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Spatial Planning and Real Estate Development

Heriot-Watt University Dubai

30 months
1440 GBP/year
1440 GBP/year
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The Spatial Planning and Real Estate Development programme from Heriot-Watt University Dubai provides the foundation, knowledge and skills needed to work as a development surveyor or planner. 


On completion, graduates will be able to work either in the public or private sectors, advising on the complexities of property development to occupiers, investors, developers and planning authorities.

The Spatial Planning and Real Estate Development programme from Heriot-Watt University Dubai is designed to build understanding of the complex interactions and uncertainties of the development process. It provides students with the essential knowledge components of economics, valuation, planning, law, and regeneration and sustainability principles. It also develops an appreciation of the skills and tasks inherent in development projects, including community participation, satisfying the statutory planning considerations, undertaking the necessary financial appraisals, and achieving funding to make it happen.

Our graduates will be able to:
  • draw on a wide perspective to offer a holistic approach to sustainable development
  • demonstrate sophisticated intellectual and research skills proficient for a professional career
  • evaluate complex problems and formulate solutions associated with planning and development issues
  • have a respect for diversity and an appreciation of social inclusion as a goal of planning
  • have an awareness of the role that values and attitudes play in managing change in the built environment
  • have an interdisciplinary perspective that draws on the range of disciplines that contribute to the course 


The programme is suitable for students with an interest in pursuing a career either as a chartered development surveyor or as a planner with a specialism in land and property markets. Such opportunities are available in a range of employers in the private and public sector, including local development and regeneration agencies.

With strong professional links and a focus on up-to-date industry-relevant content, this course equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to quickly and effectively contribute to the success of their working environment.

On completion of this course graduates will be able to have a comprehensive and integrated understanding of the property market context and the nature and theory of spatial planning and sustainable development. Graduates can work in a variety of roles in the private and public sectors, both in the UK and abroad or continue research through completion of PhD study. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Urban Economy and Property Markets
  • Governance Participation and Community Planning
  • Spatial Planning
  • Environmental Planning
  • Planning Theories
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Appraisal and Valuation 
  • Real Estate Investment Analysis

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in cognate and semi-cognate subject area. Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1440 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1440 GBP per year during 30 months.
  • National

    1440 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1440 GBP per year during 30 months.

Students pay £1,440 per course and £1,850 for the Dissertation. 


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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