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Course content

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.


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

Institutional and legal context for property
Construction and planning
Applied valuations and the management of property interests
Economics for property professionals
Property development process
Project finance
Planning law and practice

Options modules:

Please be aware that option selection is subject to availability.

Behavioural finance
Building control
Building information modelling and collaborative working
Health and safety management in construction
History of architecture and construction
International real estate and construction
Legal resolution of property and construction disputes

Please see the website for more details on the course structure:

http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/property-development-planning-msc#course_tab_modules The MSc is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; this will allow entry to their Project Management Faculty through the Assessment of Professional competence.

London location affording access to:

• Major development areas and schemes to visits / study
• The main offices of the country's leading property consultancies and companies
• The RICS headquarters and its library
• Other professional and academic libraries and exhibitions
• A well developed alumni organisation
• Extensive programmes of talks and lectures, promoted by the RICS and others, often at reduced cost or free to students.


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.

LSBU Employability Services

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. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job 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 interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Visit the Property Development and Planning - MSc/Top-up to MSc page on the London South Bank University website for more details!





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