Property Development BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Property Development
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.
90% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)
BSc (Hons) Property Development degree entry requirements
- A levels – ABB–BBC
- UCAS points – 112–128 points (calculate your UCAS points)
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
- Use specialist building facilities, including our experimental Port Eco House 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
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.
What jobs can you do with a Property Development degree?
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.
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.
What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Property Development degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.
Core modules in this year include:
- Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM)
- Construction, Design and Sustainability
- Introduction to Law for the Built Environment
- Introduction to Property Valuation
- Multidisciplinary Project
- Property Economics and Financial Accounting
There are no optional modules in this year.
Core modules in this year include:
- Planning Procedures and Practice
- Professional Studies and Applied Project
- Property Investment and Development
- Urban Regeneration
- Valuation and Commercial Property Management
Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Applied Building Information Modelling (BIM)
- Heritage Property
- International Built Environment Fieldwork
- Introduction to Project Management Principles
- Modern Foreign Language (Institution-wide Language Programme)
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Core modules in this year include:
- Building Pathology
- Individual Major Project
- Land Law and Landlord and Tenant Law
- Professional Practice
- Statutory Valuations
Optional modules in this year include:
- Contract Administration, Claims Management and Dispute Resolution
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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Here are some of the specialist facilities, labs and equipment that our students use during the course. Select an image to enlarge and find out more.
Academic skills 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
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
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 methods on this course include:
- group work
You'll be taught in a practical way to best prepare you for work in the property development industry.
The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
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 will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous year of how students on this course were typically assessed:
- 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
"One of the unique things about my course compared to other universities is the fact it is RICS accredited. This means it opens more doors in the future for me, as well as showing it’s a high-quality course."
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2022 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £18,300 per year (subject to annual increase)
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
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.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
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 will provide you with hard hats and Hi-Vis vests. You will need to buy your own safety boots costing approximately £35.
If you go on the optional international field trip in year 2 you’ll need to contribute approximately £500 to the cost.
How to apply
To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:
- the UCAS course code – N232
- our institution code – P80
If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also 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.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.