Land and Resources

Land and resource specialists provide advice across the entire land and property lifecycle, from land registration to how assets can be repurposed and re-used.

Practice Area Land and Resources
What skills are required?
  • Numeracy
  • Financial modelling
  • Analytical skills
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well with clients and other professionals
  • Report writing
  • Commercial awareness
What qualifications are required? Employers may require a RICS accredited (or other relevant) degree, with most surveyors working towards chartered or status with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyor (MRICS).
What is it like in practice?

Land and resource specialists combine interest, skills and experience from environment, geomatics, minerals and waste management, planning and development and rural practice areas and offer all round expertise and understanding of the entire property/real estate life cycle.

The role can include working with real estate areas such as access and rights over land, compulsory purchase and compensation and valuation; Land specialisms such as cadastre (measurement), surveying and mapping and environment areas such as sustainability.

Work Environment A combination of office and site work. Your role can include meetings with clients and other professionals, using complex technology to measure and map land and inspection of land and other assets.
Employment opportunities

Surveyors in this area can be employed in both the public and private sector, for property developers, environmental consultancies and utilities. Entry into this area may be through surveying, earth science or construction experience, for example land buying, planning and development or geomatics.

Whilst many students have an RICS accredited degree, there are opportunities for non-cognate graduates to join a firm and study for a property qualification whilst working.

Graduates with a non-cognate or unrelated degree can study a RICS accredited degree at post graduate level. There are also relevant BSc degree courses available.

Degree apprenticeships in relevant areas are also available.

More information Visit RICS (opens new window)
Relevant UCEM programmes

BSc Real Estate Management

MSc Real Estate

MBA Construction and Real Estate

You might like this role if you enjoy:

  • Analysing and researching and explaining data connected with sectors such as the environment, geomatics, minerals and planning and development
  • Using maths and IT skills in tasks such as financial modelling

See more skills used by land and resource surveyors:

  • Analysing and identifying patterns in data
  • Doing deals and making transactions
  • Creativity and problem solving
  • Complex project management
  • Working with different people (such as clients, colleagues and the general public)