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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

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

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.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 7 - 17
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 7 - 17

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

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

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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