Planning and Development, BSc (Hons)

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Through projects, site visits and a work placement, on this RICS accredited course you will cover the entire development process, from site analysis through the planning system and ultimately to the delivery of a scheme.

This course provides a detailed consideration of the entire development process, from site analysis through the planning system and ultimately to the delivery of a scheme. The focus is on adding value to land and property as an advisor, consultant or developer of the future.

Why choose this course?
  • It is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
  • You will have the opportunity to apply for a one-year work placement.
  • You will gain experience from a…

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Through projects, site visits and a work placement, on this RICS accredited course you will cover the entire development process, from site analysis through the planning system and ultimately to the delivery of a scheme.

This course provides a detailed consideration of the entire development process, from site analysis through the planning system and ultimately to the delivery of a scheme. The focus is on adding value to land and property as an advisor, consultant or developer of the future.

Why choose this course?
  • It is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
  • You will have the opportunity to apply for a one-year work placement.
  • You will gain experience from a European field trip (included in fees).
  • It is a professional route to becoming a chartered surveyor.
  • You will have the opportunity of a mentor from industry.
  • You will work on real projects supplied by companies such as Jones Lang LaSalle, Rolls Royce and Morgan Sindall.
  • There will be the opportunity to go on site visits and hear from visit industry experts.
Did you know?

NTU is in the top two universities in the UK for the number of students on building and planning related courses on year-long work placements. (HESA 2010 / 11)

European field trip

In your second year you will have the chance to go on a European field trip. This will give you opportunity to:

  • Meet and learn from practitioners.
  • Work on projects in new and different cultures.
  • Gain insight into the global aspects of the property industry.

In 2012 Planning and Development students visited Barcelona.

What our students say

"The course gives an overview of the property industry enabling you to widen you scope and begin to discover which aspects really engage you. You're able to build up essential market knowledge from an early stage which is invaluable in setting you apart in the hunt for placement and graduate opportunities."

Andrew Laing, BSc (Hons) Planning and Development

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How many places are available on this course?

There are 20 places across the sandwich and full-time routes.

When does the course start?

This course starts in September. For more information, take a look at our academic calendar for details of term start and end dates.

What will you study?

The course provides you with detailed specialist knowledge and skills in areas including:

  • spatial planning
  • urban design
  • site appraisal and design
  • sustainability
  • planning and development consultancy
  • management of the development process.

You will also develop core surveying competencies in areas such as:

  • business planning
  • client care
  • negotiation
  • project management.
What will I study?

Year One - An introduction to skills for practice
The modules in Year One are shared with:

  • BSc (Hons) Real Estate
  • BSc (Hons) Property Finance and Investment
  • BSc (Hons) Building Surveying.

This enables you to build a foundation in the core competencies and subjects across all property and surveying disciplines.

  • Surveying Skills (20 credits)
  • Professional Academic and Business Skills (20 credits)
  • Economics and Valuation (20 credits)
  • Law (20 credits)
  • Construction (20 credits)
  • Planning and Land Use (20 credits)

Year Two - Development of Practice

  • Valuation (20 credits)
  • Concepts and Practice in Planning (20 credits)
  • Property Management and Agency (40 credits)
  • Property Development: Principles and Practice (20 credits)
  • Employability and Commercial Awareness (40 credits)

Year Three
This is your optional work placement year. It is your opportunity to gain real experience in industry through a work placement year.

Final year - Application and analysis

  • Development Consultancy (60 credits)
  • Planning Consultancy (40 credits)
  • Research Project (20 credits)

You will have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with, and use industry-standard software including:

  • digital mapping
  • development appraisal
  • property and environmental risk information
  • industry-standard information systems and databases.
Course content and module descriptions

See a full description of each module.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mix of coursework, practical exercises and exams.

The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and will consist of group and individual projects, reports, presentations and essays.

You will receive feedback throughout each module.

To progress through the course you will need to achieve 120 credits each year. The amount of credits for each module are listed above.

How will I learn?

Most content is delivered through practice-based teaching which gives you the opportunity to understand the course material and its theoretical framework within the context of real professional practice and activity.

You will spend approximately 12 hours per week in scheduled learning sessions. This includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars and tutorials
  • field work – site visits, field trips, practical exercises.

You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.

Outside of the time tabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, completing coursework and directed reading to expand your knowledge.

Trips and study visits

Site visits and field trips form an integral part of the learning process, allowing you to put theory into practice. As well as the second year European field trip, recent trips have included:

  • Sheffield: visit hosted by Sheffield County Council and South Yorkshire Forest Partnerships. Students gained an insight into regional development activities visiting several regeneration sites in the city.
  • London: visited RICS headquarters and were given a presentation about the Institution and a tour of the Olympic development site.
  • London: As part of the Law module, students visited the Houses of Parliament and the High Court and were given a lecture by a London based lawyer.
  • York: A heritage planning and conversation task was set in the historical city to support learning on the Planning and Land Use module.
Our links with industry

You will benefit from our great links with industry which help ensure that everything you learn can be applied to the real world. This will be through:

  • real briefs set by companies
  • guest lecturers from industry
  • visits to development sites
  • industry sponsored awards
  • work placements.

Recent examples include:

  • Rolls Royce - students worked with Rolls Royce and their development partner MUSE in connection with a proposed redevelopment of a large factory and airfield site. Students presented to Rolls Royce staff including the company's Property Manager.
  • St Mowden – this leading development company provided a case study and site visits looking at the redevelopment of a former MG Rover car manufacturing site.
  • Miller Birch – also provided a case study and site visits for a new sustainable building for Eon in Nottingham.
  • Jones Lang LaSalle – students visited their Canary Wharf office and received valuable market focused presentations from key members of their team.
Is the course professionally accredited?

Yes, the course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Gaining an RICS-accredited degree is the most accepted way of becoming a chartered surveyor. After completing an RICS-accredited degree or diploma you'll then need two or three years' work experience before taking your RICS professional assessment interview – known as the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Learn from expert staff

Our Planning and Development subject team is made up of experienced academics and staff who have recently joined from industry. These, together with regular visiting experts, provide an up-to-date education, informed by current practice and industry developments.

Find out more some of the academic team on the BSc (Hons) Planning and Development course:

  • Course Leader
  • First Year Tutor
What do the course fees cover?

Find out what's included in your course fees.

It's a flexible course

The modules in Year One are shared with BSc (Hons) Real Estate, BSc (Hons) Property Finance and Investment and BSc (Hons) Building Surveying.

This enables you to develop a multi-disciplinary understanding of the industry and also have the flexibility to switch to either of the other courses at the start of your second year if you feel they are more aligned to your career aspirations.

Where will you study?

You will study on the City site. Most of your lectures will be taught in the recently renovated Newton building.

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change Lecture theatres

The majority of your lectures and seminars will take place in the Newton building. This building has recently undergone a major renovation making it a great environment to study in.

Dedicated resource centre

Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre is based in the Maudslay building. It enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with:

  • computers
  • large format plotters
  • desk space together
  • the latest, and archived, journals and publications.

This resource centre is open from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City site, with PCs providing access to:

  • Microsoft Office
  • email
  • web browsing
  • networked file storage
  • high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student). Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day).
Books and library resources

In the library you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within the Built Environment. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our:

  • electronic resources
  • journals
  • books.

Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist property subject knowledge and can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources and also support on things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

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