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Planning and Property Development

BA (Hons) - single

School of the Built Environment

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) when combined with the Postgraduate Diploma in Planning and the post-graduation Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

What you will Study

This course prepares you for a career as a property developer, planning consultant or surveyor. You will learn about the planning policies and processes that shape our built environment. The course covers development, planning, construction, valuation, GIS, urban design and economics and law. Practice based and live projects underpin the teaching. You will go on a European residential trip and meet guest speakers that broaden your experience.

What next?

Many graduates are employed by surveying firms, housebuilders and development companies. You may go on to gain your professional qualification as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or you may continue your studies with the Postgraduate Diploma in Planning, gaining membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute. We’ll support you with our mentoring scheme and you’ll meet employers at our fairs and events.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 104 - 112

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years
  • Part time: 6 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • This interdisciplinary course reflects the growing synergies and collaborations between the planning and property professions.
  • You will receive a rounded education and training in both professional areas, equipping you to function effectively in both spheres and survive radical changes in the course of your professional career.
  • Practical, hands-on experience is a key element of the course.
  • You will have the opportunity to work on a range of projects involving site visits and conducting surveys.
  • You will have access to a state-of-the-art three-dimensional printer.
  • Oxford Brookes has an enviable record for student employability, with 93% of graduates in paid work or further study six months after graduation.
  • It is accredited by the RICS and the RTPI (when taken in conjunction with an appropriate post-graduate degree.

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.

Study modules

As courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.

Year 1

  • 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

Year 2:

  • Valuation and Investment
  • Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Land Law
  • Urban Development Processes and Finance
  • Politics and Planning
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Research Data
  • Research Methods

Year 3:

  • 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.

Study abroad

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.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

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.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

We use a variety of teaching methods to encourage active learning including projects, group exercises and seminars. You will develop a range of skills, including written, verbal, design, financial assessment, IT and computing skills. Projects are a key element in many modules, often involving site visits and conducting surveys. Coursework assignments include simulations, graphic presentations, writing essays and reports, seminar papers and group projects.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 18%82%0%
2 20%80%0%
3 16%84%0%

Approach to assessment

Assessment is through a combination of examination and coursework, although many modules rely solely on coursework.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 38%0%63%
2 13%0%88%
3 13%0%88%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,150 2019/20: £13,410

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU 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 and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 104 - 112

A-Level: BBC - BCC

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

IB Diploma: 30 - 31 points


Applications are welcomed from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics and English at grade C / 4

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 meeting you. However, in exceptional circumstances a meeting by phone or Skype may be arranged.

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

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.

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.

How to apply

International applicants

Apply direct »

For full-time study you can also apply through UCAS.

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

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

There can be few more exciting cities in which to study the built environment than Oxford. It is amazingly compact and full of contrasts, containing within a few square miles some of Britain's most expensive property, vibrant multicultural and student areas, 1960s housing estates, state-of-the-art architecture and new business parks. It is also one of the world's most visited cities, with a year-round tourist industry.

For those working in the built environment, Oxford poses a tremendous challenge as it strives to develop as a 21st-century city without losing its historic heart. Planners, architects and urban designers have to balance the pressure from developers wishing to build more shops, nightclubs and offices, on the one hand, with the need to preserve its green belt and ancient buildings, on the other. Oxford is also striving to become a greener city. From promoting cycling to setting up innovative park-and-ride systems, it is tackling environmental issues.

Specialist facilities

As a built environment student you'll have access to superb facilities and resources to prepare you for professional practice. Our digital studios are equipped with a state-of-the-art three-dimensional printer and rendering computers with specialist programs like ArchiCAD, and we incorporate the newest, freshest ideas in teaching.

We aim to help you develop your full potential not only as a built environment professional but also as an individual with the ability to create solutions and thrive on the challenges of rapidly changing environments. We use a wide range of teaching approaches, from traditional lectures, seminars and tutorials to e-learning, studio-based teaching in our own purpose-built studio, workshop-based practical work, demonstrations and site visits, role-play simulations, problem-solving exercises, group projects and more.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Professional accreditation

The BA (Hons) in Planning and Property Development is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) when combined with the Postgraduate Diploma in Planning and the post-graduation Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Career prospects

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.

Further study

For those wishing to obtain membership of the RTPI it is necessary to complete either a PG Diploma in Planning or the MSc in Spatial Planning. These can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis

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.