BSc (Hons)

Real Estate

Kat Behbahani
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  • UCAS code(s): N234 / N232
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich / Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 4 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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This course will introduce you to all aspects of property management, including valuation, development, sustainability, and financing projects. You’ll be introduced to the relationships and demands of occupiers, developers, investors, and funders, and explore areas such as business planning and project management, essential valuation, property management, and business management.

Why study this course?

  • You'll benefit from outstanding career prospects. 100% of our BSc (Hons) Real Estate sandwich students are in graduate level employment within six months of finishing their studies, earning an average salary of £25,700 (DLHE, 2016-2017).
  • NTU is one of the leading providers of property education in the UK. We're ranked 2nd in the UK for Building and Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2019).
  • Benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, supporting you throughout your time at NTU and enabling you to make the most of your studies. As well as money towards the cost of your course materials, you’ll also benefit from study trips and live projects, included in the cost of your course fees, and a pre-paid printing allowance.
  • Our course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), recognising the quality and relevance of our course content.
  • Join a course with excellent student satisfaction: 100% of our BSc (Hons) Real Estate Sandwich students are satisfied with the quality of their course (National Student Survey 2018).
  • Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement.
  • Experience inspiring trips in the UK and abroad, the cost of which is included in your course fees. Previous trips included a visit to Madrid, where students met professionals from Santander bank.
  • Successful completion of our course is the professional route to becoming a chartered surveyor.
  • Have the opportunity to work with a mentor from industry, gaining valuable support from our alumni community.
  • Take part in live projects as part of the course, briefed by companies such as Savills, Sainsbury’s, Dixons, Specsavers and JLL.
  • Learn from academic experts who have both industry experience and academic research knowledge, and who are representatives of professional bodies. You'll also benefit from guest lecturers from industry, supporting your taught sessions each year.

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100% of our undergraduate students are satisfied with the quality of this course (National Student Survey 2018).

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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.

  • Year One

    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 and its relationship with European Union law. You will gain an understanding of how law is made, applied and developed, and how it impacts on professional activities within the development and 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.
  • Year Two

    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.
  • Year Three

    You will get the opportunity to spend a year working in industry.  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 Savills, McDonald's, Jaguar Land Rover, CBRE, 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.

  • Final Year

    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.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Our course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), recognising the quality and relevance of our course content.

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 Year One and Two, approximately 30% of your time is spent in scheduled learning sessions. Course content is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials and field work, which includes site visits, field trips 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.

Trips and study visits

Site visits and field trips form an integral part of the learning process, allowing you to put theory into practice. You'll also go on a week-long European field trip in your second year, designed to help you investigate and research aspects of property management.

Recent destinations have included a trip to Madrid, where students met professionals from companies such as the banking giant Santander.

Property students on a trip to Rome

Assessment methods

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 OneCoursework59%Written20%Practical work21%
Year TwoCoursework75%Written25%Practical work0%
Year ThreeOptional placement year
Year FourCoursework67%Written33%Practical work0%

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year OneLectures/seminars/workshops30%Independent study70%
Year TwoLectures/seminars/workshops32%Independent study68%
Year ThreeOptional placement year
Year FourLectures/seminars/workshops27%Independent study73%

NTU is  ranked as the 2nd university in the UK for Building and Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2019).

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.

100% of our BSc (Hons) Real Estate sandwich students are in graduate level employment within six months of finishing their studies, earning an average salary of £25,700 (DLHE, 2016-2017).

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 Capita, CBRE, Colliers International, Fisher Hargreaves Proctor, Holland & Barrett, Knight Frank LLP, Cushman & Wakefield and Ladbrokes.

Getting your full RICS membership

If you aspire to become a RICS Chartered Surveyor, you will 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 Property Practice
  • Residential Property Practice
  • Valuation.

Find out more about career options in the property industry on the Royal Institute 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. Find out more about the service.

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 JLL, CBRE, Cushman and Wakefield, Leicestershire County Council's Estates team, 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 36 weeks also leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice, which will further enhance your CV.

100% of our BSc (Hons) Real Estate sandwich students are in graduate level employment within six months of finishing their studies, earning an average salary of £25,700 (DLHE, 2016-2017).

Entry requirements

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.

Use our helpful UCAS tariff calculator to convert your qualifications and grades into points, so you can find out if you meet the course requirements.

All applications welcome

We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to complement any qualifications. All applicants still need to apply to us through UCAS.

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

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.

Use our helpful UCAS tariff calculator to convert your qualifications and grades into points, so you can find out if you meet the course requirements.

All applications welcome

We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to complement any qualifications. All applicants still need to apply to us through UCAS.

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.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply through UCAS.

Ready to join us? Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University, please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa, please visit our visa information page.

Your application

As part of your application, you’ll submit a personal statement. This is your opportunity to 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.

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, or speak to one of our official NTU representatives in your country.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. 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.

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

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

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

  • Free travel and accommodation for all of the mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events included on your course, including overseas trips (where offered).
  • 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, googles 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.

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.

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. Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. 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.

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

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

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

  • Free travel and accommodation for all of the mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events included on your course, including overseas trips (where offered).
  • 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, googles 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.

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.

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. Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418