University of Technology Sydney

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


Students who do not meet the admission requirement prerequisites below are encouraged to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Property Development, and progress to the Graduate Diploma in Property Development.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent 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 Identify ethical issues and apply informed ethical judgements in professional contexts
A.2 Work effectively in culturally diverse contexts
A.3 Understand Indigenous perspectives and interpret legal frameworks relating to land use and ownership
C.1 Effectively apply a variety of communication skills and technologies in professional contexts
C.2 Work effectively in project teams in property development
I.1 Develop alternative, appropriate creative solutions to built environment issues
P.1 Demonstrate a comprehensive theoretical understanding of property valuation methodologies together with the capacity to prepare valuation assessments to a professional standard
P.2 Apply a comprehensive understanding of property market drivers and key risk analysis techniques applicable to contemporary industry based practice
P.3 Demonstrate a theoretical and practical understanding of built environment law and procedures in a variety of property-related contexts
P.4 Apply a comprehensive theoretical understanding of sustainable urban development principles to contemporary property development contexts
P.5 Synthesise knowledge related to a wide spectrum of property and asset management issues to the analysis of practice based property portfolio scenarios
P.6 Apply appropriate technical analytic skills to a professional standard
R.1 Demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to property development

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 or higher qualification
  • a UTS Graduate Certificate in Property and Planning
  • a UTS Graduate Certificate in Property Development
  • a UTS Graduate Certificate in Planning
  • a UTS Graduate Certificate in Construction Management
  • a UTS Graduate Certificate in Project Management.

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 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

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.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course. For more information about inherent requirements and where prospective and current students can get assistance and advice regarding these, see the UTS Inherent requirements page.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course.

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

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 Property Investment and Development Feasibility   6cp
12518 Property Transactions   6cp
17704 Property Development Finance   6cp
Spring session
17700 Planning and Environmental Law   6cp
17771 Valuation Methodology   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