Whatever your background, this course, which is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), will equip you with the knowledge to become a competent and resourceful professional, ready to go straight into a career as a Surveyor in the fast-paced property market.
There is some £680 billion invested in UK commercial property stock and just over half of this is held as investment assets. Within the residential sector, the private rented sector alone has a value of £840 billion. These real estate assets all require on-going strategic and active management.
Real Estate investment is a global trend and as such there are opportunities to work across the world, particularly within the multinational practices.
You will develop your ability to analyse, assess and synthesize solutions to problems and gain an understanding of the business drivers and constraints that influence these solutions. Your communication skills will also be developed, giving you the confidence you need to interact with clients and fellow industry professionals.
Our accreditation means this qualification meets their academic requirements, putting you well on your way to Chartered status. You can obtain full Chartered status following a period of work experience after graduation and on successful completion of the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).
Based over one year, the course will involve lectures, tutorials and independent study. Students will undertake three taught modules in Trimesters 1 and 2 of the academic year, and complete their dissertation in the final trimester.
Students can start the course in September or January (January starts will complete in 18 months rather than one year due to the summer break between the teaching trimesters for the course). You will generally attend the university 2 days a week. Term dates are available through the website. This course can also be studied part time and by distance learning.
What you study
Assessment is by a mix of methods including written examinations, essays and courseworks. The individual assessment strategy or each module can be viewed on the individual module descriptors. More detailed information can be found on the Module catalogue.
Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.
Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.
Graduates can work in the private, public and voluntary sector.
• private practice real estate consultancies
• commercial and residential surveying firms
• property companies
• financial institutions
• local and central government
• commercial clients
The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent. Applicants will be considered from a variety of backgrounds such as social sciences, arts, accountancy and law in addition to the more traditional construction and science subjects.
The course is targeted at a diverse student body. Applicants with equivalent qualifications and experience may also be considered for those with: sufficient relevant work experience within the real estate and property industry, or corporate membership of a professional body.
English language requirements
If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.
This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.
Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.
If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.
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Modules that you will study as part of this course*
* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.
Appraisal and analysis of the economic structure and health of the UK property and building industries. Economic models of industrial location and urban growth. Macro economic overview and examination of regional and European issues. Urban land economics; theoretical analysis, assumptions and application of models. Allocation of real property resources. Principles of 'building economics'. Comparison of demand and supply side of the firm. Factors influencing construction cost. Cost and value management. Principles of developer's budgets, cost modelling and cost planning. Balancing value and cost.
Research methodology, developing a proposal, designing a research strategy, literature reviews, data gathering, analysis, presentation, writing up and presentation.
Law and Administration: Property and Construction
Introduction to law and legal concepts: jurisdiction; Sources of Law; Civil and Criminal Law; Accessing
Law of Contract: Basic principles; Legal capacity; Illegal contracts; Error and misrepresentation; Remedies
for breach of contract; Contract and property transactions.
Law of Agency: Basic principles; formation; duties of Principal and Agent; Termination.
Principles of property law: Heritable and Moveable Property; Property rights; Transfer of property;
Securities over property.
Law of Leases: Basic principles; Commercial Leases, typical clauses and Rent Review.
Reparation: Delict and Tort; The duty of care; Negligence and professional negligence; Occupier’s
Liability; employer’s duty of care.
Law of Health, Safety and Welfare: Regulations relating to the property and construction sector; Liability
of Stakeholders in construction projects.
Forms of Contract used in the construction and property maintenance sectors; Choice of procurement
strategy and selection of contracts.
Property Asset Management
The role of the property asset manager, models of property asset management, property asset management (registration, valuation and performance measurement), Information Technology for PAM, property asset management (corporate and public sectors) and corporate social responsibility.
Property Investment Analysis
An assessment of commercial property investments and their markets
Examine conventional property appraisal and analysis and identify the shortfalls
Understand the application and limitations of the contemporary appraisal methods
Applying broader investment market analytic techniques to property investments
Contextualisation of investment property markets
Real Estate Valuation
The module aims to provide an introduction to real estate valuation and/or appraisal, the range of possible methodologies, their strengths and limitations and the appropriate contexts for their application. The module focuses on the definitions of value, an introduction to the financial mathematics used in investment appraisal and valuation methodologies, the five main methods of valuation, the purposes and bases of valuation and appraisals, analysis and reporting of risk in relation to the appraisals, the professional guidelines and mandatory requirements (The Red Book) of the main surveying body, the RICS, to be adhered to in property valuation practice and ethics, and current issues in valuation, including sustainability.
Strategic Management (Built Environment and Engineering)
Management Theory: Motivation; Behavioural aspects of the individual and interaction of groups.
Leadership Theory and styles; Communication; Conflict; Delegation; Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Organisational Theory: Objectives, operational principles, structure characteristics, inception and growth. Systems approach to organisation.
Corporate Planning-Formulation of company policy: models for strategic planning; evaluation and implementation of strategy; managing change.
Sustainable Urban Property Development
Sustainable urban development, sustainable development, urban property development, development appraisal, sustainable urban property development protocol, environmental assessment methods, case study applications.