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BSc (Honours) Real Estate

Learn how to manage, value and develop property and prepare for a rewarding career as a commercial real estate professional.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS N230 Course code

Course description

What you study

Get a head start in a career in the commercial real estate industry in the UK and overseas on this professionally focused course. Learn the key skills required for a range of real estate professional roles and develop the knowledge to • value • plan and develop • manage • acquire • dispose of real estate for occupiers and investment clients, in public and private organisations.

Real estate is a fascinating multi-disciplinary subject area – because it requires you to understand property as a both a physical part of the built environment and as a key part of the business world. A commercial real estate surveyor needs to understand • real estate valuation • facilities and asset management • economics, finance and investment • sustainable planning and development • building technology • law • marketing, negotiation and agency and this course addresses all of these.

Alongside developing your firm grasp of the technical aspects of real estate surveying, you learn how to put that knowledge into practice, by appraising development proposals, advising on the management of sites, giving business presentations and devising real estate investment strategies.

The structure of the course

The first year focuses on getting you familiar with the built environment and excited about a career in real estate. We introduce key concepts across a range of subject areas, so that these can inform subsequent study and practical application.

In the second year you focus on getting to a competent level for real estate professional practice – so that you can apply your learning safely and productively on placement.

Then in the final year, you study advanced modules that draw upon your placement experience and supplement it through a focus on a range of strategic real estate functions, showing you how to add value in your graduate career through your leadership and innovation.

Building professionalism

On this course you are encouraged to see yourself as a future leader in this field. Building professionalism is a key feature of this course, and it is addressed from the first year onwards. The course prepares you for interdisciplinary teamwork in professional practice through a series of integrated professional skills modules which aim to boost your employability, and your confidence, by showing you how your technical learning relates to your future career, and give you the experience of the multidisciplinary projects that you will work on as a real estate professional.

Field trips

You test out your classroom learning in real buildings and real places by completing a number of field trips. These include local excursions, trips to UK cities such as Manchester, Liverpool and London, and a project-based visit to a major European city.

Work placements

In your third year you have the chance to put your professional skills to work with a placement at one of the major national or regional offices of surveying practices, developers or asset managers.

Your placement year can usually contribute 200 days towards your professional experience requirement for your Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Assessment of Professional Competence.

Study abroad

You also have the chance to develop your international perspective of real estate and enhance your employability globally by studying abroad during second year through our Erasmus programme.

You are taught by lecturers who have professional experience of working as chartered surveyors, planners, lawyers or engineers, and who understand the reality of professional practice. You learn in our state-of-the-art teaching facilities, and also out in the built environment itself.

Key areas of study
Key areas include • planning and development (residential and commercial) • real estate economics and finance • construction principles • built environment law • building pathology • commercial property valuation • landlord and tenant law and practice • asset and facilities management.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or grade 4 or above. We may accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.


• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

• foundation degree – advanced entry – for direct entry to year two you must have a Foundation degree in a related subject, with an average score of 60% across the highest level modules.

• advanced entry – for direct entry to year two you must have a minimum of all merits on all H2 level units in a construction related HND/HNC, not including key or common skills. Compensation for a pass in one H2 unit with a distinction in another H2 unit is permitted.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of at least 6.0 with at least 5.5 in all skills.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• introduction to the built environment • principles of valuation and finance • law and economics for the built environment • construction awareness • housing and sustainability • development project

Year two modules

• real estate management • commercial valuation practice • planning and development • building pathology • real estate economics and investment • real estate practitioner development

Year three

• optional one year work placement in the industry

Final year modules

• real estate professional studies • corporate real estate • development practice • strategic facilities management • asset and portfolio management • dissertation

  • written assignments
  • practical work
  • examinations
  • coursework
  • assessment of your work experience year by your tutor and employer


Many of our graduates are now employed at director-level positions in the UK and overseas, managing the real estate needs of major businesses and agencies. For example, in 2014 graduate Louise Brooke-Smith became the first female president of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

You can find careers in private and public organisations, in areas such as • property management • property development • property portfolio development • facilities management • pension fund management • investment institutions • estates divisions of commercial companies • chartered surveying practices • local authority estates departments.

Download the 2016 careers in property publication (pdf, 4.5mb). This publication has been produced through the collaboration of universities and recruitment and training experts from real estate firms across the industry. It has been designed for students looking to apply for graduate schemes or work experience and offers a comprehensive guide to the contributors’ schemes and includes real life case studies.

Featured compaines include • Allsop • BNP Paribas Real Estate • Colliers International • Capita • CBRE • Cluttons • Cushman & Wakefield • Deloitte Real Estate • DTZ • Gerald Eve • Grosvenor • GVA • Jones Lang LaSalle • Knight Frank • Savills • Sociable Surveyors.


Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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