BSc (Hons) Real Estate
Why study Real Estate at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Opportunity to undertake a year's industrial placement or study abroad
- Stepping stone to a varied career with UK and overseas employment opportunities
- Start month: September
- Campus location: City Campus
About your course
The professionally accredited BSc (Hons) Real Estate programme at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to secure the skills and experience required for a career as a property professional. That's why our graduates enjoy excellent career prospects plus higher than average salaries.
Recognising the diverse and multidisciplinary nature of the profession the programme integrates the specialist theory and practice of real estate with the wider commercial and business skills valued by employers, so that you will be well equipped for a career in the modern, dynamic world of property.
Additional course costs
There are usually no costs associated with local field trips and site visits. Residential field trips and student exchange visits will incur costs including in country travel and/or flights plus accommodation costs.
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.
"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."
- Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership.
- Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
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
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.
Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
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What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules may also be included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Introduction to Law
This module provides you with a working knowledge of the English legal system and an introduction to the principles of the law including contract, tort and property law. You will learn how to:
• Define and explain the principles and procedures of the English legal system
• Recount and illustrate the liabilities and responsibilities of stakeholders in tort and contract
• Explain and discuss statutory legislation as it pertains to the construction and property industries
• Explain and discuss the principles and procedures of Property law.
Introduction to Construction Technology
This module introduces you to construction techniques associated with the production of high and low rise commercial and industrial framed buildings, both new build and refurbishment.
This module develops your understanding of valuation theory and methodologies and their practical application to the valuation of real estate. You will build competency in the practical application of valuation theory and techniques through lectures, workshops and seminars.
Principles of Economics and Management
This module aims to provide students with an introduction to economic and management theories and principles with reference to the built environment, property, and society in general.
Property Markets and Appraisal
This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the structure of the property markets and the professional skills required for property appraisal. Students will develop understanding of the knowledge and skills required for the inspection, measurement and survey of property assets. Students will be provided with the opportunity to apply the knowledge of property appraisal gained in a practical context.
Real Estate Professional and Business Skills
The aim of this module is to introduce students to their professional subject area, providing an early opportunity to develop an understanding of the role of a real estate professional and the structure and purpose of professional bodies. Core to this module is the embedding of academic research and writing skills within the context of a professional project scenario; group work will introduce students to the collaborative and inclusive nature of the work place and professional activities and behaviours.
The module aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of the common law and statutory rules governing the relationship of landlord and tenant.
This module provides you with an overview of key concepts on asset management and the inter-relationship to your disciplines. You will learn to describe the mechanisms for holding property in England and Wales, to appraise appropriate property management strategies and concepts, and to apply knowledge to the application of risk management in the context of an organisation’s Asset Management strategy.
Pathology and Inspection
This module enables you to undertake advanced building inspections through the systematic appraisal of building defects causing decay and deterioration in order to propose remediation solutions for commercial buildings and organisations. You will be introduced to the study of building defects, their causes and remedial measures, and the application to different building uses and ownerships.
This module aims to consolidate and enhance your knowledge and understanding of principal valuation methodologies. You will develop competence in the application of valuation concepts and theories to practical scenarios within the commercial and residential property markets.
Real Estate Professional Project
This module brings together topics studied at Level 5 and integrates their application within a live project scenario. The project also aims to develop the professional skills required to make effective decisions in an inclusive working environment.
Planning and Sustainable Development
This module will develop students' knowledge and critical understanding of planning and sustainable development in the built environment
This module enables students to complete a substantial piece of individual work and build on their expertise in a selected area of study related to the disciplines of Real Estate or Building Surveying. To develop students' research, time management, presentation and written communication skills.
The module aims to further develop students' knowledge and understanding of valuation methodologies and their application in advanced valuation scenarios.
Real Estate in Practice
The module aims to provide an understanding of the principle regulations and guidelines that underpin professional practice in the real estate sector. The module integrates and builds on core knowledge gained in previous modules (such as valuation, property appraisal and law) and aims to enhance students’ practical awareness and professional skills of advising, reporting and communicating to clients on real estate matters.
Real Estate Investment
This module aims to introduce students to the principles of investment and develop their knowledge and understanding of real estate as an investment vehicle within the market-place and to evaluate its performance against other investment options. It also provides the opportunity to identify and analyse relevant market data and develop skills needed to advise on real estate investment decisions.
Strategic Real Estate Management
This module builds on and develops students' knowledge of strategic real estate management theory and examines its practical application.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
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.
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 take up an optional placement year, plenty of support is available in managing that process from the Faculty placement team. During the placement year one of your tutors will visit you in your workplace to check on your progress.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include 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.
What you can expect from your School
This programme is delivered in the Byrom Street complex of LJMU’s City Campus. Here you’ll find high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus social spaces and a large café. The Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semester, is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications: 112
GCSE and equivalents
Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 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
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Average A Level offer: BBC
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- T Level requirements: 112 UCAS tariff points from relevant subjects. Pleasecontact the Faculty for further information.
- National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National 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: 112 UCAS tariff points from Access to HE Diploma
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 112 UCAS tariff points from IB
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technicals
- Technical Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Technical Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Technical Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Technical Foundation Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Technical Introductory Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Technical Subsidiary Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
Reduced Offer Scheme
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.International entry requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
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.
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.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.
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