BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management

Programme overview

The BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management programme is a supported online learning programme providing the academic learning necessary to enable graduates to access the Assessment of Professional Competence programme of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and to qualify as Chartered Surveyors in the commercial real estate management and valuation specialisms.

The programme is structured to deliver a fully rounded skill set for those wishing to practise in these sectors of real estate and encompasses commercial property management, valuation, property economics, property development and planning. Gaining this degree will enrich your knowledge of this vital area of modern commerce and industry and strengthen your CV.

This programme is delivered by supported online learning and can be studied in any location.

This programme is also registered with the Hong Kong Non-local Courses Registry (NCR registration number 252439). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this programme may lead.

Why study this programme?

  • Accredited by RICS, providing a route to professional qualification as a Chartered Surveyor
  • Modular structure covers all core subjects relevant to commercial real estate practitioners
  • Opportunity to study different specialisms in the final part of the programme through elective modules
  • Flexible learning programme enables part time study to be combined with employment, as well as full time study

The programme is designed for existing and aspiring urban real estate practitioners, both those who want to study full time and those who want to work whilst studying. The programme provides the founding base of knowledge for those looking to go on to practice in the management and valuation of commercial real estate and also commercial real estate agency. It is also suited to those looking to work in the real estate development sector. The programme is suitable for both those looking to change career direction and also school/college leavers looking to pursue a career in real estate.

BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management

Programme outline

The modules included in this programme, the assessment method for each module and the structure which they follow through the standard route is available below, according to your start date.

Module information and structure for your start date:

Please note that from autumn 2020, UCEM will be making changes to its semester structure and module delivery as part of an ongoing commitment to provide an excellent student experience. If you enrol prior to autumn 2020, you will experience these changes as we move to a new structure and delivery model. You can find more information about the Transform Project here.

Should you require further information about programme content please view the programme specification, which sets out aims and intended learning outcomes. If you are granted module exemptions due to recognition of prior learning, then your route will look a little different. Your study route will be confirmed in your offer to study on the programme.

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).

BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management

Career and study progression

Graduates from this programme pursue a wide variety of successful career paths, typically encompassing work for real estate consultancies, property developers and property investors such as pension funds and insurance companies.

In addition, many graduates have public sector positions in local and central government departments/agencies that either hold significant real estate or who provide real estate services.

The larger plc’s and other substantial property occupiers also need professional expertise to manage their corporate real estate interests, as do some larger charities with real estate holdings. This programme caters for a broad range of career choices.

The accreditation of this programme by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors enables graduates to complete the Institution’s Assessment of Professional Competence to enable them to qualify for professional membership. The programme is based on the English legal jurisdiction but the international status of the RICS and the international reputation of the UCEM has helped some of our past students in their careers outside the UK.

BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management

Entry requirements

You should have:

Tariff points:

  • 96 UCAS tariff points. National Certificates and National Diplomas will be considered but must have good merit and distinction profiles (excluding common skills)
  • Any HNCs and HNDs will be considered


  • Completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Surveying* or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction Technical* through which a Construction and Built Environment Diploma with a minimum DD profile was obtained or through which a Construction and Built Environment Extended Diploma with a minimum MMM profile was obtained, or an equivalent qualification


  • A current Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Associate qualification (AssocRICS) and be in relevant employment**

* Completion of this apprenticeship will need to be evidenced through a verified copy of the apprenticeship completion certificate as issued by the apprenticeship certification body.

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


  • Mathematics Grade C or above at GCSE or equivalent (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England)

And one of the following:

  • Grade C or above in English (Language or Literature) at GCSE or its equivalent (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England)
  • 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) test administered by the British Council in the academic test
  • 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 Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Grade C or above in Use of English at A/S Level

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.

Evidence is required in the form of certificates or statements. You should send photocopies that have been certified by a Member or Fellow of RICS, CIOB or HKIS. Please do not send original documents.

Recognised qualifications having an equivalent level of attainment as those recognised by UCAS include: HND/HNCs, professional qualifications from recognised institutions, certain armed forces qualifications and partially completed degrees. There are also a wide range of international qualifications that are deemed to have UCAS point equivalent values.

Applications are assessed in accordance with the UCEM Admissions Policy.

BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management


“Studying with UCEM has been the highlight of my career as I have been able to prove to myself that studying is achievable as a parent with a full-time job. The reward of doing this is extremely worthwhile, particularly when the hard work and dedication pays off in your grades!

As a mature student with two children and a full-time job, organisation is key. I have adapted into a good routine of self-study and am fortunate that my employer supports my studies, allowing time during the day to attend live webinars. I have employed the organisation skills from my former Royal Navy career which have enabled me to have a good work, study and home life balance.

The accessibility of online learning was a big factor for me in deciding to study with UCEM.

I have found the structure of the programme far superior to other online learning that I have completed in the past. The live webinars are easy to log into, I like how the content is broken down into weekly elements, the discussion forums are great and the tutors are there to support you.

Initially I found the VLE a little daunting however, the more access you have to it, the quicker you find your way around and there are various videos that can also assist. The tutors and students are also great at helping you find your way.

The best thing about studying with UCEM is the flexibility of being able to log in on any device at any time to read or catch up. All the webinars are recorded which allows you to listen or watch back at your convenience.”

Karen Skelhorn,
BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management,
Surveyor (Trainee), Ports of Jersey,
Jersey, Channel Islands


BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management


3 - 4 years



This programme is delivered by supported online learning and can be studied in any location.

BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management

Key information

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow

Autumn 2019 (2019/20 academic year):
Apply by 2 September to start 30 September 2019

Spring 2020 (2019/20 academic year):
Apply by 3 February to start 16 March 2020


2019/20 academic year:
£1,125 per module x 17 modules (usually students undertake 2 modules per semester).
Total programme fee £19,125

Student Loans:
This programme is designated for student finance and students in England and Wales may apply to Student Finance for a tuition fee loan. Eligible students can apply for funding for up to £6,165 each academic year.
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Student Bursary Scheme:
Our bursary scheme is designed to assist those new students who are able to demonstrate need. It is open to new students from all countries and will provide a discount on fees for the duration of the programme.
Find out more here >

Find out more about our payment options here

Your programme fees are fixed for the duration of your studies. This means that the fee you pay per module will not increase from one year to the next, as long as you remain registered on the same programme. Different fees may be applicable if you decided to transfer to a different programme.

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. The retake fee is 50% of the full module fee in each case.

UCEM provides examination centres all over the world in addition to the UK. You should expect to incur travel costs to attend your nearest examination centre, for those modules which contain examinations.

All learning resources required for successful completion of each module are provided as part of your fee. The core texts within each module will be provided via an e-book platform. 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.


This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).



Available routesaccordion-arrow

Standard Route:

  • Duration: 4 years
  • Time commitment: 15-20 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum
  • You will study two modules per six-month semester

Apprentice route:

  • Duration: 4 years, plus external end point assessment (Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) leading to RICS chartered membership and the MRICS professional qualification)
  • Time commitment: 15-20 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum – typically one working day per week will be allocated to off the job study
  • You will study 2 modules per six month semester, plus a Work Based Research Project in year 4

Accelerated Route:

  • Duration: 3 years
  • Time commitment: 25-30 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum
  • You will study 3 modules per six-month semester
  • This route is recommended only for those who are not in full-time employment

Changes from Autumn 2020: Transform Project

From autumn 2020, UCEM will be making changes to its semester structure and module delivery as part of an ongoing commitment to provide an excellent student experience. If you enrol prior to autumn 2020, you will experience these changes as we move to a new structure and delivery model. You can find more information about the Transform Project here.

The changes you can expect to see will include:

  • A simpler, more focused semester structure, where modules will be studied one at a time, in 9-week blocks
  • More down-time from study
  • A shift away from traditional methods of examination, towards online assessment in line with industry practice
  • Visibility of assessment results prior to starting the next module, and the availability of in-year re-sits
  • Improvements to how our modules are designed using the latest online learning approaches
  • Single start and re-registration dates across all our programmes, and automatic re-enrolment for continuing students

Exactly how you will be affected by the changes will depend on where you are in your studies by autumn 2020. As you progress through your programme, we will pro

Expected workload and contact hoursaccordion-arrow

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 (45%)
  • Self-directed reading (25%)
  • Assessment (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 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 such as planning and writing coursework, revising for examinations and taking the exams themselves.

How the programme will be assessedaccordion-arrow

Assessment consists of a mix of assignments and examinations. The module information sheet provides details of the assessment method for each module.


Examinations will be held in August and February.


If you successfully complete all elements of the programme, you will be awarded the BSc Real Estate Management from University College of Estate Management and will be entitled to use the designatory letters BSc. You will be entitled to denote Honours if applicable, i.e. BSc (Hons), which is a current requirement for Membership of RICS and/or HKIS.