Real Estate, BSc (Hons)

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Through projects, site visits and a work placement, this RICS accredited course will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to progress to be a successful chartered surveyor in the dynamic property industry. It deals with all aspects of property management, including the valuation, development, sustainability, investment and finance - focusing on commercial property.
  • 92% student satisfaction*
  • 100% of our 2012 Real Estate graduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (latest DLHE Survey Undergraduate results 2011/12).
  • The average graduate starting salary is approximately £20,000**

*2013 National Student Survey

This course focuses on commercial pr…

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Through projects, site visits and a work placement, this RICS accredited course will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to progress to be a successful chartered surveyor in the dynamic property industry. It deals with all aspects of property management, including the valuation, development, sustainability, investment and finance - focusing on commercial property.
  • 92% student satisfaction*
  • 100% of our 2012 Real Estate graduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (latest DLHE Survey Undergraduate results 2011/12).
  • The average graduate starting salary is approximately £20,000**

*2013 National Student Survey

This course focuses on commercial property, comprehensively covering real estate from development, investment and management through to sale and acquisition. It explores the relationships and demands of:

  • occupiers
  • developers
  • investors
  • funders.

This is the course for you if you:

  • can work on your own initiative
  • would like a varied and rewarding career
  • enjoy working with people
  • want to make things happen.
Why choose this course?
  • It is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
  • You will have the opportunity to apply for a one-year work placement.
  • You will gain experience from a European field trip (included in fees).
  • It's a professional route to becoming a chartered surveyor.
  • You'll have the opportunity of a mentor from industry.
  • You will work on real projects supplied by companies such as BT, Savills and Jones Lang LaSalle.
Did you know?

NTU is in the top two universities in the UK for the number of students on building and planning related courses on year-long work placements (HESA 2010 / 11).

European field trip

In your second year you will have the chance to go on a European field trip. This will give you opportunity to:

  • meet and learn from practitioners
  • work on projects in new and different cultures
  • gain insight into the global aspects of the property industry.

Second year students from BSc (Hons) Real Estate recently went to Vienna for a week to experience the international property market. You can read their behind-the-scenes blog.

What our students say

"I chose to study Real Estate as I wanted to study a profession, to enhance my prospects of securing a job. The areas of surveying that we study are interesting, varied and well-presented and the coursework set is in-depth and challenges me to think as a surveyor."

Robert Haigh, BSc (Hons) Real Estate

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How many places are available on this course?

There are 45 places across the sandwich and full-time routes.

When does the course start?

This course starts in September. For more information, take a look at our academic calendar for details of term start and end dates.

What will I study?

The course provides you with detailed specialist knowledge and skills in areas including:

  • valuation
  • corporate real estate
  • investment appraisal
  • portfolio management
  • property management
  • agency
  • sustainability
  • business management.

You will also develop core surveying competencies in areas such as:

  • business planning
  • client care
  • negotiation
  • project management.

Below is a list of the modules you'll study and the attached document explains each module in more detail.

Year One - An introduction to skills for practice
The modules in Year One are shared with:

  • BSc (Hons) Planning and Development
  • BSc (Hons) Property Finance and Investment
  • BSc (Hons) Building Surveying.

This enables you to build a foundation in the core competencies and subjects across all property and surveying disciplines.

  • Surveying Skills (20 credit points)
  • Professional Academic and Business Skills (20 credit points)
  • Economics and Valuation (20 credit points)
  • Law (20 credit points)
  • Construction (20 credit points)
  • Planning and Land Use (20 credit points)

Year Two - Development of practice

  • Valuation (20 credit points)
  • Real Estate Economics (20 credit points)
  • Property Management and Agency (40 credit points)
  • Property Development: Principles and Practice (20 credit points)
  • Employability and Commercial Awareness (40 credit points)

Read about last year's trip and read a behind the scenes blog.

Year Three
This is your optional work placement year. It's your opportunity to gain real work experience in industry for a year.

Final year - Application and analysis

  • Investment Appraisal and Valuation (20 credit points)
  • Portfolio and Fund Management (40 credit points)
  • Corporate Real Estate (40 credit points)
  • Research Project (20 credit points)

During your studies you will have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with, and utilise industry-standard software including:

  • digital mapping
  • development appraisal
  • property and environmental risk information
  • industry-standard information systems and databases.
Course content and module descriptions

See a full description of each module .

How will I learn?

Most content is delivered through practice-based teaching which gives you the opportunity to understand the course material and its theoretical framework within the context of real professional practice and activity.

In years one and two approximately 30% of your time is spent in scheduled learning sessions. This includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars and tutorials
  • field work – site visits, field trips, practical exercises.

You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.

Outside of the timetabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, completing coursework and directed reading to expand your knowledge.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mix of coursework, practical exercises and exams.

The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and will consist of:

  • group and individual projects
  • reports
  • presentations
  • essays.

You will receive feedback throughout each module.

To progress through the course you will need to achieve 120 credit points each year. The amount of credit points for each module are listed above.

Trips and study visits

Site visits and field trips form an integral part of the learning process, allowing you to put theory into practice. As well as the second year European field trip, recent trips have included:

  • Sheffield: visit hosted by Sheffield County Council and South Yorkshire Forest Partnerships. Students gained an insight into regional development activities visiting several regeneration sites in the city.
  • London: As part of the Law module, students visited the Houses of Parliament and the High Court and were given a lecture by a London based lawyer.
  • York: A heritage planning and conversation task was set in the historical city to support learning on the Planning and Land Use module.
Our links with industry

You will benefit from our great links with industry which help ensure that everything you learn can be applied to the real world. This will be through:

  • real briefs set by companies
  • guest lecturers from industry
  • visits to development sites
  • industry sponsored awards
  • work placements.

Recent examples include:

  • Jones Lang LaSalle recently provided Real Estate students with a real project brief. The students worked on the measurement, agency report, marketing material and sales documentation of a 150,000sqft distribution centre in Birmingham.
  • BT - provided a case study of real estate project for students to work on and gave a guest lecture.
  • The Games Workshop - provided students with a hypothetical brief to look at new premises / development opportunities for their stores. Students present to the Games Workshop team who review and offer feedback.
  • Jones Lang LaSalle – students visited their Canary Wharf office and received valuable market focused presentations from key members of their team.
Is the course professionally accredited?

Yes, the course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Gaining an RICS-accredited degree is the most accepted way of becoming a chartered surveyor. After completing an RICS-accredited degree or diploma you'll then need two or three years' work experience before taking your RICS professional assessment interview – known as the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Learn from expert staff

Our Real Estate subject team is made up of experienced academics and staff who have recently joined from industry. These, together with regular visiting experts, provide an up-to-date education, informed by current practice and industry developments.

Find out more some of the academic team on the BSc (Hons) Real Estate course:

  • Course Leader
  • First Year Tutor
  • .
What do the course fees cover?

Find out what's included in your course fees.

It's a flexible course

The modules in Year One are shared with the following courses:

  • BSc (Hons) Planning and Development
  • BSc (Hons) Property Finance and Investment
  • BSc (Hons) Building Surveying.

This enables you to develop a multi-disciplinary understanding of the industry and also have the flexibility to switch to either of the other courses at the start of your second year if you feel they are more aligned to your career aspirations.

Where will I study?

You will study on the City site. Most of your lectures will be taught in the recently renovated Newton building.

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change Lecture theatres

The majority of your lectures and seminars will take place in the Newton building. This building has recently undergone a major renovation making it a great environment to study in.

Dedicated resource centre

Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre, based in the Maudslay building, enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with:

  • computers
  • large format plotters
  • desk space together with the latest, and archived, journals and publications.

This resource centre is open from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City site, with PCs providing access to:

  • Microsoft Office
  • email
  • web browsing
  • networked file storage
  • high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student).

Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.

Books and library resources

In the library you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within the Built Environment. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books.

Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist Real Estate subject knowledge and can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources and also support on things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

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