In Year 1 you will develop the knowledge and skills required to understand the concepts of planning and property development and how these inter-relate. Areas that you will focus on include spatial planning, valuation and commercial management, economics, real estate and construction law, property development and environmental studies.
Year 2 further develops your knowledge and skills related to the disciplines. Both law and valuation are provided through modules in Landlord and Tenant Law and Statutory Valuation. A further module, Urban Development Processes and Finance, links development and valuation directly to the public sector as well as private sector finance frameworks and disciplines. A politics module sets the wider sociopolitical climate in which planning and property decision making takes place and a further module introduces geographical information systems. Two modules in Research Data and Methods introduces you to approaches to independent research work including statistical methods, survey design and ethical issues.
In Year 3, you will again build on their existing knowledge base from earlier years. You will explore the themes of local planning and development control, regional and strategic planning, advanced valuation and real estate investment. You will also undertake an independent research project drawing on the techniques used in the Research Data and Methods modules from Year 2. For this, you will receive individual guidance from a supervisor drawn from the department’s staff.
As courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.
- Economics of the Built Environment
- Foundation Real Estate Law I
- Foundation Real Estate Law II
- Introduction to Valuation
- Introduction to Spatial Planning
- Development Concepts
- Cities in Historical Context
- Environmental Sustainability
Years 2 and 3
- Valuation and Investment
- Landlord and Tenant Law
- Land Law
- Urban Development Processes and Finance
- Politics and Planning
- Geographical Information Systems
- Research Data
- Research Methods
- Advanced Valuation
- Real Estate Investment
- Local Planning and Development Control (double module)
- Urban Design and Development (acceptable)
- Regional and Strategic Planning (acceptable)
- Planning Thought and Practice (acceptable)
- Research Project (double module)
- Independent Study in Planning and Development (acceptable)
Work placements This course does not include a formal industrial placement year and placements are not a compulsory element of the course. However, we encourage you to gain work experience while studying and many of our students organise vacation placements. Through approaches from industry and our contacts with industry we can help you try to find work experience. This work would normally be paid, but you would need to cover any associated travel costs.
Great opportunities to study or work 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.
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
- increasing your employability within an international market
- boosting your language skills
- building your confidence in adapting to new situations
- improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.
We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.
There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
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