Start dates:

5 October 2020 or 6 April 2021

Duration:

6 months

Fees & funding:

£1,525 total programme fee Click here for more information on Fees & funding

Next Postgraduate Access Programme starts 6 April - Apply by 22 February 2021

Postgraduate Access Programme

Programme overview

#BeReady for postgraduate study.

Interested in studying for a Built Environment postgraduate qualification but don’t have the entry requirements?

BeReady for postgraduate study with UCEM’s Postgraduate Access Programme. This programme is also ideal for experienced practitioners in the built environment who want to prepare for postgraduate study with UCEM.

Successful completion will enable students to progress onto the UCEM MSc programme associated with their chosen module.

You will study one module from the final level of our BSc (Hons) degree programme which will help you demonstrate the critical evaluation, analysis and enquiry necessary to prepare for postgraduate study.

As part of the programme students will receive additional study skills support which is designed to provide students with the study skills and the confidence to study at postgraduate level.

You will receive online study materials designed to enhance your study skills and build your self-confidence to study. You will be assigned a member of staff who will provide you with direct study support and work with you to develop an individual support plan. You will also benefit from detailed written feedback, group support sessions, study support webinars and dedicated surgery hours.

You will complete the 20-credit module over six months, studying for around seven to ten hours a week.

On successful completion of the programme, you will be offered entry to the UCEM MSc programme associated with your chosen module and you will be awarded a Certificate of Personal and Professional Development (CPPD).

Successful completion of the Postgraduate Access Programme is a gateway to one of our popular MSc programmes:

Why study this programme?

  • Gain experience of university and valuable study skills in preparation for postgraduate study
  • Sample supported online study in the built environment
  • Increase your chance of success in future study
  • Try out UCEM’s style of learning before starting a degree
  • Demonstrate your skills and eligibility
  • Gain a qualification and enhance your employability

Why study with UCEM?

  • UCEM is the leading provider of supported online education for the Built Environment
  • Our programmes are recognised and accredited by professional bodies – including RICS, CIOB, CABE, ICES and HKICM – enabling students to progress to professional membership and gain Chartered status
  • You will be supported every step of the way by our Tutors, who are experienced practitioners in their respective fields, and our Matrix-accredited professional support staff
  • 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
  • UCEM programmes offer a range of modules that allow you to choose a specialism to support your career path
  • Our supported online education model provides access to all your learning materials wherever you are in the world. If your work requires you to change location or travel, you can take us with you

Related podcast

Why study on our Postgraduate Access Programme?

For further insight on the programme, our Postgraduate Access Programme Leader, David Hunt spoke to UCEM PR and Social Media Manager, Andrew Belt about what students will study, the benefits of the programme and who it might appeal to. (Originally released: 29 June 2020)

Programme outline

The semester you start, and your intended MSc programme, determines which module you will take. 

Module Choices

Intended MSc Programme  Autumn (UK) entry Spring (UK) entry
MSc Building Surveying  Commercial Property Management  Construction Project Management 
MSc Construction Management Construction Law  Construction Project Management 
MSc Quantity Surveying  Construction Law  Construction Project Management 
MSc Real Estate  Investment Appraisal and Portfolio Management Building Surveying Practice


Module summaries

Building Surveying Practice 

This module focuses on building surveying practice. It comprises the following topics: building surveying, professionalism ethics and conduct, maintenance theory and practice; and building adaptation theory and practice. Legislation is based on England and Wales. The module will enhance the students’ ability to recognise, analyse and remedy building maintenance issues and develop their ability to apply building surveying practice, maintenance and adaptation to different situations.

Commercial Property Management
This module aims to examine the role that commercial property plays for both an investor and an occupier; examine the management strategies of property owners and how the commercial property manager helps develop and implement these strategies; examine the breadth of responsibilities of the professional commercial property manager at both a strategic and a fundamental level.

Construction Law
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the major issues of law embraced by construction projects. It enables students to analyse professional liability and evaluate methods of extending/limiting liability, and to assess the extent of liability outside the contractual relationship. The module also aims to give students an in-depth understanding of the issues related to construction disputes and the various commonly used methods of dispute resolution.

Investment Appraisal and Portfolio Management
This module aims to develop the student’s ability to understand and analyse investments. It will allow them to recognise property as an investment asset within the overall spectrum of other investment categories. Principles of investment, risk, investment appraisal and portfolio management will be considered to ensure the development of practical skills that enable informed investment decisions for clients.

Construction Project Management
This module explores a range of strategic and operational issues in construction project management. The construction project manager (CPM) plays a key role at all stages of the construction process for diverse client organisations that operate in a dynamic environment. The fundamental need for clients to enhance value in their construction projects and, increasingly, to also engage stakeholders, means that the CPM has a critical contribution to make. This module therefore provides an opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to operate as a CPM in the context of the property and construction industries.

Should you require further information about programme content please view the programme specification, which sets out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods.

 

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

  • Comply with external professional, accrediting or other regulatory body requirement. 
  • 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)

 

This programme is delivered purely by distance learning and is therefore not subject to the registration requirements of the Non-local Courses Registry in Hong Kong

 

On successful completion of the module, you will be offered entry to the UCEM MSc programme of your choice and you will be awarded a Certificate of Personal and Professional Development (CPPD).

Why study with UCEM?

  • UCEM is the leading provider of supported online education for the Built Environment
  • Our programmes are recognised and accredited by professional bodies – including RICS, CIOB, CABE, ICES and HKICM – enabling students to progress to professional membership and gain Chartered status
  • You will be supported every step of the way by our Tutors, who are experienced practitioners in their respective fields, and our Matrix-accredited professional support staff
  • 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
  • UCEM programmes offer a range of modules that allow you to choose a specialism to support your career path
  • Our supported online education model provides access to all your learning materials wherever you are in the world. If your work requires you to change location or travel, you can take us with you

Entry requirements

Entry requirements onto our MSc programmes are set at a certain academic standard which can be restrictive to those people without the required level of qualifications but who are capable and willing to study at this level. The Postgraduate Access Programme gives an opportunity to people in this category to prove that they can succeed at postgraduate level.

You should have:

  • A pass or ordinary degree or equivalent* 

Or 

  • A level 5 qualification or equivalent* 

Or 

  • A full membership of a built environment professional body (either UK or international) or an international professional qualification, plus three years relevant experience at a senior level 

In addition, all entrants are normally required to: 

  • Be in relevant employment**. The applicant will be asked to provide a detailed personal statement and/or a reference or letter of support from an employer or mentor to support the application. This will be assessed by the Recognition of Prior Learning panel to determine whether your work is commensurate with the relevant level.

And 

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

 

*Levels are defined by Framework for Higher Education Qualifications for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ) (opens new window). For example, a Higher National Diploma (HND) is at Level 5. The academic level of International qualifications will be assessed using UK NARIC. For more information on equivalent qualifications please contact: admissions@ucem.ac.uk.

** Relevant employment/ experience is employment/experience in a job role that will support the applicant in developing the required skills, knowledge and behaviours.. 

Applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who wish to be considered for this programme should refer to the UCEM Code of Practice: Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning for the policy on non-standard admission. 

 

English Language Requirements

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 5.0 in the reading, writing and listening 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 (Literature or Language) at A/S Level 
  • Successfully undertaken a Level 5 cognate qualification that was taught and assessed in English

 

Evidence is required in the form of certificate or statements. You should send photocopies that have been verified by someone in a professional occupation. Please do not send original documents. Click this link for more information on how to verify your documents. 

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

Key information

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow

Autumn 2020 (2020/21 academic year):
Apply by 7 September to start 5 October 2020

Spring 2021 (2020/21 academic year):
Apply by 22 February to start 6 April 2021

Fees & Fundingaccordion-arrow

2020/21 academic year:

£1,525 x1 module

Find out more about our payment options here  

All learning resources required for successful completion of this module are provided as part of your fee. The core texts within each module will be provided via an e-book platform, hard copy books will only be supplied if the core text is not available as an e-book. Additional supplementary resources to support your studies are available through the UCEM e-library. It is a matter of individual choice whether you wish to buy your own hard copies of textbooks independently.

You may be required to pay an additional retake fee if you are unable to pass a module at the first attempt, and are then offered a further attempt.

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The expected time commitment is around 710 hours per week. 

This 20-credit module equates to a total of 200 study hours broken down between directed online learning, self-directed learning and assessment. The breakdown between these three types of activity may vary between modules but on average is as follows: 

Directed online learning (45%) 

Self-directed study time (25%) 

Assessment study time (30%) 

Directed online learning is the term used to describe a range of learning activities which you access via the UCEM Virtual Learning Environment, as this is more appropriate for an online learning programme than the term “contact hours”. As a guide it includes, for example, participating in web classes and online discussion forums, watching video material and voice-over PowerPoint presentations and undertaking exercises and quizzes linked to programme materials. Self-directed study time includes reading textbooks and study papers to develop your knowledge of the subject matter. Assessment study time includes all activity related to the summative assessment of the module such as planning and writing coursework.

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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 depending on the module you take. 

Awardaccordion-arrow

On successful completion of the module, you will be offered entry to the UCEM MSc programme of your choice and you will be awarded a Certificate of Personal and Professional Development (CPPD).

If a student wishes to enter a MSc programme that is not associated with the module they have completed then they must first have a discussion with the relevant Programme Leader to ensure their success on the intended programme. With the relevant Programme Leader’s agreement, students successful at the first attempt can be offered entry to any UCEM MSc programme.

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