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Real Estate Management with Business Experience BSc (Hons)

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 managed and sustained environment. You'll also take your learning outside the classroom with optional field trips. A benefit of a field trip is that you'll have the opportunity to study commercial real estate management principles first hand.

You will 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.

Qualification Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
BSc(Hons) 3 years full time N291 2020
BSc(Hons) 4 years full time including sandwich year N290 2020
BSc(Hons) 4 years full time including foundation year N292 2020
BSc(Hons) 4 years part time Apply direct to the University 2020
Degree Apprenticeship 4 years part time Apply direct to the University 2020
Location Kingston Hill

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • This degree is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It fulfils the academic requirements if you choose to go on to qualify as a chartered surveyor
  • You'll get to study commercial real estate management principles first hand through field trips
  • Kingston Business School has received accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) – an award earned by just five per cent of the world's business schools.

What you will study

You will study the knowledge that real estate managers need: valuations, investment, law, economics, corporate strategy, finance, and social and environmental agendas.

Year 1

Year 2

Optional year

Final year

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 went to the City of London to visit 122 Leadenhall Street (The Cheese Grater). This visit was then embedded in a real case scenario with a move of an HQ into a prominent EC3 building. 

You will also begin the business readiness programme in preparation for your Business Practice in Year 2.

Core modules

Context of Sustainable Real Estate Management

30 credits

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.

Principles of Valuation and Appraisal

30 credits

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.

Property Construction and Inspection

30 credits

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.

Principles of Law and Organisations

30 credits

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.

Business Readiness and Skills (Stage 1)

0 credits

This module consists of management and personal skills training, designed to prepare students for their placement and to improve their employability after graduation. Students will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance their skills, ensure they make the most of their potential, gain the best possible placement, and give them an edge in the job market after graduation.

During their training, they will build an on-line profile indicating their progress with their skills development.  Where appropriate, the skills work will be integrated with core curriculum activity. Students will work with faculty staff, including their personal tutor and the Business Experience Office, to identify their skills requirements. In addition to the standard skills required by employers, there will be skills development linked to specific subject areas, run during the fourth teaching term just before the placements begin.

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 which culminating in a group development project.

In addition you will complete stage 2 of the business readiness programme. You will carry out your Business Practice in Year 2 from May, for a minimum of three months.

Core modules

Planning and Development Practice

30 credits

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.

Valuation and Appraisal in Context

30 credits

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.

Commercial Landlord and Tenant Law and Agency Practice

30 credits

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.

Commercial Real Estate Management

30 credits

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.

Business Readiness and Skills (Stage 2)

0 credits

This module consists of management and personal skills training, designed to prepare students for their placement and to improve their employability after graduation. Students will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance their skills, ensure they make the most of their potential, gain the best possible placement, and give them an edge in the job market after graduation.

During their training, they will build an on-line profile indicating their progress with their skills development.  Where appropriate, the skills work will be integrated with core curriculum activity. Students will work with faculty staff, including their personal tutor and the Business Experience Office, to identify their skills requirements. In addition to the standard skills required by employers, there will be skills development linked to specific subject areas, run during the fourth teaching term just before the placements begin.

Business Practice Options (choose 1)

Internship

credits

The internship, of a minimum duration of three months, 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.

The Entrepreneurship Experience

60 credits

"A start-up is an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model". Steve Blank 

This module is one of the options available to students for their Business Experience. This module allows students to work in a start-up environment, either on their own idea or with a firm in an existing incubator or accelerator.

Ideas are everywhere. Everyone has ideas. What matters in this competitive environment is skilful execution of ideas. But how and where do you start? And most importantly, how do you know if your idea is something that people want and need? 

The most successful entrepreneurs understand that building a great business requires focus on understanding customers, a personal character of true grit, and willingness to learn and improve ideas through trial and error.

Students taking this module will be working on a real business start-up from the first day. Working in a start-up environment, either on campus or via an external incubator, students will develop and validate a business idea, developing concrete skills in marketing, finance, selling and operational skills relevant to their chosen market. Students working in the on-campus start-up will use iterative lean start-up methodology principles, which will gain them their reference customers and help them complete their Minimum Viable Product (MVP) as a culmination of the first stage. The experience can subsequently be extended into growing the start-up business.

Study abroad optional year

You have the option to take an additional year to study abroad or to undertake a year-long work placement (or even a mix of both).

The final year deepens your studies in investment strategy, valuation and asset management. It also extends your knowledge of professional practice, including law and ethics. A coursework assignment culminating in a major group project and an independent research project is also a significant feature.

Core modules

Advanced Investment Strategy and Finance

30 credits

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.

Strategic Commercial Asset Management

30 credits

The module aims to deepen students understanding and knowledge of real estate asset management enabling them to analyse at strategic, corporate and property levels strategy methods which improve responsible investment and operational performance. It will examine the dynamics and trends that arise due to the occupation of buildings enabling these corporations and businesses to flourish, assessing 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. It is assessed by group and individual work which may be centred on practical site visits and a short residential field trip.

Professional Practice in Context

30 credits

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.

Research Project

30 credits

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.

Optional modules

Business Readiness Careers and Employability (Stage 3)

0 credits

This module consists of a series of events designed to support students through the final stage of employability. It will help students reflect on their placement experiences and to provide careers information to support their employability after graduation. This module will support the activities provided by the Careers and Employability Service.

During the year, they will build an on-line profile indicating their progress with their preparation to employment. Students will work with faculty staff, including their personal tutor and the Business Experience Team and the Careers and Employability team.

 

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Foundation Year - Business

If you would like to study this business degree at Kingston University but are not yet ready to join the first year of a BSc (Hons) course, you may want to consider studying this course with a foundation year.

Life on this course

Guest Alumni from Barclays & GSK

Guest Alumni from Barclays & GSK

Kingston Business School graduates gave their advice and imparted words of wisdom to our first year students.

Different Routes

Part time routes

The part-time course (4 years) is designed for those working in relevant employment who wish to improve their professional skills and achieve chartered status. This course is delivered one day a week at the University.

 Degree Apprenticeship

Kingston University offers a fully accredited Degree Apprenticeship in Real Estate Management. It is a 4 year part time degree with one day release from work (approximately 23 days of the year including exam).The cost of the course is supported through a company's tax levy.

Accreditation

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

This degree carries full accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) – the leading source of land, property, construction and related environmental knowledge – under its university partnership scheme, ensuring that what you learn is relevant to industry.

To qualify as a chartered surveyor, you must:

  • gain a RICS-approved academic qualification, such as a degree from Kingston; and
  • successfully complete structured training, which ends in an assessment of your competence to practice (APC).

We are actively involved in APC, including preparation courses, and several staff members are RICS assessors. This means that Kingston can help you from the start of your undergraduate degree right through to your registration as a chartered surveyor.

Chartered status is available within this course in the following pathways: validation, commercial property practice, planning and development and residential property.

What our graduates say

Kingston University has helped to produce some great talent and is now recognised within the industry as one of the top universities for the surveying profession. There are many opportunities available here – including the DTZ Challenge, the European Real Estate Challenge in Berlin (for which I was nominated this year, and hope to participate in again next year after I've completed my placement), the projects abroad, and the opportunity to take a year out to work in the property sector.

Yvonne Lorraine Ambo, Real Estate Management BSc(Hons), Xcel Built Environment Student of the Year

The Real Estate Management BSc(Hons) at Kingston is a well-rounded surveying course. During the first year I enjoyed learning about a wide range of competencies relevant to the surveying profession, ranging from building construction to law and valuation. This varied approach gave me the chance to work out which areas interested me the most

Olivia Wood, Real Estate Management BSc(Hons), Winner of the RICS Surrey Local Association Student Award 2009

Entry requirements

Typical Offer

  • 112 UCAS tariff points (to include at least two A-levels or equivalent qualifications)
  • BTEC Lvl3 National: Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM)
  • Candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects grades A*-C including Mathematics and English Language (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading).

Additional requirements

  • Entry on to this course does not require an interview, entrance test, audition or portfolio

Alternative Routes

  • Mature applicants (21 years and older) will need to pass a QAA-approved Access to Higher Education Diploma in a relevant subject with 60 credits, minimum 45 credits at Level 3 including 21 at merit + GCSE English Language grade C + GCSE Maths grade C (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading).
  • Applicants under 21 years will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

International

  • We welcome applications from International Applicants. Please view our standard entry requirements from your country
  • All non-UK applicants must meet our English Language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no element below 5.5

With business experience

This degree comes 'with business experience', which includes the following:

  • The Business Readiness Programme develops your business skills and qualities so that you hit the ground running on the first day of your work internship or graduate job.
  • Business Practice gives you the opportunity to gain valuable, real-life and hands-on experience. In the second year, from May, you will gain a minimum of three months hands-on experience from a choice of:
    • A work internship where you will work within a business in a role linked to your degree or area of interest. This work experience is invaluable on your CV in helping to secure a job after you graduate. 
    • A university based module, which brings a 'real-life' project into the classroom. Through a 'consultancy in practice' or 'entrepreneurship' module you will work alongside your peers, with the support of your lecturers, to develop your own business or find solutions for a 'live' business project.  

This course, 'with business experience', aims to increase your employability and future career success. You'll graduate from this degree with both the knowledge from a three year degree as well as three months direct business or research experience; helping you to stand out from the crowd in the future.

Teaching and assessment

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University. 

Your workload

Year 1

Year 2

Final year

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study
Final year
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study

 

  • Year 1 -  23% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Year 2 -  22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Final year - 20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

Year 1

Year 2

Final year

Year 1
  • Coursework
  • Practical: 0%
  • Exam
Year 2
  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Exam
Final year
  • Coursework
  • Practical: 5%
  • Exam

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts around 40 students each year and lecture sizes are normally 30-45. However this can vary by module and academic year.

Who teaches this course?

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on this course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Student academic mentors also provide support during certain tutorials / seminars, under the supervision of the module leader.

The following group of staff members are currently involved in the delivery of different elements of this course. This pool is subject to change at any time within the academic year.

Course fees and funding

2020/21 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2020/21 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students)

Foundation year: £9,250
£9,250*

International

Foundation year: £13,100
Year 1 (2020/21): £13,100 or £14,600**
Year 2 (2021/22): £13,500 or £15,000**
Year 3 (2022/23): £13,900 or £15,450**

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home/EU tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

** The international fee rate charged will depend upon the course combination chosen.

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

2019/20 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or International' student. In 2019/20 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category  Amount
Home (UK and EU students) Foundation year: £7,800
£9,250*
International Foundation: £12,700
Year 1 (2019/20): £12,700 or £14,200**
Year 2 (2020/21): £13,100 or £14,600**
Year 3 (2021/22): £13,500 or £15,000**
Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) To be confirmed by the Island Authorities

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home/EU tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme. 

** The international fee rate charged will depend upon the course combination chosen.

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Text books

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences.

Free WIFI is available on each of the campuses.

Printing

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel

Travel costs are not included but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

EU students starting a programme in the 2019/20 academic year will be charged the same fees as those who began in 2018/19 (subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the Kingston University fees schedule).

They will also be able to access the same financial support for the duration of their course as students who began in 2018/19, even if their degree concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.

No assurances have yet been made regarding 2020/21 and beyond. Updates will be published here as soon as they become available.

After you graduate

You'll graduate ready for a career as a real estate manager, valuation surveyor, investment agent, or in another general practice specialisation.

Types of jobs:

  • Assistant surveyor
  • Investment and estate agent
  • Graduate surveyor
  • Marketing manager
  • Property consultant
  • Property manager
  • Residential property management surveyor
  • Surveyor
  • Property development

Employers:

  • Savills
  • Sothebys Realty
  • Lambert Smith Hampton
  • CBRE
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Aviva Investors
  • Colliers International
  • Berkeley Homes

Work placements

Our course offers a work placement to help you develop your skills and gain invaluable experience, this option will also help you to:

  • Improve your career choices: Business experience and placements help you to make better-informed career choices and help you stand out from the competition when you look for a job.
  • Help with your studies: Statistics indicate that on average students who do placements get better results in their final year.
  • Develop your professional skills: Preparing you for your career
  • Increase your employability: Each year many of our students receive graduate job offers from their placement employer.

Key information set

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