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Real Estate Management with Business Experience BSc(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time N291 2018
4 years full time including sandwich year N290 2018
4 years full time including foundation year N292 2018
4 years part time Apply direct to the University 2018

Why choose this course?

This Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited course is ideal if you aim to become a chartered surveyor.

Real estate is fundamental to everything we do; we need property to live in, work in, and for our leisure. It is an important commercial and industrial resource, but is also home to many national and international investment funds.

This degree will provide you with detailed knowledge of property investment and appraisals within a responsibly managed and sustainable environment. You'll also take your learning outside the classroom with field trips to major cities included in the course. Recent students have visited the City of London, Dublin, and Madrid, where they have studied commercial real estate management principles first hand.

If you are studying the full time route you will also undertake a Business Readiness programme which will help you develop new skills to prepare for placements and future employment. You will take workshops on CV writing as well as developing your communication, time management and presentation skills. As well as the opportunity to undertake a business experience internship or a Real Estate Consultancy project. This will span between two weeks and three months, where you will put your learning into practice.

You will be able to graduate from this course with the knowledge, skills and confidence to begin your career as a professional real estate manager, valuation surveyor, investment agent, or in another general practice specialisation. You can also achieve chartered status by applying to become a member of the RICS through the APC programme. Chartered status is available within this course in the following pathways: validation, commercial property practice, planning and development and residential property.

What you will study

Real estate managers advise on property matters, especially regarding investment, acquisitions and disposals and management decisions, helping owners, tenants and investors value their assets.

You will study the knowledge that real estate managers need: valuations, investment, law, economics, corporate strategy, finance, and social and environmental agendas. You will also develop skills for work through our Business Readiness Programme such as: presenting yourself; teamwork; writing reports; debating; applying IT; initiating and executing research projects. Work placements, field trips ( major UK), research projects and professional qualifications will complement your academic learning.

Year 1 gives context to the discipline of estate management. You will study the valuation and appraisal of assets, building technology and the legal and economic principles governing real estate. You will take your first field trip to a major city. A recent trip to the City of London where 122 Leadenhall St (The Cheese Grater), a building from renowned architect Richard Rogers was visited. This was embedded in a real case scenario move of an HQ into a prominent EC3 building. Students also visited the City of London Model (Marketing Suite).

Year 2 extends your knowledge of valuation across different contexts. You will study the law of landlord and tenant, the UK planning system, and commercial real estate management principles. You will also take a short (normally residential) field trip to a major city. Recent trips include Dublin culminating in a group development project.

Towards the end of the second year you will undertake your business experience. This will be a two week to three month internship or consultancy project where you will put your learning into practice.

Year 2 lasts until mid-July, not June, providing time for placements. You will graduate at the same time as those with other degrees, but with invaluable practical business experience,

Year 3/4 deepens your studies in investment strategy and valuation and asset management, and extends your knowledge of professional practice, including law and ethics. Another field trip supports a coursework assignment culminating in a major group project and an independent research project.

Part time route

Award: Real Estate Management BSc(Hons)

The part-time course (4 years) is designed for those working in relevant employment who have an HNC/HND or equivalent qualification and who wish to improve their professional skills and achieve chartered status.

Foundation year

If you are thinking of returning to education after a break you could apply for our foundation year course. This course will provide you with the academic and transferable skills you need to study an undergraduate degree in business subjects. At Kingston these include Business Management, International Business, Marketing & Advertising, Digital Business and Accounting & Finance.

Throughout the year-long course, you can study a range of these subjects, allowing you to get a better idea of which ones you prefer. It'll guide you in the direction of a business degree that you're particularly interested in. The foundation year will develop your independent study skills and help you to better understand your academic ability, a potential career path and how to develop the skills that employers look for in graduates.

Degree apprenticeships

Kingston University is currently developing several degree apprenticeships and already has real estate apprentices from leading real estate consultancy firms on a one day release basis over four years.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Foundation year

Year 1

  • This module aims to help you understand economic theory as applied to commercial real estate, and appreciate the underlying principles of property cycles. It introduces the principles of estate management and acquisition and disposal strategies. You will study urban growth, its history and the emergence of legislation to control the development of land and buildings supported by the use of case studies. You will also gain insight into the general principles and issues connected with sustainability, and the role of governments in its implementation at international, national and local levels. Tutorials and workshops will support lectures for student-focused learning. Assessment is by coursework and examination. Coursework will include practical field study.

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  • This module aims to give you an understanding and appreciation of the basic principles of economic theory and investment, the role of media and the main institutions in the marketplace and how they operate. You will learn to construct, calculate and apply financial formulae to investments and understand their application to property. You will study the role of the valuer and be able to apply appropriate methods to value different types of property. This module is taught by a series of lectures and, seminars/IT workshops where you are expected to take an active part. Assessment is by coursework, including a portfolio of tutorials or workshop-based timed assessments.

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  • This module aims to give you grounding in basic construction methods, structural behaviour and building performance, including the study of building materials. You will aim to develop an ability to assess a building's structure and condition, identifying common defects, to give advice on its future potential. You will also learn to appreciate the social, economic and environmental consequences of building construction. Assessment will be by coursework only, applied through critical, practical projects. This coursework includes preparing an illustrated portfolio, undertaking a building survey and inspection and producing a planned maintenance and repairs report. Site visits, tutorials and workshops support lectures, ensuring that learning is student-centred.

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  • This introductory module gives you a thorough grounding in both the basics of organisational management and the legal context in which property and construction operates. Lectures introduce you to the principles of English law and its relationship with European Union (EU) law; to the nature of business and other organisation structures, such as charities and professional bodies. A series of scenario exercises, which may involve a site visit, supported by tutorials, helps you through the learning process. Assessment is by coursework comprising both group and individual elements and a timed computer-based test.

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Year 2

  • As part of this module you attend a European field trip and work on a development project, as part of an interdisciplinary team with students from other programmes. You will aim to  develop your knowledge of current planning legislation and policies in a practice-related context, considering new and emerging planning policy and developing trends. Assessment of the module is by coursework only.

    One assessment includes three elements centred around the field trip: a group report, presentation and individual reflective diary. Another assessment involves group seminars and discussions followed by an individual portfolio on statutory planning provisions and development management practice. The field trip, site visits, tutorials and workshops support lectures for student focused learning. On completion of the module, you should have a good working knowledge of both the legislative framework and practice common to development management.

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  • This module builds on your existing knowledge of property appraisal and valuation techniques and develops your skills further. You will undertake more complex problems applying a range of established techniques. You will also develop investment appraisal techniques and apply the use of cash flows to property investments, using complex statistical analysis. This module is taught through lecture and seminar and interactive IT workshops. Assessment is by coursework and examination.

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  • This module gives you a practical basis for understanding and applying the law and practice relevant to the acquisition, control and regulation of commercial property and the principles of estate agency marketing. This module is divided between lectures, providing you with information, and application sessions based on the practical resolution of problems. Assessment will be by coursework only, based on the testing of knowledge by a series of multiple choice tests and oral performance in problem-based assessment with a written part of assessment.

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  • The module aims to further develop students' knowledge of lease management appreciating landlord and tenant relationships and be able to evaluate alternative valuation scenarios reflecting statutory intervention. Students are introduced to the principles of taxation and their application to property thus enabling them to understand the implication for property owners and occupiers. They will be introduced to the accounting regulatory framework and the service charge regime. The module also introduces students to academic writing and criticism related to their field of study providing an opportunity for them to develop both their reflective research and plan making skills. Assessment is through coursework only. Students will undertake a literature review in order to produce a mock issue of a Journal on a subject relevant to commercial real estate management. They will also prepare a group report and a debate.

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  • More than 50% of all companies that are intrinsically linked to Real Estate are consultancy based. The services of the companies operating in the sector is thus very wide and include consultancy that ranges from real estate market research to valuation advice. Other consultancy services include asset management services, business rates, and agency (lease advisory, cross border trends etc.). Consultancy companies also have a broad sphere of work and range all the major asset classes within real estate and these include core commercial real estate, residential and emerging classes such as student housing. There are many consultancy companies but the major players can be considered as JLL, Cushman & Wakefield, Knight Frank, CBRE, GVA, Savills, Graingers and numerous others.

    The advice provided by consulting companies is seen as a way of adding value through specialised information and advice to clients, as well as improving efficiency and effectiveness of a client's real estate.

    This module introduces the student to the various specialisations undertaken in real estate consulting firms. By undertaking a live project addressing a real business or management issue for a client you will gain hands-on experience in setting up and operating a consultancy project and you will develop consultancy and research related transferable skills and competencies.

    Students will start by defining the nature, scope and competencies of their chosen consulting firm. Once a brief is agreed you will proceed to the analysis of a work related issue and design and construct a report to go to the client with your recommendation on the most appropriate solution or advice.

    Students taking this module will be provided with physical working space, coaching, utilities, and networking connections and opportunities.

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Optional sandwich year

Year 3

  • This module develops your ability to handle complex valuation scenarios and critically appraise the principles of current valuation practice and property investment performance. It extends your understanding of risk and portfolio theory and the ability to debate current topical issues. It explores sources of finance and forms of indirect investment and develops your understanding of the risk characteristics of an international property portfolio. This module develops your IT spreadsheet skills, as applied to analysis and problem solving in relation to investment and portfolio analysis. Seminars, tutorials and workshops support lectures for student-focused learning. Assessment is by group and individual work plus an examination. Group coursework may include practical site visits.

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  • The module aims to deepen your understanding and knowledge of real estate asset management. This will enable you to analyse, at strategic, corporate and property levels, strategy methods which improve responsible investment and operational performance. You will examine the dynamics and trends that arise due to the occupation of buildings, enabling these corporations and businesses to flourish. You will assess how landlords and tenants react to the economic cycle and societal change and the impact this has on the design, tenure and management of these spaces. Tutorials and workshops will support lectures for student-focused learning. Assessment is by group and individual work which may be centred on practical site visits and a short residential field trip.

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  • This module builds on your existing knowledge of the law and professional practice related to your subject-specific route. It further develops your analytical and critical skills when encountering legal and professional practice problems. Your knowledge of professional liability law is developed, together with other aspects of professional practice, ethical, legal and due diligence requirements. This module also ensures you have developed a holistic understanding of sustainability as it applies to built environment professional practice. This module is taught by a series of lectures and practical skills-based application seminars. Assessment is by coursework assignments, one of which normally includes oral argument and debate.

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  • In your final year of study, this module provides an opportunity for you to initiate, design and execute a small-scale research project under supervision. You will have the opportunity to study, in depth, a relevant topic you find particularly stimulating.  You will also further develop and practise the research skills you acquired at earlier stages of your studies..

    In undertaking the project you should demonstrate knowledge and competence in reviewing literature and in using one or more of a range of research methods to collect and analyse data and draw well-founded conclusions. You will be supported by a series of lectures in research methods, plus individual one-to-one supervision.

    Assessment is by submission of an interim assessment and the completed project. An oral defence, either at the interim stage or at final submission, will form part of the process, thereby checking your understanding and assessing your ability to articulate your ideas and knowledge.

    If you are studying part time, you may undertake a project that relates to your workplace if deemed appropriate.

    The project will give you an opportunity to synthesise all your learning from the programme and is the final 'capstone' project. This project, together with your capstone project in your route-specific module and the Year 2 major project ensures you have integrated your learning and have developed a particular skill and expertise relevant to your future employability.

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Business Readiness and internship modules

  • This module consists of up to 44 weeks of employability and personal skills training, designed to prepare you for your placement and to improve your employability after graduation. You will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance your skills, ensure you make the most of your potential, gain the best possible placement, and give you an edge in the job market after graduation.

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  • The internship, of a minimum duration of two weeks, will enable students to apply and develop in real organisations, in the legal sector as well as in other professional sectors, the knowledge and skills they have learnt in the classroom. It will prepare them to excel in the final year of their studies, as well as enhancing the skills and attributes employers expect new recruits to possess. All placement providers will be subject to due diligence and ongoing monitoring to ensure that the student experience is of a high quality and that equality, diversity and inclusion standards are met. This applies equally to placement providers based overseas.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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