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Course Overview

This module aims to examine the legal and professional environment of property.  The module introduces key concepts from property law to explain the framework within which property can be held, used and traded. Planning law and policy is considered as part of the regulatory system through which land use and development are promoted and/or controlled.

The course focuses on Scots law and institutions but students have the opportunity, where appropriate, to bring draw upon their own comparative perspectives.


This course covers the legal basis of land tenure; land registration; property ownership; landlord and tenant relationships; obligations and restrictions, and planning.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Douglas Bain

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either MSc in Real Estate (Commercial Option) (Studied) or MSc in Real Estate (International Option) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The legal environment of property. Basic business law. Legal basis of land tenure, land registration, property ownership, landlord and tenant relationships, obligations and restrictions. Scottish planning law and policy including; the meaning of development; the need to apply for planning permmission; planning policy at national and local level; material considerations; planning conditions; planning agreements/obligations and appeals. Planning law and policy in England in overview. Planning by zoning. Professioal institutions and regulation. Ethics and professional codes of conduct.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc in Real Estate (Commercial Option)
  • MSc in Real Estate (International Option)

Contact Teaching Time

76 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st attempt: 1 two hour written examination (50%); continuous assessment (50%) The continuous assessment will comprise of : Two written asignments, up to 1500 words each (25%).

Resit: 1 two hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment




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