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
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)
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.
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.
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