Property and Planning BSc Honours
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Alternative attendance modes for this course
Courses start in September, unless otherwise stated
Property and planning are 'people businesses' and are dynamic and stimulating professions offering variety, travel, networking opportunities and high-earning potential. The work has a huge impact – every organisation and every person requires somewhere to work and somewhere to live.
This course provides you with a detailed understanding of the nature and philosophy of town planning and the planning process, with a concentration on sustainable development, urban regeneration and the environment. Your learning in these areas will be complemented by other aspects of property and development including valuing, developing, managing and investing in the property markets, together with the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.
As property and planning are not taught at school, students have a wide variety of A Levels and equivalent qualiﬁcations. The most important requirements are an analytical mind and a clear motivation towards the course.
Our Property and Planning course provides a professionally oriented education, producing graduates capable of dealing with all aspects of property and development. The learning and teaching of the course consists of a variety of formats including lectures, seminars, presentations, group work and visiting lectures. The range of assessment methods includes exams, essays, and group and individual project work and presentations.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Subjects of study include:
- Introduction to Building Technology
- Introduction to Government and Law
- Introduction to Planning and Sustainablity
- Introduction to Property
- Introduction to Property Economics and Property Accounting
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
Year 2 includes optional, but recommended, educational field trips to a northern city in the UK.
Subjects of study include:
- Commercial Practice
- London City Regeneration
- Planning Practice
- Property Business
- Urban Regeneration and Development
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
A feature of the course is the opportunity to attend study visits to a European destination during this year.
Subjects of study include:
- Development Project
- Global Practice
- Neighbourhood and Community Planning
- Professional Practice
- Sustainability and Environmental Policy
The course content is listed by year, corresponding to the full-time mode of study. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over ﬁve years.
The teaching team includes:
This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and students are encouraged to become members.
Additional costs information
To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.
The course aims to create graduates who are critical and creative thinkers, literate and effective communicators, entrepreneurial, global in outlook and engaged in communities, and socially, ethically and environmentally aware.
The modules are mapped to the Planning and Development RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) pathway, increasing your employment potential.
The course ensures that you are exposed to the full range of appraisal and planning techniques, and prepares you for a professional career as a planning and development surveyor/planner with an emphasis on planning and property development.
Our graduates go on to develop careers as chartered surveyors and/or town planners for a range of organisations, including property companies, real estate advisers, developers, central and local government, and large corporations both in the UK and internationally. Many also go on to postgraduate study and research.
Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.
We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.
In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.
For more details, visit the employability section on our site.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
Career options in your subject area
Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.
A professionally accredited course
This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
In the National Students Survey (NSS) 2016, our undergraduate property students rated their overall satisfaction at an impressive 91%.
Central London location and contacts
We are based in central London within three miles of the HQ of the majority of UK property companies and close to examples of planning and development mega-projects.
An established institution
We have a long history of planning education since 1938.
A combination of complementary subjects related to Urban Development
With both planning and property aspects to this course, it caters for students who are interested in the planning sector and have a desire to focus on the field of property and development. The course provides a combination of the practical side of the subject, with an in-depth understanding of the impacts, problems and solutions related to property and planning.
A supportive experience
All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor who will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.
Class sizes are small, typically 20-50 students in Years 2 and 3.
Field trips and diverse teaching methods
The course will help you develop skills for the workplace, including industry presentation skills, negotiation and group work. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practical workshops, external talks and group work. Field trip opportunities include site visits around London, and field trips in the UK and Europe.
We offer a range of scholarships. See westminster.ac.uk/scholarships
Study in the city
If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.
Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.
After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.
Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships
In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.
All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.
Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.
Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.
Personal advice and counselling
While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.
With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.
Study Abroad and Summer School programmes
Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.
If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.
Sport and recreation
The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.
University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.
Amandeep (Darren) Retour
Property and Planning BSc, graduated July 2014
"There was a lot of practical work on this course, rather than just theory. My overall experience from studying this course has been positive and unforgettable. The lecturers are very helpful and knowledgeable which makes the overall experience enjoyable. The University has great facilities and resources. I have secured a job as a Property Manager within a medium sized company three months before graduating as well as achieving an overall Upper Second Class (2:1)."
Property and Planning BSc, graduated July 2014
"Studying Property and Planning allowed me to gain the essential knowledge on vital real estate modules, whilst learning the core elements of planning and regeneration. I am able to have a complete understanding of the property sector. I was able to learn the importance of the elements of planning in the UK through trips, speakers and lectures, which has helped me gain work experience and be confident in interviews.
The support provided to me by our programme leader was unlimited. In times of stress I could rely on him to provide help and support. This support lead me to gain a First Class Honours."
Our Property and Construction students have won a wide range of awards including a Sociable Surveyors Global Internship with Savills in Tokyo and London. Read more about our students' awards.
Image: Property student Sandra Nwachukwu after winning a Sociable Surveyors Global Internship Scheme award.
Property and Construction - why Westminster?
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Research in property and construction covers a wide range of activities. While we are interested in every aspect of research in property and construction, there are particular areas we specialise in.