Postgraduate Certificate Built Environment Studies

This programme is designed for experienced graduates wishing to achieve chartered status and to extend their theoretical knowledge. Using a range of modules from our accredited postgraduate programmes, you can choose subjects to help you study for your selected RICS APC pathway.

View the Programme Specification and Academic and General Regulations for this programme.

You are able to study any combination of three modules shown in the programme outline under the relevant subject heading. On successful completion of these three modules you will be awarded a UCEM Postgraduate Certificate Built Environment Studies and may then choose to proceed to one of our MSc or MBA programmes if you so wish. You would be given credit from the full MSc or MBA for any relevant modules studied here.

Why study this programme?

  • Gain a postgraduate qualification
  • Increase your earning potential
  • Improve your potential to become a Member of RICS
  • Improve your marketability and job prospects
  • Develop new skills to add to your experience and enhance your role

Summary (fees and duration)



1 year (standard)

Time commitment

7-10 hours a week per module


2017/18 academic year:

total programme fee:

Application and start dates:

Apply by 24 July to start 4 September 2017

Apply by 22 January 2018 to start 5 March 2018

Award details

Postgraduate Certificate Built Environment Studies awarded by University College of Estate Management.

Entry requirements

If you have a degree qualification, or a good HND and three years’ experience, you are eligible to undertake the study of these professional development modules.

Programme outline

This programme currently comprises selected modules in different areas of specialism from our postgraduate programmes, as shown below. You must choose an area of specialism and then complete three modules from that same area, i.e. all should come from the same specialism as listed in the table.

You will study the three modules over a one year period (or over 18 months if you wish). You are advised to take only one module in your first semester.

Module Choices

September March
Quantity Surveying
Law for Surveyors Sustainable & Innovative Construction
Management of Construction Management of Construction
Contract Administration & Practice Procurement & Tendering
Professional Cost Management Building Economics
Construction Management
Law for Surveyors Sustainable & Innovative Construction
Management of Construction Management of Construction
Contract Administration & Practice Procurement & Tendering
Management Finance and Science
Building Surveying
Law for Surveyors Sustainable & Innovative Construction
Costing & Contracts Planning & Development
Building Pathology Maintenance & Adaptation of Buildings
Real Estate
Law for Surveyors  Property Management
 Valuation & Ethics Property Transactions
Property Management Planning & Development
Planning & Development  Applied Valuation
Either Real Estate Investment or Applied Valuation (but not both)*
*choice of Investment follows APC Commercial route and Valuation follows APC Valuation route (should this be a determining factor for a student)
Strategic Management of Change Planning & Development
Managing & Leading People Management of Finance & Science
Planning & Development Applied International Marketing

Should you require further information about the modules, please view the module summaries.


The programme will be assessed by coursework and examinations.

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).