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C06006v5 Graduate Diploma in Property Development

Award(s): Graduate Diploma in Property Development (GradDipProDev)
CRICOS code: 066575D
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


The Graduate Diploma in Property Development provides a comprehensive understanding of the property development process combined with the practical skills required to work effectively in the industry. This incorporates the political, financial, legal and physical systems that contribute to the successful development of property assets.

Student benefit from close ties to industry. UTS academics have professional backgrounds and connections, and class projects are often based on real development scenarios. Recent project examples include the Gladesville Hospital site, Lindfield Town Centre and the Sydney Light Rail Corridor.

As many students have extensive industry experience too, there are excellent opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and networking across a range of fields including property development, valuation, construction, engineering, town planning and architecture.

Course aims

This course is focused on development and delivered with a practical focus. It provides a thorough and advanced grounding in all aspects of the property development process, markets and institutions, including the political, managerial, legal and physical systems which contribute to the effective management and development of property assets, property investment portfolios and development proposals. It is designed to provide valuers and other property practitioners with opportunities to enhance their qualifications and expertise, and provide professionals from other fields with an understanding of property development and investment issues and techniques.

Career options

The degree provides property-related professionals such as architects, engineers, construction managers, valuers, planners and business or finance professionals the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and qualifications and obtain a more holistic understanding of property development and related processes. This enables graduates to expand their careers or move outside of their original professional area to higher or broader roles within the property development industry and/or offer new services to clients.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Ability to identify and evaluate actual or potential ethical issues and determine sound ethical judgements in property development and / or scholarly contexts
A.2 Ability to reflect on one's personal views and values and to comprehensively consider alternate views and propositions in property development and / or scholarly contexts
C.1 Ability to interpret and communicate knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences in property development and / or scholarly contexts
C.2 Ability to work effectively in project teams in property development and / or scholarly contexts
I.1 Ability to formulate appropriate alternative solutions applying creativity and initiative to complex problems in property development and / or related academic contexts
P.1 Ability to demonstrate a comprehensive theoretical understanding of property valuation methodologies together with the capacity to prepare valuation assessments to a professional standard
P.2 Ability to apply a theoretical and practical understanding of research methods to the investigation and analysis of property markets
P.3 Ability to apply a comprehensive understanding of property market drivers and key risk analysis techniques applicable to contemporary industry based practice
P.4 Ability to demonstrate a theoretical and practical understanding of built environment law and procedures in a variety of property-related contexts
P.5 Ability to apply a comprehensive theoretical understanding of sustainable urban development principles to contemporary property development contexts
P.6 Ability to integrate knowledge related to a wide spectrum of property issues to the analysis of practice based scenarios
P.7 Ability to apply a comprehensive understanding of contemporary theory in the financial management and financing of property developments to professional practice
P.8 Ability to apply appropriate technical analytic skills to a professional standard
R.1 Ability to demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to property development and / or related scholarly contexts
R.2 Ability to apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level in property development and / or scholarly contexts

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must have one of the following:

  • a UTS recognised bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • a UTS Graduate Certificate in Property and Planning with a credit average
  • a UTS Graduate Certificate in Property Development with a credit average
  • a UTS Graduate Certificate in Planning with a credit average
  • an Advanced Diploma in the field of the built environment.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is one year of full-time or two years of part-time study.

All subjects are offered in intensive blocks. The attendance pattern for each subject is generally two separate two-and-a-half-day blocks, usually held over a Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday.

Course structure

Students must achieve a total of 48 credit points, comprising 36 credit points of core subjects and 12 credit points of electives. With the approval of the director of program, students may substitute one subject with any other postgraduate property subject.

Course completion requirements

STM91264 Core subjects (Property Development PG) 36cp
CBK90377 Options (Property Development PG) 12cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The example programs below are for a student undertaking the course full time and commencing in either Autumn or Spring sessions.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
15142 Property Development Process   6cp
12535 Development Feasibility and Modelling   6cp
12518 Property Transactions   6cp
17700 Planning and Environmental Law   6cp
Spring session
15146 Sustainable Urban Development   6cp
15143 Group Project A: Urban Renewal   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK90377 Options (Property Development PG) 12cp  

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Property Development (C11271), the Graduate Diploma in Property Development and the Master of Property Development (C04008).

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Design, Architecture and Building