Built for property

No two days in real estate are the same. From commercial property management and appraisal to property development and planning, a career in real estate is a career of possibilities. Professionals in this industry have the opportunity to innovate and shape the world around them for the better, and in a growing, evolving property landscape, their expertise is always in demand.

UCEM’s fully online, industry-recognised and accredited BSc (Hons) in Real Estate Management will equip you with the academic credentials you need to begin or further your journey in this exciting field. This programme will not only help you develop a diverse set of in-demand skills, but also identify specialist areas within the industry for you to explore in your career.

About this degree

Programme details

This online programme is structured to deliver a wide range of skills for those wishing to practise in the real estate sector, be it residential, commercial or industrial. It provides you with a rigorous academic platform that underpins your trajectory to chartered status, along with professional skills, industry knowledge and technical expertise. This combination will give you the confidence you need to progress in your career and rise to the complex. varied challenges real estate professionals face.

Course accreditations

Year 1

Introduction to the Built Environment 1

Appreciate how legal, political and social issues shape our sector and its role in the economy. Understand the project lifecycle and the RIBA Plan of Work. Identify the industry’s stakeholders and professions and your chosen profession’s key responsibilities in meeting client objectives.

Introduction to Sustainability

Explore the causes of climate change and the challenges of sustainable development, with particular focus on the construction and property sector. Examine the relationship between property and the environment along with the criteria used to measure sustainability in relation to finished construction projects.

Professional and Business Practice

Gain an understanding of the organisational structures within the sector. Appreciate the role of business planning and the accounting concepts that support decision making. Consider the importance and benefits of client management, professionalism, ethical practice and diversity in the workforce.

Construction Technology 1

Establish a foundation knowledge of buildings, the environment and technology, also considering them from a sustainability perspective. Develop your communication skills and construction literacy with real-world examples of construction projects, including traditional masonry and roof construction.

Year 2

Introduction to Regulatory and Built Environment Law

Dive into the legal and regulatory requirements that relate to the construction and property sector, along with the legal environment in the context of planning, design and occupation and health and safety as it relates to both design and construction activity.

Introduction to the Built Environment 2

Gain familiarity with your chosen discipline and develop basic discipline specific knowledge and skills. Undertake a discipline specific task that will develop your understanding of client’s objectives, industry sources of information and the benefits of collaborative practice.

Construction Technology 2

The relationship between a building’s design, environment and occupants is complex. With the overarching theme of human comfort, break down the individual factors – heat, air moisture sound and light within these aspects of a building, and how each of these factors affect one another, in the context of domestic or office environments.

Retrofit Concept and Practice

Retrofit is a crucial function for keeping existing buildings in use and fit for purpose. Explore the range of different retrofitting project types and associated issues while developing the knowledge and skills required to appraise and develop retrofit and refurbishment solutions.

Year 3

Building Control

Explore the core competencies of building control you’ll need to become a member of relevant professional bodies. Examine requirements for site inspections of building work, with reference to legislation like the Building Safety Act 2022, and apply these standards to different scenarios.

Building Pathology and Conservation Principles

Build an understanding of building pathology – the study of building decay, defects and performance failure. Develop your ability to effectively diagnose and evaluate a range of common building defects through inspection, testing, survey and analysis.

Design and Environmental Science

The relationship between a building’s design, environment and occupants is complex. With the overarching theme of human comfort, break down the individual factors – heat, air moisture sound and light within these aspects of a building, and how each of these factors affect one another, in the context of domestic or office environments.

Commercial Building Pathology

Analyse building pathology and surveying technologies in the context of commercial structures. Identify, examine and provide technical solutions to key defects in commercial buildings. Understand the role of technology and information management as they apply to building surveying services.

Year 4

Research Proposal

Develop specific research skills and techniques that allow you to investigate issues and situations related to your area of interest, and apply these to an industry-related problem. Gain analytical skills and learn techniques that will directly enhance your employability skills.

Public Safety in Buildings

Assessing the use of a building or venue to ensure public safety is a core skill of building control surveyors. Examine legislation and guidance and apply these principles to scenarios involving sports grounds, licensed premises and concert venues.

Integrated Design Project

Consolidate your knowledge and skills by working in multi-disciplinary groups in a project scenario. This project will help you identify the procedures required for the adaptation and refurbishment of a building based on a client’s brief.

Building Surveying and Maintenance Practice

Explore building surveying practice and enhance your ability to recognise, analyse and remedy building maintenance issues, so that you can provide professional advice regarding different types of surveys, and maintenance and building adaptation.

Year 5

Fire Safety

Fire safety is a key competency in the industry . Study the nature of fire, the relevant regulations and standards, methods of protection and means of escape in relation to domestic and commercial buildings.

Contemporary Issues Case Study

Establish an up-to-date understanding of the developments, issues and arguments that dominate contemporary debate and policy making within the built environment, and formulate your own line of enquiry and analysis, informed by your own critical review.

Structure details

The module structure above is indicative for those beginning their studies in the autumn. For further information about programme content, or to see how modules are structured for those starting in spring, you can view the full programme specification which sets out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods.

If you are looking to study this programme on the full-time route, the module table will vary. You can find more information on this by getting in touch with our knowledgeable Admissions Team.

For further information on modules view our module descriptors. Please note that modules are subject to change.

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Online learning

The future of study

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.

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.

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 a community of students throughout your journey.

Time commitment

Studying two modules per semester requires an expected time commitment of 15-20 hours per week. If you study only one module per semester, the weekly time commitment will be less, depending on the module’s credit size. Most modules are typically 20 credits.

Study breakdown

30%   Directed study time

35%   Self-directed study time

35%   Assessment study time

  • Participating in webinars and online discussion forums
  • Watching videos and voice-over presentations
  • Undertaking exercises and quizzes linked to programme material
  • Reading text books and study papers to develop your subject knowledge
  • Planning and writing coursework


Where can it take you?

Graduating from this programme offers a variety of career pathways. From generalist roles in the public sector and private practice to specialist areas in commercial or residential markets, you could take up a professional position in:

  • Estate and Property Management
  • Finance, Investment and Development
  • Appraisal, Agency and Building Management
  • Planning and Development

Earning potential


*Average salary figures are dependant on location, employers and experience level, ranging from newly trained surveyors through to senior surveyors.

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