Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Real Estate Surveying (Asset management)

School of Science, Engineering and Environment



With placement


Three year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2021


In a nutshell

Real estate surveyors have an extensive understanding of the property industry, and confidently display their professional knowledge to clients. Property valuation is at the heart of this course that will prepare you for a lucrative and rewarding career in this fast-paced sector.

Our Asset Management pathway focuses on the key industry processes involved, and the strategic management techniques used by professionals, to build a lucrative career in industry. Topics covered include: valuation, planning processes, commercial building construction, development appraisals and feasibility studies.

A gateway to professional status, this Real Estate Surveying course is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), so you'll be educated to the highest industry standards.

You will:
  • Learn key skills in areas such as valuation, development, investment and management
  • Gain knowledge of the economic, legal, technical and managerial aspects of property and real estate
  • Develop industry competencies and the confidence to progress
  • Learn and utilise the digital tools and technologies needed in your future career

options available


students accepted

Course accreditations
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

This is for you if...


You're interested in developing, advancing and shaping the future of the built environment


You want to study an industry-focused course with guest lectures and live projects


You want to build practical skills using software used by built environment professionals

Course details

All about the course

Delivered over three years full-time, or four years with a placement, our BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying courses combine theoretical knowledge with the application of professional skills and competencies. During your studies, you will learn through a blend of academic study and project work, working with students from other related courses, mirroring the multidisciplinary, team-based approach of the modern construction and property industry.

75% of staff teaching on the course are members of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, with 50% still in practice, ensuring that you are taught by leaders in the profession. Our students are further supported on completion of the course when they undertake their Assessment of Professional Competence with the RICS, as 50% of staff are acting assessors and counsellors for the RICS. We work closely with industry so you're equipped with the professional, technical and collaborative skills to build a lucrative and rewarding career.

If you're looking to combine work and study, or graduate sooner, this programme is also available in part-time, accelerated and accelerated day release study pathways:

BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying (Asset Management) Part-Time

BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying (Asset Management) Accelerated

BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying (Asset Management) Accelerated Day Release


If you are studying full-time, you'll have the option to take an industrial placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your own placement, we will assign you a placement tutor to monitor your progress and assess your final placement report.

Year One

Economics and Management

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 operate as well as management and organisational theories in the construction and property context.

Introduction to Law and Regulatory Frameworks

You will be introduced 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 and to the regulatory framework affecting the use, management and development of land, in particular, planning, building control and the CDM regulations.

Technology One (REP)

This module focuses on domestic building construction

Introduction to Real Estate Practice

This module focuses on measurement, inspection, RICS ethics, RICS Surveying Safely and Real Estate Practice

Valuation and Accounting Principles

This module introduces you to valuation (including all valuation formulae and mathematics, Terms of Engagement and basic valuation reports for residential premises.) You will also be introduced to relevant software including the use of iSurv and mapping tools. 

The module also covers information that you will need to gain their level 1 knowledge in accounting including profit and loss statements, balance sheets and acid test ratios.

Environmental Science and Services

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the interactions between a building and its internal and external environments. You will learn about the principles involved in building heat transfer, occupant thermal comfort, illumination and acoustics. You will explore the need for mechanical and electrical engineering services in the building envelope and develop an understanding of typical building services systems technology.

Year Two

Valuation (REP)

This module covers the RICS Valuation Global Standards 2017 and the five conventional methods of valuation and their appropriate uses, including valuing over-rented investments.  It also introduces you to the contemporary methods of valuation.

Property Law 1 (REP)

This module covers the Law of Tort, Dilapidations Schedules, the Control of Asbestos Regulations, Fire Safety Order, Alternative Dispute Resolution and an introduction to Landlord and Tenant legislation.

Technology 2 (REP)

This module examines commercial building construction.

Property Law 2 (REP)

This module examines Landlord and Tenant legislation (both residential and commercial), estate agency legislation and agricultural legislation, including the Agricultural Holdings Act and Farm Business Tenancies.

Property Asset Management (REP)

This module introduces you to negotiation, planned cyclical maintenance, service charge budgets and understanding a variety of lease terms and how these terms can affect the management of assets.

Planning and Urban Regeneration

This module introduces our students to planning applications, planning policy, building control, development control and the planning, development and social issues surrounding urban regeneration.

Year three

Statutory Valuation (REP)

This module focuses on compulsory purchase and compensation, access and rights over land, local business rates and valuation according to lease terms.

Conservation of Historic Buildings (REP)

This module introduces you to conservation and associated matters including listed buildings, and protected monuments.  The content covers the various legislation and how this can affect valuation.

Strategic Asset Management (REP)

This module focuses on decisions taken when managing assets and how those decisions can affect the overall investment value of a managed estate.

Property Development (REP)

This module focuses on development appraisals and feasibility studies.

Interdisciplinary Project (REP)

This project enables you to gather all of the knowledge acquired over the three years of the course to be put to use in a real life project provided by our industry partners.  You will work with students from the building surveying programme to provide a viable solution and advice with regard to a particular problem, to understand how the disciplines integrate in real life.

Dissertation Research Project (RES)

This module enables you to produce a thesis on a property-related topic of your choice to enable you to demonstrate your research skills.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

Year one example




Written exams


Practical exams


During your studies, you'll develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods. These include:

  • Lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Self-directed study
  • Projects with other built environment students
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)
  • Guest lecturers and visits to development sites, completed buildings etc.

You will also gain experience using industry-standard software including CoStar, EGI, Argus Enterprise and Developer, BCIS and ISurv.


You will be assessed through a combination of exams, projects and coursework, with assignments including:

  • Essays
  • Case study reports
  • Portfolios
  • Presentations
  • Written and practical examinations
  • Final year project

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a rapidly changing world, our multi-disciplinary courses will shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Shaped by industry and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the skills to become unstoppable in your career.


You will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software.

As a real estate surveying student, you will learn in our carefully-designed study and seminar spaces which provide an inspiring environment to develop ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the learning zone and computer laboratories.

Salford is also home to Energy House – the only fully climate-controlled research facility of its kind in the world. This full-sized, two-bedroom terraced house lives inside a sensor-packed environmental chamber that can replicate almost any weather conditions. 


There are few better places in the UK to study the built environment. Located at the heart of the UK's largest property and construction market outside of London, our expert academic team can draw on close industry partnerships and live local case studies to enrich your learning experience.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?


With an extensive understanding of the property and real estate industry, you'll be well equipped to pursue a variety of roles, such as a Registered Property Valuer, Property Developer, Lease Consultant or a Property Asset Manager. Built Environment at Salford currently boasts a 95% employment rate upon graduation.

Our property and real estate surveying alumni have progressed to work with national property organisations, including: CBRE, DTZ, Lambert Smith Hampton and Savills. Some have chosen to focus their careers working for surveyors, local authorities and housing associations.


We have a range of specialism postgraduate study options to help you take your career even further.

A taste of what you could become

A Property Developer

A Land Economist

A Property Consultant

A Valuer

A Leasing Agent

and more...

Career Links

Our experienced team maintain strong links with the construction industry and professional bodies, which provides our students with benefits including site visits, guest speakers and placements. Recent partners include

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

Throughout the course, you will get to work on ‘live’ development projects. Previous students have helped to design a new club-house for Salford City FC, created designs for Macclesfield Cricket Club and developed concepts for the Salford Woolpack community pub.


What you need to know


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 it is also an essential requisite for a successful career in the built environment.


If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5, is proof of this.

Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2021/22 academic year.

Standard entry requirements


English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

104 points


104 points

BTEC National Diploma


BTEC Higher National Diploma

Pass in a related subject for entry to level 5. Related subjects include Architecture, Construction, Civil Engineering, Building Studies, Estate Management 

Foundation Degree

Pass in a related subject for entry to level 5. Related subjects include Architecture, Construction, Civil Engineering, Building Studies, Estate Management 

Scottish Highers

104 points

Irish Leavers Certificate

104 points

International Baccalaureate

30 points

Access to HE

104 points

Other qualifications

Degree in cognate subject for level 5 entry

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively 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 receive your application, we'll 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.

To be considered for the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme you must have already achieved or be working towards GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 (or equivalent).

Please contact Admissions for further information.


Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15,600per year
Part-time 2021/22 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.

We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2021

September 2022

UCAS information

Course ID N250

Institution S03

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