Surveying is a stand-out profession - it's well respected, provides a good living, and offers the opportunity to work anywhere in the world. This course gives you a set of transferable skills that make you highly sought after in the job market, and delivers a programme of study to provide graduates of a non-associated degree with the core technical knowledge and skills that can lead to membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). As a student on this course, you will be able to gain free student membership of RICS.
Give your career a competitive advantage
You'll gain an advanced understanding of concepts in real estate valuation, appraisal, development and management, and learn how to apply the theory to the real world so you can pursue and develop your career. You'll also develop Master's level research and analysis skills.
Your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) with RICS begins once you are in relevant employment. It's the fastest route to RICS chartered status for graduates in other disciplines you could achieve your APC within three years. The course is so well regarded in the industry, we're approached regularly by employers who want UWE graduates to come and work for them. The course is even developed by our partner employers, to ensure we produce graduates they want to hire.
The course comprises 180 credits 120 taught and a further 60 for the dissertation.
Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each stage in order to progress to the next.
- Real Estate Economics and Valuations - Develops your skills at reading property markets and understanding the related data and explores different methods of valuation.
- Strategic Estate Management - Examines the role property plays in the economy, organisations and communities, and the importance of a strategic approach to managing the property, aligning real estate and carrying out business strategies.
- Real Estate Law - Covers the basic principles of real estate law and explores in further detail the law in areas best suited to your ambitions.
- Real Estate Investment and Development - Examines the key areas of commercial real estate investment at the portfolio level, and innovations in real estate investment, and the financial, fiscal, planning and other regulatory issues when creating residential and commercial property.
- Managerial Finance for the Built Environment - Looks at one of the mandatory RICS competencies by giving you a firm grounding in the interpretation of published accounts and financial information. It also introduces you to management accounting.
- Sustainability for the Built Environment - Delivered by a multi-disciplinary team to provide the foundation for understanding how sustainable development can be achieved in both new and existing developments from individual buildings to large-scale infrastructures and neighbourhoods.
Learning and Teaching
The experienced academics that teach the modules of this course are also accomplished professionals with many years in professional practice or research roles. Their knowledge and experience feed straight into the course content along with the latest academic and business developments.
Teaching methods vary depending on the module, but all modules comprise lectures, project work and tutorials.
You can begin your studies in September or January.
- Full-time students: September start: 12 months. January start: 15 months.
You should spend a minimum of 28 hours a week studying.
- Part-time students: September start: 26 months.January start: 27 months
You should spend a minimum of 14 hours a week studying. Employed part-time students will also spend a further five hours a week in the workplace on Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)-related activities.
The taught portion of the programme is over two semesters (or four for part-time study). The first starts in September and ends in December, with an assessment period in January the second runs from January to April with an assessment period in May. You can start in either semester.
We assess your work through a variety of coursework assignments, including essays, reports, surveys and presentations. There are some oral exams but no traditional, written examinations. We also encourage you to do 'formative work' to prepare for assessment. This does not count towards final marks, but the feedback you receive helps improve your performance.
Careers / Further study
Our graduates go on to work in property and construction, with many of them employed by organisations such as Jones Lang LaSalle, Taylor Woodrow, GVA, Persimmon Homes, CBRE, Savills, the Planning Inspectorate, Defence Estates, and various public landowning bodies, public sector organisations, local authorities and housing associations.
This course is supported by our consortium of partner employers who help us to develop our curriculum and contribute towards the resources we use in teaching. The consortium is composed of the top private sector employers in the industry. Find out more about our Real Estate Consortium.
Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for the entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.
We normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above.
We can consider applicants who do not meet the normal entry requirement, but who do have relevant professional experience or qualifications. In your application, you should describe in detail your professional experience and qualifications.
UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.
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