Real Estate BSc Honours

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Start: 17 September 2016
Duration: 5 years
Location: Central London
Campus: Marylebone

All prices quoted are for the academic year 2016/17 only.
Price per 20-credit module.

Home/EU: £1,500.00
Overseas: £2,040.00

Real estate is a dynamic profession; every company and every person requires somewhere to work and somewhere to live, and as property costs are often the second highest expenditure on a company's balance sheet, a good understanding of property is essential for every business.

This course gives you a thorough understanding of all aspects of real estate including buying and selling, valuing, developing, planning, managing and investing in various property markets, together with the transferable skills necessary for lifelong professional and personal development. Many of our lecturers are chartered surveyors who have held senior appointments in business, and many are still practising part-time. As we are based in London we are able to invite directors of leading property firms to deliver guest lectures and arrange various site visits.

As real estate is not taught at school, students have a wide variety of A Levels and qualifications. The most important requirements are an analytical mind, a clear motivation towards the course and the desire to develop an enjoyable and potentially high-earning career.

Course content

Our Real Estate BSc Honours course provides a professionally oriented education, producing graduates capable of dealing with all aspects of property and development. The learning and teaching of the course consists of a variety of formats including lectures, seminars, presentations, group work and visiting lectures. The range of assessment methods includes exams, essays and group and individual project work and presentations.

Subjects of study

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

You will have the opportunity of a trip to Brussels, including group work with Belgian students.

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 

Year 2 (Credit Level 5)

Year 2 includes optional, but recommended, educational field trips to a northern city in the UK.

Subjects of study include:

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

Year 3 (Credit Level 6)

A feature of the course is the opportunity to attend study visits to a European destination during this year.

Subjects of study include:

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

The course content is listed by year, corresponding to the full-time mode of study. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over five years.

Course team

The teaching team includes:

Professional recognition

This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and students are encouraged to become members of the RICS.

Additional costs information

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.

The course prepares you for a professional career as a chartered surveyor, valuer or property adviser in either the residential or commercial property sector, and our graduates have a high employment rate. Recent graduates have been employed by large and small property advisors, property companies, local authorities, developers, health trusts, investment firms, landed estates, and many others. Employers include:

  • Cushman and Wakefield
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • C B Richard Ellis
  • Savills
  • Vail Williams
  • Bedford Estates
  • Greenwich Hospital Trust
  • Capita Symonds

Average surveyor salaries are £48,901 plus £13,803 bonus (RICS and Macdonald Survey 2013).

The course aims to create graduates who are critical and creative thinkers, literate and effective communicators, entrepreneurial, global in outlook and engaged in communities, and socially, ethically and environmentally aware.

The BSc Real Estate course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and the course is mapped to both the Residential and the Commercial Practice pathways, increasing your employment potential.

The course ensures that you are exposed to the full range of appraisal and planning techniques, and prepares you for a professional career as a planning and development surveyor/planner with an emphasis on planning and property development.

Our graduates go on to develop careers as chartered surveyors and/or town planners for a range of organisations, including property companies, real estate advisers, developers, central and local government, and large corporations both in the UK and internationally. Many also go on to postgraduate study and research.

Employability

Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.

We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.

For more details, visit the employability section on our site.

Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.

We can help you to:

  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • plan your career development
  • identify your career options
  • market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
  • develop your enterprise skills

We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Work Placements

Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.

More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.

Career options in your subject area

Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.

You can also browse the career options available to you after you graduate on the Career Development Centre's Finding work in your subject area pages and on the Prospects website.

A professionally accredited course

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Satisfied students

In the National Students Survey (NSS) 2016, our undergraduate property students rated their overall satisfaction at an impressive 91%.

Central London location and contacts

We are based in central London within three miles of the HQ of the majority of UK property companies.

We are known for our strong connections with the property industry. Our course team is made up of leading professionals including a former European Director of Jones Land LaSalle, Head of Property Lending of the Bank of Ireland, Head of Property Litigation at D J Freeman, Development Director of London Borough of Newham, and practising chartered surveyors, planners, accountants and building surveyors.

Field trips and diverse teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practicals, external talks and group work.

Field trip opportunities include site visits around London, and field trips in the UK and Europe.

World-class facilities

Study at the newly refurbished Marylebone Campus, where a £20million development has provided world-class facilities. We have a substantial 24 hour library, book shop, coffee shop, cafeteria and well-resourced construction laboratories.

Study in the city

If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.

Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.

Accommodation

After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.

Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships

In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.

Personal tutoring

All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.

Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.

Language support

Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.

Personal advice and counselling

While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.

International Westminster

With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.

Study Abroad and Summer School programmes

Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.

If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.

Sport and recreation

The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.

Students' Union

University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.

Our Property and Construction students have won a wide range of awards including a Sociable Surveyors Global Internship with Savills in Tokyo and London. Read more about our students' awards.

Image: Property student Sandra Nwachukwu during her Sociable Surveyors Global Internship Scheme.

Upcoming undergraduate open days

DateTitleLocation
08 October 2016Undergraduate open dayCavendish, Regent Street, Little Titchfield Street, Harrow, Marylebone
09 November 2016Undergraduate open dayCavendish, Regent Street, Little Titchfield Street, Harrow, Marylebone
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Professional accreditation

Our courses are designed to provide a professionally orientated education that fully exploits our prime, central London location.

Property and Construction Research Group

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Facilities

Student facilities at Marylebone Campus.