This course is an interdisciplinary Master’s programme that fuses economic, social and environmental perspectives within a framework for identifying, assessing, designing, delivering and evaluating effective real estate interventions and responses.
The programme reflects synergies with the Master’s courses in Planning Built Environments and Environmental Surveying in order to create a programme that works across the whole built environment profession and disciplines. It focuses on the interaction between business and legal processes on property ownership and management and integrates technological, financial, legal and management issues as they relate to property matters.
The theoretical underpinning of the course is rooted in real estate which stresses the need for interdisciplinary approaches and solutions. This course will help you to connect the theory and practice of real estate to a range of real life case study challenges. It will give you a framework of knowledge, skills and tools to start understanding the complex world of property, whilst supporting you to become an independent learner and reflective practitioner.
The programme builds on applied academic research and contemporary real estate practice. The course design and delivery utilises the School's expertise across real estate, sustainability and planning and also brings in external experts and practitioners to address key challenges and opportunities within practice.
The course is designed and developed with support from relevant professional bodies (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and local professional individuals and practices. Owing to the need to meet these professionally-set learning outcomes, there is little choice in modules within these programmes, although it is possible to begin to specialise with dissertation and project topics.
The course includes the following modules:
Commercial Inspection and Surveying
Elements of the course are closely related to real-world scenarios. These build upon current practice issues identified through, for example, Parliamentary debates, revised planning documents and government guidance. We make significant use of professionals as Visiting Lecturers to ensure both continuing professional relevance and that you have direct access to people in current professional practice.
The University has a range of research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes - details can be found at: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/postgrad
Staff from the professional bodies at local and regional levels visit on a regular basis to promote the professions, explain routes of access to full professional membership, and respond to your questions about employability.
The University's long-standing links with the professions mean that it is informed about, and so able to advertise, details of relevant job opportunities, and ensure that you are well prepared for application and interview processes.
Key employment skills and career planning are embedded into modules through real life scenarios, local case studies, and a wide range of assessment methods that replicate typical workplace requirements, helping grow your skillset and confidence. The skills and attributes you develop throughout the course are highly transferable to the context of professional employment, helping you to set goals and to enhance your employability in a wide range of professional and business contexts.
The course also prepares you for professional membership APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) processes, which require individual reflection and personal development planning.
Normally a good honours degree at 2:2 or higher.