Property Development BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
N232
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019
Accredited
Yes

Overview

If you want to work in property, where the risks are high and the rewards even higher, this accredited BSc (Hons) Property Development degree course gives you the entrepreneurial spirit and commercial, managerial, technical and creative skills you need to start a career in this field.

From the refurbishment of a small terraced house to overseeing the construction of a multi-million-pound development, you’ll emerge from this course with the knowledge and ability to tackle the various challenges of this fast-moving industry.

As well as property development, this course serves as an excellent foundation for careers in surveying, property law and building conservation.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Use specialist building facilities, including our experimental house, environmental, materials, structures, hydraulics and geotechnics labs, and suite of Building Information Modelling (BIM) software
  • Get out of the classroom through on-site visits and an optional European study trip – past destinations include Barcelona, Paris, Turkey, Dublin, Denmark and the Netherlands
  • Be inspired with visits from guest speakers with key industry experience, including property developers and land agents
  • Solve real problems as part of our partnerships with charities, as well as local and global organisations

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous graduates have done placements in organisations including:

  • Valuation Office Agency
  • Portsmouth City Council
  • Jones Lang Lasalle

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

Graduates from this course have gone on to work in property development, surveying, project management and consultancy in roles such as:

  • 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

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Professional accreditations

This course is one of the few property development courses accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This gives you the option to become a Chartered Surveyor after the course.

This accreditation also lets potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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

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.

We provide hard hats, hi-vis vests, eye protection and gloves. But you’ll need to buy your own safety boots, which cost around £35.

If you go on the optional international field trip in year 2 you’ll need to contribute approximately £500 to the cost.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Professional Development
  • Introduction to Law for the Built Environment
  • Construction, Design and Sustainability
  • Property Economics and Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Property Valuation
  • Design Objectives

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Land Law and Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Planning Law and Practice
  • Professional Development
  • Property Investment and Development
  • Property Valuation and Specialised Applications

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Building Futures
  • Coastal Properties, Environmental Hazards and Adaptation
  • Heritage Property
  • International Built Environment Fieldwork
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles

Core units in this year include:

  • Integrating Interprofessional Project
  • Research Methods and Individual Project
  • Statutory Valuations

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Estate Management
  • Retail and Commercial Property
  • Surveys and Defects

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers free advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • group work

You'll be taught in a practical way to best prepare you for work in the property development industry.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

  • written exams
  • web assessments
  • essays and reports
  • project presentations
  • a dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 50% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 47% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 49% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 28% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 55% by coursework

Apply

How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – N232
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.