Accredited by: RICS

This programme prepares students for a career as Chartered General Practice Surveyors, professionals involved in the valuation, management of property, as well as investment in and development of property across the commercial, industrial and residential sectors. They may also be involved in structuring the deals for sales and acquisitions of properties.

Study Real Estate at GCU and you will gain the knowledge and experience to undertake property valuations, carry out development appraisals, provide advice on property investment, manage property assets, real estate sales and acquisitions and to become a Chartered Surveyor. You'll also benefit from a one year paid work experience which you can use towards RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) status. The BSc Real Estate degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and the course qualifies you for RICS graduate membership.

Your career

Graduates have gone on to work in international firms such as CBRE, Colliers International, Cushman & Wakefield, Drivers Jonas, Deloitte, Jones Lang La Salle, Knight Frank and Lambert Smith Hampton and in UK organisations such as DM Hall, Gerald Eve, Graham & Sibbald, GVA James Barr, Ryden, various local local authorities, Network Rail, NHS Estates and Valuation Office Agency.

What you will study

Year 1

Foundation modules in Construction Technology, Property Economics, Urban Studies, Professional Practice, Valuation and Construction Contracts.

Year 2

Continuation of core skills modules with additional study including Advanced Construction Technology, Property Development, Valuation, Construction & Property Contracts, Property Management and Urban Planning.

Year 3

Professional placement which counts towards the two years of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Year 4

Honours Dissertation and further studies including Advanced Commercial Investment Valuation, Statutory Valuation, Real Estate Portfolio Management &Investment, Corporate Property Management, Facilities Management, ProjectManagement, Urban Regeneration and Negotiation Skills.

Entry requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1

SQA Higher

ABBC plus Nat 5 English and Maths at C

A level

CCC plus GCSE English and Maths at C/4

ILC Higher

H2, H2, H2, H2 plus English and Maths at Ordinary Level O2

IB Diploma

24 points


Level 3 Extended Diploma in relevant subject at MMM

SWAP Access

SWAP STEM programme at BBB

Year 2


15 credit HNC in a Built Environment subject with a minimum B in the Graded Unit.

A Level

BBC plus GCSE English and Maths at C/4.


Level 3 Extended Diploma in Built Environment subject at DMM.

Summer school

Completion of 2-week Summer School programme is also required.

English language

Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £1820
  • RUK: £9250*
  • EU: £1820
  • International: £11,500

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Students on a part-time programme may be invoiced for the full annual fee or for the number of modules completed per academic year. Students may be eligible to pay this in instalments over the course of the year. View part-time and distance learning fees.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.

International student start dates

For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Work placement

A year-long work placement is an essential part of the course, completed in the 3rd year of study. Students have the option to carry out their placement either in the UK or abroad.

Professional accreditation

This programme is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Study abroad

Study exchange opportunities exist with partner institutions overseas. The programme has participated in exchanges with Universities in Lahti (Finland), Lecce (Italy), Melbourne and Toronto.

HM Forces

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods, including coursework activities and formal examinations, are included within the modules. Our approach to teaching involves mixing traditional methods whilst employing modern technology, which in practice means our students can access materials through blackboards, weblinks, wikis and voice recordings. For some parts of the course, lectures are recorded and uploaded onto GCULearn, allowing our students to access the material when it suits them through a variety of media, such as a smart phone. Our students are partly assessed through undergoing real life practical experience often involving live projects allowing them to put into practice the theory they have learned. In part these assessments are organised to mirror how the professional body which accredits our course, the Royal Institution of Practical Surveyors would assess for professional competence.

Teaching methods

This course has very good links with industry which allows us to share in their professional knowhow. Our students are introduced to valuation practice software by Ryden, a leading firm of chartered surveyors and we are allowed access to the database of CoStar, a commercial property information provider. One of our key targets is to give our students national and international experience. Depending on availability of financial resources, students have, in the past, spent a week out of every year of their course studying various UK and International commercial property markets. Students can also spend a year studying at a European university under the Erasmus exchange programme and uniquely could also spend a semester or further year studying at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Program taught in:
  • English

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