markets. Optional courses include urban design for health and wellbeing, low carbon design, transport planning, social sustainability and environmental planning.
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In highly skilled work
- 75% of those are in highly skilled work 15 months after graduating.
- The average salary of students 15 months after graduating: £22000
- The average UK salary of students 15 months after graduating from a similar course: £25000
These are the most common jobs students go into 15 months after graduating:
- Architects, town planners and surveyors
- Business and public service associate professionals
Standard entry requirements
- Highers AABB
- 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
- Advanced Highers BB plus Highers AABB
- 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)
HND AB in graded units (in a relevant subject area)
- For all years, applications are welcomed from holders of non-school qualifications, mature candidates and overseas students.
- If you do not see your qualifications here please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please check that you meet our University-wide National 5/GCSE (or equivalent) English and Maths requirements.
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.
|Status*||Scotland||England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland**||International***|
|Fee||Paid by SAAS||£9,250||£15,384|
* 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.
** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) and Republic of Ireland 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).
*** 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above). Read more about the application process for EU nationals.
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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
Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2021
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:
View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.