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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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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:

Through this module you will establish an understanding of the basic principles of property valuation and their application. You will understand the role of property as one of the investment mechanisms. You will develop an understanding of how property markets operate and an understanding of all thefactors which affect the value of property.
You will develop an understanding of basic economic concepts and principles and of the economic environment, in which the construction and property sectors operate. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of the construction environment within which you will operateas well as management and organisational theories in the construction and property context.
This module will provide you with an introduction to English Law and relevant statutory requirements for studying for vocational qualifications in the construction and property professions. The module also introduces you to the workings of the English legal system, to the law relating to contracts andto the regulatory framework affecting the use, management and development of land, in particular, planning, building control and the CDM regulations.
Through this module you will explore a range of basic principles of construction technologies used for contemporary buildings.
This module will provide you with an introduction to practical skills and knowledge which is widely used in the property sector and skills which will be built upon, developed and applied through subsequent modules of the course. It will enable you to identify and use of relevant Codes of Practice in solving practical tasks and will provide you with an appreciation of the range of activities undertaken across the property and built environment professions.
This project will enable you to identify and use of appropriate learning strategies that are applicable in property and real estate. You will be able to recognise and apply property and real estate discipline specific knowledge and practice to solve discipline related project tasks on an individual and team basis. You will also be able to identify and apply ethical codes of behaviour appropriate to property and built environment professional practice. This module will also give you the experience applicable ICT technologies relevant to property and real estate field of study.

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 multi-disciplinary working which is common practice in the modern construction and property industry.

Modules may include:

This project will provide you with an opportunity to work in multi-disciplinary teams and to enable them to perform in a role/discipline in the context of a team based project. It will promote reflection on individual and team working and the multi-disciplinary nature of built environment projects. You will practice and further develop both discipline based and generic key skills required by a built environment professional. It encourages self-reflection and enable you to further your personal development plan, that aligns the learning needs and career aspirations and the requirements of the business sector and the professional institutions. You will also further develop written/oral communication, team working and inter-personal skills.
Through this module you will develop the application of conventional and contemporary valuation techniques. You will also develop an understanding of the UK national and local taxation systems and their effect upon property. It will introduce you to the principles of compulsory purchase and compensation.
Through this module you will further develop relevant legal skills and knowledge for students studying for vocational qualifications in the construction and property professions. The module will introduce you to aspects of the Law of Tort, Land Law and the Law of Landlord & Tenant which are directly relevant to the use, management and development of land, and to your future professional roles.
Through this module you will develop an understanding of the functions of property management and development. You will understand the application and operation of leases. You will also develop an awareness and understanding of the property development process.
This module will provide you with a thorough understanding of the principles and techniques of property asset management. It will enable you to apply these principles and techniques in commercial, residential and public sector/ third sector property management environments.
On this module you will develop a holistic understanding of the economic issues in property markets. The module will enable you to evaluate economic theory within the context of real estate and construction contexts and produce the creation and application of alternative approaches to market analysis and evaluation. You will identify and analyse industry-wide problems based on understanding of the market structure, performance and behaviour of the industry.

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.

Through this module you will develop the principles of investment and the creation of value, use portfolio theory in investment management and demonstrate methods of measuring risk and return.
On this module you will undertake disciplinary team working in the context of a complex property, design and construction project based environment. You will further refine your key professional team working skills required by property, design and construction practitioners in the Built Environment. The module will enable you to further develop and practice discipline based key skills in simulated real world/problem based scenario. You will also develop a personal development plan that aligns to your learning needs and career aspirations and the requirements of professional institutions.
The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of property development as an industrial, financial and socio-political process. It will also enable you to develop the practical and entrepreneurial skills appropriate to the property development industry.
Through this module you will explore contemporary valuation models and the potential models that might be applied in valuation practice. The module will enable you to establish the attributes of traditional valuation approaches under different valuation conditions. You will also explore the strengths and weaknesses of alternative valuation models and approaches and the issues of accuracy, independence, relationship with clients, behaviour and governance.
This module you will develop your knowledge of good research practice through the writing of a research proposal and a research document . You will also develop data analysis skills through the collection and critical appraisal of different sources of data and writing of a research document.
On this module you will create an awareness of key professional roles with the built environment sector and the responsibilities associated with the differing roles. It will provide you with an opportunity for investigative work to be undertaken via a case study or series of case studies to explore the nature of the built environment professions. You will develop an awareness of the key professional skills required by the differing identified discipline areas. It will also promote the on-going development of oral/written communication, team working and inter-personal skills.

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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