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From the start of this course, you will gain the skills and expertise needed to buy, sell, value, manage and develop property as a career. At Northumbria, you will experience first-hand knowledge of the industry and develop professional links that greatly improve your career prospects and employability.

Northumbria has a long and successful history of providing an excellent student experience and highly employable real estate graduates. By choosing to study with us, you will follow in the footsteps of globally successful graduates working within real estate and the built environment.

Our well established BSc (Hons) Real Estate course has been accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for more than 40 years.

94% of students are working or in further study six months after finishing (Unistats, 2016)

From the start of this course, you will gain the skills and expertise needed to buy, sell, value, manage and develop property as a career. At Northumbria, you will experience first-hand knowledge of the industry and develop professional links that greatly improve your career prospects and employability.

Northumbria has a long and successful history of providing an excellent student experience and highly employable real estate graduates. By choosing to study with us, you will follow in the footsteps of globally successful graduates working within real estate and the built environment.

Our well established BSc (Hons) Real Estate course has been accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for more than 40 years.

94% of students are working or in further study six months after finishing (Unistats, 2016)

Course Information

UCAS Code
K440 BSC/EM

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Architecture and Built Environment

Location
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Architecture and Built Environment

Architecture and Built Environment encompasses all of our teaching, research and enterprise in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Quantity and Building Surveying, Real Estate and Housing.

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You will be taught by a diverse group of experienced property related professionals who range from real estate surveyors, agency surveyors, residential and commercial valuers, development surveyors to planners, construction professionals, project managers and solicitors.

Their background, knowledge and experience in both practice and academia, and the emphasis and support of a research rich learning environment, will allow you to develop a research rich, practice based experience and encourage you to enter the property industry and become a valued property professional.

The team of academic staff have research interests in areas such as sub-national development, the mechanics of regeneration, office to residential conversions, urban land economics, sustainable urban development, redevelopment of brownfield land, property development appraisal and several other areas.      



Student Profiles / Real Estate BSc (Hons)

Hear what it is really like to study Real Estate BSc (Hons) from our current students.

The Hub / The Student View

Find out from our current students what life at Northumbria is like

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You will be able to develop your general real estate knowledge alongside analytical and practical skills in a dynamic and stimulating learning environment.

This course encourages you to develop independent learning as well as the ability to work efficiently and effectively in a group. You will be taught discipline specific knowledge and will learn transferable intellectual and professional skills which will be directly relatable to your future career.

You will be provided with a wide range of learning opportunities, including lectures and seminars, practical use of tools and equipment, laboratory work, professional practice speakers, guided study and self-directed independent learning.

You will be assessed through summative and formative assessments throughout your time studying this course. In your final year, you are expected to undertake a dissertation, using the skills, knowledge and expertise you have developed over the last 3 years.

Staff / Meet the Team

Our students learn from the best inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject. Our courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

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Whatever your aspirations in the real estate profession, you’ll find the latest technologies to support you in our dedicated spaces. Throughout your time at Northumbria, you will be able to survey, visualise, model and take your ideas from the course, out into the world around you.

Where appropriate, technology is used to help integrate teaching and research. Electronic reading lists support this, allowing you to quickly access relevant sources that can further inform your learning with up-to-date information, covering topics directly taught in the module as well as indicating their relevance in a wider context.    

Department Facilities

Whatever your aspirations in Real Estate, you'll find the latest technologies to support you in our dedicated laboratories and studios.

University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our library provides a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

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This course lies within the Architecture and Built Environment department, ranked within the top 30 research departments, with 50% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to REF 2014, UoA16.

You will be immersed in a research-rich environment, and taught by staff with a strong academic background. You will be taught a number of important research methods and approaches which could be directly relatable to the demands of your future career. You will learn theoretical and practical research skills as well as problem solving skills around project management, self-directed learning and communication skills.   

Research / Architecture and Built Environment

Architecture and the Built Environment is an essential part of the modern world. Our research combines pioneering technology and unique industry partnerships while addressing issues with international impact.

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Professional and industry practice is at the heart of this course, with the key knowledge and skills for the real estate profession developed through the course, supporting future employability.

Our well-established course has been recognised and accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for more than 30 years and includes an optional placement year where you will work as a full-time trainee surveyor eligible to register for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence. Students who go on placement from this course, typically work as a trainee surveyor in both public and private sector organisations and obtain invaluable work experience in surveying or property related employment, gaining in self-confidence and maturity, and greatly enhance their academic and employment prospects.

Alternatively, you have the opportunity to study abroad with a partner institution enabling you to gain global perspective on your subject.

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You will graduate from this course with the skills and knowledge required within Real Estate locally, nationally and internationally.

We place a real emphasis on developing the transferable skills that will open doors to a range of real estate careers and advanced study opportunities. There include communication, analytical and problem solving skills, analytical research skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Graduates from this highly regarded professional course go on to a wide range of careers in property across the commercial, residential, private and public sectors in the UK, Europe and globally.

Book an Open Day / Experience Real Estate

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Real Estate. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one An exciting combined multi-disciplinary first year surveying year where students develop skills in construction technology, the economy, law in land and property, surveying skills and property measuring, surveying and appraisal.

Year 2

Year two A year of valuation of commercial property, management of commercial and residential property portfolios and investment properties, an exploration of the planning system, the study of the real estate economy and the marketing and agency sectors of real estate.

Year 3

Year three You have the option to undertake a professional placement to take the skills you have learned in the previous modules and put them into practice. Alternatively you can study a year abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Year 4

Year four An opportunity for students to explore a specific property related areas of research in the form of a dissertation. Core skills developed in corporate management, investment and finance, valuation and development and appraisal of property and land.

Who would this Course suit?

Have you ever thought about buying, selling, managing or developing property? If this sounds like an exciting career, then our business-focused course in real estate could be for you.

Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

GCSE requirements:
A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:
120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level: 
From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Scottish Highers:
BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:
BBBBB  - ABBBB

IB Diploma:
120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:
Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:
The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Applicants from the EU:
Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/ 

International applicants:
The University is pleased to welcome international applicants from over 100 countries and considers a wide range of qualifications for entry to its programmes.  For specific information please visit our International Admissions pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/international-admissions/ 

International applicants are also required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below

  • A British      Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0      (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing,      Listening and Speaking of 5.5
  • Pearson      Academic score of 54 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of      Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB to include

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications"

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

FUNDING INFORMATION

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How to Apply

Applications via UCAS

Most full-time and sandwich first degrees, extended degrees, DipHE and HND courses require that application is made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Clearing House.

If you are at school or college, staff there will advise you on how to apply. If you are not at school or college, you can apply using the UCAS secure, web-based online application system ucasapply.

Applicants apply via UCAS apply wherever there is access to the internet, and full instructions and an online help facility is available. Application details can be checked and printed at any time, text for personal statements and references can be copied and pasted into applications from a word processing package, and applications can normally be processed by the relevant Clearing House within one working day once submitted. More details on apply can be found on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

  • The UCAS institution code for Northumbria University is NORTH N77

If you wish to defer your entry, you should ensure you indicate this in section 3i of the application form. Full details of application deadlines and the application fee can be found on the UCAS website. Please note, however, we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to our Teacher Training, Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice programmes.

Application Deadlines

Equal consideration is given to all applications received at UCAS by 6.00pm on 15 January. Details of all UCAS deadlines can be found on the UCAS website www.ucas.com.

UCAS will accept applications up to 30 June, but we can only consider these if there are still vacancies in relevant subjects. You are advised to check with the University before applying for popular courses which may already be full. Candidates applying for any courses after early September must follow the UCAS Late Registration Procedure, and we will provide the appropriate form.

Decision Making Process

When we receive your application it will be forwarded to the Admissions Tutor who will consider your application in accordance with the University’s Admissions Policy.

Most subject areas do not require applicants to attend an interview as part of the selection procedure. However, if the standard procedure is to interview candidates, this is specified in the degree programme entrance requirements. Some courses, such as Health, Social Work and Teacher Training, require specific checks or requirements to be put in place during the normal selection process. These are detailed on the individual course details pages.

Fairness and Transparency

The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

What Happens Next

You will receive one of the following from UCAS or our Admissions Office:

  • Conditional offer which depends on you achieving certain grades from forthcoming examinations, completing relevant checks, or other requirements prior to entry. You may be asked to send us a copy of your certificates/qualifications once these have been received to enable us to confirm your offer. Not all examination results are sent to Universities via UCAS.
  • Unconditional offer if you have already satisfied entry requirements.
  • Reject your application.

Tuition Fee Assessment

Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process

Interviews

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening

Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire, and you may be required to attend a doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning your programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from your own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, you may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them - unless you are applying for one of the courses outlined within the following paragraph.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled ‘Criminal Convictions’. You must disclose anycriminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet ‘How to Apply’. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell UCAS and the University. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell UCAS and the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks

Please note that both UCAS and the University follow anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism

Applicants suspected of providing, or found to have provided, false information will be referred to UCAS if their application was made via UCAS. The same is true for applicants who are suspected of omitting, or found to have omitted, information that they are required to disclose according to UCAS regulations. Applications identified by UCAS’s Similarity Detection software to contain plagiarised material will be considered on an individual basis by Admissions Staff, taking into account the nature, relevance and importance of the plagiarism. The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

Extra

The Extra process enables applicants who have not been offered a place, or have declined all offers received, can use EXTRA to apply for other courses that still have vacancies before Clearing starts. The Extra process normally operates from late February until the end of June and Applicants should use the Course Search facility at UCAS to find which courses have vacancies.

Clearing

If you have not succeeded in gaining a place at your firm or insurance university, UCAS will send you details about Clearing, the procedure which matches course vacancies with students who do not have a university place. Information about degree vacancies at Northumbria is published in the national press; and you can also find information on our dedicated Clearing web pages during this period. We operate a Helpline - 0191 40 60 901 - throughout the Clearing period for enquiries about course vacancies.

Adjustment
If an applicant has both met and exceeded the conditions of their firmly accepted offer, they will have up to five calendar days from the time their place was confirmed (or A level results day, whichever is the later) to research places more appropriate to their performance. Applicants will have to nominate themselves for this system, and their eligibility will be confirmed by the institution they apply to adjust to.

Going to University from Care
Northumbria University is proud of its work in widening participation of young people and adults to university. We have recently been successful in being awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education. This mark was created to recognise institutions who go that extra mile to support students who have been in public care. To find out more, visit our Going to University from Care web page.

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK
Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA4001 -

The Evolution of the Built Environment (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about how buildings evolved from antiquity to the modern age, with the intent of your being able to identify differing architectural and constructional styles. Supporting this, you will learn to identify how key developments in materials and technologies led to new ideas on construction and urban living. You will learn about the origins of ideas for planning, recognise how the modern planning system evolved and the role of planning in managing our built environment, including how the needs of sustainability in our society will change the way we live and how we build.

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KA4014 -

Development and Construction Economics (Core, 20 Credits)

The demand for construction and property is generated from the global, national and regional economy. In this module you will learn how the surveyor works within the economic environment to provide the good and services demanded by society. You will learn about the basic and fundamental economic concepts such as demand and supply theory, market mechanism and macroeconomic objectives in order to develop an understanding of economic theory as applied to the construction industry and property. These fundamentals will be developed to help you understand money supply, the concept of risk and return and investment finance. Practical exercises will help you understand the components of value in property, property development and the construction process. You will learn about the role, key activities and the basic skills of the surveying and construction professions in different stages of the development and construction process with introductions to the key functions, professional practice techniques and concepts that are commonly deployed within the built environment such as property valuation, cost estimating and property procurement methods.

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KA4015 -

Construction Technology (Core, 20 Credits)

This module seeks to provide you with a fundamental understanding of how construction and structural technologies can be employed to address key principles of building, and to satisfy performance and regulatory requirements. You will also be introduced to the aesthetic, environmental, economic and legislative factors that influence the choice of technologies in the construction industry. In particular, you will develop an understanding of the following aspects of technologies for small-scale buildings:

- the construction team and their specific roles in technological decisions
- structural principles
- foundations and groundworks
- principles of enclosure
- principles of environmental control
- building envelope as a climatic modifier
- daylight and lighting need; room conditions and sound transfer
- air transfer mechanisms
- alternative sources of energy
-principles of heat loss
- material properties and choices
- external wall construction methods
- internal walls floors and stairs
- fixtures, fittings and furniture
- principles of sustainability and the impact of construction on the built and natural environments
- health and safety in the construction and use of buildings
- building regulations and associated legislation
- communications and graphical standards in construction technology

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KA4016 -

Law for Surveyors (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the key areas of law, which are relevant to the surveying profession, and also start to develop professional skills. Topics include:

• Introduction to the English Legal System and how the law affects the work of surveyors
• Sources of law, reviewing a case, interpreting legislation, legal research and problem solving techniques
• Contract Law
• Land law; land ownership, land registration, public and private rights affecting land and adverse possession.
• The sale of land; overview of the conveyancing process, different methods of sale including auctions and tenders.
• Tort : Negligence, Professional Negligence, Occupiers' liability, nuisance and Trespass.
• Landlord and Tenant Law; reading a lease, key lease obligations and remedies for breach of covenant.

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KA4026 -

Property Surveying (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is designed as part of a package of first year modules to provide you with the key skills and knowledge to embark on a programme of study leading to professional qualification as a chartered surveyor. The module will draw on and supplement the module on Construction Technology.

The module will be introduced by exercises to identify the characteristics of property matching them to occupier demands. You will learn and experience land and building surveying and measurement, instructed in the use of surveying equipment and be able to apply these techniques in real building surveys. In addition you will learn how to analyse building defects and specify and supervise their remediation, in the context of the contractual obligations imposed in property purchase and leasing transactions.

It is essential that the property professions make a contribution in combating climate change and as such you will be taught a range of low carbon design and construction philosophies and the application of renewable energy technologies. Property refurbishment and enhancement can also make a substantial contribution to minimising the environmental impact of property occupation, you will apply the techniques taught to the refurbishment of a range properties.

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KA4027 -

Professional Practice (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn how to develop a client brief on a real project and then progress a professional surveying assignment through to the production of a concluding report. This will take the form of an introduction to academic, study and professional skills and will draw students’ first year studies into a holistic project experience. It aims to reflect the interdependence of the different topic areas studied at Level 4, in the context of the surveying profession. You will learn how to work both individually and as part of a team and be able to assess your own and others role, responsibilities and contribution via reflective practice.

You will study a range of topics to support the above including:

Semester 1
The roles of different Built Environment professionals, including introductory presentations from different professionals and practitioners.
An introduction to academic, study and professional skills
Walking tours to identify key buildings and aspects of the sites to be examined within the assessment.
Semester 2
Teamwork to produce solutions to a project related problem/ scenario and working to tight deadlines.
Presentation skills for surveyors.

On completion of this module the knowledge and understanding acquired forms part of the broader contextual framework for the study of your discipline specific programme. The programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The academic content and skills development within the module is aimed at developing you both in terms of your current and future career aspirations.

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KA5018 -

Urban Planning and Development (Core, 20 Credits)

Planning mediates between competing interests in society and guides, shapes and regulates the use of land and property. The primary policy goal is to deliver and/or facilitate 'sustainable development'.

In this module you will explore the significance of planning in order to facilitate economic, social and environmental objectives within the development process. The module explores the nature of planning from a development perspective by engaging with policy, practical examples and key development concepts. It considers the guiding principles of planning, the statutory processes and procedural dimensions, the management of development, contemporary planning practice, key actors and agencies, synergies between planning and urban regeneration and the competing and evolving dynamics of urban development.

You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to the evaluation of policy; effective communication; self-direction and personal responsibility and appreciate social and ethical aspects of the development process.

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KA5019 -

Applied Valuation (Core, 20 Credits)

On this module, you will be learning and developing valuation theory and methodology and applying it to market based scenarios. You will be introduced to the RICS Valuation – Professional Standards (the Red Book) which will give you an understanding of the professional requirements of a chartered surveyor working in valuation. You will develop your IT skills in the use of Excel and also through the preparation of a Red Book valuation report to simulate the valuer’s working environment. You will also be introduced to valuation for statutory purposes through the process of calculating value for business rates.

Within Applied Valuation the range of topics studied include:

• Valuation principles and the role of the valuer
• Material considerations which affect value and sources of information
• Collection, analysis and presentation of comparable data
• Context and content of the RICS Valuation – Professional Standards
• Use of investment methods of valuation for freehold and leasehold interests and their application to live property scenarios
• Applied use of the residual method of valuation for development purposes and an introduction to development appraisal
• The construction of Excel spreadsheets for valuation
• Statutory valuation for rating purposes

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KA5020 -

Property Asset Management (Core, 20 Credits)

The module introduces you to the concepts and practices of commercial and residential property asset management, including landlord and tenant relationships, leases, and an initial consideration of the legal and practical issues.

At the end of the module you will be able to identify the main legislation and important legal documents applicable to the surveyor’s role. You will be able to apply theory to practice and will have improved your work related skills in various fields.

An indicative outline syllabus is as follows:

• Leases and legal documents
• Rents, codes and lettings
• Service charges (commercial and residential)
• Rent Reviews
• Exit strategies
• Alienation
• Landlord and Tenant legislation
• Tenant Default
• Mixed use
• Residential property law
• The private rented sector
• Social housing

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KA5021 -

Property Agency and Market Research (Core, 20 Credits)

In Semester One the module will focus on the marketing process from initial receipt of instruction to successful completion of the transaction. In the first instance this will be for the letting of a commercial property on the basis of a new lease and will include:

• Receipt of Instruction
• Inspection
• Rental Valuation
• Reporting to the client
• Marketing Plan
• Marketing Period
• Negotiation of terms
• Agreement of Heads of Terms
• Preparation of Draft Lease
• Completion

In Semester Two you will be expected to relate the detailed marketing process to the local property market. The legislation and professional body guidance framework controlling the role of an agent will be considered in some detail and related to market examples to help you to understand the requirements. In Semester Two you will also be introduced to real estate research methods:

• The principle Legislation affecting the marketing of property
• Letting by Sub Lease and Assignment
• Freehold Sale
• Sale/Assignment of Long Ground Lease
• The use of IT in marketing
• Researching real estate
• Research ethics
• The research process

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KA5037 -

Real Estate Economics (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about and examine the economy and core economic concepts and how these are related to, and influence real estate markets and their performance. The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to apply economic theory to real estate markets; specifically the development, use, management and adaptation land and buildings in an urban context. At the end of the module you should be able to employ property market and other economic data to analyse the nature, condition and structure of urban property markets. Assessment is by way of a written coursework and an examination, providing both formative and summative feedback.
Indicative syllabus
Economic principles applied to:
• Commercial & residential property markets
• Property investment markets
• Development land markets
• Property market cycles
• The construction industry
• Planning for urban growth and land use
• Transport and infrastructure
• Adaptation and change of use of buildings

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KA5040 -

Business and Professional Development (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will teach you about the surveying profession, the governing bodies and give you an understanding of the skill set required to succeed within the profession to allow you to consider the direction of your future career. You will learn how to develop your professional CV and how to conduct yourself within an employment interview through a mock interview.. Within semester 2 you will worth within an interdisciplinary team for the week long interdisciplinary project. Within this you will learn some of the skills required of a building surveyor, quantity surveyor and real estate surveyor within this environment, you will draw upon the skills and knowledge gained from the modules taught within your second year to develop a client brief into a feasibility design which you will present with your group to a panel of industry experts.

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KA5029 -

International Academic Exchange 1 (Optional, 60 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one semester as part of your programme.

This is a 60 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

Your study abroad semester will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as an additional 60 credits for Engineering and Environment Study Abroad Semester.

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KA5030 -

International Academic Exchange 2 (Optional, 120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one full year as part of your programme.

This is a 120 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

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KF5000 -

Engineering and Environment Work Placement Year (Optional, 120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one year work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, as well as accreditation bodies such as BCS, IET, IMechE, RICS, CIOB and CIBSE within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised both in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 40 weeks.

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KF5001 -

Engineering and Environment Work Placement Semester (Optional, 60 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one semester work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the placement is recognised both in your transcript as a 60 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 20 weeks.

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KA6023 -

Commercial Real Estate Appraisal (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will develop existing knowledge gained in previous years building on valuation techniques and critically applying these skills to current market scenarios. You will consider the appraisal of real estate and how this applies to the profession as a whole and how to advice a client/stakeholder appropriately through the RICS Valuation – Professional Standards and other professional requirements such as the International Property Measuring Standards. You will also consider the current issues facing both the profession and real estate markets. This will prepare you for a career as a Chartered Surveyor and build towards the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) pathway.

Within Commercial Real Estate Appraisal you will study a range of topics including:-

• Valuation/appraisal methodology and applying to different scenarios
• Secured lending valuations/appraisal
• Asset valuations/appraisal
• RICS reporting and advising clients
• Statutory valuation
• Modern methods of valuation and appraisal
• Using IT software for Real Estate appraisal

Throughout this module you will develop academic and professional skills relating to the use and analysis of data, understand real estate markets and the impact on appraisal, effective communication and be able to advice clients/stakeholders in accordance with RICS governance.

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KA6024 -

Real Estate Development (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about development appraisals and develop a deeper understanding of the development management and the property development process. The topics include:
* Development process
* Development site evaluation
* Planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy
* Market research for development
* Development appraisal
* Marketing of development sites and schemes
* Acquisition and disposal of development sites
* Development finance
* Challenges to planning decisions
* Breaches of development control

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KA6025 -

Corporate Real Estate Management (Core, 20 Credits)

You will be introduced to a strategic overview of property portfolio management, which includes the corporate occupier, reflecting the changes in property management practice. The module is intended to provide you with an insight into property and strategic asset management. This includes identifying and analysing current business trends and changing patterns of property occupation set within the context of a legal structure that must be employed by the real estate surveyor.

You will study a range of topics to support the above including:

Property management
Strategic Asset management
Portfolio management
Exit strategies and Insolvency
Assignments and sub lettings
Sustainability issues
Office markets, users and flexible working arrangements
Retail issues
The leisure market
Industrial markets


The programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the academic content and skills development within the module is aimed at developing you both in terms of your current and future career aspirations.

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KA6026 -

Real Estate Investment And Finance (Core, 20 Credits)

On this module, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to actively manage property as an investment asset within the wider professional investment market.

You will develop an understanding of principal investment assets and their characteristics in order to speculate, predict market activity and undertake complex investment decisions which are reflective of current practice. The module will also provide you with knowledge and experience of contemporary issues affecting the investment markets.

Topics covered will include:

• The structure of the investment universe
• Investor profiling
• Competition: alternative assets
• Measuring returns from property investment
• Investment objectives: the concept of risk and return
• Investment theory
• Applied investment strategy
• Property cycles: when is the timing right?
• Property finance and funding (equity)
• Property finance and funding (debt)
• Indirect investment vehicles
• Diversification within property investment portfolios
• Property disposal
• Purchasing property
• Investment portfolio appraisal

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KA6032 -

Surveying Dissertation (Core, 40 Credits)

This module is designed to support you in independently pursuing an original piece of research on a built environment topic of your own choice and aims to provide you with an opportunity to design and conduct a substantive piece of investigative work that is directly related to your programme of study. You will draw upon and develop your independent research skills to answer a research question or test a hypothesis of your choosing. You will assemble and review relevant scholarly literature and data and to present a cogent, reasoned and objective critique of published scholarly work on your chosen topic, in order to define a precisely focus for your research.

You will develop expertise to achieve the following:

• identify an appropriate research topic
• critically review relevant academic literature;
• formulate research questions/hypotheses and appropriate methods of inquiry;
• collect your own data and/or using existing datasets and literature
• analyse and interpret your results using appropriate quantitative, statistical and/or qualitative techniques,
• relate your findings to existing and up-to-date literature and theory;
• objectively appraise the ethical considerations of conducting research; and
• independently manage and implement your own research project.

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