real estate management and business

2020/21 entry

BSc (Hons) Real Estate

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Part-time tuition fee: Not applicable

Course type

BSc (Hons)

Bachelor of Science

UCAS info

Points required: 112

UCAS code:

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Five years part time

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)
  • Study on a tailored part-time route, giving you an opportunity to progress your career and education at the same time
  • 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

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

​Studying on a part time basis can be challenging.  We recognise this and ensure that throughout the course you will have the support of a personal tutor who will work with you on setting targets for yourself as part of your personal development plan and provide one-to-one guidance on course-related or other matters.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make an international opportunity available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree, either in Europe or the US. You could take part in a work placement in Europe under the ERASMUS+ scheme or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. There are also opportunities to attend a two-week summer school with one of our worldwide partners.

Our Go Global Fund can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about studying or working abroad or email us at:

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 Management & Business 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

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 management 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

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

  • 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

​You can expect to spend on average 8-10 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 15 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 way they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. They include exams (open and closed book), coursework (projects, technical reports and reviews) and individual and group presentations. Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or as written comments. 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


Application and selection

  • We are looking for enthusiastic students with a keen interest in all aspects of property valuation, management and ownership.
  • Prospective students must have good communication and problem solving skills and an ambition to work in a stimulating and varied environment.
  • Students must be capable of working independently and using their own initiative.
  • Communicate effectively and confidently.
  • Be flexible in approach and thought processes.
  • Be creative and think outside of the box.

If you want to develop these skills, build on your existing education and work effectively in the built environment, then this is the programme for you.

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

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: None
  • 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 when 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: Please contact the Faculty of Technology and Environment for further information

International Baccalaureate

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

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: Applicants should be studying at least three subjects at Higher Level

Additional entry requirement information

Not applicable

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)


6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


Is RPL accepted on this programme?


International requirements

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


If your company is an apprenticeship levy paying organisation, the course can be funded through your digital apprenticeship account. If your company does not pay the apprenticeship levy, the course may be eligible for government co-investment.

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Career prospects

Most of our Real Estate Management and Business graduates 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 study

Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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