Property Development and Planning
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Property development and planning is a dynamic, fast-moving industry with many opportunities for an intellectually challenging career. On our BSc (Hons) Property Development and Planning, you'll learn all the specialist skills you'll need.
We developed this course to help you work towards a career in planning consultancy. But the skills you learn could apply in other roles like quantity surveying, asset management, or even jobs outside the property industry. You’ll develop business skills and a useful network of contacts that will last you a lifetime.
With our practical focus, you’ll get experience working on real-world projects throughout the course. Site visits, guest lectures, and networking events will expose you to professionals working in industry. And the optional placement year gives you valuable experience of life at a planning consultancy or in a local authority.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
With field trips, a placement year, and practical projects throughout the course, you’ll have lots of experience to put on your CV.
Great links with industry
We bring in alumni and other professionals for guest talks and panel debates, so you’ll always be on top of the latest developments.
Many of our staff are RICS members, and our associate lecturers are key professionals with sector experience.
Join our community
You’ll share some of your classes with our real estate or our urban design students. We offer courses in various areas of property, where you could meet your future colleagues.
Focus on your career
This course is more specialised than real estate, so we can provide plenty of guidance and support to get you into your first planning or development role.
Free language courses
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.
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.
In Year 1 we’ll begin the course by getting you up to speed with essential industry knowledge. You’ll study topics like valuation and appraisal, construction law, commercial management, and spatial planning.
By Year 2 you’ll start to look at these subjects in more detail. You’ll take more advanced modules in areas like valuation and urban development. You’ll also develop your research skills in our Research Design module. Learn how to design surveys and gather data, and understand different statistical methods to use in your work.
In Year 3 there’s an optional placement year. We have great links across the industry so you could work with a planning consultancy or local authority to see how what you’ve learned applies in the real world.
Your final year brings all your knowledge together. You’ll study advanced topics like strategic planning and development viability. You’ll take optional modules in areas that interest you or are relevant to the area you want to work in. And you’ll complete a research project to study a subject in more depth.
Learning and teaching
We encourage active learning and our teaching methods include:
- group exercises
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:
- graphic presentations
- writing essays and reports
- seminar papers
- group projects.
We assess you through a combination of examinations and coursework. Many of our modules consist solely of coursework.
We’ll start preparing you for professional life from your first week. The course is packed with practical work that builds your skills and experience, as well as opportunities to network and explore different career paths.
Graduates from our property courses are working with companies including:
- Knight Frank
- Cushman & Wakefield.
Graduates are also working in utilities or at niche property businesses, at house builders like Barclay Homes, or in the public sector with organisations like Network Rail. Some have started successful businesses.
The course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute if you go on to postgraduate study afterwards. If you’d like to be professionally qualified, we’ll help you decide which route to take and give you the skills and contacts to get there.
Specific entry requirements
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.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
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Questions about fees?
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. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
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It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
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Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.