Start dates:

29 March or 27 September 2021

Duration:

6 months

Fees & funding:

£1,150 per module Click here for more information on Fees & funding

Next Postgraduate Single Module Study Programme starts 29 March. Apply by 15 February 2021

Postgraduate Single Module Study Programme

Programme overview

An opportunity for experienced practitioners to gain specialist knowledge or knowledge of new areas.

This programme is designed for experienced employees in professional practice seeking to gain additional specialist knowledge or to gain knowledge in new areas. Using a range of modules from our postgraduate programmes, you can choose subjects to help you study for your selected RICS APC pathway.

This programme will develop your ability to integrate interdisciplinary theory and practice and to research and evaluate data in order to solve complex problems.

The programme also prepares you with a foundation for further professional development and extension of your knowledge in preparation for further academic study if you wish, including completion of a Postgraduate Certificate or Master’s award at UCEM.

Why study this programme?

  • 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
  • Opens up progression to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate or Master’s award

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

Programme outline

Students can choose to study whichever modules interest them. However, students are advised to choose a module from the pathway that is relevant to their professional specialism. If you plan on studying multiple single modules and then wish to progress to one of our MSc or MBA programmes, you should ensure that you choose an area of specialism and then complete modules from that specialist pathway only. If you complete three single modules (60 credits) you are eligible to receive the PGCert Built Environment Studies (no pathway) or PGCert Building and Property Studies (specified pathway).

Module Choices

Autumn (UK) Spring (UK)
Building Surveying
Management of Construction Management of Construction
Sustainable and Innovative Construction Sustainable and Innovative Construction
Law for Surveyors Law for Surveyors
Planning and Development Planning and Development
Property Management Property Management
Costing and Contracts Analysis and Adaptation of Buildings
Building Pathology and Maintenance
Building Surveying is related to the RICS Building Surveying Pathway. To follow this pathway, you cannot take both CON7CMC Management of Construction and PTY7PRM Property Management, you must choose only one.
Construction Management
Management of Construction Management of Construction
Sustainable and Innovative Construction Sustainable and Innovative Construction
Law for Surveyors Law for Surveyors
Leading and Managing People Maintenance Management
Contract Administration and Practice Procurement and Tendering
Construction Management is related to the RICS Project Management Pathway.
Quantity Surveying
Management of Construction Management of Construction
Sustainable and Innovative Construction Sustainable and Innovative Construction
Law for Surveyors Law for Surveyors
Contract Administration and Practice Building Economics
Professional Cost Management Procurement and Tendering
Quantity Surveying is related to the RICS Quantity Surveying Pathway.
Real Estate
Sustainable and Innovative Construction Sustainable and Innovative Construction
Law for Surveyors Law for Surveyors
Planning and Development Planning and Development
Property Management Property Management
Applied Valuation* Property Transactions
Investment Appraisal and Portfolio Management**
Statutory Valuations
Valuations and Ethics
*It is strongly advised that you study Valuation and Ethics, or have a firm understanding of the topics covered in Valuation and Ethics, before attempting Applied Valuation.

**It is strongly advised that a student attempting Investment Appraisal and Portfolio Management should already have a firm understanding of the concepts, such as the time value of money, which underpin the traditional and modern methods of commercial property valuation. Students should also have experience in the use of Microsoft Excel.

Real Estate is related to the RICS Valuation Pathway and Corporate Real Estate Pathway. To follow this pathway, you cannot take more than 2 of the following modules: Sustainable and Innovative Construction, Planning and Development, Investment Appraisal and Portfolio Management, Applied Valuation, Statutory Valuations. The choice of Applied Valuation follows APC Valuation pathway whereas the choice of Investment Appraisal and Portfolio Management follows APC Commercial Real Estate pathway (should this be a determining factor for a student).

MBA
Management of Construction Management of Construction
Planning and Development Planning and Development
Property Management Property Management
Investment Appraisal and Portfolio Management** Principles of Marketing
Leading and Managing People Management Finance and Science
Strategic Management of Change Property Transactions
Valuations and Ethics Procurement and Tendering
MBA (Master of Business Administration) is related to the RICS Management and Consultancy Pathway. To follow this pathway, you cannot take more than 2 of the following modules: PTY7PRT Property Transactions, CON7CMC Management of Construction, QSP7SPT Procurement and Tendering, INV7REV Investment Appraisal and Portfolio Management, PTY7PRM Property Management and VAL7VAE Valuation and Ethics.

All modules are worth 20 credits. Students can choose to start in either semester.

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 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)

 

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

 

Career & study progression

This programme supports students in furthering their professionalism within industry and will enhance their career path opportunities.

This programme enables students to decide whether to progress to a UCEM’s fully accredited Master’s programme. On successful completion of the module you may choose to proceed to one of our MSc or MBA programmes if you wish. You would be given credit for applicable single modules successfully completed from the selected pathway. To find out more about our MSc or MBA programmes, visit their programme pages.

If you complete three single modules (60 credits) you are eligible to receive the PGCert Built Environment Studies (no pathway) or PGCert Building and Property Studies (specified pathway).

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

You should have:

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

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. For further information on equivalent qualifications please contact: admissions@ucem.ac.uk
  • Grade 6.0 or above, with at least 6.0 in the reading and writing modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic test administered by the British Council
  • 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 Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test

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.

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

Spring 2021 (2020/21 academic year):
Apply by 15 February to start 29 March 2021

Autumn 2021 (2020/21 academic year):
Apply by 2 August to start 27 September 2021

Fees & Fundingaccordion-arrow

2020/21 academic year:
£1,150 per single module

Expected workload and contact hoursaccordion-arrow

The expected time commitment for the standard route is around 7-10 hours per week (based upon studying one module per six-month semester).

Each 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 (50%)

Self-directed reading (17%)

Assessment (33%)

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 learning includes reading textbooks and study papers to develop your knowledge of the subject matter. Assessment includes all activity related to the summative assessment of the module including planning and writing coursework.

How the programme will be assessedaccordion-arrow

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 from module to module.

Awardaccordion-arrow

Successful completion will result in the participant receiving a UCEM Certificate of Personal and Professional Development (CPPD).

On successful completion of the module you may choose to proceed to one of our MSc or MBA programmes if you wish. You would be given credit for applicable single modules successfully completed from the selected pathway. To find out more about our MSc or MBA programmes, visit their programme pages.

If you complete three single modules (60 credits) you are eligible to receive the PGCert Built Environment Studies (no pathway) or PGCert Building and Property Studies (specified pathway).

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