Professional/Short Course Sustainability in the Built Environment

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Architecture and Environment
5 sessions over 9 weeks
Part-time / On-campus
Course Director
Ytzen van der Werf

Page last updated 7 March 2024


Module counts towards: MSc/PgCert/PgDip Real Estate Management

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 first session will set the scene for the module (e.g. what we expect from students, our approach, academic integrity and assessment). The remainder of the session will examine the background and drivers for sustainable development. This will explore the development of the sustainability agenda, Corporate Social Responsibility, different conceptual models of sustainable development and the key trends in society that affect, and are affected by, the built environment.  

The second session will cover sustainable resource use. This will include the built environment as a system, climate change and energy, air quality, materials and waste, and water management. Each theme will include a summary of the key drivers and examples of how this is addressed in the built environment. 

The third session will examine sustainable urban neighbourhoods including urban form, transport, and social and green infrastructure. 

The fourth session will explore the delivery of sustainable development. This session will look at how sustainable built environments contribute to the local economy, valuation of sustainable developments, future infrastructure, meeting local need and the Global South.  

Finally, the fifth session will look at how we can assess sustainability. This session will focus on the role of the built environment in sustainable behaviours, performance issues with sustainable buildings in the commercial sector and accreditation methods focussing on BREAAM Communities. There will also be assessment tutorials. 

What will the course outcome be? 

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

  • Demonstrate they understand the concepts of sustainable development and how these relate to the built environment;  
  • Articulate the key drivers and trends affecting the built environment and how these relate to the concepts of sustainable development;  
  • Demonstrate their understanding of the different measures or features in the built environment that contribute to their sustainability at different spatial scales including infrastructure, neighbourhoods and buildings and their limitations;  
  • Critique the mechanisms through which sustainable built environments are delivered including legislation and targets, and accreditation schemes;  
  • Critique the current practices of built environment professionals in terms of sustainable development;  
  • Utilise different forms of evidence from research and practice in the development of ideas.  

Learning and Teaching

This course will be delivered as on-campus seminars with resources available online to support your studies. You will have the flexibility to fit your studies around personal and professional commitments, with access to our learning resources any time. Studying while you work also provides valuable opportunities to apply what you have learned directly to your role.

Our 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.) addressing guiding principles for the delivery of a sustainable brownfield development. 


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 is superbly equipped with libraries and computer labs, and an excellent campus environment. Our online learning environments 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

Cohort - 2024 TBCTimeLocation
Five sessions over nine weeksTBCFrenchay Campus

Course fees

All prices are VAT exempt.

CohortFebruary 2024
UK participants£833*
International participants£1,333*

*Fees displayed are based on 2023/24 entry and are an indication only. Please note there might be a small increase for 2024/25. 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.

Course location

UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY.

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How to apply

How to apply

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 2024. Please complete our online enquiry form below to be notified once these details are made available.


To make an enquiry: Enquire Now


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

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)