Urban Planning and Real Estate BSc
This BSc builds on the core programme offered within the School of Planning (focusing on urban planning and design) and combines it with a focus on property markets, investment decisions and real estate economics. It is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), mapped to the Planning and Development pathway, and recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
Programme startsSeptember 2023
Application deadline25 Jan 2023
UCAS course code
- No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
- English Language at grade C or 5, plus Mathematics at grade B or 6.
Contextual offer information
- A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no higher level score below 5.
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- A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no higher level score below 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAB.
A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher)
D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
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Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.
English language requirements
The English language level for this programme is: Level 2
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
The programme is structured carefully to equip students with a coherent understanding of urbanism and the built environment, with a particular focus on the role of real estate investment, development and appraisal. Core modules are structured around the three streams of understanding, managing and delivering urban change, with specialist real estate modules covering real estate economics, management, investment, development and appraisal.
Students will become familiar with theories, methodologies, skills, and techniques taken from the social science, urban planning and design disciplines. These aim to develop a capacity for critical thinking, problem solving and creative expression.
In the first two years, students follow eight core modules a year, one of which is directly related to the real estate specialism. The others seek to build core knowledge, competencies and skills across the discipline, including drawing and design skills. Students are eligible to apply to study abroad in the second term of year two.
In the final year students specialise in real estate, with four out of eight modules covering specialist real estate topics.
This programme shares some modules with the BSc in Urban Studies and BSc in Urban Planning, Design and Management. Students can move freely between the three programmes up until the end of their first term, as long as they have met the entry requirements for the programme they wish to transfer to.
What this course will give you
This BSc offers students a broad-based education in the built environment with an opportunity to specialise in real estate. It provides students with a route towards professional accreditation by the two most internationally recognised professional bodies for built environment professionals in the UK (see accreditation above).
The Bartlett's strong research track record and links to professional practice will feed into the core and specialist aspects of the programme, ensuring that contemporary challenges and issues in theory and practice are addressed.
In addition to the academic activities at the school and across UCL, London offers built environment students an unrivalled concentration of professional meetings, seminars, conferences, exhibitions and events which will greatly enrich your education.
The Bartlett maintains an international outlook and provides opportunities for combined study overseas in Europe, North America, Australia and Hong Kong.
Teaching and learning
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual compulsory modules, normally valued at 15 credits, adding up to 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken.
Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Urban Planning and Real Estate.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.
The School of Planning advocates and employs a very interactive, hands-on form of learning. Alongside lectures, seminars and tutorials we include site visits, group project work, and laboratory and design work sessions to improve your learning experience.
Students go on extended field trips during their undergraduate degree, in their first and third years. In addition, many modules include fieldwork or site visits as part of the learning experience.
In the third term of the third year, a voluntary two-week work experience placement is offered, drawing from our pool of employers.
Methods of assessment include a combination of individual and group work, essays, project work and other skills-based practical work, and examinations. Assignments are spread throughout Terms 1 and 2 of each year. Most modules comprise two assignments, or one piece of coursework plus an exam.
The foundation of your career
Graduates will be equipped to take up employment in a vast range of positions within the property and planning professions where their analytical, negotiating and problem-solving skills will be valued. Demand for people with planning skills combined with knowledge of the real estate sector in the UK and abroad is strong.
Our students go on to work for a range of employers in the private, public and third sectors, including property companies, surveying firms, planning consultancies, developers, in the civil service, and in local and international non-governmental organisations. Due to the nature of our BSc programmes as a route for eligible membership of RICS/RTPI, it is also expected that many of our students will go on to further study.
This programme enables you to acquire highly transferable knowledge and skills such as data collection, analysis and presentation, graphic skills, the ability to resolve problems and conflicts, negotiation and mediation, team work and leadership, managing work tasks, preparing and writing professional reports, as well as written, graphic, and oral presentation skills.
This BSc, if followed by an appropriate Graduate Diploma or MSc programme, leads to eligibility for professional membership of the The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). After graduation you are eligible to apply for the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) which leads to full professional membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Fees and funding
Fees for this course
|Tuition fees (2023/24)||£9,250|
|Tuition fees (2023/24)||£32,100|
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2023/24 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2023/24 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/funding-your-studies.
This programme does not have any additional costs apart from purchasing books or stationery, printing or photocopying.
A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
Funding your studies
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
How to apply
Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.
For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.
You may be asked to submit an essay in support of your application. We will consider applications from people with non-standard qualifications, including mature students with relevant study or work experience. Please contact the Admissions Officer, George Burridge (email@example.com), if you need further advice about the acceptability of non-standard qualifications. We aim to invite offer-holders living in or near to the UK to an applicant open day, either in-person or online. This will typically include an introduction to UCL and the School of Planning, a presentation on UCL accommodation and finance, a taster lecture delivered by an academic in the School of Planning, a tour of the campus with current students, and an interactive Q&A session with members of staff and current students.