RICS Associate 900 Hours Study Programme

This professional programme is designed for candidates who have already achieved RICS Associate membership wishing to progress to RICS Professional membership via the 900 hours study route.

Why study this programme?

  • A step towards Professional Membership of RICS
  • Achieve a broader range and higher level of competencies to add to your experience
  • Improve your marketability and job prospects
  • You can access information at a time and place convenient to you without any interruption to your day-to-day employment
  • Study online at your convenience

Summary (fees and duration)



1.5 to 2 years – completing a maximum of two modules per semester (however, there is the flexibility to extend this)

Time commitment

15-20 hours a week (depending on the number of modules undertaken per semester)


2019/20 academic year:
£900 per module (x5 modules)

total programme fee £4,500

Application and start dates:

Apply by 2 September to start 30 September 2019


Minimum of 900 hours of certified study

Award details

Successful completion will result in the participant receiving a UCEM Certificate of Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) for the modules studied as well as gaining a minimum of 900 hours towards the RICS requirement for Associate progression.

This is not a programme leading to the award of a degree. It is currently not possible to use these modules for credit accumulation towards a full degree with University College of Estate Management.

Entry requirements

You must have obtained the RICS Associate membership before the commencement of this programme and provide the evidence of such attainment or be seeking Associate membership, and have 2  years’ experience in relevant employment. Evidence of submission of your AssocRICS application is required.

You are also advised to refer to the RICS guidance on Progression from AssocRICS to MRICS for further information.

Note: As this is a specially designed professional route, evidence of your academic qualifications will not normally be required with your application unless otherwise specified (see Programme Structure), however you will be required to demonstrate adequate English Language proficiency before being admitted to the programme. You should have one of the following:

  • Grade C or above in English (Language or Literature) at GCSE or its equivalent (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England)
  • Grade 5.5 or above, with at least 5.0 in the reading, writing and listening modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test administered by the British Council in the academic test
  • 79 or above in the Internet option, 213 or above in the computer-based option or 550 or above in the paper-based option, of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    Grade C or above in Use of English at A/S Level

Programme outline

This programme currently comprises modules selected from our BSc (Hons) programme, to complement the competencies required for the APC Pathways. You need to study 5 modules from the options below.

You should select the RICS APC pathway you wish to follow.

All students will be required to study an Induction module along with their first module.

Here is the programme for the April start:

Quantity Surveying Building Surveying Real Estate
April Building Economics Design and Structures Valuation – Context and Principles or Applied Valuation
Oct Contract Procedures Planning & Conservation Commercial Property Management or Property Law**
Commercial Property Management or Construction Law* Building Pathology Professional Surveying Practice or Property Law**
April Contemporary QS Practice Construction Project Management Valuation – Core Methods
Construction Project Management Building Surveying Practice Investment or Applied Valuation
 Level 5
 Level 6

* Students will be advised that this module requires previous study of law
** Level 5

Here is the programme for the October start:

Quantity Surveying Building Surveying Real Estate
Oct Contract Procedures Planning and Conservation Professional Surveying Practice
April Building Economics Design and Structures Valuation – Core Methods
Contemporary QS Practice Building Surveying Practice Valuation – Context and Principles or Applied Valuation
Oct Commercial Property Management or Construction Law* Professional Surveying Practice Commercial Property Management
Commercial Management in Construction Building Pathology Property Law
 Level 5
 Level 6

* Students will be advised that this module requires previous study of law

Should you require further information about programme content please view the programme specification or the module information sheet that provides further detail of the content and assessment method for each module.



You will complete and submit one or two assignments per module for assessment according to the timetable of the Programme.


Where modules are examined there will be one examination. Exams are normally held at the end of each semester and comprise one written paper per module. UCEM uses over 100 exam venues around the world and will help you to find the most convenient.

UCEM has the right to revise and amend the programme in order to:

  • comply with external professional, accrediting or other regulatory body requirements
  • implement changes for the benefit of students as a consequence of evidence from programme monitoring
  • ensure the curriculum is current and relevant to intended learning outcomes and/or standards of any relevant professional, accrediting and/or regulatory bodies and/or requirements of employers
  • implement feedback and other recommendations from External Examiners

All changes to the programme will be implemented in  consultation with relevant students and other stakeholders, setting out the reasons for the proposed amendment(s), and compliance with the requirements of the UCEM Code of Practice on Programme Monitoring, Amendment, Review and Discontinuation. Should such an eventuality occur during the admissions and registration process, applicants will be informed immediately of any change and the alternative arrangements that have been put in place. Existing students will be informed of when the changes will be effective from, which will usually be the next academic year (commencing the 1st September).