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Property Development and Planning

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024



Course length

Full time: 3 years or 4 years if a placement year is chosen

Part time: 6 years


RICS accredited. Partially accredited (UG spatial) by RTPI. Full RTPI accreditation available when combined with PG Diploma Spatial Planning or any full or partially (specialist) RTPI accredited PG programme such as MSc Spatial Planning (PG full), MSc Infrastructure Planning and Sustainable Development (PG full), MSc/PGDip Environmental Impact Assessment and Management (PG specialist), MSc/PGDip Historic Conservation (PG specialist), MA/PGDip Urban Design (PG specialist).

UCAS Tariff Points


  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • The Royal Town Planning Institute


Our BSc in Property Development and Planning will prepare you for a range of careers including:

  • RICS Chartered Surveyor
  • property development
  • and planning consultancy. 

You will learn about the policies and processes that bring forward developments that stand the test of time and enhance our built environment. This course has been designed to provide you with a wide-range of subject knowledge, ensuring that you have a well-rounded understanding of the industry. 

You’ll cover the elements that impact and shape the industry, such as: 

  • sustainable development
  • policy, analysis and implementation
  • construction
  • valuation
  • urban design
  • economics and law
  • as well as political, economic and social factors.

We place an emphasis on professional practice. For example, after your second year you will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement year. Through the course you’ll gain practical experience and knowledge of the industry through live projects and site visits. You’ll meet employers at our fairs and events and develop your career with our mentoring scheme.

Students in lecture

How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Further offer details

We welcome applications from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics at grade 4/C; English at grade 4/C normally required

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

We value the personal statement. In this we are looking for evidence of motivation and commitment: what interests you about the subject and why you want to study it. Evidence of relevant work experience is useful, and let us know what you do in your spare time.

After reading personal statements and considering predicted grades, all eligible applicants will be required to attend a pre-offer assessment day (usually between November and mid-March). If invited to one of these, we usually do not make offers without an interview.

If you cannot attend the first suggested date offered to you, there will be provision to attend alternatives - please be communicative with the Faculty Programme Administrator.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Learning and assessment

In Year 1 you will explore the relationship between planning and property development, focusing on;

  • spatial planning
  • valuation
  • commercial management
  • economics
  • real estate and construction law
  • property development
  • environmental studies.

Year 2 develops your skills, you’ll take modules to;

  • understand the law.
  • learn more about valuation.
  • understand how valuation links to the public and private sector.
  • understand decision-making in planning and property development. 
  • learn key design principles for urban development. 

The Research Design module will develop your research techniques, including;

  • statistical methods
  • data gathering and survey design
  • ethical issues.

Year 3 builds on your knowledge. You will explore;

  • local planning and development control
  • regional and strategic planning
  • development viability.

To enable you to focus on a career in planning, development or surveying you'll have the opportunity to choose up to two optional modules.

You’ll also produce an independent research project, with one-to-one support from a staff member.

Student studying

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Economics of the Built Environment

Foundation Development Law

Housing Matters

Introduction to Building Construction & Practice

Introduction to Valuation

Introduction to Spatial Planning

Cities in Historical Context

Sustainable Development & Professional Practice

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Designing the City and GIS

Plan and Policy Making

Planning and Development Practice

Professional Practice Skills: Development & Employability

Property Law for Developers

Research Design

Valuation and Investment

Land Law

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Year 4 (or 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

Development Delivery: Planning & Viability

Development Delivery: Professional Practice

Development Viability and Finance

Strategic Planning and Policy

Research Project (double module)

Optional modules

Applied Valuation

Project Management for Development

Property Technology

Real Estate Investment

Redevelopment & Regeneration

Independent Study in Planning

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

We encourage active learning and our teaching methods include;

  • projects
  • group exercises
  • seminars.

You’ll develop a range of skills, including;

  • written skills
  • verbal skills
  • design skills
  • financial assessment skills
  • IT and computing skills.

Projects are a key part of our modules and you’ll visit sites and conduct surveys.

Your coursework assignments include;

  • simulations
  • graphic presentations
  • writing essays and reports
  • seminar papers
  • group projects.


Assessment methods used on this course

We assess you through a combination of examinations and coursework. Many of our modules consist solely of coursework. 

Study abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate

Career prospects

Our students graduate with valuable industry knowledge and experience. Throughout your time on the course you’ll have the opportunity to develop a rich professional network and industry skills. 

Through our alumni and international links, we have friendships with individuals and institutions across the world, and our former students illustrate the wide range of careers that a programme of study within the built environment can lead to.

Every year, we host a careers fair attended by companies seeking to recruit our graduates, which is a valuable opportunity for students. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your career with our mentoring scheme. 

Further study

We offer the best in postgraduate research degree teaching, with a wide range of relevant, well-structured courses, and our thriving research culture provides a friendly and supportive community in which to undertake a research degree.

The Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD), based at Oxford Brookes, is the largest academic research institute in the UK dedicated to research on sustainable development in the built environment. It comprises active teams of researchers who focus on the environment, cities, international land markets and architecture, culture and technology.

We have led or contributed to reviews of national planning, transport, housing and environmental policy guidance, sustainable building specifications, and valuation standards which presently affect our town and country areas including building design and construction processes.

Our Staff

Dr Sally Sims

Read more about Sally

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