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    2022 start September 

    Real Estate Planning and Development

    Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Faculty of Social Sciences

    Prepare for a career in real estate. This course will enhance your understanding of real estate and its role in the wider economy, with particular focus on the challenges of new developments.
    Postgraduate Urban Studies and Planning Student, Ana Maria Monsalve Sanchez

    Course description

    This course focuses on providing you with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in this important area of surveying.

    It combines both property valuation and management knowledge with skills in planning and regeneration to allow you to gain a full perspective not only on the physical aspects of the built environment, but the social and environmental aspects as well. It is designed for students from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, who wish to specialise in this growing area.

    Accreditation

    Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

    Modules

    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    The focus of the first semester is on the acquisition and understanding of core knowledge and skills.

    Core modules:

    Applied Real Estate Valuation

    Students studying this module will be introduced to the five methods of valuation that form the basis for working in the profession. Basic financial maths will be introduced and applied using client-related scenarios. At this stage learning is also supported by a bespoke online valuation tool. Lectures will provide introductory examples and students will be able to practice using weekly problem-solving tasks and tutorials/help-sessions. Linked to the lectures, professional employability skills will be further developed through the coursework that, firstly, focuses on providing advice to a client through the production of a valuation report and, secondly, requires students to consider the ethical dimensions of professional surveying practice and the rules of professional conduct.

    15 credits
    Real Estate Economics

    This course is concerned with the economic analysis of real estate markets. It examines the economic characteristics of property and the way in which these impact on the structure and operation of the property market. It also examines the functional divisions within the property market: use, investment and development and their interactions; and the role of property in the local, regional and national economy.

    15 credits
    Planning Design and Professional Ethics

    This module introduces core knowledge and skills for understanding how planning and design shape the built environment. It will explore key factors that shape the quality of development outcomes including planning policies and urban design principles. It develops critical awareness of the potential impacts of development projects on people and places and introduces the importance of professional ethics for built environment professional practice in spatial planning and surveying.

    The module will be taught in three blocks where students will learn: i. site appraisal and how to assess the potential of development sites in planning and policy terms; ii. how to identify key principles of good urban design, and; iii. The importance of professional ethics and reflective practice in the built environment.

    Each block will be taught through lectures that introduce core principles and foundational concepts. Throughout, this will be supplemented by a focus on learning from case studies of urban development and ethical dilemmas. This will enable students to begin to apply their understanding to real world examples and to develop skills in critically assessing key factors that shape the quality of urban development and the importance of ethical professional conduct.

    15 credits
    Perspectives on Spatial Planning and Development

    This module is seen as core in developing initial knowledge and understanding of planning and urban development. It critically explores the role of spatial ideas in planning policy and practice and plays a key part in developing critical skills and understanding of different contexts and environments relevant to that practice. The module covers urbanisation in a range of contexts and examines how spatial planning seeks to respond to key economic, environmental and social challenges.

    15 credits

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

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    Duration

    1 year full-time

    Teaching

    There are lectures, seminars, computer workshops and tutorials.

    Assessment

    You’re assessed on your coursework and a dissertation.

    Your career

    The employability of our graduates is of paramount importance to us. The development of skills, knowledge and personal attributes that enhance your career underpins our programme design. We have a dedicated Employability Manager, Amy Woolley, to support you. We’ll prepare you for employment after graduation.

    How we'll help you prepare for your future career

    Entry requirements

    For UK students, the usual entry requirement is a 2:1 degree or evidence of equivalent achievement (for example, a professional qualification combined with work experience).

    We will consider your application if you have a 2.2 degree but we would expect you to have evidence of work experience or other relevant activity.

    Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

    Pathway programme for international students

    If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for a pre-masters programme in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

    Apply

    You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

    Apply now

    Contact

    usp-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
    +44 114 222 6900

    Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

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    Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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