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Property Development and Planning MSc / Top-up to MSc

Overview

During recent decades property development has become a more complex process. The need to adapt to economic change, evolving funding mechanisms, legal developments, technological change, and political and environmental issues pose challenges for the property professional.

This course is intended for non-surveying graduates working, or intending to work, in property development and related fields for public authorities, commercial organisations, property or construction companies, and private practice firms.

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills enabling you to offer specialist advice in the field of property development. On completion you'll be able to offer a broad range of expertise, harnessing your first discipline with the theories, practices and techniques of the planning and development surveyor.

Extensive use is made of outside speakers many of whom are drawn from our own alumni; some of whom have successfully established their own property development companies.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time MSc
Duration
1 year + dissertation
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time MSc
Duration
2 years + dissertation
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    LSBU is helping transform the construction industry through its Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre. The BIM Centre acts as a hub for innovation, professional training and networking amongst practice experts in the built environmental sector. These facilities are used by students and for short courses.

Modules

Modules are assessed by combination of course work, project work and examinations.

  • Institutional and legal context for property
    This module focuses on introducing students to the various areas of law and issues of professional practice used and applied in the construction and property industries.
  • Construction and planning
    A module to provide a broad and critical perspective on planning and construction, as well as an understanding of the context within which planning and construction decisions are made and implemented.
  • Valuations
    This module is intended to allow the theoretical knowledge gained in a series of lectures and workshops to be applied in practice. The module will consider the fundamental principles of valuation, valuation formula and discounted cash flows. It will examine the methods used in the valuation of office, retail, industrial and residential properties. The module will also introduce the process of development and redevelopment of property.
  • Applied valuations and the management of property interests
    This module gives a practical insight into managing property. The roles and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants are considered in property management. Financial calculations that inform property management decisions are also considered.
  • Economics for property professionals
    This module provides an introduction into a set of theoretical and practical principles that enable property professionals to develop, manage and grow successful businesses.
  • Property development process
    This module provides a broad and critical perspective on property development and an understanding of the context within which property development decisions are made and implemented.
  • Project finance
    This module provides the necessary skills and knowledge for project funding, project evaluation and management in the property industry.
  • Planning law and practice
    This module examines the history of planning and the evolution of the theories, ideas and practices that have underpinned its attempts to intervene in the natural and built environment.
  • Dissertation
    The module provides the opportunity for students to undertake an independent piece of research, investigating in depth a subject, in which, they have a particular interest and of their own selection. Each student will submit a dissertation of between 15,000- 20,000 words. The module includes teaching of research methods.

Options modules

Please be aware that option selection is subject to availability.

  • Behavioural finance
    The module develops a comprehensive understanding of the decision-making process in any real estate decision and it transition mechanism to market prices.
  • Building control
    The module focuses upon the control and enforcement of the Building Regulations and associated legislation, along with supporting technical documents and alternative solutions, to meet specific regulative requirements as they apply to various building schemes.
  • Building information modelling and collaborative working
    A module to provide a general understanding of the role that BIM can play throughout the design, construction and operation of building assets. It looks to identify and develop the necessary managerial, technical and interpersonal skills required to deliver better value through a collaborative BIM approach.
  • Health and safety management in construction
    This module focuses on the management of safety on site – a process that can be applied to a wide range of work settings and project types.
  • History of architecture and construction
    This module examines the inter-relationship between building design and production as it occurred throughout historical time. Particular attention will be paid to those periods in history when major transformations occurred in architectural style and the building process. Other historical themes will also be pursued.
  • International real estate and construction
    This module introduces students to the international context of real estate markets, construction industry and project development. It specifically focuses on the activity of international real estate investors and large construction companies. The module also provides students a comparative perspective on real estate markets and construction process.
  • Legal resolution of property and construction disputes
    This module focuses on the range of dispute resolution techniques used by construction and property professionals to resolve and manage disputes in the construction and property industries.

Structure of qualification

Module structure for the full-time mode
Semester 1 Semester 2
Valuations Applied Valuations and the Management of Property Interests
Construction and Planning Planning Law and Practice
Institutional and Legal Context for Property
Property Development Process Project Finance
Economics for Property Professionals Option
  Dissertation
Module structure for part-time mode (Year 1)
Semester 1 Semester 2
Valuations Applied Valuations and the Management of Property Interests
Construction and Planning Planning Law and Practice
Institutional and Legal Context for Property
Module structure for part-time mode (Year 2)
Semester 1 Semester 2
Economics for Property Professionals Project Finance
Property Development Process Option
  Dissertation

Employability

On completion of the course you will be able to offer a broad range of expertise, harnessing your first discipline with the theories, practices and techniques of the planning and development surveyor.

To date employment prospects have been excellent, covering a wide range of potential opportunities in commercial and residential property markets.

I enjoyed the course's vocational focus and believe it gave me a sound understanding of planning and development issues which have helped me in my career. I now work for leading property consultant GVA Grimley.

Melanie Edge, Alumna, MSc Property Development and Planning

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

Staff

Kate Ellis

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Kate Ellis teaches Construction Law and Property Law to construction and property professionals.


Dr Guowei Gu

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Course Director - MSc/PgDip Property Development and Planning

Guowei began his academic career when he joined LSBU in 2006, after working in the professional real estate industry for 15 years.


Margaret Hollins

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Job title: Associate Professor

Margaret's areas of interest include sustainable development and climate change, human rights and international environmental law.


Darren James

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Construction Technology

Darren's specialisms include construction, surveying, environmental issues in construction and surveying, and educational paths into the built environment sector.


Scott King

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Course Director - MSc Real Estate

Scott is a specialist in property and real estate, property valuation for commercial real estate, training and coaching for property professionals and property research.


Steve Pittard

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Steve is an active member of the RICS, chairs the QS and Construction IT Business Group, and is a member of the QS & Construction Professional Group Board, as well as the more recently formed BIM Steering Group.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

To derive most benefit from this course, it is expected that you'll already have a degree or professional qualification in a property-related discipline and some related work experience.

You should normally have one of the following qualifications:

  • A Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division, but one relevant to the built environment, for example Building, Architecture, Town Planning, Housing or a related discipline; or
  • Corporate membership of a professional body concerned with property or construction, for example, CIOB, RIBA, RTPI, CIOH or other relevant body of equal standing; or
  • A qualification regarded as equivalent to the above. 

Applicants should normally have at least two years' relevant experience since their initial academic or professional qualifications. 

Part-time students 

Part-time students normally will be currently employed in a property-related office. Applicants must normally be able to show that their employers support their application and that attendance on a regular basis will be possible over the duration of the course. Students who experience temporary unemployment during the duration of their studies will be permitted to continue with the course.

Overseas applicants

Applicants are expected to have competency in spoken and written English. Oral presentations are an integral part of the course. Written English should be at the British Council/Cambridge IELTS Level 6.5 or above.

APEL

An applicant who is offered a place on the Course may seek credit for recent prior academic qualification or professional experience. The applicant should expect to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Course Director and Module Co0rdinator substantial relevant knowledge and skills at least equivalent to Level 6 or Level 7 as appropriate to those modules for which credit is being sought. Applications should be made before the commencement of the semester in which the particular modules are being offered.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time MSc
Duration
1 year + dissertation
Start date
September
Application code
P017895
Application method
Mode
Part-time MSc
Duration
2 years + dissertation
Start date
September
Application code
P017895
Application method

Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £4611.11International fee: £6944.44
AOS/LSBU code: 4963Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8300
International £12500

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a postgraduate course, studying for a Masters-level qualification either full- or part-time from 1 August, you may be entitled to apply for a £10,280 postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Postgraduate Advice Service

You are invited to book a one-to-one appointment with one of our Postgraduate Advisors. They offer a 30 minute face-to-face session where you can get tailored advice on fees and funding. Book a 1-2-1 Advice Session.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.

Overview of scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students. Key scholarships and discounts below.

Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

Students holding an offer of a place on a postgraduate course will be invited to apply for a Vice-Chancellor Scholarships.

LSBU Graduate Loyalty Scheme

This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. Read more about the Graduate Loyalty Scheme.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    LSBU is helping transform the construction industry through its Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre. The BIM Centre acts as a hub for innovation, professional training and networking amongst practice experts in the built environmental sector. These facilities are used by students and for short courses.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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