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Property and Real Estate

BSc (Hons)

School - School of the Built Environment

Subject area - Built Environment

UCAS Code: N230

Start Date(s): January; September


Three years full-time 
Four years full-time with optional Industrial Placement Year
Five years part-time

Two years Accelerated full-time

Three years Accelerated part-time


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £12,600 per year

In Brief:

  • Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Industrial placement year opportunity for full-time students
  • You will develop knowledge and skills which will allow you to pursue a range of rewarding professional careers both nationally and internationally, with excellent opportunities
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

If you wish to work in the property and real estate sector you must possess many key skills and competencies in areas such as valuation, development, investment and management. Property and real estate experts have an extensive understanding of the industry, and are able to confidently display a variety  of  proficiencies and professional knowledge to clients.

This course will prepare you for a career in the property and real estate sector, combining academic study with the application of professional skills and competencies.

Modules and assessments emulate typical issues encountered in professional practice, and you will work closely with other built environment students, mirroring the multidisciplinary, team-based approach of the modern construction and property industry. Additionally you will have the opportunity to enhance  your  professional knowledge by completing a one-year placement, which you arrange with our support, with a national or regional surveying practice or related employer.

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) meaning that you will be educated to the highest industry standards as well as developing your knowledge of the economic, legal, technical and managerial aspects of property and real estate.

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Awards and Accreditation

Course Structure

Year 1 (If studied part-time Years 1 and 2)

Year one of this course has modules in common with other related courses within the school, meaning that you will benefit from collaborative learning with students from other disciplines, gaining an understanding of essential foundation subjects.

Modules may include:

  • Principles of Valuation
  • Economics and Management
  • Introduction to Law and Regulatory Framework
  • Appreciation of Technology
  • Introduction to Property and Real Estate
  • Property and Real Estate Project

Year 2 (If studied part-time Years 3 and 4)

During your second year you will be introduced to subjects specific to your course, as well as some modules which are common with other courses such as the multi-disciplinary project. This provides another opportunity for collaborative multidisciplinary working which is common practice in the modern construction and property industry.

Modules may include: 

  • Multi-Disciplinary Project 
  • Valuation
  • Property and Commercial Lease Law and Practice
  • Planning and Development 
  • Property Asset Management 
  • Property Economics

Year 3 (If studied part-time Years 4 and 5)

In your final year, you will be required to complete a number of modules as well as a research project on a built environment subject of your choice under the supervision of a member of the academic staff.

Modules may include: 

  • Property Finance and Investment
  • Property and Real Estate Practice
  • Property Development
  • Advanced Valuation
  • Discipline Research Project
  • Introduction to Urban Regeneration 

Industrial placement year

If you are studying full-time, you'll have the option to take an industrial year-out placement between years 2 and 3. If you wish to take a placement year you will be responsible for securing your own work placement. The university will help you to develop your employability skills. An academic member of staff is appointed to be your placement tutor. Your progress within your placement is monitored by the appointed placement tutor with visits to your place of employment, 'telephone visits' and the assessment of a written end of placement report which you prepare.

Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Grade C or above in Maths and English Language
UCAS tariff points 104 points
GCE A level 104 points
BTEC Higher National Diploma MMM
Foundation Degree Pass in cognate subject for entry to level 5
International Baccalaureate 30 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.

Applicant profile

Applicants will also need to have a minimum grade C pass in English and Mathematics at GCSE, O level (or equivalent). There are no specific A level topics required.

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each student. Possessing these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your potential at university, but is also an essential requirement for a successful career in the property and built environment.

All our courses are management focused; therefore leadership skills and a hard-working approach are important. Property and built environment caters for many different skills from creativity and original thinking to efficiency and technical ability, so you should be willing to develop in new areas.

The modern property and real estate sector relies on a multidisciplinary team-based approach to work. Therefore all our courses combine academic study with group project work, so it is essential that you are a good team player.

Most importantly we want you to have a real passion for developing, advancing and shaping the future of the property and real estate sector.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £12,600 per year


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Self-directed study
  • Projects with other students
  • Guest lectures
  • Site visits to property development sites, urban regeneration projects and completed buildings


The mix of assessment will be determined by its appropriateness to meet the desired learning outcomes and achieve attainment of the module learning outcomes. Assessment methods include coursework, portfolio, presentation, examination and research project.


The annual Built Environment Recruitment Fair that takes place on campus is an excellent way for  students to meet employers from industry and find out about jobs within the sector. Employers who attend the event promote a variety of opportunities that range from part-time, placement and graduate roles. This event is exclusive to students studying at the University of Salford.

Career Prospects

With an extensive understanding of the property and real estate industry, you'll be well equipped to pursue roles such as:

  • Property Developer
  • Valuer
  • Financier
  • Leasing Agent
  • Property Advisor
  • Land Economist
  • Funds Manager
  • Property Sales and Acquisitions
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Property and Asset Manager

Some potential employers of graduates from this course include:

  • Allsop
  • BNP Paribas Real Estate
  • Colliers International
  • Capita
  • CBRE
  • Cluttons
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Deloitte Real Estate
  • DTZ
  • Gerald Eve
  • Grosvenor
  • GVA Grimley
  • Fisher Hargreaves Proctor
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Knight Frank
  • Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Savills
  • Sociable Surveyors
  • Local authorities
  • Housing associations
  • Government agencies

Links with Industry

During the Multidisciplinary Projects module students have worked on some ‘live’ development projects. Previous students have helped design a new club-house for Salford City FC and worked on the designs for Macclesfield Cricket Club and the Salford Woolpack community pub.

In addition, we have close associations with industry and professional bodies such as:

  • Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd
  • Balfour Beatty Construction
  • RICS
  • CIOB

This provides our students with a number of benefits such as site visits, guest speakers and placements.

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