BSc (Hons)

Property Development

Become a competent property developer in today’s fast-paced construction industry

N232UCAS code 3yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

Star Course Overview

Why take this course?

From refurbishing a small house to overseeing multi-million pound development schemes, property development is a fast-paced and demanding industry.

The risks are high, but so too are the potential rewards. This course is solid grounding to find success as a property professional.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Visit sites and study locally based case studies that will introduce you to the professional markets and environments
  • Attend and contribute to current debates by visiting guest speakers
  • Venture overseas on a European field trip

What opportunities might it lead to?

This is one of few property development courses in the country that is professionally accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The quality of this course has been recognised by both the property profession and the national press. Many of our graduates now hold senior positions in industry.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • property development
  • surveying
  • project management
  • consultancy


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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score A LEVELS
112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications


UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

International students
2017/18 entry: full time: £14,400 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Programme specification


Architecture, Civil Engineering and Surveying

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Vocationally-focused courses which concentrate on both the practical and theoretical
  • An exciting environment to work in, with excellent facilities including technical labs and studio space
  • Enthusiastic, friendly tutors who bring the subject to life

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Year one

Our courses are designed to provide a thoroughly professional education in property development. In the first year you will have an introduction to all the elements associated with property while also developing your analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills.

Core units in this year include:

  • Professional Development
  • Mediation of Space Making of Place
  • Law for the Built Environment
  • Construction, Design and Sustainability
  • Property Economics and Financial Accounting
  • Property Valuation

Year two

In the second and third year you will have a wide range of units to study. You are able to elect specialist themes that allow you to tailor your studies to suit your career intentions or personal interests.

Core units in this year include:

  • Building Technology and Efficiency Management
  • Heritage Property
  • Land Law and Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Planning  Law and Practice
  • Professional Development (H&S and People Skills)
  • Property Investment and Development
  • Property Valuation and Specialised Applications

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Diving and Underwater Engineering A
  • Diving and Underwater Engineering B
  • International Built Environment Fieldwork
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles
  • IT for Quantity Surveying
  • Quantitative Methods for Property Studies

Year three*

In your final year, consolidate the skills you have learnt and complete your dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Core options from in this year include:

  • Applied Professional Awareness
  • Building Pathology
  • Coastal Properties, Environmental Hazards and Adaption
  • Estate Management
  • Integrating Interprofessional Project
  • Research Project and Individual Project
  • Retail and Commercial Property
  • Statutory Valuations

*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and group work, and be fully supported throughout your degree. We promote many practical teaching methods as by its very nature 'property' requires a proactive, hands-on approach.

How are you assessed?

We guarantee sustained feedback to make sure your studies are on track. Providing you with valuable skills and experience you will be assessed in a variety of ways, including:

  • written exams
  • web assessments
  • essays and reports
  • project presentations
  • a 10,000-word dissertation
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Tutor's view

Emily Walsh

The diversity of expertise supplied by a wide range of property professionals provides you with a unique opportunity to view the industry from a variety of perspectives. This multi-disciplinary approach gives you a flavour of the dynamic industry which awaits you on graduation.

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Guest Speakers

We coordinate a series of lectures delivered by specially invited professional practitioners. The series provides you with an opportunity for business updates and a first-hand perspective on both local and international property environments.

Field Trips

Go on site visits and carry out fieldwork that will introduce you to the markets and environments in which you will eventually work. Also have the opportunity to go on overseas field trips with past destinations including Barcelona, Paris, Turkey, Dublin and the Netherlands.

Maths Café

Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

Other costs to consider


We will provide hard hats and Hi-Vis vests, but you will need to buy your own safety boots costing about £35. There is an optional International field trip in year two, for which a contribution of approximately £600 is required.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

Working in property makes for an interesting, challenging and rewarding career. It is well paid and very sociable – it gets you out of the office and you will meet and work with all sorts of interesting people. The best aspect about working in property is the sheer variety of the field.

The roles our graduates have undertaken include: providing financial, management and strategic advice on land and property; establishing the market value of individual buildings and large scale development projects; making investment decisions for future returns on property assets; networking with property stakeholders to provide best possible solutions; managing existing property in order to ensure the delivery of sustainable outcomes.

Examples of what are students have gone on to do include: chartered general practice surveyor; chartered building surveyor; property developer; environmental impact auditor; specialist advisers on retail, leisure and commercial property; legal adviser and property lawyer; land and asset manager; chartered planning and development surveyor; property taxation specialist; facilities manager; historic building conservationist; President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
Employment boosting opportunities

Taking a placement year in industry could be one of the best decisions you make and, more often than not, it leads to further opportunities after graduation. Our Student Placement and Employability Centre (SPEC) not only helps you to arrange your placement, but also acts as a source of information and guidance throughout the recruitment process and beyond. We help on anything and everything related to your employability, as well as assisting you in securing other types of work experience.

Our aim is to provide you with the opportunities to gain as much work-related experience as possible while you study with us. For example, you will get the chance to solve real-life practical problems as part of our partnership scheme with charities, local and global organisations. Or take the unit International Built Environment Fieldwork, an overseas fieldtrip which enables you to apply your skills in an international context.

Career planning

Career planning
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To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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