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Real Estate Management BSc(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time N291 2017
4 years full time including sandwich year N290 2017
5 years part time Apply direct to the University 2017

Why choose this course?

This accredited course is ideal if you aim to become a chartered surveyor working in the commercial property field, specialising in either the valuation or management of property, or if you would like to move into investment agency work. It provides detailed expertise and knowledge of property investment and appraisals within the context of a growing global agenda.

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. 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.

Professional accreditation

This degree carries full accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) under its university partnership scheme, ensuring the industry-relevance of what you learn.

Professional Readiness Programme

Our Real Estate Management BSc(Hons) degree offer content specifically designed to give you an advantage in the workplace. Today's employers are seeking graduates who are work-ready as well as academically qualified. Our Professional Readiness Programme aims to prepare you for the real world of work and to develop the skills and ways of working that are current in professional life. Through activities such as field trips in the UK and overseas, a range of research projects and professional qualifications, you will aim to complement, enhance and apply your academic learning. Your practical knowledge, professional skills and attractiveness to future employers may all benefit as a result. The four-term programme includes key skills such as:

  • building and maintaining a career-enhancing professional network;
  • self-management – developing a personal plan for success;
  • the professional and business etiquette that gains respect in the workplace; and
  • working as a team – and organising an effective team.

You also explore topics such as understanding personality traits, developing your individual strengths to their full potential, resilience and interpreting and learning from appraisals. You will develop communication and personal branding skills and learn to produce brilliant presentations along the way. You have a choice of options in areas you might like to discover in more depth, such as negotiation and mediation skills and leadership. There are also specialist options in real estate management that complement your degree such as a real estate practioners panel and "A day in the life of..." sessions with Real Estate Management BSc(Hons) alumni.

During the four terms, you also prepare for your placement which includes:

  • the application process including researching and targeting your internship;
  • writing your CV and cover letters and getting ready for interviews;
  • using your internship option to benefit your future career; and
  • developing the skills your internship organisation expects.

What you will study

Real estate managers have diverse roles: they advise on most matters related to property but, primarily they give advice in relation to strategic property investment and disposal asset management decisions relating to landlord and tenant issues and legal advice, and most importantly an opinion regarding the value of their assets. To do this, they need a firm knowledge of law and economics and of corporate strategy and finance, as well as the ability to relate these to the social and environmental agendas that are so critical in today's society.

You will also be guided in developing and practising skills essential to your future workplace – how to present yourself, how to work in teams, how to write reports, debate current topics, and how to apply IT to your discipline. You will also learn how to initiate and execute research projects.

Modules in Year 1 allow you to develop an appreciation of the context within which real estate management has developed as a discipline. You will develop skills and knowledge in the valuation and appraisal of assets, of building technology and of the legal and economic principles governing real estate. To help you contextualise your study, you will undertake a field trip to a major city. Recent visits have included 122 Leadenhall St (The Cheese Grater), a building from renowned architect Richard Rogers; a case study of the move of a headquarters  into a prominent EC3 building; and the City of London Model (Marketing Suite).

In Year 2 you will extend your knowledge of valuation as applied to different contexts. You will study the law of landlord and tenant, the UK planning system in practice, and commercial real estate management principles. You will also undertake a short (normally residential) field trip to a major city. Recent destinations include Dublin and Cardiff.

In the final year (Year 3 or 4) you will deepen your technical studies in investment strategy and valuation and asset management, and will extend your knowledge of professional practice, including law and ethics. At this stage, you will undertake an independent research project. Normally, a further short residential field trip supports one of the coursework assignments. The latest visit was to Milan, a significant hot spot of real estate investment in Europe. The course culminates in a major group project, along with the independent research project, enabling you to graduate confident that you have the knowledge and skills to begin your career as a professional real estate manager or valuation surveyor.

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.

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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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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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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