Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Real Estate Development and Management with Foundation Year

School of Science, Engineering and Environment



With placement


Four year

Five year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

Real estate professionals understand commercial and private property sectors, and confidently display their knowledge to help clients bring new developments to market. Prepare for a rewarding future career in this fast-paced sector with our BSc (Hons) Real Estate Development and Management with Foundation Year degree course. 

The foundation year pathway is an excellent study route if you don't meet the direct entry requirements for the honours degree or you are returning to academic studies. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress on to our BSc (Hons) Real Estate Development and Management) degree course.

The foundation year is designed to enhance your built environment knowledge and help you to develop core university study skills. Once you progress onto the honours degree, you will explore real-estate planning and delivery in more detail, including valuation, planning processes, commercial building construction, development appraisals and feasibility studies.

Start your study journey

Register for our next Open Day to learn more about studying Real Estate Development and Management with Foundation Year, explore our facilities and meet the course team

You will:

  • Develop competence in essential areas of built environment professional practice
  • Build the technical skills and confidence ready to progress to the Real Estate Surveying undergraduate degree
  • Gain essential analytical and problem solving skills so you can study the built environment

options available

This is for you if...


You have a real passion for developing, advancing and shaping the future of the built environment


You want to study a built environment discipline but don't meet the entry requirements for direct entry to an honours degree


You're returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction

Course details

All about the course

Foundation Year

The introductory foundation year is designed to develop your awareness, understanding and problem-solving capabilities for typical challenges experienced in the built environment.

Once you successfully complete and pass the foundation year, you will progress on to our full BSc (Hons) Real Estate Development and Management degree. 

BSc Honours Degree

For a further three years of study - or four, if you choose an industry placement, you'll develop your knowledge and skills within real estate development.

During year one, you will develop a solid framework as you explore the legal, economic, and technical aspects of real estate surveying. As you progress into year two, you’ll start your industry placement year, and you will complete a research-based project in your final year.

Learn more about the course modules in the section below.

Learning Experience

Our experienced academic team draws on strong construction industry links to ensure you a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, placements and career networking opportunities. You will benefit from field visits, practitioner-led lectures and real-world problem-solving work developed for and by industry. 

Located at the heart of the largest property and construction market outside of London, Salford is a great place to study real estate. We take advantage of our amazing location to visit live and recently completed development projects in Salford, Manchester and the North West.

Collaboration is core to our values, so we strive to embed this throughout your studies. You will experience group projects that will build your confidence and capabilities in team working, problem-solving and communication - all desirable skills for real-world property and real estate careers.

Read about student Rahmot's study experience of a site visit at a local house.

Industry Placement

On the BSc (Hons) course, you will have the option to take an industry placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your placement, our tutors will support you in finding a role, and monitor your progress throughout.

Industry placements are an excellent way to enhance your CV, gain hands-on work experience and build industry connections. We often find that placement students achieve higher final year grades.

Foundation Year

Introduction to Built Environment Professional Practice

This module will introduce you to the range of sectors and professions involved in the built environment sector. You will also gain an understanding of the role of the different professions, and begin to explore the concept of health and safety in industry.

Introduction to Design Practice

The aim of this module is to provide you with an appreciation and understanding of architectural design and the factors that influence it. You will gain an understanding of architectural design in the context of the overall building procurement process, and be introduced to the role of ICT as an essential tool in built environment professional practice. Through this module you will begin to develop your expertise in commonly used built environment design representation software applications.


Introduction to Building Science

This module will introduce you to many of the reasons why we need buildings. It introduces and examines how we design buildings to both passively and actively modify the internally created built environment. The concept of whole building Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is introduced in relation to thermal comfort, visual comfort, acoustic comfort and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) with the goal of instilling an understanding in the learner as to how aspects of good building design promote occupant comfort and wellbeing. Via an understanding of the physical properties of construction materials, basic scientific principles and building engineering services, you will gain an understanding of buildings in use, not just buildings under design or in construction.


Introduction to Digital Built Environment

The module is to introduce the concept of digitalisation in the built environment industry and allow you to apply different digital technologies. It will also introduce you to building materials and structure.

IT and Study Skills

This module is designed to equip you with a set of skills, knowledge and personal attributes that ensure the student is likely to be successful in their chosen route of academic study on a course within the School of the Built Environment. You will develop the ability to understand what and how they are learning, and to review, plan and take responsibility for your own learning.

Professional Practice Project

This module introduces the process of client/architect/engineer design briefs, and particular specifications in relation to a building’s internal environment, with particular attention paid to the specification of thermal, visual, acoustic and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) design variables. Building on the theory learned in the Introduction to Building Science module, this module moves on to the design and practical application of environmental design criteria based on the previously developed understanding of environmental comfort.

You will research into, and select, various design variables during the creation of project Room Data Sheets (RDS), used by engineering consultants to design passive and active approaches to the creation of an optimum internal environment for occupant comfort and wellbeing. The module then moves on to the determination of actual environmental conditions in numerous rooms and spaces in a variety of building types via the physical use of measuring equipment. By comparing theoretical and actual design values, you will then undertake observations and Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) surveys to determine real occupant opinions and perceptions as to their working environment, with the goal of assessing those areas of design with poor feedback and the proposal of corrective measures.

Year One (BSc Real Estate Development and Management)

Economics and Management

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of basic economic concepts and principles of the economic environment in which the construction and property industry operates and knowledge of management theories in the construction context. You will be able to discuss the key role of the construction industry in the economy, current economic issues and management challenges 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.


Building Construction and Defects

This module aims to provide you with the ability to understand how buildings are constructed and what defects are common given the method of construction. You will also understand how this affects the value of the property. Within this module, you will have the opportunity to develop building construction and pathology knowledge and develop the ability to undertake critical analysis, self-reflection and personal development.


Introduction to Planning and Development

This module will provide an introduction to the current planning and property development processes in the UK. This will include a review of the origins and evolution of planning legislation and policies, the development management system, and an appraisal of how decisions are made for different land uses for property development schemes.


Introduction to Valuation

This module introduces you to the 5 conventional methods of valuation and how to apply the correct method to various types of property. You will become familiar with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ “Red Book” and follow the relevant guidance laid out to allow you to competently complete formal valuation reports for residential property. This module will help to enhance your professional report writing skills and teach you the mathematics behind property valuation, as well as becoming familiar with the property market and the factors that instigate change.


Surveying Practice

This module covers the basic principles and computer software that you will need to understand to enter into a career in the property industry. You will become familiar with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and begin to understand what your preferred pathway into chartership will be.

The module will also help to enhance your academic writing, and you will learn how to undertake referencing at degree level. You will also become conversant in the mandatory competency requirements of the RICS. 

Year Two (BSc Real Estate Development and Management)


This module further enhances your valuation skills, allowing application of the 5 conventional methods of valuation studied at level 4 to a range of complex and in-depth calculations.  You will also learn to value leasehold interests in property for a variety of purposes, such as surrendering a lease or regearing a leasehold interest. This module will help to enhance your professional report writing skills and teach you how to use Parry’s Investment Tables to undertake any valuations you may be carrying out.

Property Management and Lease Advisory

This module will provide you with a good knowledge, understanding and practicable application to enable you to effectively manage, maintain, refurbish, let and dispose of a range of different types of properties, in either the private or public sectors. It will facilitate an appreciation and application of the principle legislation and current professional guidance and practice, which is required for effective property management, lease covenant compliance and to maximise opportunities for increasing asset value.

Planning, Conservation and Urban Regeneration

This module will provide you with a good knowledge and understanding of the evolution, development, objectives and practicable application of planning and urban regeneration legislation, policies, and processes in the UK at present time. This will include identification of the main stakeholders, appraisal of the key challenges that are faced and an analysis of the proposed reforms for the delivery of property development and urban renewal schemes in the future.

Environmental Impact and Sustainability

The purpose of this module is for you to identify and appraise the current relationships between real estate, and property development policies and practice. You will be able to assess the impact that these may have on the natural and built environment, in context of our pursuit for a sustainable future.

Development Appraisal and Viability

The purpose of this module is to provide you with a good working knowledge and understanding of the aims and objectives of delivering a property development scheme.  You will be able to identify opportunities, undertake feasibility studies and development appraisals to ascertain the viability of a proposed project or site. You will be required to understand a variety of funding options and how to apply them dependent on your client’s needs.

Property Law

This module further enhances your reporting and client advisory skills, allowing application of the main legal principles studied to a range of complex and in-depth problems. You will also learn to apply relevant case law relating to property for a variety of scenarios, such as trespass, nuisance, negligence, party wall matters and a variety of legal issues that often arise in property transactions. This module will help to enhance your professional report writing skills and capacity to act in an advisory manner. You will also address client care and diversity skills.

Year Three (BSc Real Estate Development and Management)

Real Estate Project

This module aims to develop previously studied real estate disciplines by applying your knowledge to a composite project scenario, which requires a number of tasks to be undertaken by various disciplines included within each team. Within this, you'll have the opportunity to develop team working and client care skills by gaining an understanding of how disciplines within real estate interact. You'll also develop the ability to undertake personal development planning at the start of your career as a built environment practitioner.

Infrastructure Development and Spatial Planning

The aim of this module is to explore the current purpose and application of spatial planning policies and processes in the UK and to appraise the role and delivery of large-scale infrastructure projects, in a social, economic, political, and environmental context.

Advanced Valuation

This module provides you with the underlying principles for advanced and applied valuation including complex and contemporary valuation methods.  You will cover valuation concepts such as discounted cashflow and shortcut discounted cashflow techniques. We will explore risk and sensitivity analysis and how this can affect investment worth.  Modern portfolio theory is integral to managing an investment portfolio and this along with other relevant concepts and principles will form the basis of the requirements of becoming a registered valuer.  Taxation is also approached in this module to ensure that students are aware of tax implications in property.

Discipline Research Project

The Discipline Research Project (DRP) module is an opportunity for you to independently research an area within your discipline that interests you with the help of a dedicated research supervisor.  The module output is a problem focused literature review in this chosen area. The research report is based upon secondary data (i.e. material already published) and does not involve the collection of primary data (i.e. interviews or questionnaires for example).

Strategic Asset Management

This module explores the elements of Asset Management in a strategic context which covers the decisions made by organisations in the compilation of strategies for the effective use, management and planning of their real estate assets. This considers the processes involved for such decisions from the Business Plan to developing the Options Appraisal through to the Business Case which takes into account the whole life costings, risks/benefit profiling and strategic direction. The module also covers the importance of Human Resources to the Real Estate decision from the public and private sector drivers.

Statutory Valuation

This module explores the elements of the various areas of Statutory Valuation. The application of legislation to valuation scenarios in compulsory purchase, rating and leasehold enfranchisement will be studied in some detail. The relationship between statutory provision, conventional valuation and practical implementation is examined. The various elements of statutory valuation are taught as individual components within the module with emphasis drawn on the synergy between the various valuation techniques.

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?


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
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)
  • Guest lecturers and visits to development sites, completed buildings etc.

Digital technology is reshaping the built environment. During your studies, you will build competence in using industry-standard software, including CoStar, EGI, Argus Enterprise and Developer, BCIS and ISurv.

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.

The support doesn't stop once you graduate. Many of our course team also perform assessor and counsellor roles for the RICS, so we can support you when you undertake your Assessment of Professional Competence with the RICS.


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

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

Frequently asked questions

What is a foundation year? 

A foundation year offers a year of studying to gain an understanding of the programme before progressing to the full three-year studies. You'll get the chance to understand the way higher education studying works and gain the relevant skills and knowledge needed to undertake the full degree. 

What is real estate development and project management? 

Real estate development and project management encompasses the processes involved in real-estate delivery, and the strategic management techniques used by professionals. These processes include valuation, planning processes, commercial building construction, development appraisals, feasibility studies, and more. 

What does a real estate degree involve? 

By undertaking this programme you can expect to gain specific industry knowledge and skills in areas such as valuation, development, investment and management. You will also gain contextual industry knowledge including the economic, legal, technical and managerial aspects of property and real estate. There will also be opportunities to build on technical skills sought-after in the industry. 

Are real estate and property developers paid well? 

A career in real estate and property development can be very financially rewarding. Graduates could expect to receive starting salaries of around £26,000. 

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers and industry leaders. 

Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.


As a real estate student, you will learn in our carefully-designed study spaces that provide an inspiring environment to develop ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice.

Industry collaboration and research

When you start this degree with Salford, you are also joining a community making a difference in industry, our local region and in our wider society.

Many of our academics and technicians who support your course also deliver collaborative, interdisciplinary, high-impact work in a range of local and global built environment issues and challenges.

Discover how you are part of something bigger.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Project team


This course is designed to help you to develop a range of personal and professional skills which will make you highly-employable. Once you progress and complete our full BSc (Hons) Real Estate Development and Management degree, you'll graduate with diverse and rewarding careers opportunities ahead of you.

The built environment is one of the world’s largest employment sectors providing a wealth of opportunities in the design and development of cities and urban development. With an extensive understanding of the property and real estate industry, you'll be well equipped to pursue a variety of roles.

Built Environment at Salford currently have a 95% graduate employment rate. Our property and real estate alumni have progressed to work with national property organisations, including CBRE, DTZ, Lambert Smith Hampton and Savills. Others have chosen roles working with local authorities and housing associations.


You might find that you want to learn more about the built environment. Building on our expertise, we offer a range of postgraduate courses that can take your interests and career opportunities further. Salford graduates and alumni who apply for our postgraduate courses also qualify to receive a generous fees discount. 

BIM and Digital Built Environments (MSc)

Building Surveying (MSc)

Construction Management (MSc)

Quantity Surveying (MSc)

A taste of what you could become

A Property Developer

A Land Economist

A Property Consultant

A Valuer

A Leasing Agent

and more...


What you need to know


In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for a positive attitude, an enthusiasm for learning and an interest in teamwork in each applicant. Possessing these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your potential at university, but will be essential for a successful career in the built environment.


This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please consider our International Foundation Year.


All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, and we also accept a range of equivalent qualifications.  

Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses. 

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

64 UCAS points


64 UCAS points, typically two grade C's

BTEC National Diploma

MMP (BTEC Extended Diploma), MM (BTEC Diploma).

BTEC Higher National Diploma

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Foundation Degree

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Scottish Highers

64 points from Higher Level

Irish Leavers Certificate

64 points from Higher Level

International Baccalaureate

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Access to HE

Pass in Access to HE Diploma - minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff points

Other qualifications

Please contact Admissions for further information

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 2024/25 £8,250.00 for Foundation Year and £9,250.00 for subsequent years.
Full-time home 2025/26 £8,250.00 for Foundation Year and £9,250.00 for subsequent years.

Additional costs

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

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Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025

UCAS information

Course ID N274

Institution S03