Property Investment and Management

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About this course

  • Entry year: 2015/16
  • Course code: K461
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Tariff points: 300
  • Department: Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Campus: Frenchay
  • Duration: Three years full-time, four years sandwich, five years part-time by day release.
  • Delivery: Full-time, part-time day release, sandwich.
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Programme leader: Bryony Stevens
  • Key fact: Study full or part-time towards Chartered Surveyor status on a course, which has close employer links and gives you the chance to work in interdisciplinary teams reflecting industry.


Why BSc(Hons) Property Investment and Management?

As economic recovery gathers pace, there is a growing need for professionals who can understand and advise on property investment and finance. To do this requires a solid understanding of economics, finance and the evaluation of property portfolios. With individual and corporate investors worldwide seeking informed advice on investment fund management, a host of opportunities are available for ambitious graduates in this specialist field.

Why study our course?

Available full or part-time, this course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). You will learn how to effectively value, develop and manage property and appraise property investment portfolios. As you progress, you will put learning into practice, valuing property for different purposes; utilising landlord and tenant law in property management; and forming part of an interdisciplinary team addressing sustainability issues. During your final year, you will examine the financial aspects of property investment and strategic estate management in the corporate environment.

Real world experience

You will work with students across professional disciplines in our collaborative practice modules in a way that reflects industry. Our Real Estate Partner Employers are involved throughout providing industry knowledge, placements and recruitment advice. You will learn about different careers and approaches on site visits and field trips. You can also apply your skills on a placement, which may qualify as part of the professional development required to achieve Chartered status.

Where it can take you

On graduation, career opportunities are available in large national and international property consultancies; general practice surveying firms and estate agents; office, retail and industrial businesses; central and local government; and property development companies.

>> Structure

Student's view

"My chosen career has proved demanding and challenging, but most of all, rewarding." Yzanne - Donaldsons, Chartered Surveyor.



The following modules are indicative of the course structure.

Year 1

Modules provide an introduction into the valuation of property; landlord and tenant law; and building construction. You will develop an insight into the legal system and economic forces and their impact on planning and professional practice. Studies will also be given industrial context through employer visits and visiting RICS professionals.

  • Context of Property and Development
  • Commercial Property Appraisal
  • An Introduction to Building Construction
  • Professional Practice in Property

Year 2

As you progress, you will put these concepts into practice. This is through valuing property for different purposes; utilising landlord and tenant law in property management; and forming part of an interdisciplinary team addressing sustainability issues.

  • Development Appraisal and Planning
  • Valuation, Rating and Taxation
  • Examination and Evaluation of Existing Buildings
  • Commercial Landlord and Tenant
  • Real Estate Economics
  • Research Skills

Optional placement year

All students are encouraged to spend their third year on placement. The curriculum in the second year includes support finding this placement. Students who undertake a placement year will complete a workbased research project.

Final year

As well as cementing your understanding of valuations, you will learn about the financial aspects of property investment and strategic estate management in the corporate environment. You will also develop a site as part of an interdisciplinary team and focus on your chosen area of interest in a dissertation.

  • Valuations
  • Property Investment Finance
  • Corporate Estate Management
  • Collaborative Practice
  • One optional module from the list below

Optional modules

  • Dissertation
  • Work-Based Research Project (studied during placement year)

Please note course content and structure can change from year to year. As a result there can be variation between the information shown here and the course when it is delivered.

This structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery the same modules will be studied however the structure will differ.

Learning and teaching

Our tutors provide a friendly, collaborative environment for learning. They are also actively engaged in research or professional practice so you learn directly from the latest academic and business developments.

The course is taught through a blend of learning activities, which include tutor led and face-to-face learning, student led and independent study, online study, group projects and students supporting on another's learning. Practical skills are developed through role-plays and employer visits.

You are encouraged to do 'formative work' to prepare for assessments: this does not count towards your marks but feedback will help improve your performance. Support is available for students who have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy and study skills.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work, and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact time per week. You will also be expected to spend at least twice as much time again (24 hours) in essential independent study.


You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, unseen and seen examinations. As well as assessing your knowledge and skills, these develop graduate attributes valued by employers. These include communication, presentation, negotiation, IT and numeracy, team working, project and time management skills. Also, the intellectual skills of problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, creativity and innovation.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

>> Features

Special Features

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and satisfies the academic requirements for full membership. On successful completion, you will need to spend at least two years in practice and pass an Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to gain full membership. If you have done a work placement year, this may qualify as one year of your APC.


Students who do a placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and get higher quality work on graduation. So as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a work placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

Our students secure placements in a range of organisations as well as with Real Estate Partner Employers. Students in previous years have worked on placements across all sectors for organisations including Jones Lang LaSalle, Savills, BNP and Paribas. Many have been offered a position with their employer on graduation.


We arrange property tours and regular site and employer visits so you can get out and put learning into context. We also arrange field trips to sites and locations across the UK.

Study facilities

A range of specialist facilities is available to help with your studies.

  • Study and collaborate with classmates in our 'Hive' lounge and open computing area.
  • Develop skills in data analysis, project management and spatial enquiry on industry standard software.
  • Access industry leading resources, specialist journals and publications through UWE Bristol's online portal.
  • Conduct spatial analysis using mapping and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in well equipped laboratories.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Learn from industry

Our Real Estate Partner Employers get involved throughout your degree. They input into course development, through visiting speakers, industry projects, site visits, and module reviews. You will meet major employers on field trips in your second and final years. You can also attend a final year Job Bootcamp to help you prepare for applications through developing your CV, presentation and interview skills.

Network and compete

We arrange regular presentations from visiting professionals, academics and past students so you can learn about industry challenges and best practice.

We also have strong relationships with local professional organisations including the RICS, CIH and Bristol Property Agents Association. As a result, students can compete in student competitions and access their events and workshops.

Showcase your ideas

Our final year students regularly showcase their projects and case studies to local employers and the public at UWE Bristol's annual degree show.

>> Careers

Careers/further study

On graduation, you can go into a wide range of careers in large national and international property consultancies; general practice surveying firms and estate agents; office, retail and industrial businesses; central and local government; and property development companies.  If you work for large Chartered Surveyors, you can specialise in retail or industrial sectors, or activities such as investment, development or agency.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for private practices, or in firms such as Savills, Jones Lang LaSalle, BNP Paribas, Lambert Smith Hampton and GVA Grimley. Others are working in local authorities and the Valuation Office in the public sector.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service help you make the most of work experience opportunities. Providing guidance and support throughout your studies UWE Careers Service offer CV checks, career coaching and details of current job vacancies.

Graduate destinations

Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating- includes examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

Creating employable students

UWE places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE initiatives which nurture talent and encourage innovation, students gain valuable real world experience and graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Be inspired

Read about some of the key jobs in construction and property.

Useful links

Prospects - Careers in Property and Construction

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

>> Fees


Full time course

FeeAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Home/EU-Full Time-15 Credit Module Fee1125
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Offshore-Full Time 15 Credit Module Fee1125

Part time course

FeeAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-15 Credit Moldule Fee1125
Offshore-Part Time-15 Credit Module Fee1125

Full time course with placement year

FeeAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1800
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1800
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Reduced Final Year fee7200
Home/EU-Full Time-15 Credit Module Fee1125
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual Reduced Final Year fee7200
Offshore-Full Time 15 Credit Module Fee1125
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Full Final Year Fee9000
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual Full Final Year Fee9000

Supplementary fee information

For general information about managing money, FAQs and tips see our fees and funding pages.

Part-time students  

The honours degree is 360 credits in total. Part-time students generally study between 60 (15 credits x 4) and 90 (15 credits x 6) each year and will pay annually for credits taken in that year.

As a part-time student you are eligible for a fees loan from the Government. Find more information on our part time UK students funding pages.


>> Entry


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 300
  • GCSE: Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent.
    Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: A minimum of DDM from the BTEC Diploma
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit; Level 2 credits giving GCSE equivalency (where appropriate) in English Language and Mathematics.
  • Baccalaureate IB: 26 points

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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