Over the first two years you devote between 60-80% of your time to studying planning and surveying, depending upon whether you are undertaking a single or joint honours degree programme. Our programmes have a unique focus on environmental and rural issues, and have a firm root in the subjects of geography, economics, law, government, design and environmental science. As well as studying spatial planning and surveying there is the opportunity for taking courses from other disciplines during your degree programme. So, for example, you might want to learn a foreign language to enhance further your employment prospects - or you might want to sit some history courses to satisfy an existing interest.
First Year (Level 1)
This consists of foundation courses in the principles of land and property development, sustainability, economics and valuation. Teaching is divided between lectures, practicals and tutorials supplemented by your own independent learning through the University's excellent library and computing facilities. Assessment (as at all levels) is through a combination of coursework and examinations.
Second Year (Level 2)
Here you will study courses covering the role of the state in the use and management of land, valuation of investment property, land & property economics and landscape design. Again, you will have lectures, tutorials and practicals, as well as a residential field trip to one of a number of locations across Britain .
The Honours School (Levels 3 and 4)
At this level there is a greater emphasis upon the practical side of the spatial planning and surveying disciplines and there are numerous opportunities for you to apply some of the theoretical concepts learned in the classroom to ‘live' projects. For example, you might be engaged in a mock planning inquiry for a new football stadium in the green belt for Aberdeen FC, formulating a diversification strategy for an upland rural estate or devising a planning strategy to accommodate housing growth in a nearby market town. Finally, there is a requirement for you to undertake an extended piece of research in the form of a dissertation.