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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Turley Associates
  • Northern Ireland Civil Service
  • First Flight Wind
  • RPS

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Graduate Planning Consultant
  • Local Government Planning Officer
  • Planning and Development Surveyor
  • Planning Officer Technician
  • Researcher


Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus in September 2019.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

This course is all about land, people and place with a focus on transforming spaces, regenerating places, inspiring change and engaging communities.


Study Planning, Regeneration and Development at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

Are you interested in the overall well-being, value and identity of society, the environment and the economy? Would you like to help shape policies to tackle climate change and combat global warming, contribute to the creation of self-sufficient, sustainable communities and shrink our ecological footprint?

Yes? Then come and study Planning and Property Development at Ulster.

Planning is the profession that concerns itself with making places, managing competing interests, and the quality of life in places – cities, towns and rural villages. Planners have had a very important historical role in shaping the places where we live, work and socialise.

Shaping these processes has to be one of the most challenging, important and rewarding jobs around. In recent years, planners and property development professionals have been active in regenerating towns and cities, such as the centres and waterfront locations of Belfast, Dublin, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Cardiff and London, and internationally.

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About this course

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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.

An Ulster University Planning and Property Development graduate will be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills and articulate alternative theoretical and applied ways in which spatial planning operates. In particular, graduates will 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.

The degree is dual accredited by:

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)for the purposes of attaining chartered planning and development surveyor status; and also the
  • Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), for graduates who wish to attain chartered town planner status.


The Planning and Property Development course at Ulster is a 4 year full-time programme, with an optional placement year between Year 3 and Final Year. You will study for two semesters in each academic year.

The number of modules taken in each semester varies from year to year, depending on how many credit points a module is worth. You are normally expected to complete a total of 60 credits in each semester, with 1 credit equal to 10 hours of student participation on a module. The total number of hours on a module includes timetabled lectures / tutorials / workshops / computer labs and also the time spent by you working on coursework or preparing for class. Typically, classes take place across 2-3 days per week; during the rest of the week you are expected to be working in the library or the Urban Planning Studio which is our own dedicated space on the Jordanstown campus.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is 300 UCAS tariff points to include Grades BB.


Overall BTEC award profile of DDM to include 9 Distinctions. All subject areas considered.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile 300 UCAS Tariff points (from 5 Highers) to include at least Grades BBBBB. All subject areas considered.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is 300 UCAS Tariff points AABCC. All subject areas considered.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is 300 UCAS Tariff points BBB. All subject areas considered.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 26 points (13 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Successful completion of an Access Course in Science, Science and Technology, Humanities or Social Science based subjects with an overall average of 70% for Year 1 entry.


GCSE Profile to include Grade C in English and Mathematics.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

We use a range of teaching, learning and assessment methods. On campus there are face-to-face teaching sessions in a classroom setting for lectures, tutorials and studio classes. Lab classes are also used to teach you computer skills such as for geographic information systems (GIS), urban design software, and development appraisal software. Study (field) trips are a feature across all years of the course, and can be local - lasting a few hours - or international - lasting a few days - in Final Year. We also use Blackboard Learn for online discussion boards and the distribution of module materials.

Assessment on modules take a variety of forms including individual coursework (such as reports and research projects), group reports (for example site layout and design proposals), presentations, and written examinations. We provide feedback on all assessment so that you can use the experience for continuous improvement.

Exemptions and transferability

For details on exemptions and transferability contact the Course Director, Dr Neale Blair:

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6221


Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Turley Associates
  • Northern Ireland Civil Service
  • First Flight Wind
  • RPS

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Graduate Planning Consultant
  • Local Government Planning Officer
  • Planning and Development Surveyor
  • Planning Officer Technician
  • Researcher

Career options

Opportunities exist across the public, private and community sectors:

Public sector.

Working in local authorities (local district councils and county councils)

Facilitating development management, regeneration, policy development and forward planning.

Private sector

Working in independent town planning / property development consultancies.

Advising on development potential and design.

Submitting and managing planning applications.

Charities / voluntary sector

Working for campaining and community organisations, such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the National Trust, or Community Places.

Work placement / study abroad

Graduate employability is an important feature of the Planning and Property Development course. One way this can be enhanced is by undertaking a work placement. This is designed into the course as an optional year between Year 3 and Final Year. You also have the opportunity to undertake at least one short work placement during the academic year which is compulsory. The teaching team will help you to find work placements.

In addition to work placement opportunities, you are also encouraged to complete a period of study abroad. We have close links with Nijmegen University in the Netherlands where our students have undertaken a period of study as part of the Erasmus Programme. Ulster also has links to planning and development courses across the world where you can choose to study for one or two semesters.

Academic profile

All the tutors on this course are research active and are involved in a variety of academic and practitioner networks promoting the discipline of planning and development. Our research activity is aimed at informing and improving public policy and practice. Our impact is felt locally, nationally and internationally. This means you can be sure our modules have leading-edge teaching content that is up-to-date and relevant.


Applications for full time undergraduate courses are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:

Scholarships, awards and prizes

There are two sets of awards across six different categories that are only for students on the Planning and Property Development degree, and one further award which is open to all students on courses at Ulster accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). These awards are evidence of the close links that exist between Ulster University and the planning and development sector.

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) presents two prizes:

Joanne Mathers RTPI Award - given to the student with the highest mark on module SUR811, Research Design and Regeneration Project

RTPI book prize is presented to the final year student with the highest mark across all final year modules.

The Environmental and Planning Law Association of Northern Ireland (EPLANI) presents four prizes:

Best student in Year 1

Best student in Year 2

Best student in Year 3

Student with the highest average across all years of the course

RICS Award - given to the First Year student with the highest overall average in the School of the Built Environment, Ulster University.

All of these awards are prestigious and sought-after by students on the course.

Additional mandatory costs

An international study visit to a European country takes place in the final year of the course over a period of four days. All students are normally expected to participate in this study visit.

In recent years students have travelled to the Netherlands, visiting Amsterdam, Nijmegen and Utrecht. Participating students pay for their costs associated with the visit including flights and accommodaton, typically in the region of £300 depending on when these are booked; additional costs include subsistence and in-country travel.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.


For information about the Planning and Property Development course contact the Course Director, Dr Neale Blair:

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6221


Faculty Office:

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6521



"I felt that the Planning and Property Development lecturers genuinely cared about the students both on a personal level and an academic level. The lecturers always made themselves available to assist when I had any queries about coursework, or lecture material, as well as making themselves available to discuss any issues relating to the student experience at Ulster" International exchange student from Sydney, Australia.