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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) and recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2020
UCAS code
Duration
Full-time: 3 years
Accreditation
Royal Town Planning Institute, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Application deadline
15 January 2020
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAB
Subjects
No specific subjects.
At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

Contextual offer

Grades
BBB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
No specific subjects.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points
36
Subjects
A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

Contextual offer

Points
32 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
A score of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

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 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher)

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades AB.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • 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 two of the 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.

Accreditation

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).

Degree structure

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.

The programme is structured carefully to equip students with a coherent understanding of urbanism and the built environment, with an additional 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. 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. 

Covid-19 study abroad updates
For this academic year, if you were due to study abroad, you should have been contacted by your department with more information. Further guidance can be found on FAQs for 20/21 Study Abroad students about coronavirus (COVID-19).    If you are planning to study abroad in 2021/22, UCL and your department will be in contact with you at the start of the upcoming academic year with information on the application process.      If you plan to study abroad in future years, UCL and your department will provide relevant information and guidance nearer to the time.   

Modules

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

  • Contemporary Cities (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Real Estate (15 credits)
  • Introducing Planning Systems (15 credits)
  • Introducing Urban Design: Design Skills (15 credits)
  • Making Cities: The Production of the Built Environment (15 credits)
  • Management for Built Environment Professionals I (15 credits)
  • Planning History and Thought (15 credits)
  • Urban Lab I: Graphic Skills (15 credits)

Core or compulsory module(s)

  • Green Futures (15 credits)
  • Economics of Cities and their Regions (15 credits)
  • Management for Built Environment Professionals II (15 credits)
  • Strategic Planning Project (15 credits)
  • Real Estate Economics (15 credits)
  • Cities and Social Change (15 credits)
  • Urban Design: Theory to Practice (15 credits)
  • Urban Lab II: Spatial Analysis (15 credits)

Core or compulsory module(s)

  • Real Estate Management (15 credits)
  • Real Estate Valuation (15 credits)
  • Real Estate Finance and Investment (15 credits)
  • Real Estate Development (15 credits)
  • Planning and Property Law (15 credits)
  • Regional Development, Planning and Policy in a Global Context (15 credits)
  • Urban and Environmental Politics (15 credits)
  • Urban Project Management (15 credits)

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available

Your learning

The School of Planning advocates and employs a very interactive, hands-on form of learning. Alongside lectures, seminars and tutorials we include field visits, group project work, and laboratory and design work sessions to improve your learning experience.

Covid-19 practical component updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the availability of the practical components for your chosen programme. Any updates relate only to the 20/21 academic year and may not apply to all students across the programme depending on your year of study.  Your department will keep you updated if the practical component of your programme is able to occur and/or any alternative options available.   There may need to be additional updates or changes to the practical component during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and/or Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available. 
Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Assessment

Means of assessment are balanced throughout the programme with a combination of individual and group work, essays, project work and other skills-based practical work, and examinations.

Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Urban Planning and Real Estate BSc.

Careers

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. 

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.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2020/21 academic year. The UK/EU 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 2020/21 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2020/21)
Overseas students
£26,540 (2020/21)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

This programme does not have any additional costs outside of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding 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. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding

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.

Funding may be available from the Bartlett School of Planning or Bartlett Faculty Office.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

The Bartlett Promise Scholarship

Deadline
Deadline: Friday, 3 July 2020
Value
Tuition fees plus £15,364 maintenance per annum
Eligibility
UK, EU
Criteria

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.

Application and next steps

Your application

We will look for evidence of your interest in our subject in your personal statement. We hope to see a demonstrable interest in, and understanding of, the links between urban planning, design and real estate, as well as an ability to write coherently, communicate effectively, and think critically. You will also be expected to demonstrate evidence of your numeracy skills and we will assess your use of English.

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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2020



Selection

Shortlisted applicants living in or near to the UK will be invited to an applicant open day. 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, lunch and a tour of the campus with current students, and an interactive Q&A session with members of staff and current students.

You may be asked to submit an essay in support of your application. We welcome applications from people with non-standard qualifications, including mature students with relevant study or work experience. Please contact us if you need further advice about the acceptability of non-standard qualifications.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.


Page last modified on 22 June 2020