Professional/Short Course Managerial Finance for the Built Environment (Distance Learning)

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Architecture and Environment
5 sessions spread over 11 weeks
Distance Learning (self-study and webinars)
Course Director
Ytzen van der Werf

Page last updated 24 May 2023


Module counts towards: (Distance Learning) MSc/PgCert/PgDip Real Estate Management (Distance Learning)

The UWE Department of Architecture and the Built Environment are pleased to offer a suite of additional postgraduate level modules in Real Estate Management as continuing professional development (CPD), accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  

These modules offer practical application alongside theoretical underpinning to help develop and broaden your knowledge in the topic. 

The modules starting in October are: 

This suite also consists of modules that will start in January covering the following topics:

Please click on the links above for further information, to make an enquiry or to book a place.  

Modules are offered as on campus, or as distance learning. Please use the 'find a course' search here and you will find distance learning options labelled as such next to the on-campus options. You will have access to your learning materials via our online learning platform. If you chose the distance learning mode you will be able to progress through them in your own time, while live webinar sessions will provide an opportunity for you to discuss the materials in more depth.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for participants wishing to undertake this course as a stand-alone CPD course without the optional course assessment.

If you wish to complete the course assessment you are expected to have a first degree at 2.2 level or above (or equivalent) in a related area or alternatively have relevant industrial experience in property.

We strongly recommend that you speak to the course tutor prior to the course if you are unsure about your suitability to complete the assessment.

If English is not your country's first language, you will be required to provide evidence to show you meet the University's minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on our English Language Requirements webpage.



The scope of the module addresses one of the mandatory competencies for the RICS by giving a firm grounding in the interpretation of published accounts and other financial data and introduces management accounting in such areas as budget control, cost allocation and cost behaviour.  

The module will also cover areas in financial management such as capital investment decision making and financing of businesses.  

Because the module is meant for non-specialists, it will walk you through the basics up to a level that will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to help you make financial decisions for your project and/or company.  

What will the course outcome be? 

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:  

  • Examine how organisations compile financial records and compute financial statements; and analyse the legislation, accounting concepts and principles that underpin financial statements.  
  • Evaluate and interpret the contents of financial reports with the use of recognised tools to assess a company's performance and financial position.  
  • Identify the essential features of the valuation and control of assets and liabilities; and analyse how organisations make tactical decisions and control profitability.  
  • Examine and discuss the principles of costing, overheads, break-even analysis and pricing theories; and analyse how organisations prepare and use budgets.  
  • Critically apply and appraise the uses and management of finance and accounting concepts and techniques to an organisation.  

In addition, the educational experience may explore, develop, and practise but not formally discretely assess the following:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of good corporate governance and corporate social responsibility within an organisation; understand and use relevant communications and information technologies for application in business and management contexts. 

Learning and Teaching

With an online course you have the flexibility to fit your studies around personal and professional commitments, with access to our learning resources any time and from anywhere in the world. Studying while you work also provides valuable opportunities to apply what you have learned directly to your role. We use the latest online learning technology to make your distance learning experience as effective and rewarding as our traditionally taught courses.

You'll have access to recorded lectures from leading academics in the real estate management industry. Alongside these recorded lectures, you'll be able to attend five 1.5 hour live webinar workshops, every other week, via 'Blackboard Collaborate'. This comprehensive learning platform provides your entire course content, and puts you in contact with your tutor and fellow students.


We assess your work through a variety of coursework assignments, including essays, reports, surveys and presentations. We also encourage you to do 'formative work' to prepare for assessment. This does not count towards final marks, but the feedback you receive helps improve your performance.

The assignment is based around one element: Report (maximum 3000 words, supplemented with a range of illustrative graphics, images, diagrams etc.) that considers financial accounting, management accounting and financial management. 


Professional accreditation

For individuals attending without undertaking the assessment, these modules count as formal CPD required by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

If you undertake the module assessments and decide to continue with your studies, these modules can be used towards our following awards: . 

Study facilities

UWE Bristol has invested significantly in online resources to support your distance learning study. We use the 'Blackboard Collaborate' online platform to deliver an integrated learning experience to you and you also have access to a vast number of professional and academic journals and databases online through the UWE Bristol library.

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

Get a feel for the Construction, Property and Surveying facilities we have on offer here from wherever you are.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Course Dates

This course is planned to run again in 2024. Course dates, updated fees and online booking forms will be published here in the summer of 2023. Please complete our online enquiry form below to be notified once these details are made available.

Course Fees

All prices are VAT exempt.

As an indication, the cost of this course was £792 for UK and International participants in the last academic year 2022/2023, so there might be a small increase for 2024. Please complete our online enquiry form below to be notified once these details are made available.

For information on fees, managing your money and determining your fee status, please go to our fees and funding pages.

How to apply

How to apply

As this module carries university accreditation, please note that once you have submitted your booking form, you will be required to provide the following supporting information to the administration team for the module tutor to be able to review and formally accept your application as required by the university:

· An up-to-date copy of your Curriculum Vitae (including contact details of a work or academic reference)

· A brief personal statement to support your application

· A copy of your highest qualification certificate and transcript of modules studied

· A copy of photographic proof of ID (i.e. driver's licence/passport). For non UK students, this must be a copy of your passport

When this course is open for applications you will see a Book Now link below. If you wish to be kept informed of dates and other details, please complete the Enquire Now form.

January 2024Dates TBCEnquire Now

For further information

  • Email: For specific questions in relation to the course, i.e. content, suitability, assessments, etc. please contact the programme leader Ytzen van der Werf ( For all queries regarding administration aspects of registration, i.e. dates, fees, etc. please contact us using the online enquiry form link or telephone number below.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 81043 (option 1, then option 3)