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Real Estate BSc (Hons)

Unistats

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Overview

This degree course is designed for those intending to work in general practice surveying, property management, property investment, property development and other property related fields.

6 reasons to study here

No. 1 London university: for 'satisfied with teaching' and 'satisfied with assessment' in Building, town and country planning (Guardian League Table 2018)
Employability prospects: Graduate opportunities at major real estate consultancies and a broad range of private and public organisations involved in property.
Flexible study: Study full-time or part-time one day a week.
Inspiring location: You'll be taught on a site which is part of a multi-billion pound regeneration area in the heart of London, so you'll be close to a range of opportunities for work placements, internships and networking.
Building all-rounder: Develops property related skills and knowledge together with an understanding of finance, business management and marketing in the context of the industry.
Great resources: No. 1 London Uni for Learning Resources - Building, National Student Survey 2016.

This course covers...

This course focuses on the appraisal of commercial property for occupation, development and investment largely in an urban context. You'll develop property related skills and knowledge together with an understanding of finance, business management and marketing in the context of the industry. This course covers:

  • asset management
  • law
  • economics
  • construction technology and materials
  • valuations
  • property management
  • town planning
  • investment
  • managing the firm.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Sandwich
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

Methods of assessment for course overall: 55% coursework

Year 1

  • Construction technology and materials
    This unit will introduce you to the study of building materials and how buildings are pieced together (i.e. building technology). It seeks to combine an understanding of the scientific principles that determine the behaviour of materials together with an understanding of how such materials are formed into elements which combine to form a complete building. Assessment methods: 75% coursework, 25% exam.
  • Construction technology and structures
    This module will introduce you to the study of building technology associated with larger, more complex buildings, as well as to the fundamentals of structural analysis. Structure is taught through the process of design using real data but avoiding a mathematical approach to encourage a feel and awareness for the physical behaviour of structures. The basic concepts of fire engineering are introduced together with case study material. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Introduction to valuations
    You'll apply theoretical knowledge gained in a series of lectures and workshops in practice. The module considers the fundamental principles of valuation, valuation formulae and discounted cash flows. It examines the methods used in the valuation of office, retail, industrial and residential properties. You'll be introduced to the process of development and redevelopment of property. You'll gain an overall understanding of the place of property in the investment market and the alternative forms of investment.  Assessment:  Seminar presentation 40%, Exam 60%.
  • Legal and economic context for the built environment
    The legal content of this module will introduce the sources and basic rules of UK law, including common law and statute law, as it affects construction and property professionals. It will provide an introduction to construction contract law, and tort and restitution law as they affect professionals. It will explain the differences between common law and equity and criminal law, and their relevance to construction and property professionals. It will establish the legal and ethical framework of Health and Safety regulation. The economics content of the module will introduce you to micro and macro economics, and will examine the theoretical and empirical framework of economics, including price formation, the theory of the firm, degrees of competition, Government economic objectives, monetary policy, behavioural economics, contract theory, inflation and unemployment. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Real estate brokerage and managing the firm
    This module  gives you an insight into the property market from a broker’s point of view. The module considers the principles of professional practice and ethics, law affecting businesses involved in selling and letting property, market appraisals, business development and customer service. You'll gain an understanding of how businesses involved in property sales and lettings are set up and how they need to act within the law. You'll learn how to set goals and prepare business plans when setting up, developing and growing a business.  Assessment:  Report 50%, Exam 50%.
  • Supporting Studies
    This module focuses on the teaching of various interpersonal, learning and communication skills that will support you in your studies at university and lay a foundation for professional practice in the construction industry. It aims to develop and apply skills necessary to support learning and progression at university and for professional practice. Assessment 100% coursework. 

Year 2

  • Real estate economics and finance
    This module provides an introduction into a set of theoretical principles and practical skills in economics and finance which enable property professionals to develop, manage and grow successful careers. It is structured to introduce some fundamental economic and financial concepts, to apply them to property and to provide the student with necessary knowledge and understanding in the field of real estate economics and finance. Assessment 100% coursework.
  • Applied valuations
    This module further develops the concepts and techniques covered in the Valuations module. It gives a practical insight into the financial calculations required to effectively manage property as an investment asset. The roles and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants are considered. The module is designed to introduce you to the skills, techniques and practices of property management calculations from occupiers' and investors' perspectives. The relationship between landlord and tenant together with their responsibilities will be examined.  Assessment: coursework 25%, exam 75%.
  • Estate and property management
    This module will give you a practical insight into managing property. The roles and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants will be considered in property management, as well as financial calculations informing property management decisions. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Property development
    This module gives a practical insight into developing property. You'll develop a critical understanding of the risks and drivers involved in property development, how to assess these risks and prepare a development appraisal using current market evidence. The module is designed to introduce you to the skills, techniques and practices of property development from the point of view of the owner/developer.  Assessment 100% coursework.
  • Planning and development control
    This module examines the structure and role of development controls within the development process. Planning policy and building regulations are looked at in order to understand how planning and building controls influence the success of a development, as well as its compliance with development policy. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Property law
    An introduction to property law for those wishing to pursue a career within real estate.
    The module will look at Property ownership, land registration, transfer and creation as well as rights in property, such as leases, licences, covenants and easements. You'll learn about appropriate law relating to land in England and Wales, providing a solid understanding of rights and obligations which accompany land ownership. The module will continue to develop legal skills of how to locate and apply relevant law.

Year 3

  • Optional placement year
    The placement gives you the opportunity to spend a year in the work-place, honing your transferable skills and providing academic learning in the development of real-world systems. Regular online contact with tutors, peer-contact and placement support will be maintained throughout the placement. 

Year 4

  • Advanced valuations
    This module further develops the concepts and techniques covered in the Valuations and Applied Valuations modules. It is intended to develop your awareness of valuations techniques and their practical application in the property market. Analysis of transactions and a critical approach to property appraisal techniques will be developed.  Assessment: Seminar presentation & report 50%, exam 50%.
  • Corporate real estate management
    This module provides an understanding of the issues surrounding the management and optimisation of corporate real estate. The corporations studied may own or lease properties for the purposes of carrying out their main income earning activity (which is not property investment). A series of case studies will be studied, examining corporate strategy interrelationship with the management of real estate.  Assessment 100% coursework.
  • Property investment appraisal
    This module provides an understanding of investment property, residential and commercial, the investment market for both property and alternative investments influencing the choice of investors. You'll learn how to evaluate an investment property opportunity.  Assessment: coursework 50%, exam 50%.
  • Project management
    In recent years the specialism of construction project management has been developed by construction professionals working within construction companies, construction consultancies and the public sector. This specialism is required to achieve effective and efficient management of the whole construction process from inception to completion.This module seeks to support this response by introducing the theory underlying project management and applying this to practical issues and problems in the construction industry. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Dissertation
    This module provides the opportunity for you to undertake an independent piece of research, investigating, in depth, a subject in which you have a particular interest and of your own selection. This module aims to develop your capacity for critical analysis and rational thought whilst developing your knowledge in a specialist field. You will submit a paper of 10,000 words. Assessment: Dissertation proposal- 10%, Research and dissertation- 90%.

All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework, group coursework, presentations and exams.

This course is subject to validation and module content may change.

Employability

The School of the Built Environment and Architecture has an excellent reputation as a provider of high quality education for Real Estate professionals. It has a very high success rate of graduates becoming chartered surveyors.

Successful students work as property valuers, property managers and corporate professionals working in a dynamic and fast changing property industry.

Employment prospects are excellent, with graduate opportunities at major real estate consultancies and a broad range of private and public organisations involved in property.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

The optional placement in your third year gives you the opportunity to spend a year in the work-place, allowing you to develop transferable skills and providing academic learning in the development of real-world systems.

Regular online contact with tutors, peer-contact and placement support will be available throughout the placement.

Staff

Kate Ellis

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Kate Ellis teaches Construction Law and Property Law to construction and property professionals.


Dr Guowei Gu

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Course Director - MSc/PgDip Property Development and Planning

Guowei began his academic career when he joined LSBU in 2006, after working in the professional real estate industry for 15 years.


Jennifer Hardi

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director, BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering

Jennifer Hardi's research interests are in Building Information Modelling, Life Cycle Assessment and sustainable buildings. She is a chartered member of CIAT (MCIAT) and involved in peer reviewing international journals specialising in sustainability.


Scott King

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Course Director - MSc Real Estate

Scott is a specialist in property and real estate, property valuation for commercial real estate, training and coaching for property professionals and property research.


Lynne Michael

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Course Director for MSc International Real Estate; Course Director for BSc Property Management (Building Surveying)

Lynne has an extensive career as a registered valuer and advisor. Her core competencies include the valuation of commercial, industrial, residential and rural property interests as well as statutory and compulsory purchase valuation procedures.


Facilities

  • Facilities

    Facilities

    Vibrant and dynamic, the evolving London landscape is a huge asset and the focus of students' practical project work.

Teaching and learning

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures, seminars and workshops Self-directed study
Year 1 33% 67%
Year 2 33% 67%
Year 3 32% 68%

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level ABB or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDD or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Sandwich
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
N232
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start date
September
Application code
4593
Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
N232
Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 4594Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £37500
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £5550International fee: £7500
AOS/LSBU code: 4593Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £37500

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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Tel: 0800 923 8888

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6100

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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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