Property Investment and Management

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About this course

Accreditations and partnerships:

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • 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


The property industry needs professionals to value, develop and manage the built environment. Our BSc(Hons) Property Investment and Management is aimed at those working in the industry as well as students wanting to develop the knowledge and skills for a career in this industry.

On this course you will examine how people and organisations use property.  You will also learn how to effectively value, develop and manage property and to appraise portfolios of property investment.

Recognised for our innovative multi-disciplinary approach, we encourage students to work in teams across professional areas. This reflects modern industry demands and provides a broader perspective.

Thanks to our partnerships with key employers including Jones Lang LaSalle, Savills and BNP Paribas the course is influenced by industry. There are also opportunities to gain valuable experience through site visits, work placements and guest presentations from industry figures and alumni.

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and satisfies the academic requirements for full membership of the RICS.

>> Structure

Student's view

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



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.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • 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.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • 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.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Valuations
  • Property Investment Finance
  • Corporate Estate Management
  • Collaborative Practice

Plus one of the following 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. Please also note 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.

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Special Features

Professional accreditation

Employers often recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised all over the world.

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.

Taking a placement during your course can count as one of your APC years. This means that you could become a member of the RICS after only one year of graduating. This increases your appeal to potential employers.


Employers favour graduates with work experience and we strongly recommend that you spend your third year on a work placement. You will get valuable experience and put theory into practice in a real business environment. This is while earning a salary.

The experience often helps students identify their preferred career path. This helps enrich and focus final year studies. The placement can also count as one of your APC years so you could become an RICS member after only one year of graduating.

We offer support and guidance to help you find a placement. A tutor will visit and support you throughout the year.


We organise site and employer visits throughout the course to help you put learning into context.

Study facilities

A range of specialist facilities is available to help with your studies. Well-equipped computer suites provide industry standard tools and software. Industry leading resources, specialist journals and publications are available through Blackboard.

You can access a range of materials and equipment for individual and group assignments in the Project Room.  The new 'Hive' has a state-of-the-art lounge and open computing area where you can study and collaborate with classmates. An audio-visual group provides support for photography, digital imaging, filming and sound recording.

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

Student success stories

Read about UWE student Shahaid Hussain being awarded Student of the Year 2011 by Bristol Property Agents' Association (BPAA).

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Careers/further study

On graduation, there are opportunities to work in:

  • Large national and international property consultancies
  • General practice surveying firms and estate agents
  • Office, retail and industrial businesses
  • Central and local government
  • Property development companies

Graduates that go on to work for large Chartered Surveyors' often specialise in a market sector such as retail, industrial or commercial; or activity such as investment, development or agency. There are also career opportunities in the Valuation Office of the Inland Revenue and estates departments of local authorities and public bodies.

The course also equips you for careers in other fields including business management or law. An understanding of property management and law is valued by many organisations.

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 the public sector, specifically Local Authorities and the Valuation Office.

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.

Key employer partnerships

Thanks to our Real Estate Partners Employers consortium, major employers including Alder King, Hartnell Taylor Cook & Jones Lang LaSalle get involved throughout your degree. These contribute towards teaching resources, student sponsorship and placements, and are keen to employ graduates. They also run a final year 'Job Bootcamp' helping you prepare for applications through developing your CV, presentation and interview skills.

Other partner employers include global and regional brands such as Savills, Lambert Smith Hampton, BNP Paribas, Cushman and Wakefield and GVA Grimley. These provide input into programme development as well as visiting speakers, industry projects, site visits and module reviews.

Creating employable students

UWE places strong emphasis on employability and skills development. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE initiatives that nurture talent and encourage innovation, you can gain valuable real world experience. This enables you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

Be inspired

Read about how James's interest in property led to his career path.

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)

The UWE careers service provides guidance and support throughout your studies in addition to useful resources, CV checks, career coaching and details of current job vacancies.

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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

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