2012/13 Planning and Property Development
|Faculty||Art, Design and the Built Environment|
Entry Conditions top
You must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent).
A minimum of 300 UCAS Tariff Points to include grades BB. All subject areas considered.
Irish Leaving Certificate
A minimum of 300 UCAS Tariff Points to include grades BBBBB. All subject areas considered.
BTEC National Diploma
Successful completion of BTEC National Diploma with D, D, M profile. All subject areas considered.
Higher National Diploma
Estate Management or Urban Planning only. Successful completion with 4D, 1 M, 1P or 3D and 3M (excluding common skills modules) from final year only for year 2 entry. All other subjects successful completion for year 1 entry.
Foundation Degree (Property, Planning and Housing)
Successful completion with 55% average for Year 2 entry.
Access Courses (Science, Science and Technology, Humanities or Social Science Based)
Overall average of 70% for Year 1 entry.
Duration and Mode of Attendance top
Four years full time with optional Placement year.
Full-time over two semesters in each academic year.
The Programme top
The driving goal of the programme is to develop confident graduates with a clear understanding of the needs of the land and property development sectors; an ability to recognise and apply different evaluation and financial valuation practices at appropriate times; a sensitivity to the different needs, rights and priorities of different communities of interest, place and identity; and research, technical, intellectual and analytical capabilities to guide appropriate land use and property development to create community value in a holistic and inclusive way.
The University of Ulster Planning and Property Development graduate is intended to be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills and to articulate alternative theoretical and applied ways in which spatial planning operates. In particular, graduates are intended to be able to explain how to facilitate land and property development whilst meeting broader societal requirements and cultural expectations for the management of contested spaces, assets and heritage. It is anticipated, for example, that they will be able to make appropriate and timely use of negotiation, mediation, and advocacy skills; promote development that supports healthier life-styles and community wellbeing; and encourage sustainable behaviours in relation to travel and the use of limited resources in a global context.
The degree is designed to meet the needs of those aspiring to become chartered surveyors and/or chartered town planners concerned with securing the public interest in land and property development.
Structure and Content top
Year 1 of the course provides students with a suite of modules which cover the foundation principles for planning and property development, and develops the study skills needed at university level. Module topics include: a basic understanding of law, land economy, sustainability, planning history and theory, and spatial analysis.
Year 2 builds on the foundation modules by providing a greater in-depth understanding of planning and property development processes and their inter-relationships and by introducing place-making elements. Module topics include: ethics and professional practice, spatial planning, value in planning and property development, and property economics and market analysis.
Year 3 focuses on the integration of theories and practices of spatial planning, governance and property development. This year is much more applied in dealing with process, appraisal and implementation. Module topics include: community planning and social policy, environmental impact of land and property development, and city competitiveness and cohesion. Students also undertake an individual investigative report.
Final Year increases the attention on implementation and delivery of policies within regeneration strategies. Key issues addressed include policy evaluation, the feasibility and deliverability of projects, balancing competing interests within the sustainability/environmental agendas, and stakeholder engagement. This year incorporates a study of international planning and development practice, giving students the opportunity for reflection on planning and development practice in their home country. Building on the research report in Year 3, students will complete a project based on research in an area of spatial planning and property development.
Professional Recognition top
The course has dual accreditation: by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
Careers And Postgraduate Opportunities top
Planning and Property Development graduates will be capable of fulfilling professional roles which relate to all aspects of the management and development of landed property in different sectors and locations.
Graduates from the course will offer competitive advantage to prospective employers given their knowledge and skills sets that address the needs of the new planning and development agenda which requires greater attention towards strategic mediation between different interests and the delivery and implementation of sustainable development strategies.
Through employment preparation sessions in Final Year an emphasis is placed on students appreciating the transferability of their skills across the public, private and community/voluntary sectors.
In addition, Final Year students are encouraged to explore further study opportunities including MPhil and DPhil research at the University.
Teaching Methods and Assessment top
A diversity of assessment methods is used during the four years of the Integrated Master’s in Planning and Property Development. Different types of knowledge and skills are assessed progressively over the course.
Examinations may take the form of written papers, usually involving a choice of questions, or electronic (online) tests.
Coursework assignments vary according to the module and level at which they are being taught. Examples include individual written reports, groupwork assignments, and presentations.