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BSc(Hons) Real Estate (with Foundation Year)

Entry year
Course code
School of Architecture and Environment
Tariff points
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader
Dr Richard Mourne

This course is open for applications

Page last updated 5 December 2023


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.

Accreditations and partnerships:

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.

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.

Where can it take me?

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.

Why I chose Real Estate



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

Year zero (foundation year)

You'll study:

  • Building a Professional
  • Built Environment Futures
  • Context of Design and Development
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Foundation Year Project.

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You'll study:

  • Healthy Sustainable Communities
  • Introduction to Building Construction
  • Introduction to Valuations
  • Law, Economics and Management.

Year two

You'll study:

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

Placement year (if applicable)

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

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You'll study:

  • Dissertation A
  • International Property Management and Investment
  • Property Transactions and Technology
  • Valuations.

Plus one of the following optional modules:

  • Collaborative Practice*
  • International Property Project or Work-Based Research Project**.

*This module is not available if you complete the Placement year.

**This module is only available if you complete the Placement year.

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, eg 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.

Get expert help developing your CV and preparing for interviews in our final year Job Bootcamp.

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 optional modules (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.   

Learn more about assessments.

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

Our students secure placements in a range of organisations. Many students were offered a position with their employer on graduation.

You'll get help to find a placement and support throughout from School 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 School.

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

Learn in modern, well-equipped School facilities, including award-winning design studios.

Study and collaborate on group assignments in our dedicated 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.

This mix of traditional and highly creative learning environments enables you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Construction, Property and Surveying facilities and see what's on offer here for you.



An excellent range of options for all of the Bristol campuses and the city centre.


A stunning city for student living with all the qualities to make you want to stay.

Sports, societies and activities

There is more to your experience here than study. Choose to make the most of it and try new things.

Health and Wellbeing

We provide support in the way you need it.

Campus and facilities

Discover our campuses and the wealth of facilities provided for our students.


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.


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 five year course and then transfer to the four 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: 72
  • Contextual tariff: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English and Mathematics, or equivalent.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.

    For information on required Guided Learning Hours please see our minimum entry requirements page.

  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Highers: No specific subjects required.
  • T Levels: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you exceed the entry requirements you may be eligible for BSc(Hons) Real Estate.

International applicants

If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through our International College, which upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to year one of the degree.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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