MSc/Top-Up to MSc in Property Development and Planning

London South Bank University

Program Description

MSc/Top-Up to MSc in Property Development and Planning

London South Bank University

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 organizations, 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.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 1 year + dissertation September Southwark Campus
Part-time 2 years + dissertation September Southwark Campus


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

  • The institutional and legal context for property
  • Construction and planning
  • Valuations
  • Applied valuations and the management of property interests
  • Economics for property professionals
  • Property development process
  • Project finance
  • Planning law and practice
  • Dissertation

Options modules

Please be aware that option selection is subject to availability.

  • Behavioral finance
  • Building control
  • Building information modeling 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


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.

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

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Entry requirements

To derive the 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 another relevant body of equal standing; or
  • A qualification regarded as equivalent to the above.

Applicants should normally have at least two years' relevant experience in 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.


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.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
4,833 GBP
Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £4833.33; International fee: £7291.67
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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