Real Estate and Property Management BSc (Hons)Study level: Undergraduate
Real Estate and Property Management is a career-focussed course aimed to inspire students, aspiring entrepreneurs and future consultants in one of the largest business sectors of the world.
Year of entry
Coventry University (Coventry)
3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
5 years part-time (UK only)
The paradigm shift in commercial properties coupled with the urban migration-driven housing sector challenges offers a lucrative career option in the provision of land and accommodation.
The course will develop your understanding of the differences in these roles and help you shape your own desired career path.
- As a prospective commercial real estate and property manager, you could find yourself providing consultancy and advice to large organisations and corporate and private clients on risk, investment, the law and asset management.
- The course includes modules on commercial and corporate real estate management specifically linked to Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) competencies.
- You will have access to our unique Simulation Centre, where we can provide real-life scenarios for you to engage with making you even more prepared for entering the workplace4.
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Why you should study this course
Whether you want to set up your own business or work as an advisor to large multinational and multi-disciplinary businesses, this course will provide you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills. To help you do this, the course offers the following innovative features:
- Development of professional practice and entrepreneurial skills.
- Focus on sustainability and regeneration.
- SIGMA Maths Support Centre and Centre for Academic Writing4.
- You will have the opportunity to undertake some additional internationally recognised professional qualifications such as BREEAM Certificates, etc2.
- You will have opportunities2 to develop the capabilities to work overseas, attend international field trips and study or work abroad for a year as part of your studies.
What you'll study
This course has a common first year.
The common first year enables you to work alongside students doing similar courses to you, to widen your knowledge and exposure to other subject areas and professions. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students, so you can share your insights and experience which will help you to develop and learn.
If you discover an interest in a specific subject you have studied, upon successful completion of your first year, you could swap degrees with another course in your common first year (subject to meeting progression requirements).
Common first-year courses:
- Architectural Technology BSc (Hons)
- Architectural Design and Technology MSci
- Building Surveying BSc (Hons)
- Construction Project Management BSc (Hons)
- Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management BSc (Hons)
In the first year, the curriculum is shared across related courses allowing you to gain a broad grounding in the discipline before going on, in the second and third years, to specialist modules in your chosen field.
Materials and Building Surveying – 20 credits
This module will introduce concepts and develop an understanding of engineering properties of construction materials including, modern construction materials and structural construction materials (concrete, timber, steel, glass and masonry etc.). We will cover the composition, manufacture, properties, durability, performance and behaviour of these materials and the hazards and risks they may pose both during construction and subsequent operation of a structure.
Construction Technology and Environmental Sciences – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to introduce the principal aspects of construction technology and associated materials as applied to low-rise buildings including the role of the construction and housing industry in achieving the UNs 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, specifically 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15 & 17. The module content enables you to understand, apply and critically evaluate the key principals of construction process, structures and environmental performances of low-rise buildings addressing challenges and solutions.
Spatial Design and Visual Communication – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the design process as a circular activity that includes different aspects and stakeholders. You will practice and develop skills to critically appraise and devise a series of design activities to produce a coherent and creative portfolio of work. The module will require you to engage in collaboration between your peers and disciplines to engage effectively in a simulated professional environment and gain an appreciation of the collective goal of the design team to provide a creative and sustainable solution to architectural and engineering design.
Professional Skills Development – 20 credits
This module is an introduction to the core knowledge and skills that define the role of different construction professionals within the building process in the UK and in the global context. It will focus on your understanding and appreciation of both the specifics as well as the team aspects of the relevant professions. You will learn about project management, quantity surveying, building services engineering, building surveying, architecture and technology as well as real estate management with the process relevant to that profession in the overarching context of a building project. You will be practising aspects such as, but not limited to, design development, Auto CAD, measurement, condition surveys, site management and cost development.
Project and Cost Management – 20 credits
The aim of the module is to provide you with an insight into and an understanding of the concept of project management and cost management. This will include an introduction to project structure and stakeholders, managing different kinds of projects, project cost appraisal and innovation in projects. The knowledge of these topics will help you to develop an understanding of the process used in your respective fields and industries and how your actions can impact on the overall cost of a project and to promote inclusivity, sustainability and foster innovation.
Sustainable Environments – 20 credits
This module offers you a practical examination of how the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be implemented and furthered within the Built and Natural Environment. The module will introduce you to how individuals, communities and businesses within the Built and Natural Environment could be responding to the UN SDGs and helping to transform the world through their impact. The module identifies how the SDGs impact your course discipline by exploring the 17 SDGs and focusing on the delivery and implementation of a student-led project that encompasses the most applicable SDG or a combination of SDGs to your specific academic discipline.
The second year is when you develop a deeper understanding of Real Estate Development and Investment besides advanced practice of law for Landlord and Tenancy – where you represent either the Landlord or Tenant in a dispute case in our moot court as part of your assessment.
You will further gain a good grasp of Urban Design and Planning within the context of development and investment in urban locations.
Law for Built Environment Professionals – 20 credits
This module aims to introduce general principles and concepts of law related to the built environment. In preparation for their professional practice you will develop an ability to understand and apply legal principles to particular legal problems that may arise in the course of built environment activities. The module is specifically useful to those intending to be involved in the design and/or construction process.
Real Estate Economics and Financial Accounting – 20 credits
You will be introduced to the relationships between economics and property. The module aims to present property in a real-world context and does not demand previous specialist knowledge of economics. It delivers an ability to gather data and evidence to help make economic forecasts, i.e., develop economic models for decision making and/or review. The module will deliver a balanced introduction of the housing and commercial property economics to modern practitioners of real estate and property.
The module also covers a fundamental knowledge of the financial information common to the real estate industry and accounting practice and aspects of real estate transactions.
Urban Design for Resilient Communities – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the relationship between the built environment and the dynamics of communities. It will engage you to think critically about place, space and community from a historical, ethical, economical and design perspective. The module will explore the processes of physical developments in settlements of various sizes, with a particular focus on urbanisation and urban development nationally and internationally. The module familiarises you with the most influential theories of urban design in relation to architecture, geography, and sociology and develops your ability to conceptualise, practice and critically evaluate the design of urban sites for sustainable and resilient communities.
Real Estate Development and Investment – 20 credits
You will learn to amalgamate the theory and practice of real estate investment and financing, all within a national and international context delivered within an ethically and morally just framework. You will be introduced to the markets and players, the investment process, the vehicles available for investment, besides a broad-based approach to creating an international property portfolio together with identifying and understanding the modes and means of financing the investment.
Adaptation Design and Building Pathology – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the problems and challenges associated with adapting and converting buildings from one use to another in a particular context. It will engage you in the critical debate about conversion of existing structures versus building new. You will seek to develop creative and practical skills as a key challenge in improving the sustainability of the built environment and driving change for users, clients and industry. Focus will be on the information required for the planning, designing and administration of a building adaptation project in line with current industry practice.
Sustainable Environments in Society: Developing Solutions – 20 credits
In this module you will undertake a critical analysis of a specified location and associated project that has been influenced by the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Your analysis of the project will explore the impact, success or failure alongside possible solutions that will be fundamental to the positive future development of the location.
You will research, appraise, critique, develop and then communicate to a wider audience the impact and implementation of the identified SDGs for the location/ project.
There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement2 can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur between your second and final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future.
If you choose to do a work placement year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee of £1,250.
For more information, please go to the fees and funding section. During this time, you will receive guidance from your employer or partner institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement.
UK Work Placement - 0 credits
This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved placement undertaken during your programme. A placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes.
International Study/Work Placement - 0 credits
This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved international study/work placement undertaken during your programme. A work/study placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes.
Year three aims to bring you to the level to enter the world of work by consolidating your knowledge and skills from previous years.
Interdisciplinary Project – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to demonstrate your skills base through the continued development of critical, transferable study skills that are of practical benefit in the workplace and that promote and enable continued professional development, and by bringing skills developed in other areas of the course to a practical project delivered as part of a group, as well as incorporate internationalisation through an international field trip2.
The purpose of the project is to develop key learning skills and personal attributes that are required within the Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Built Environment professions, these will also prepare the students for professional work, demonstrating teamwork, project planning, critical and research evaluation as well as technical and personal reflection.
Advanced Real Estate and Property Valuation – 20 credits
You will learn to develop professional valuation techniques building on the knowledge gained from earlier modules to arrive at a more robust, qualitative, and realistic figure or sum. The module will be primarily case study-based aiming to develop a higher level of appraisal and valuation skills for complex and special real estates and properties. You will further be introduced to the cultural differences in valuation in an international context.
Landlord and Tenancy in Practice – 20 credits
The module considers the practical application of Commercial Landlord and Tenant law. This module builds upon the fundamentals of the legal aspects in relation to the Commercial Real Estate and Property Sector. The module is specifically useful to those intending to be involved in corporate and/or commercial real estate management both in an advisory or a practitioner’s role for a variety of clients and portfolios. The module provides an opportunity for simulated courtroom scenarios and assessments4 focussing on statutes, real-world cases and case studies at an advanced level.
Corporate and Commercial Real Estate Management – 20 credits
You will aim to learn to analyse and synthesise how corporate and commercial developers and investors align and leverage their financial, physical and operational real estate assets and investment opportunities. Corporate Real Estate Asset Managers (CREAM) apply a variety of skills to bear on the higher-level corporate strategies and decision-making including psychological impact of the workplace where real estate is not the core business activity.
Commercial Real Estate Management delivers an array of services that may range from appraisal, valuation and investment to agency work, building consultancy and sustainability including health and safety for a wide variety of clients and real estate and property portfolio. This module focuses on the real-world practice of delivering in an ethically and morally responsible way with specific reference to SDG goals 3,4,5,7, 8, 9,10,11,12 and 17.
Real Estate Entrepreneurship and Property Consultancy – 20 credits
This module aims to deliver a thorough process for developing a successful real estate enterprise by assimilating and putting into practice the wide knowledge gained across the course. Real estate entrepreneurship skills are transferable and interchangeable with property consultancy, a unique career pathway in the property business.
The module will specifically call upon a higher abstraction of the previously gained skill in conducting research (REL), property investment, identifying and exploiting opportunities, investment appraisal and valuation, performing risk analysis and due diligence, financing the transaction including financial statements, working through the legal framework and development of an asset management plan besides sustainable development.
Research Dissertation – 20 credits
The aim of this module is to enable you to develop your research skills by conducting primary or secondary research focused on a specific problem of relevance to your discipline. You would use different methods and research skills, gained over previous years of study, to effectively communicate research novelties and ideas to the academic and non-academic communities. It will enable you to understand the importance of correct and critical analysis of all the factors involved in a problem and develop your initiative as you pursue and execute the investigation, demonstrating originality and creativity.
We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.
How you'll learn
With a focus on your future employability, you will have several opportunities to accelerate your professional development. In your first year, you have the option to undertake a Computer Aided Design (CAD) assessment (at no extra cost, application required) and, if successful, will receive industry recognised Autodesk certification.
Then, in your second year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a Building Research Establishment Energy Assessment Method (BREEAM), which, on successful completion, enables you to become certified as an Accredited Graduate (BREEAM AG) (at no extra cost, application required). BREEAM is widely acknowledged as the leading environmental assessment method – which sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation. It has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of environmental performance of buildings.
This course can be offered on a part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Request further information about part-time study.
Teaching contact hours
We understand that everyone learns differently, so each of our courses will consist of structured teaching sessions, which can include:
- On campus lectures, seminars and workshops
- Group work
- Self-directed learning
- Work placement opportunities2.
The number of contact hours may vary from semester to semester. However, on average, it is likely to be around 14-15 contact hours per week in the first and second year dropping to around 11 contact hours per week in the final year as you become a more independent learner.
In addition, you will be expected to undertake approximately 30-35 hours of self-directed study per week depending on the demands of individual modules. This self-directed learning allows you to use your research skills, consolidate your knowledge or undertake collaborative group work.
As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.
Assessment methods include:
- Formal examinations
- Phase tests
- Group work
- Individual assignments
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.
International experience opportunities
The content of the course continuously refers to the international context in which the real estate and property market operates, which aims to give an international perspective to your studies and future career options within the industry following successful completion. Students will be encouraged to draw examples for many different parts of the world to compare and contrast some of the UK-based theories and practices that they will cover whilst on the course and within other modules, especially with the corporate and commercial real estate and property markets.
In the second year, we endeavour to organise an international field trip2 to provide you with an opportunity to experience the industry in another country.
Typical offer for 2023/24 entry.
Not got the required grades? We offer this degree with an integrated foundation year.
Fees and funding
2023/24 tuition fees.
|UK, Ireland*, Channel Islands or Isle of Man||£9,250 per year||Request fee information|
|EU|| £9,250 per year with EU support bursary**
£19,850 per year without EU support bursary**
|International||£19,850 per year||Not available|
If you choose to do a work placement2, you should consider travel and living costs to cover this. There is also a tuition fee3 of £1,250 that will cover your academic support throughout your placement year.
For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.
We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.
The following are additional costs not included in the tuition fees:
- Optional international ﬁeld trips: £400+ per trip.
- Any costs associated with securing, attending or completing a placement (whether in the UK or abroad).
Other additional costs
- Mandatory international field trips: Typically between £200 and £400 per trip.
*Irish student fees
The rights of Irish residents to study in the UK are preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement. If you are an Irish student and meet the residency criteria, you can study in England, pay the same level of tuition fees as English students and utilise the Tuition Fee Loan.
**EU support bursary
Following the UK's exit from the European Union, we are offering financial support to all eligible EU students who wish to study an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree with us full-time. This bursary will be used to offset the cost of your tuition fees to bring them in-line with that of UK students. Students studying a Degree with a Foundation Year with us are not eligible for the bursary.
How do you know if you need to pay UK or international tuition fees?
We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Your fee status determines your tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available to you. The rules about who pays UK (home) or international (overseas) fees for higher education courses in England are set by the government's Department for Education. The regulations identify all the different categories of student who can insist on paying the home rate. The regulations can be difficult to understand, so the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has provided fee status guidance to help you identify whether you are eligible to pay the home or overseas rate.
If you meet all the criteria required by any one category, including any residence requirements, your institution must charge you the home rate. You only need to find one category that you fit into.
The faculty’s £50m Engineering and Computing Building and £25m Beatrice Shilling Building are designed to support hands-on learning. Our Sir John Laing Building also houses a variety of industry-standard labs and equipment4.
This is full-fledged court room set-up, to simulate a court representation involving oral presentations. It will include a full court set up for students to prepare the documentation and orally debate a dispute between a landlord and tenant within the covenants of the law.
Our interactive training centre includes a ‘virtual’ construction site with fully equipped site cabins and an observation deck. Here, you can take part in role-play exercises to prepare you for a range of situations in the workplace.
Includes industrial standard timber and steel workshops, a concrete mixing area with three pan mixers, programmable environmental chambers, a range of ovens and curing tanks and various materials testing apparatus.
Careers and opportunities
On successful completion, you develop a comprehensive knowledge of:
- The legal and regulatory framework within which the real estate and property business operates.
- Economics and Financial Accounting procedures.
- Property appraisal, valuation and development from fundamentals to advanced levels.
- Building science, construction technology and materials.
- Real Estate Development and Investment.
- Urban Design and Planning.
- Building Pathology – gain a professional understanding of buildings over time.
- Advanced Law with respect to Landlord and Tenants.
- Corporate Real Estate Asset Management.
- Commercial Real Estate Management.
- Introduction to start-up in real estate and consultancy roles.
You will be able to:
- Analyse, interpolate and present information.
- Analyse and solve financial and investment decision-making.
- Analyse data and information sources in the landed property sector.
- Develop financial models for investment and development.
- Undertake consultancy and business plan preparation.
- Asset management, advice and consultancy for corporate clients.
- Analyse and prepare investment and business opportunities for commercial clients.
Real Estate Management can offer stimulating and highly paid careers that span from appraisal and valuation of land and property to developing finance and investment models in a high-value business environment. You can go much further in the capacity of a consultant or an advisor for critical assets for corporate clients.
The course also introduces you to set up your own consultancy or property developer start-up, all underpinned within a solid legal framework. The industry’s much-needed soft skills are firmly embedded through a variety of media and experiential learning processes. This is a global profession and as such career prospects are worldwide.
Where our graduates work
Successful graduates could find employment in private practices, commercial organisations and local/central government, regionally, nationally and internationally. They could work with companies such as Mace, Galliford Try, Balfour Beatty plc, Lain O’ Rourke, Barrett Home Ltd, Watts Construction Ltd, and BAM Construction.
How to apply
Full-time students applying to start in September 2023 can apply for this course through UCAS from 6 September 2022. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.
Part-time students should apply directly to the university.
If you'd like further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.
Full-time students applying to start in September 2023 should apply directly to the university.How to apply
For further support for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree view our International hub.
You can also download our International guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation and tips for travel.
Get in touch with us today for further advice and guidance.
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The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.
2UK and international opportunities
Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.
The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK (home) students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.
For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.
Due to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2023/24 contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.