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


2019/20 academic year:
£1,125 per module (x 3 modules)
total programme fee:

Application and start dates:

Spring 2020 (2019/20 academic year):
Apply by 27 January to start 24 February 2020

From autumn 2020, if you are interested in achieving a PGCert Built Environment Studies you will be registered on UCEM’s Single Module Study programme. You then have the flexibility to take as many postgraduate modules as you wish and, when you have passed three modules, you will be awarded the PGCert Built Environment Studies

Award details

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

Entry requirements

Entrants to this programme are normally required to have attained one of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree with honours at lower second standard (2:2), or equivalent; or
  • A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, plus experience in a relevant field; or
  • A Level 5 qualification as defined by the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ) plus five years’ relevant experience; or
  • A professional qualification plus five years’ relevant experience

All UCEM programmes are taught and assessed in English. The student will therefore be required to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language before being admitted to a programme:

  • GCSE Grade C or above in English Language or English Literature (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), or an equivalent qualification. For further information on equivalent qualifications please contact:
  • Grade 6.0 or above, with at least 6.5 in the reading and writing modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test administered by the British Council in the academic test
  • 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 Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

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

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 2019 February 2020
Quantity Surveying
Sustainable and Innovative Construction Law for Surveyors
Management of Construction Management of Construction
Contract Administration and Practice Procurement and Tendering
Professional Cost Management Building Economics
Construction Management
Sustainable and Innovative Construction Law for Surveyors
Management of Construction Management of Construction
Contract Administration and Practice Procurement and Tendering
Management Finance and Science
Building Surveying
Sustainable and Innovative Construction Law for Surveyors
Costing and Contracts Planning and Development
Building Pathology Maintenance and adaptation of Buildings
Real Estate
Valuation and Ethics Law for Surveyors
Property Management Property Management
Planning and Development Property Transactions
Either Real Estate Investment or Applied Valuation (but not both)* Planning and Development
Statutory Valuations**  Applied Valuation
*choice of Valuation follows APC Valuation route and Investment follows APC Commercial route (should this be a determining factor for a student).
**Places on this module are restricted. Previous study or experience of valuation is required.
Strategic Management of Change Planning and Development
Managing and Leading People Management of Finance and Science
Planning and Development Principles of Marketing

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


The programme will be assessed by a combination of just coursework or 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).