OVERVIEW

BUILT FOR LIFE

A career in real estate management is one of incredible variety and fantastic opportunities, with the exciting potential for a long and rewarding journey. The growing speed of the emerging markets, alongside the continuing internationalism of the professional practice make this a fantastic time to study the programme at UCEM. Whether you’re interested in valuation, sustainability, development, management, agency or investment in real estate, this is the programme for you.

This is an industry-recognised qualification that provides you with the academic preparation you need for a career in real estate. It is a fully supported online programme with great flexibility to earn while you learn, giving you the ability to study anywhere in the world.

THIS PROGRAMME IS FOR YOU IF:

  1. You want to begin or further your career in real estate management
  2. You want to study an accredited programme and work towards MRICS
  3. You want to learn the principles of real estate management and strengthen your skills in the practice

About your programme

The details

The programme is structured to deliver a fully rounded skill set for those wishing to practise in real estate and encompasses commercial property management, valuation, property economics, property development and planning. It will provide you with a rigorous academic platform that underpins your career trajectory to chartered status, giving you the skill set to rise to the challenges encountered in the workplace. You will have the flexibility to study either a part-time or full-time option.

Part-time route

Designed for busy working professionals, supported online education offers the flexibility to fit your studies around your work, enabling you to fast-track your career and directly apply your learning to your work.

The part-time route is for you if:

  • You want to earn while you learn, picking up new skills or upskilling whilst balancing your work and life
  • You want to get ahead in your industry while you study
  • You want to put your learning into practice within your industry

Full-time route

If you want to study full-time and complete your studies within three years, then this route is for you.

The full-time route is for you if:

  • You want to complete your studies faster than our part-time route
  • You have the ability to focus completely on your studies
  • You want to be in demand in your profession even sooner

To consider:

You’ll have the flexibility to go part-time at a later date if you decide you want to slow down the pace or study alongside work.

  • This undergraduate degree programme comprises 17 modules including a project module
  • Our programmes are flexible and can be started in either autumn or spring
  • You may be able to get apprenticeship funding through your employer to study this programme
  • All modules are worth 20 credits, except the project module which is worth 40 credits
  • Accredited by globally renowned professional body RICS and recognised by PSRA
  • Registered with the Hong Kong Non-local Courses Registry (NCR registration number 252439)

The modules

You’ll study

If starting in Autumn 2021

PART-TIME

Year Semester Autumn entry
1 1 Law for the Built Environment

People and Organisational Management

2 Digital Technologies

Construction Technology 1

2 1 Introduction to Regulatory Frameworks

Property Law

2 Construction Technology 2

Valuation Context and Principles

3 1 Development Process and Appraisal

Planning Practice and Policy

2 Economics for the Built Environment

Valuation – The Five Methods

4 1 Commercial Property Management

Investment Appraisal and Portfolio Management

Project

2 Applied Valuation

Statutory Valuations

Project (continued)

If you require further information about programme content, please view the full programme specification which sets out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods. Please note that modules are subject to change.

FULL-TIME

Year Semester Autumn entry
1 1 Law for the Built Environment

People and Organisational Management

Introduction to Regulatory Frameworks

2 Digital Technologies

Construction Technology 1

Construction Technology 2

2 1 Property Law

Development Process and Appraisal

Planning Practice and Policy

2 Valuation Context and Principles

Economics for the Built Environment

Valuation – The Five Methods

3 1 Commercial Property Management

Investment Appraisal and Portfolio Management

Project

2 Applied Valuation

Statutory Valuations

Project (continued)

If you require further information about programme content, please view the full programme specification which sets out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods. Please note that modules are subject to change.

If starting in Spring 2022

PART-TIME

Year Semester Spring entry
1 1 Digital Technologies

Construction Technology 1

2 Law for the Built Environment

People and Organisational Management

2 1 Construction Technology 2

Valuation Context and Principles

2 Introduction to Regulatory Frameworks

Property Law

3 1 Economics for the Built Environment

Valuation – The Five Methods

2 Development Process and Appraisal

Planning Practice and Policy

4 1 Applied Valuation

Statutory Valuations

Project

2 Commercial Property Management

Investment Appraisal and Portfolio Management

Project (continued)

If you require further information about programme content, please view the full programme specification which sets out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods. Please note that modules are subject to change.

FULL-TIME

Year Semester Spring entry
1 1 Digital Technologies

Construction Technology 1

Construction Technology 2

2 Law for the Built Environment

People and Organisational Management

Introduction to Regulatory Frameworks

2 1 Valuation Context and Principles

Economics for the Built Environment

Valuation – The Five Methods

2 Property Law

Development Process and Appraisal

Planning Practice and Policy

3 1 Applied Valuation

Statutory Valuations

Project

2 Commercial Property Management

Investment Appraisal and Portfolio Management

Project (continued)

If you require further information about programme content, please view the full programme specification which sets out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods. Please note that modules are subject to change.

How you’ll learn

Study methods

Studying online means taking control of when and where you study so you can study at your own pace, no matter where you are in the world. It means being able to balance your home and work life with your education so you can earn while you learn.

When you study at UCEM, you’ll be using our state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), a specialised resource which provides you with everything you need to keep on top of your studies and succeed.

You’ll be guided through your learning with weekly study schedules and course guides, which you can adapt to suit your needs, pace and lifestyle. Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone as you’ll be fully supported by tutors and fellow students throughout your journey.

The online learning experience

Your learning experience with UCEM will be fully supported through a range of activities on our VLE. You’ll also have access to UCEM’s valuable and comprehensive e-library service, providing you with a wealth of subject-specific materials to support you throughout your studies.

Your learning will be broken down into the following (on average):

Directed study time (45%)

Participating in webinars and online discussion forums

Watching videos and voice-over presentations

Undertaking exercises and quizzes linked to programme material

Self-directed study time (25%)

Reading textbooks and study papers to develop your subject knowledge

Assessment study time (30%)

Planning and writing coursework

Each 20-credit module equates to a total of 200 study hours broken down between directed online learning, self-directed learning and assessment.

The types of assessments used on this programme will include coursework (such as essays, reports, portfolios, reflections, problem or short questions or video presentations), computer-based assessments and computer-marked assessments (CMAs). The exact combinations of assessment will vary from module to module.

YOUR COMMITMENT

Part-time route

Your expected time commitment for the part-time route is around 15-20 hours per week. This is based on you studying two modules per six-month semester.

Full-time route

The expected time commitment for the full-time route is around 25-35 hours per week This is based on you studying three modules per six-month semester.

Support

How you’ll be supported during your studies

PROGRAMME LEADER

DAVID HOURIHAN – MSC PROP INVEST FRICS FHEA

While studying with UCEM, you’ll be fully supported on your programme by our friendly and informative academic and support teams who will be there to guide you from the moment you enrol until the day you graduate. They’ll assist you with your online learning experience, provide you with academic support and be there for you if you have any disability or wellbeing support needs.

Support tutors

This team will help you navigate the world of online learning and the VLE. Whether you need help with online learning or managing your workload, this team is here to support you all the way through your journey.

Student engagement team

This team is your first point of contact as a student. They will support you in your studies and queries, ensuring you are put in touch with the right teams and services within UCEM.

Academic support

Our academic staff are experts in their fields and are here to make your studies with UCEM stimulating and inspiring whilst offering vital support and guidance along the way.

Module team

Your module leader is assisted by a team of module tutors to provide support via discussion forums and webinars.

Disability and wellbeing team

This friendly team is here to listen and provide expert guidance, support and assistance at any time throughout your studies.

 

David Hourihan

David Hourihan qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1994 while working in Ireland. There he specialised in the sales, lettings and acquisitions of commercial property in Dublin.

In 2002 David moved to England and worked for a number of nationwide and international property companies on the asset management of a variety of properties including shopping centres, retail and leisure parks, industrial estates and offices across the United Kingdom.

He is a former student of CEM (now UCEM) having achieved his Post-Graduate Diploma in Property Investment in 2002 and then the MSc Property Investment in 2008.

In 2009 David joined as an associate tutor, became a full time tutor in 2011 and is now the programme leader for MSc Real Estate. He also chairs APC interviews for the RICS.

Blog: My life in the real estate sector

“The degree in Real Estate Management is an enjoyable and engaging one. UCEM offers a broad support network to utilise, with forums, webinars and private assigned tutor groups available: bridging the gap between the student and university, aiding quick communication. Each of the learning weeks offer a diverse selection of resources through a number of media, keeping the programme varied and interesting.“

Sophie Banks, BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management Apprentice
Apprentice Surveyor, CBRE, UK

Entry requirements

and access options

Don’t meet the entry requirements listed below?

If you do not the meet the entry requirements but would like to be considered for this programme, please get in touch with our friendly admissions team. Your application may still be considered or an alternative programme offered. We also offer a BSc Access Module which helps those who don’t currently meet the entry requirements to progress onto their chosen degree on completion.

Providing evidence

Evidence is required in the form of certificate or statements. You should send photocopies that have been verified by someone in a professional occupation.

Applications are assessed in accordance with the UCEM Code of Practice on Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning.

Standard Entry

Academic requirement

96 UCAS tariff points (or an equivalent level of attainment through recognised qualifications not included in the UCAS tariff)

English language requirement

All UCEM programmes are taught and assessed in English. In addition to the programme entry requirements listed above, all applicants will therefore be required to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language before being admitted to a programme.

You should have:

  • GCSE Grade 4 (or C) or above in English Language or English Literature, or an equivalent qualification.
  • Grade 5.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in the reading and writing modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic test administered by the British Council
  • 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 Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test
  • Grade C or above in English (Language or Literature) at A/S Level
  • A cognate sub-degree (Level 5) qualification taught and assessed in English from the University of Hong Kong or City University of Hong Kong
Alternative entry

Academic requirement

You should have:

Completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Surveying** or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction Technical* through which a Construction and Built Environment Diploma with a minimum DD profile was obtained or through which a Construction and Built Environment Extended Diploma with a minimum MMM profile was obtained or an equivalent qualification

Or

A current RICS Associate qualification (AssocRICS) and be in relevant employment**

Or

Successfully completed the UCEM BSc Access Module

And

GCSE Grade C (or 4) or above in English and Mathematics or an equivalent Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics as defined by the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England.

* Recognised qualifications having an equivalent level of attainment as those recognised by UCAS include: Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND), professional qualifications from recognised institutions, certain armed forces qualifications and partially completed degrees. There are also a wide range of international qualifications that are deemed to have UCAS point equivalent values.

For more information on equivalent qualifications please contact: admissions@ucem.ac.uk.

** Completion of this apprenticeship will need to be evidenced through a verified copy of the apprenticeship completion certificate as issued by the apprenticeship certification body.

English language requirement

All UCEM programmes are taught and assessed in English. In addition to the programme entry requirements listed above, all applicants will therefore be required to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language before being admitted to a programme.

You should have:

  • GCSE Grade 4 (or C) or above in English Language or English Literature or an equivalent qualification
  • Grade 6.0 or above, with at least 6.0 in the reading and writing modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic test administered by the British Council
  • 88 or above in the internet option, 230 or above in the computer-based option or 570 or above in the paper-based option of the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test
  • Grade C or above in English (Language or Literature) at A/S Level
  • A cognate sub-degree (Level 5) qualification taught and assessed in English from the University of Hong Kong or City University of Hong Kong

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree that has been taught and examined in  English can be considered for entry in the absence of the English language qualifications detailed above.

Fees and funding

Financial options

2021/22 academic year:

£1,150 per module x 17 modules (usually students undertake two modules per semester).

Total programme fee £19,975

You can pay in a one-off transaction, per semester or per month. You can find out more on our payment options page.

You may be eligible for funding for your studies. This programme is designated for Student Finance, and students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland may apply for an Undergraduate Loan. Eligible students can apply for funding for up to £6,935 each academic year. The loan is then paid in three instalments throughout the academic year. It is also registered with the Skills Funding Agency for Professional and Career Development Loans. You can find out more on our student finance page.

Your programme fees are fixed for the duration of your studies. This means that the fee you pay per module will not increase from one year to the next, as long as you remain registered on the same programme. All learning resources required for successful completion of each module are provided as part of your fee. The core reading resources within each module and additional reference material and supplementary resources to support your studies will be provided via the specific VLE module pages and within the e-library.

 

Need a helping hand with your fees?

 
New Student Bursary Scheme

Our bursary scheme is designed to assist those new students who are able to demonstrate financial need. The bursary is open to new undergraduate students from all countries and will provide a discount on fees for the duration of the programme.

You can find out more and apply for the New Student Bursary Scheme on our financial support page.

UCEM Centenary Fund

The UCEM Centenary Fund is designed to enable new students who may not otherwise have access to, or be able to progress, a career in the built environment to embark on a programme of academic study with us.

You can find out more and apply for the Centenary Fund on our financial support page.

Your career

Unlock your potential

As a graduate from this programme, you’ll be able to pursue a wide variety of successful career paths, typically encompassing work for real estate consultancies, property developers and property investors such as pension funds and insurance companies.

Many of our graduates have public sector positions in local and central government departments/agencies that either hold significant real estate or provide real estate services. The larger public limited companies (PLCs) and other substantial property occupiers also need professional expertise to manage their corporate real estate interests, as do some larger charities with real estate holdings.

Gaining this degree will enrich your knowledge of this vital area of modern commerce and industry and strengthen your CV.

YOUR CAREER AT A GLANCE:

  • Property management
  • Residential surveying
  • Commercial surveying
  • Asset management
  • Commercial agency

This programme is designed to align your skills to the educational requirements of the industry’s professional bodies and allows entry to:

  • RICS chartered membership

You can find out more about your potential with our careers service.

 

Student

98% of UCEM graduates are working in the property and construction industry 15 months after graduation

Graduate

This undergraduate programme offers a fantastic array of opportunities across the built environment and beyond

Ethical

You’ll also have UCEM career support for the three years after graduating so you can have confidence in taking the next steps in your exciting career

“Our BSc Real Estate programme is a market leader because: it is led by experienced academics who are chartered surveyors with years of industry experience in real estate; it is a continuously evolving programme which has been designed to capture the dynamic nature of the global real estate markets; we have closely aligned the programme with the RICS professional standards to ensure that our students are eminently prepared for a professional career in real estate as chartered surveyors; and there are great networking opportunities available to students on this programme, which may be invaluable in later years as their careers develop. I am very proud and honoured to lead this programme!”

David Hourihan
Programme Leader, BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management

Application process

It’s time to apply

 

Autumn 2021

Apply by 16 August 2021 to start on 27 September 2021

Spring 2022

Apply by 14 February 2022 to start on 28 March 2022