Property Development at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

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Course summary

This is a Connected Degree Portsmouth is the only University in the UK with the flexibility to choose when to do an optional paid placement or self-employed year. Either take a placement in your third year, or finish your studies first and complete a placement in your fourth year. You can decide if and when to take a placement after you've started your course. Overview This accredited BSc (Hons) Property Development degree course gives you the commercial, managerial, technical and creative skills you need to launch your career in real estate. Learn to meet the challenges of a fast-moving property industry, from the refurbishment of affordable housing to overseeing the construction of multi-million-pound developments. You'll master skills in computer-aided design (CAD) and evolve expert knowledge in the application of sustainable development, law for the built environment, property valuation, and property economics and investment. You'll also develop the entrepreneurial spirit you need to lead on pioneering projects. Increased investment in developing infrastructure is a key part of the government's plan to 'Build Back Better' so you could play a key role in our society's goals and realising a new era of sustainable development. Course highlights

  • Choose specialist modules that match your interests and career ambitions, such as heritage property conservation and management, international built environment fieldwork, project management and dispute resolution
  • Get out of the classroom through on-site visits where you'll tour building sites and meet contractors, experiencing your future workplace
  • Take an optional European study trip to a construction project – past destinations include Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands
  • Be inspired with visits from guest speakers with key industry experience, including property developers, land agents and course graduates – one industry contact gave a guest lecture on their experience working in the British Virgin Islands for AECOM
  • Benefit from our partnerships with Hampshire County Council, Winchester City Council and our professional advisory board who arrange site visits and share their industry knowledge
Accreditation This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Work experience and career planning The UK Government has committed to loan funding of at least £624 million to house builders, as part of a £2.2 billion loan financing plan to support infrastructure and drive housing supply. So it's likely the skills you develop on this course will be in high demand when you graduate. 100% of our course graduates are in work or further study 15 months after they graduate and 90% of those graduates find their work meaningful. With your skills in demand, you can expect an average salary of £44,000 as an experience property developer – but you can also use your knowledge as a foundation for a career in surveying, property law and building conservation. Graduate destinations Our graduates have worked for companies such as:
  • Savills
  • Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Countrywide
  • Chichester District Council
  • CBRE Group
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:
  • property developer
  • sustainable development consultant
  • legal adviser and property lawyer
  • chartered building surveyor
  • real estate land and asset manager
  • real estate consultant
  • 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.


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. 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. In your final year, consolidate the skills you have learnt and complete your dissertation on a topic of your choice. 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, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits. Year 1: Core modules in this year include:

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) – 20 credits
  • Construction Design & Sustainability – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Law for the Built Environment – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Property Valuation – 20 credits
  • Multidisciplinary Project – 20 credits
  • Property Economics & Financial Accounting – 20 credits
There are no optional modules in this year. Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Planning Procedures & Practice – 20 credits
  • Professional Studies & Applied Project – 20 credits
  • Property Investment & Development – 20 credits
  • Urban Regeneration – 20 credits
  • Valuation and Commercial Property Management – 20 credits
Optional modules in this year currently include:
  • Building Information Modelling – 20 credits
  • Heritage Property – 20 credits
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles – 20 credits
Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Building Pathology – 20 credits
  • Individual Major Project – 40 credits
  • Land Law and Landlord and Tenant Law – 20 credits
  • Professional Practice – 20 credits
  • Statutory Valuations – 20 credits
Placement Year (optional) On this course, you can do an optional work placement year after your 2nd or 3rd year 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. 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.

Assessment method

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 modules 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

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chartered Surveyors, Royal Institution of

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £19200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1,385 EU – £1,385 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £2,875. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
Property Development at University of Portsmouth - UCAS