Course Overview

UK Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress on to a full honours degree at the University of Westminster.

Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our Foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

The Foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development, bringing together like-minded students to think about the ‘big ideas’ within your discipline. You will also take modules from areas closely related to your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course.

On successful completion of the Foundation year, you will be able to move on to study for the Real Estate BSc Honours degree over a further three years study.

Buying and renting property for professional or personal purposes is one of the most important – and expensive – decisions for a business or individual to make. Real estate offers a dynamic and exciting career requiring a skillset combining economic, interpersonal, management, planning, public policy and sales expertise.

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), our degree covers all aspects of real estate, including buying and selling, valuing, developing, planning, managing and investing in various property markets – commercial, industrial and residential.

Our professionally oriented course has been designed with input from major employers, capitalising on our excellent industry contacts, which include Barrett Homes, Savills and British Land. With the headquarters of many major property firms close by, our central London location enables us to invite a wide range of professionals to give guest lectures and regularly contribute to the course. They provide work placements, content for coursework and help with assessment, providing a valuable practitioner perspective.

We arrange various site visits, so you can experience real-life estate strategies and see developments from construction through to completion. In the past, for example, students visited Lendlease’s nearby Elephant Park development, part of a £2.3 billion regeneration programme on 28 acres of land in the centre of Elephant and Castle. There are also optional international field trips, which have previously included visits to Brookfield Properties and Cushman and Wakefield in New York, as well as Savills in Malaysia and Hong Kong.

The course will allow you to complete the academic requirements of membership status of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. There are opportunities to enhance your CV by attending our Employer evenings and you can choose to undertake a year’s placement after your second year.

Recent graduates have found work within large and small property companies, local authorities, developers, health trusts, investment firms, landed estates and many other property-related areas.

Top reasons to study with us

  • 20th in UK and 2nd in London for Town & Country Planning (Source: Complete University Guide 2020)
  • The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Excellent industry links with property firms and construction companies, including Lendlease, Knight Frank, Chase and Partners, RICS and Falcon Chambers
  • Street walks taking in Marylebone, Euston and Fitzrovia, and street talks incorporating King's Cross redevelopment, Baker Street and Mayfair
  • Central London location enables us to invite directors of leading property firms to deliver guest lectures, previously from NEC Contracts, Mendex, Luton Borough Council, HTA Consultants and BREEAM
  • Opportunities for internships and/or a placement year, for example, one student previously worked at Barratt Homes
  • Contractors, developers, professional consultancies, client organisations, central government and local authorities all employ our graduates

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Construction Methods, Materials and Technologies
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development
  • Design and Development
  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Property, People and the Economy
  • Sustainable Environments

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Introduction to Building Technology
  • Introduction to Government and Law
  • Introduction to Planning and Sustainability
  • Introduction to Property
  • Introduction to Property Economics and Property Accounting 

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Commercial Practice
  • Planning Practice
  • Property Business
  • Residential Practice

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Development Project
  • Global Practice
  • Professional Practice
  • Property Management 

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

The Real Estate BSc is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property, infrastructure and construction. Successful completion fulfils the academic requirements to become a professional member with the designation MRICS after gaining experience in the workplace and passing the Assessment of Professional Competence after graduating.

The University of Westminster is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) as a partnership university. 

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

Real estate is a dynamic, sociable and high-earning profession. It encompasses most areas of commercial (industrial, office and retail) and residential property. This course gives a thorough understanding of all aspects of real estate, designed to prepare you for employment as surveyors and property advisors.

Transferable skills and competencies are embedded and developed throughout the course. For example, a professional standard of presentation is required for all coursework, which must meet high standards of written English. Projects and studies based on real-world cases help students learn how to solve problems and act with realistic constraints on time, information and resources.

The University's Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

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Develop your cultural intelligence – or ‘CQ’ – studying alongside students and staff representing more than 100 nationalities.

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Undergraduate students within the School of Applied Management can undertake their Duke of Edinburgh award.

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Industry links

Our course was designed with input from a range of industry professionals and, to retain currency and relevance, we receive ongoing feedback from the School’s Employability Advisory Board. Current members include practitioner representatives from the multinational construction, property and infrastructure company Lendlease, commercial property experts Chase and Partners, and CABE.

We are proud of our excellent industry links with a host of property companies and key professional bodies, including RICS, CIOB and CABE. They enable us to host an annual Property and Construction Careers Fair that is immensely popular with our students. 

The careers fair provides a unique opportunity to meet with leading employers in the property and construction sector, learn first-hand about their organisations, secure work experience, or receive guidance from a panel of speakers on the graduate scheme application process for some of the larger employers.  

In 2019 the fair attracted 40 employers, including:

  • Barratt Developments
  • Bouygues
  • Carter Jonas and Grainger
  • CBRE
  • JLL
  • Mace
  • Savills
  • UK

 

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles and employment areas such as:

  • Property advisor
  • Customer services manager
  • Estate agent
  • Property broker
  • Property manager
  • Site surveyor
  • Property valuer
  • Property development
  • Property investment

Graduate employers

Our graduates gain employment in a variety of property-related areas, including large and small property advisors, chartered surveyors, property companies, local authorities, housing associations, developers, health trusts, investment firms, and landed estates.

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including: 

  • Savills
  • Cushman and Wakefield
  • The British Land Company
  • Montagu Evans
  • Countryside Properties
  • Chase and Partners

 

Westminster Employability Award

Employers value graduates who have invested in their personal and professional development – and our Westminster Employability Award gives you the chance to formally document and demonstrate these activities and achievements.

The award is flexible and can be completed in your own time, comprising a set of core and optional extracurricular activities. 

Activities might include gaining experience through a part-time job or placement, signing up to a University-run scheme – such as mentoring or teaching in a school – or completing online exercises.

Westminster Employability Award

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

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Course Leaders

Nicholas Vosper

Senior Lecturer

Nicholas joined the University in 2016, having worked as a professional building surveyor and building control surveyor in the property and construction industry for 22 years.

He holds a BSc (Hons) in Building Surveying, an HNC in Construction Management, an Electrical Commissioning Engineer and Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Nicholas teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the areas of construction technology, building services, sustainability and surveying. He helps to organise the Construction and Property Careers Fair and speed interviewing events, select students for the Women in Property awards, and also oversees the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

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Our annual Construction and Property Careers Fair is a fabulous employability opportunity for students to interact and network with companies. It gives them an insight into how the industry operates and how graduates are recruited.

Why study this course?

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Combine theory and practice

Link theory to global practice through real-life case studies, projects, field trips and insight from practitioners.

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Learn from practitioners

Expert faculty will share their professional experiences of working as building surveyors in the property and construction industry.

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Fantastic location

Our central London location means you'll be close to many of the major property firms.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A levels – DDD to CDD
  • International Baccalaureate – 72 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MMP
  • BTEC Diploma – DM
  • Access – 72 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher level , GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.


View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 72 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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What our students say

Rafael Jacobs

Rafael Jacobs

My course was a good mix of academia and practical study. The academia has given me a good theoretical grounding of my chosen field of work. The practical side of the course has proven invaluable in the workplace. The skills I picked up have been put straight to use in my day-to-day work life and have given me a strong advantage over other new starters.

Learn new skills

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Develop key skill-sets

Develop the time management, dispute resolution, communication and ethical skills needed in property.

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Improve your problem-solving skills

Improve your lateral thinking and problem-solving skills to better understand and tackle people management issues.

Figure with connections

Learn to critically evaluate the strategies that managers use to help organisations adapt in an uncertain or complex environment.

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Fees and Funding

UK tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

If you choose to take part in our field trips, the costs can vary depending on the trip, and will range:

  • from about £50 to £500 in Year 1 (Level 4)
  • from about £50 to £900 in Years 2 and 3 (Levels 5 and 6)

See what else you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,400 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

If you choose to take part in our field trips, the costs can vary depending on the trip, and will range:

  • from about £50 to £500 in Year 1 (Level 4)
  • from about £50 to £900 in Years 2 and 3 (Levels 5 and 6)

See what else you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Student work

Students take part in Constructionarium, a five-day project in Norfolk run by Byrne Bros, one of the UK's premier concrete frame contractors. You’ll learn various construction methodologies and management skills, such as time-keeping and working to targets, while constructing an oil rig made from concrete. On the final day, the platform is floated out into a lagoon, then sunk onto the seabed before the students climb aboard the completed rig.

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Teaching and assessment

Your learning experience is designed to provide both a practical and theoretical understanding of real estate, property and planning.

To assist the learning experience, we provide reading lists, lecture and seminar materials in advance via Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. Lectures are recorded using specialist software and similar tools to make sure you can really listen to what is said in class and don’t miss a thing.

How you’ll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

On this course, you'll have the opportunity to apply your study to real-world experience through a variety of teaching methods – from traditional lectures and seminars to case study analysis, project work and workshops. This will develop your understanding of the links between the subjects and, equally importantly, your presentation, writing and team-working skills.

Where possible, we also take you to visit and learn first-hand from various organisations and businesses. First year students can visit Brussels as part of the Introduction to Property module, where they take a tour around the office districts. Students will focus on the similarities and differences between the two European countries and should understand that there are various approaches to occupancy, in legal terms, between London and Brussels In the second year, a short study visits forms part of the Commercial Practice module and involves a comparative study in valuing buildings in the north of England and London. Finally, as part of the Global Practice module, you will undertake a comparative international study of planning and property practice in a designated city.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to gain valuable insight from current practitioners, which in the past has included guest lectures from RICS, Cushman and Wakefield, Savills and Chase and Partners.

In the following graph you'll find examples of how study time has been distributed in the past (data from the academic year 2019/20). Changes to division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

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How you’ll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

On this course, you can expect to be assessed on the learning outcomes of your course in core modules through coursework in the form of essays, reports, presentations and case studies, as well as time-constrained, in-class tests and exams.

We try to make assessments as practical and relevant as possible, incorporating the type of work required by future employers, for example, including valuation reports, technical reports and presentations.

In the following graph you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated in the past (data from the academic year 2019/20). Changes to assessment weights may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

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Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Facilities

Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million-pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to Westminster Business School and our award-winning Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

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We are a Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) Centre of Excellence, recognised by professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and APMG International. 

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