real estate management and business

2018 entry

BSc (Hons) Real Estate

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: To be confirmed
Full time international tuition fee: To be confirmed
Full-time industrial placement year fee: To be confirmed
Part-time tuition fee: To be confirmed

We are awaiting confirmation from the UK Government on what the 2018/19 undergraduate tuition fees will be. Fees will be shown here once an announcement has been made.

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 112

UCAS code: NN21

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time or four years with one year spent on industrial placement

About your course

The professionally-accredited BSc (Hons) Real Estate programme at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to secure both business and real estate management skills and experience. That's why our graduates enjoy excellent career prospects plus higher than average salaries.

  • Fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)
  • Opportunity to undertake a year's industrial placement or study abroad
  • Stepping stone to a varied career with UK and overseas employment opportunities

The course is extremely enjoyable and very interactive. The lecturers manage to find a good balance between teaching on an academic level and relating it to a more practical level.

Tom Pearson, graduate

The modules I studied on the programme covered all aspects of the property profession. They were all very relevant and prepare you well for industry. These skills are essential when you enter the work place.

Kieran Leay, graduate Surveyor working in Liverpool

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

The best way to experience working in the real estate sector is to undertake a year's professional work placement, either in the UK or overseas, so you can put into practice what you have learnt in your first two years at LJMU. Taking the sandwich option will greatly improve your career prospects and could even lead to a permanent position with your placement employer.  

The placement is fully paid and is an invaluable opportunity to learn new skills and gain hands-on experience that will add real value to your CV and impress future employers. The direct work experience could also count towards a professional qualification.  It can even count towards the professional MRICS qualification.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

Throughout the course you will have the support of a personal tutor who can provide one-to-one guidance and advice on course-related issues.

If you decide to take up a third year work placement, there is plenty of support available from the Faculty placement team, both in finding and securing the placement. During the placement year one of your tutors will visit you in your workplace to check on your progress.

Course details

Recognising the multidisciplinary nature of the property profession and its role in business, this BSc Real Estate programme seeks to develop a mix of property and business skills so that you will be well equipped to make sound business decisions based on an in-depth understanding of the commercial property market.

Recognising the multidisciplinary nature of the property profession and its role in business, this BSc Real Estate programme seeks to develop a mix of technical and professional skills so that you will be well equipped to make sound commercial decisions based on an in-depth understanding of the real estate markets.

The course starts by covering the building blocks of real estate such as property law, construction and valuation theory and you will then go on to develop professional and practical skills in complementary subject areas such as facilities and asset management.

The course is built around the following key themes which, together with work experience and project tasks that simulate working practices, will give you the knowledge and practical skills to launch your career as a real estate professional:

  • Technical knowledge, for example valuation methodologies from first principles through to advanced techniques and software application, building technology and defects
  • Legal knowledge, including property and land law, the law of contract and tort and the relationship between landlord and tenant
  • Real Estate practice, including property appraisal, real estate investment and management, facilities management and professional practice.

The course also offers a sandwich route which involves a paid placement where you can apply what you have learned at LJMU out in the workplace. Such experience will enhance both your professional skills development and your CV, boosting your employment prospects after graduation.

Students not undertaking a placement year are registered on the non-Sandwich version of the programme and will have the opportunity of an additional study year abroad following Level 5, providing students with an additional year of study at an approved overseas partner that will complement their programme at LJMU.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

The course starts by covering the building blocks of real estate such as property law, construction and valuation theory and you will then go on to develop professional and practical skills in complementary subject areas such as facilities and asset management.

Level 4

  • Introduction to Valuation
  • Law for the Built Environment
  • Introduction to Property Appraisal
  • Introduction to Construction Technology
  • Property Economics
  • Introduction to Building Information Modelling
  • Collaborative Interdisciplinary Project
  • Academic and Digital Literacy

During Level 4, students gain basic knowledge and theory of the real estate discipline with an introduction to valuation, real estate appraisal, law and construction technology.  They will also have the opportunity to participate in collaborative activities and projects and build their academic and digital literacy skills.

Level 5

  • Applied Valuation Techniques
  • Building Pathology and Defects
  • Property Law
  • Planning and Development
  • Asset Management
  • Applied Building Information Modelling
  • Collaborative Interdisciplinary Project
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Research Methods

Optional Year-long industry placement

During Level 5, students will explore the application and integration of key real estate themes in more depth.  In particular, students learn about applying valuation techniques to specific scenarios, with a more focused legal perspective relating to property ownership and management and progress their practical skills through learning about building pathology and inspection. They continue their participation in collaborative interdisciplinary activities and are also introduced to research methodology, skills and knowledge.

Level 6 (fourth year for sandwich degree students):

  • Advanced Valuation Techniques
  • Statutory Valuation
  • Real Estate Management in Practice
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Collaborative Interdisciplinary Project
  • Research Project

During Level 6, students focus on key concepts around the strategic implications of the real estate discipline.  This includes learning about property investment strategies, professional practice, real estate management and advanced valuation techniques.  Students will again be involved in collaborative interdisciplinary activities and complete a final year research project.

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

You can expect to spend on average 14-16 hours in the classroom which may be in the form of lectures, tutorials and workshops, combined with your own research using our library and the web. You should spend around 35 hours per week in private study.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

The real estate team comprises a blend of lecturers from a professional background with experience in their specialist subject area and highly skilled research focussed academics. 

  • Programme Leader Sarah Buxbaum is a Chartered Surveyor with over 20 years professional public sector experience. She specialises in teaching valuation at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She also has a postgraduate qualification in building conservation, lecturing extensively on the subject, and recently worked with the RICS on a publication relating to the valuation of historic buildings. 
  • Reader Vida Maliene is a research-focused member of the academic teaching staff. She has a PhD in Technological Sciences and is currently a member of LJMU's Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute. She lectures on valuation, land management and sustainable communities. Vida has published an extensive range of research papers in academic journals and is currently the editor in chief of Urban Design International Journal
  • Senior Lecturer Raymond Abdulai is a leading international researcher with a large and varied academic portfolio. He lectures in investment and corporate property management and heads up the research arm of the real estate section. He has a PhD in Real Estate and had practical experience working for an investment company in Ghana before starting his academic career in the UK. Raymond has won various international awards and is editor in chief for the Journal of International Real Estate and Construction Studies

  • Senior Lecturer Emma Mulliner teaches across the real estate management syllabus. Having graduated from LJMU with first class honours in real estate management, she subsequently went on to pursue PhD research at the University. Emma’s research focused on the conceptualisation and assessment of housing affordability and she has published papers in international peer-reviewed academic journals and proceedings. She has also presented papers at international conferences and is continuing her research in these themes alongside a wider interest in sustainability.  

You will also be taught by lecturers drawn from the wider departmental team so you benefit from professional expertise, not only in real estate, but also building surveying, planning, facilities management and law.

They will pass on their practical knowledge of the industry and share their internationally recognised research within various aspects of the real estate programme.  Together the built environment team will help you to develop into the real estate professionals of the future.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, usually a combination of exams and coursework.

All students perform differently depending on the type of assessment they are asked to do, and so a variety of assessment methods are used. These include exams (open and closed book), coursework (projects, technical reports, reviews, etc), and presentations (individual and group).

Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

112

Application and selection

​We are looking for students who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess. We want students with the ability to: be creative with ideas and concepts, moderate their creativity with logic, be enthusiastic and thirsty for knowledge, communicate effectively and confidently and understand and adapt to a wide range of issues connected with the subject. It is also important that students are able to manage time and tasks effectively as an individual and as part of a team, use appropriate sources to find and organise information and select and critically evaluate information in order to analyse problems.
If you would like to develop these skills further, have a strong interest in this subject area and want to work effectively within it, then this is the course for you!  International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

GCSE and equivalents

  • Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number Prior to starting the programme

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: BBC
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 12 Merits required

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2017 LJMU charged a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935 per year for its part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.**

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

*Based on 2017 entry.

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).*

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

Most of our Real Estate can seek employment opportunities in a range of companies and organisations.

Do you want a varied and challenging professional career with good employment prospects? If so then becoming a Chartered Surveyor may be the career for you.

Our real estate graduates are employed across a wide range of property based organisations, from local surveying practices to multinational companies. Career opportunities also exist in the residential sector as well as within in-house property teams for corporate organisations such as retailers and banks. Local authorities and other public sector and central government agencies also employ real estate graduates. The transferable skills you acquire during the course are also sought after by many other employers and prepare you for a wide range of careers.

Becoming a chartered surveyor means you can offer expert advice in all aspects of real estate including:

  • valuation for the purchase, sale and renting of all types of land and commercial and residential property
  • providing valuation advice for property funding and finance
  • conducting lease negotiations between landlords and tenants
  • acting as a mediator or expert witness in property dispute resolution
  • land buying and property development
  • institutional investment and property portfolio management

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals. 

 

Professional accreditation / links

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)



International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

For details on application processes and eligibility criteria, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/scholarships

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.


Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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