Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Real Estate Surveying (Planning and Development) Accelerated (Day Release)

School of Science, Engineering and Environment




Three 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. Real estate planning and property development is at the heart of this course that will prepare you for a lucrative and rewarding career in this fast-paced sector.

Our Planning and Development pathway explores a wide range of planning processes, and the requirements and legal aspects of property development. Topics covered include: conventional and contemporary valuation methods, planning viability, urban regeneration, environmental impact assessments and conservation of historic buildings.

A gateway to professional status, our Real Estate Surveying course is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), so you'll be educated to the highest industry standards. This accelerated pathway includes the same content as a traditional three year undergraduate degree, but is taught over three trimesters rather than two semesters. This more intense mode of study means that you can complete your degree in a shorter period of time, so you can progress more quickly. The accelerated day release route is designed so you can fit study around your existing role and commitments.

We offer other BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying degree programmes, which offer specialisms in other parts of surveying:

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

BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying (Valuation and Finance) Accelerated (Day Release)

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 the property and real estate sector
  • Develop industry competencies, technical skills and the confidence to progress career ambitions
  • 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 fit study around your current role or commitments

Course details

All about the course

Delivered over three years part-time, our BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying course combines 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.

This course is also available in full-time, part-time,and accelerated study pathways:

BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying (Planning and Development) Full-Time

BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying (Planning and Development) Part-Time

BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying (Planning and Development) Accelerated

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.

Environment Science and Services

This module covers information relevant to building inspection, such as heating, cooling and ventilation systems.

Year two

Planning and Urban Regeneration (RES)

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

Technology 2 (REP)

This module examines commercial building construction.

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.

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.

Environmental Impact Assessments (RES)

This module introduces you to Environmental Impact Assessments, their importance, and why local planning authorities request this detail.

Planning Viability (RES)

This module focuses on the viability of proposed developments from a planning perspective and how planning process and policy influences those decisions.

Year three

Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (RES)

This module focuses on the aims and objectives of national planning laws and policies and their underlying political basis, community infrastructure needs, the geographic and demographic characteristics of areas (at e.g. regional and local scale), the impacts of spatial planning proposals and infrastructure development and the consultation processes and stakeholder perspectives.

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.

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'll also develop competence using industry-standard software, including CoStar, EGI, Argus Enterprise and Developer, BCIS and ISurv.


You will be assessed through a combination of methods. These include:

  • 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.

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 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £12,960per year
Part-time 2020/21 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,250per 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.

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Enrolment dates

September 2021

UCAS information

Course ID N262

Institution S03

This programme is new for 2020 and is open for applications to commence study in September 2020