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Real Estate BSc (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): N232 (full-time) / N234 (sandwich)
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: Three years full-time, four years with sandwich route
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

The property industry is a dynamic field that reacts to macroeconomic trends like interest rates, population growth and economic strength. There is a constant demand for graduates with skills in management, planning investment and negotiation.

This course will introduce you to all aspects of property management, including valuation, development, sustainability, and financing projects. You'll comprehensively examine real estate – from development, investment and management, through to sale and acquisition. You'll develop skills in areas including business planning and project management and learn from the relationships between – and the demands of – occupiers developers, investors and funders.

  • Our course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), recognising the quality and relevance of the course content and representing your first step towards becoming a Chartered Surveyor.
  • Apply your learning to the real world, with opportunities to take part in live projects as part of the course. Assessments have been based on real projects, supported by industry clients. Previous projects have been set by Savills, Sainsbury’s, Dixons, Specsavers and JLL.
  • Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement on our sandwich route. Previously, students have spent their placements at companies such as Gerald Eve LLP, Faithful+Gould and Lambert Smith Hampton.
  • 100% of our BSc (Hons) Real Estate Sandwich graduates who entered employment are in a 'High Skilled' role 15 months after finishing their degrees (latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-18).

Course accreditation

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors logo

What you’ll study

The course provides you with detailed specialist knowledge and skills in areas including: valuation, corporate real estate, investment appraisal, portfolio management, property management, agency, sustainability, and business management.

You will also develop core surveying competencies in areas such as business planning, client care, negotiation, and project management.

Professional, Academic and Business Skills (20 credits)

  • This module provides you with an introduction to academic study, to the built environment professions, and to the nature of the work carried out by surveyors.

Surveying Skills (20 credits)

  • This module will provide you with an introduction to practice and surveying skills, which will be developed throughout the course of your degree and in the workplace.

Construction (20 credits)

  • This module introduces you to a range of technical, practical and environmental principles involved in the construction of a range of traditional and nontraditional buildings.
  • It provides a framework for understanding the environmental impact of buildings, and introduces the concept of building pathology, which examines why buildings fail.

Economics and Valuation (20 credits)

  • This module introduces property economics and the links between the economy and the property market, and gives you a overview of property valuation.
  • By the end of the module you will be able to use economic concepts and the theory of supply and demand to explain activities in the construction and property market.

Law (20 credits)

  • This module introduces you to the English legal system with a focus on civil law affecting the property industry. You will gain an understanding of how this law operates and an introduction to how it impacts on society and the property professions.

Planning and Land Use (20 credits)

  • This module introduces the concepts and principles of the planning system. The content of the module is underpinned by the concept of sustainable development, and it considers the impact of climate change on how cities will evolve and adapt in the future.

Valuation (20 credits)

  • In this module you will develop knowledge and understanding of the different approaches to the valuation of property, and examine the application of different techniques employed in the valuation process.

Real Estate Economics (20 credits)

  • The module develops an understanding of the links between the wider economy and the property industry. You will use economic models to understand property market behaviour.
  • The property market will be broken down into its various components, and different types of property use will be studied.

Property Management and Agency (40 credits)

  • This module provides an introduction to the principles, procedures and practices of commercial estate management, property agency, and landlord and tenant law.
  • You will develop an awareness of the interrelationship between property agents, asset managers and their various clients, and the implications and application of marketing within the property industry.

Property Development: Principles and Practice (20 credits)

  • This module introduces you to the development process and the commercial drivers behind it. You will examine the roles of various participants in the development process and how they affect its end product.
  • You will look at how commercial, financial, economic, legal, planning, design and physical development considerations contribute towards development schemes.
  • There will also be the opportunity to investigate how development proposals are brought from initiation though to delivery on site.

Employability and Commercial Awareness (20 credits)

  • This module provides guidance for gaining and preparing for employment within the property sector.
  • You will be introduced to the requirements for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence and the principles of employment law, Health and Safety at Work regulations, and related procedures.

Sandwich placement year

In your third year, you'll have the opportunity to take a year-long, full-time placement. This will give you real, hands-on experience and open up exciting opportunities for your future employment. Many students return to their placement company after graduation.

Recent placement destinations have included Gerald Eve LLP, Faithful+Gould, Lambert Smith Hampton and more. The majority of these positions come with a salary, with some students earning up to £20,000 for their year. Roles have included surveyor, acquisitions assistant, portfolio coordinator, valuation student, and more.

The majority of companies are RICS-accredited, which means the year counts towards your RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and becoming a Chartered Surveyor.

Study abroad

If you're studying on our sandwich route you can also opt to study abroad for a full academic year, or for a semester, during Year Three. This is an optional and additional period of study that complements your degree at NTU as an alternative to taking a work placement.

This is an exciting opportunity to experience a different national culture, teaching and learning styles and subjects in an international environment. The destination university must be a year abroad / exchange partner of NTU or member of a formally recognised scheme such as the International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP).

Our NTU Global and student mobility team will support you in finding the right opportunity from one of the many international partners available around the world.

Successful completion of a period of international study will earn you a standalone award – an International Study Certificate (minimum six weeks) or the International Study Diploma (minimum 36 weeks).

Investment Appraisal and Valuation (20 credits)

  • This module will enable you to develop a detailed and critical understanding of principles, theories, techniques and practices relating to the appraisal and valuation of capital investments, with particular emphasis on real estate investments.
  • You will develop and apply the understanding and skills necessary to produce investment and market valuations, and undertake comprehensive appraisal, evaluation and interpretation of real estate investment performance, at single asset and portfolio levels.

Portfolio and Fund Management (40 credits)

  • This modules provides you with a broad understanding of the key principles of investment portfolio management theory and practice, in the context of direct and indirect property investment vehicles.
  • You will develop an understanding of how portfolios are constructed and how performance is obtained, measured and improved through strategic stock selection and asset management techniques.
  • The module will encourage you to appreciate direct property as an asset class alongside other classes, principally equities (including indirect property vehicles) and gilts.

Corporate Real Estate (40 credits)

  • Real Estate is one of the major resources employed by businesses and its strategic movement is of vital importance. The module provides you with the knowledge of how best to manage corporate real estate assets to maximise a company’s return.

Research Project (20 credits)

  • This module requires you to investigate a topic of your choice in an extended project. You will critically analyse existing literature, recommend and apply suitable research methods, analyse data, and produce conclusions and recommendations.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Elliott Routh

Real Estate

My year spent working at JLL was invaluable. The experience gave me the opportunity to develop all areas of my professional abilities, including presentation skills, industry knowledge and technological experience.

Joe Kemp

My placement year has given me experience of working within the real estate industry, and the experience of working within a global, corporate organisation.

Emily Hanel

Real Estate

I first started off on my placement year at Salloway Property Consultants in Derby in 2018. After two months of working for the firm, they offered me the opportunity to become a full-time member of staff, whilst also studying part-time.

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How you’re taught

How will I learn?

Most content is delivered through practice-based teaching, which gives you the opportunity to understand the course material and its theoretical framework within the context of real professional practice and activity. In Years One and Two, approximately 30% of your time is spent in scheduled learning sessions. Course content is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, and fieldwork, which can include site visits and practical exercises.

You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment. Outside of the timetabled sessions, you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, completing coursework, and directed reading to expand your knowledge.

Study trips

Field trips and study visits are an important part of your learning. Trips may include site visits and visits to practices, museums, exhibitions and events. Where a trip is mandatory it will be aligned to your modules and inform project work, and substantive costs – including travel and accommodation – will be paid for by the school. Optional trips may also be organised which can provide additional opportunities to enhance your knowledge and experience. Optional trips may incur a cost to the student. A valid passport and any associated visas will be required for trips outside of the UK.

Contact hours

Year One Lectures/seminars/workshops 31% Independent study 69%
Year Two Lectures/seminars/workshops 31% Independent study 69%
Year Three Optional placement year
Year Four Lectures/seminars/workshops 25% Independent study 75%

Staff Profiles

Keith Lown

Head of Department

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Keith Lown is the Head of Department for Property Management & Development, School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University.

Rebecca Goodall

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Rebecca Goodall

Andrew Grayson

Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Louise O'Donoghue

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Simone Allin

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Simone Allin

Chris Marsh

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Alla Koblyakova

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Dr Alla Koblyakova is the course leader for Property Finance and Investment in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment at the Nottingham Trent University.

Paul Royston

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Academic Team Leader, Property Management and Development, Paul Royston is a Chartered Surveyor with extensive experience in property analysis, investment and real estate economics.

Chris Keast

Principal Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Chris Keast, C.Build E, FCIOB, FCABE, MInstLM, MICOMOS, FHEA, is the Postgraduate and Degree Apprenticeship Programmes Manager and Course Leader MSc Building Surveying in Property Management and Development.

Toby Ebbs

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

How you’re assessed

You’ll be assessed via a mix of coursework and exams. Coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and consists of group and individual projects, reports, presentations to your peers and essays.

Year OneCoursework85%Written exams15%
Year TwoCoursework83%Written exams17%
Year ThreeOptional placement year
Year FourCoiursework78%Written exams22%

Careers and employability

Our course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the property industry, through work placements, working on real projects from industry, input from industry professionals, and regularly updated course content.

Where do Real Estate graduates from NTU work?

NTU has a strong real estate alumni community, with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies.

Recent graduate roles include graduate surveyor, estates assistant and property manager, at companies such as:

  • Knight Frank LLP
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • AXA
  • CBRE
  • Colliers International.
  • Arcadis

Becoming Chartered with the RICS

The RICS accreditation enables you to progress to Chartered Surveyor status once you have completed your studies. To become a Chartered Surveyor, you'll need to complete at least two years of relevant professional work experience – the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). If you undertake a sandwich placement, this will normally count as the first year of your professional work experience (only for RICS), however at least 12 months of study must take place on a graduate training scheme. Find out more about how to complete your APC and become RICS qualified.

This course is designed to prepare you for future employment in a number of the RICS APC pathways, which could include:

  • Planning and Development
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Residential
  • Valuation.

Find out more about career options in the property industry on the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors website.

Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.

Our Employability team run a series of events throughout the year specifically for Property Management and Development students, and each year, NTU hosts the largest graduate property fair in the UK, giving you the opportunity to network with national and international companies.

Excellent placement opportunities

By choosing our sandwich (4 year) route, you’ll have the opportunity to take a year-long work placement during your studies, giving you the opportunity to gain real experience in industry. A significant number of students also return with a graduate job offer, or sponsorship for their final year.

Where can I work?

Real Estate students typically gain placements with consultancies, developers, real estate management companies and investors, or roles on the client's side, looking after large retail and leisure estates.

Recent destinations have included Gerald Eve LLP, Faithful+Gould, Lambert Smith Hampton and Barker Storey Matthews. Typical job roles include: estates management technician, property analyst (valuation), trainee surveyor, junior valuer, junior surveyor, estates assistant, and property developer.

Professional development

Most companies are RICS-accredited and students are often able to complete a year towards their RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Successful completion of the placement year leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice.

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

Facilities for Property students

The majority of your lectures and seminars will take place in the Newton building, which is at the heart of our City Campus.

Take a look at the industry-standard facilities we have at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment.

Industry standard software

You will have the opportunity to use and familiarise yourself with our industry-standard software, including:

  • digital mapping
  • development appraisal
  • property and environmental risk information
  • industry-standard information systems and databases.

Dedicated resource centre

Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre, based in the Maudslay building, enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with computers, large format plotters and desk space, together with the latest, and archived, journals and publications.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City Campus, with PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage, and high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student).

Books and library resources

In the library, you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within the Built Environment. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books.

Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist  subject knowledge. They can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources and also support on things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

Entry requirements

120 UCAS Tariff points

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications

and

  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for Year One entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into Year Two. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements, please visit our international qualifications page.

For this course, you will need one of the following:

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications
  • and

  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

International qualifications 

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements 

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before.  This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans? 

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Complete this simple form to keep in touch with the International Office.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, that's why we're here to help. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for lots of handy advice and guidance.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by calling +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

You’ll need to cover the cost of your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables. However, our City Campus library is home to four floors of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! Our library team work closely with our academics to ensure that our library collection closely matches the topics you’ll be studying, to provide relevant resources for you to use, free of charge.

Printing and materials costs

Students should also budget approximately £100 per year to cover any printing or materials that they may require to support their studies.Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course.

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, goggles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers.

Tuition fees for September 2022 entry 

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government. Visit our fees page for more information.

Scholarships 

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees 

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

You’ll need to cover the cost of your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables. However, our City Campus library is home to four floors of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! Our library team work closely with our academics to ensure that our library collection closely matches the topics you’ll be studying, to provide relevant resources for you to use, free of charge.

Printing and materials costs

Students should also budget approximately £100 per year to cover any printing or materials that they may require to support their studies.Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course.

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, goggles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers.

Would you like some advice on your study plans? 

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Complete this simple form to keep in touch with the International Office.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS.

As part of your application, you’ll submit a personal statement. Tell us about your ambitions, skills and experience. You have 4,000 characters to impress us – here’s how to make your words count.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU Applicant Portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans? 

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Complete this simple form to keep in touch with the International Office.

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