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Real Estate

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Three years full-time; four years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Emmanuel Esezobor
Key fact:
Study towards Chartered Surveyor status on a course with close employer links that gives you the flexibility to go into a wide range of careers.

Page last updated 5 September 2019


Why study real estate?

The world of real estate is exciting, fast-paced and rewarding.

There will always be a market for property, so a role in the development, valuation or management of the built environment entails job security as well as earning potential. Most large organisations today have property management teams, while residential properties have increasingly diverse managerial arrangements.

If the idea of a traditional desk-based job doesn't appeal, a career in real estate could offer you the variety and independence you're looking for.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Real Estate is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Learn about buying and selling, valuations, resolving landlord and tenant disputes, negotiating compensation and day-to-day management.

Address sustainability issues and develop a site with students from different degrees in a way that reflects industry.

Examine legal and economic forces and their impact on planning practice. Value property for different purposes and learn about property law. Explore commercial agency and the international environment for property management.

Bristol is a sought-after location for new businesses, making it home to a thriving property market and a close-knit network of property professionals. We'll help you tap into that potential through our connections with real estate partner employers, including BNP Paribas, Capita Symonds and Savills. They'll share their insider knowledge and recruitment advice, and provide valuable work experience opportunities.

Find out about different careers and approaches on site and field trips. Recent trips have involved reviewing the property market in Budapest, Prague and Germany, and exploring property investment in Dublin. You'll also have the opportunity to hone your skills on a placement, which may count as part of the professional development you need to achieve Chartered status. Graduate ready to begin an exciting career in the real estate industry.

What can I do with a real estate degree?

After graduating, you can go into a range of careers across the public, private, residential and commercial sectors. 

Job opportunities are varied and include roles in property management, valuation, development, taxation, purchase, sales and disposal. 

Accreditations and partnerships:



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Context of Property and Development
  • Commercial Property Appraisal
  • An Introduction to Building Construction
  • Healthy Sustainable Communities.

Year two

You will study:

  • Professional Practice for the Built Environment
  • Property Management
  • Rating and Taxation
  • Investment Valuation and Appraisal
  • Examination and Evaluation of Existing Buildings
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Development Appraisal and Planning.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

You'll complete a placement learning module during this time.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Dissertation
  • Valuations
  • International Property Management and Investment
  • Agency.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Collaborative Practice
  • Work-based Research Project
  • International Property Project.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

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

Learn through a mix of tutor-led and face-to-face classes, student-led and independent study, online study, group projects and by supporting each other's learning.

We encourage you to do formative work to prepare for assessments, such as practice tests. This doesn't count towards your marks but feedback will improve your performance.

We can give you support if you have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy or study skills.

Develop your communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, and project and time management skills throughout. Your improved problem solving, critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and innovation skills will help you stand out as a graduate.

Improve your practical skills through role play and employer visits to ensure you graduate ready to succeed in the workplace.

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

Compete in student competitions and visit workshops organised by the RICS, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Bristol Property Agents Association.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*calculated from compulsory and option module choices (where applicable) each year

Showcase your work

In your final year, showcase your work to prospective employers and the public at the annual degree show.

Take a look at some of our students' exhibits on Tumblr.

Study time

Lectures, workshops, seminars, group project work and tutoring make up 12 hours of contact time each week.

We expect you to spend at least another 24 hours studying independently.


You should expect a mix of coursework and seen and unseen exams,which assess what you know and can do and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers value.

Coursework may include essays, reports, portfolios of drawings or sketches, calculations, lab reports, presentations and projects. In your final year you'll complete a dissertation.

While most coursework involves individual submissions, some modules require teamwork.   

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). When you graduate, you need to spend two years in practice and pass an Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to get full membership. The placement you do as part of this course may qualify as one year of your APC .

As a graduate, you'll also meet the academic requirements for membership of the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation (IRRV) and the European group of Valuers (TEGOVA).

This course is also recognised by the European Council of Real Estate Professions (CEPI).


Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

Find placement and job opportunities with our real estate partner employers, who input into course directly through visiting speakers, industry projects, site visits and module reviews. Get expert help developing your CV and preparing for interviews in our final year Job Bootcamp.

Our students secure placements in a range of organisations as well as with real estate partner employers. These include Jones Lang LaSalle, Savills, BNP and Paribas. Many students were offered a position with their employer on graduation.

You'll get help to find a placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.


Put learning into context on property bus tours and regular site and employer visits. We also arrange residential field trips, which are subsidised by the department.

Recent field trips include:

  • Reviewing the property market and management techniques in the UK, Budapest, Prague and Leipzig
  • Assessing real estate investment in Dublin.

Study facilities

A range of specialist facilities are 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.


Careers / Further study

After graduating, you can go into a range of careers across the public, private, residential and commercial sectors.  

Job opportunities are varied and include roles in property management, valuation, development, taxation, purchase, sales and disposal.    

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 for local authorities and the Valuation Office in the public sector.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1688
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee13500
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year13500
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1688
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1688
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11812
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year165

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required. Please list the units you are taking in your application. For further advice on acceptable units please email us.
  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Highers: No specific subjects required.
  • All applicants will also require:

  • GCSE subjects: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for BSc(Hons) Real Estate (with Foundation Year) entry.

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Direct Entry

If you have a Foundation Degree, Higher National Diploma or Certificate in a closely related subject, you may be able to join the course in the second year or be credited with certain modules.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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