Real Estate BSc (Hons)
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Houses to homes
At a time when Britain is facing a profound housing crisis, social housing has risen up the political agenda and its priorities have become broader. This in turn has created more job opportunities and wider responsibilities within housing - this course will equip you to tackle these and achieve your full potential.
Alongside a strong core of technology, you’ll study aspects of property and contract law, project management and asset management. If you study full-time, there’ll be the chance to carry out a work placement in your third year, further improving your employment prospects.
We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.
Why Real Estate at LSBU?
- No. 1 London university: for 'satisfied with teaching' and 'satisfied with assessment' in Building, town and country planning (Guardian League Table 2018)
- We’re fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building.
- Our staff are experts with many industry contacts
- Flexible study: study full-time or part-time one day a week.
- Our subject-specific facilities include a Building Information Modelling (BIM Centre)
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- We’ve been educating building professionals for over 100 years – and have strong industry connections
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. Methods of assessment for course overall: 55% coursework.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Our course is designed for those intending to work in general practice surveying, property management, property investment, property development and other property related fields.
Our 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.
Employment prospects are excellent, with graduate opportunities at major real estate consultancies, as well as a broad range of property-related, private and public organisations.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Guowei began his academic career when he joined LSBU in 2006, after working in the professional real estate industry for 15 years.
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 is a specialist in property and real estate, property valuation for commercial real estate, training and coaching for property professionals and property research.
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.
Vibrant and dynamic, the evolving London landscape is a huge asset and the focus of students' practical project work.
Teaching and learning
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As a Built Environment and Architecture student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least once a year for approximately 30 minutes throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or phone.
- 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.
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For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.
For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.
For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.
Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.
Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.
Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.
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Fees and funding
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|UK/EU fee: £9250||International fee: £13780|
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|UK/EU fee: £5550||International fee: £8268|
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For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.
Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.
Possible fee changes
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.
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Prepare to start
After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.
25 July 2019CIPD courses at LSBU information evening
5 October 2019University Open Day
7 October 2019School of Business Graduation Ceremony 2019
14 October 2019Graduation Ceremony: School of Arts and Creative Industries; School of Applied Sciences; School of Law and Social Sciences
28 October 2019LSBU Graduations 2019: School of the Built Environment; School of Engineering
4 November 2019School of Health and Social Care Graduation Ceremony 2019
9 November 2019University Open Day
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