Property Development - PgCert / PgDip / MSc
School of Property, Construction and Planning
- Full Time: 12 months
- Full Time: €4,290 per year
International Students: €9,750 International GDL
This course has been developed as the result of a perceived need within the profession for graduates from both a real estate and planning background to have expertise in property development.
The MSc Property Development will play an integral role in the developmental needs of the profession and the industry. Through a rigorous and coherent structure that provides a broad base of knowledge and an appreciation of various factors, including legal, economic and social issues and trends you will learn to fully appreciate the influences at work on the planning, development and valuation of land and buildings. One of the main features of the course is its interactive, student-centred, problem-based approach to learning. Student-led workshops are backed up by tutorial support, with aspiring property developers working closely with potential planners.
The course offers you the potential to become a member of the RTPI and the RICS. Our lecturers have a wide range of national and international professional experience and the course has strong links with professional institutions and the business community, helping you to achieve membership of the appropriate professional body. The course uses a wide range of teaching and learning methods that rely on student interaction and participation, including guest lectures by key figures in the industry.
The course exposes you to the full range of knowledge, competences and values needed to meet the requirements for initial planning education. In particular, it emphasises the links between spatial planning and other areas of public policy intervention, planning at the neighbourhood level and specialised areas such as regeneration and renewal, conservation and design and housing. This is a rigorous and coherent programme of study which seeks to:
- Produce capable, creative, reflective and critical professionals for the property development industry who can deal with complex issues systematically and creatively in order to make sound judgements and reach conclusions that are clearly and concisely communicated.
- Develop a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of the problems, issues and opportunities for the property development industry.
- Develop you rapidly as an independent and critical learner with personal and social awareness.
- Enable you to consider, and critically comment on, the range of conflicting interests within a political, social, economic, technological, environmental and legal context.
- Enable you to undertake a critical evaluation of the knowledge base and operation of the industry and to create new knowledge and practice.
- Innovation and Development-15 Credits
- Property Law-15 Credits
- Valuation and Development Appraisal-30 Credits
- Strategy into Practice-15 Credits
- Business and Development-15 Credits
- Development Project Management-30 Credits
Examples of Module Content:
Strategy into Practice
This module can be divided into a number of 'tranches' that will help you to devise strategic development plans. The first sessions will be largely staff-led and provide guidance on what the brief entails, what type of area should be chosen for the team exercise and who your teams are. There will be guidance on effective team working, management and leadership skills. The next sessions will explore, through staff-led workshops, the types of environmental, economic and social issues and opportunities that are likely to be in evidence in different types of locality. This will help you and your team to work on ideas for your own area. The remaining staff-led sessions will be devoted to working through examples of good and bad practice in the field of strategy preparation and policy writing. These will be followed by sessions where you will work in teams to prepare for the presentation of your draft strategy. There will be further time available during which you can work on your final submission. Tutorial support from staff will be available.
Development Project Management
This module seeks to develop further your knowledge of the economic, financial and physical interrelationships involved in the development of land and property. It offers an understanding of the property development process and current planning practice and focuses on applying the theoretical knowledge you have gained to realistic situations that will be encountered in practice.
After your studies
The University has a range of research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes.
Details can be found on the courses section of the website.
This is a professionally accredited course which will lead to membership of RICS and/or RTPI. Nearly all our graduates go straight into employment, where they are well paid and work in challenging jobs. Roles such as surveyor, construction manager, project manager are likely careers for you as a graduate. You could be employed in professional practice (individual firm), contracting and subcontracting organisations, commercial organisations, Local Authority and central Government, insurance companies and utility companies. Quantity Surveyors can be found working on projects such as motorways, railways, oil rigs, hospitals, schools, power stations, chemical plants, housing, hotels, banks, offices, heritage and conservation projects.
The higher standard of education in this boom area of employment enables you to move into a new career with real expectations of progression and development opportunity.