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Course Overview

The course provides a background to the role of the law in regulating the management and use of the countryside. As such there is an emphasis on planning law and the role of the planning system at national and local levels in terms of development management and development plans.  It also covers landscape and nature conservation, access legislation, community right to buy, EIA, tenancy agreements, agricultural holdings legislation, rent reviews and CPO powers.

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 Katrin Prager

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

  • One of Geography (GG) (Studied) or MSc Environmental Partnership Management (Studied) or Master of Land Economy in Rural Surveying & Rural Property Mgmt (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

This course covers the following areas of law relevant to rural surveying and land management:

  • the institutional context and the preparation of development plans, planning law;

  • development management;

  • Public inquiries

  • Planning conditions and agreements;

  • Landscape and nature conservation and the protection of flora and fauna;

  • The ownership and transfer of land;

  • Contract and professional negligence;

  • Agricultural holdings legislation; 

  • The Land Reform Scotland Act and Environmental Impact Assessment

  • Compulsory Purchase Orders/ Compensation Claims

  • Professional Negligence and Rent Reviews

Further Information & Notes


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 6 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers

Summative Assessments

Assessment Examination (60%) and continuous assessment assignments (40%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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