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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • CBRE
  • Colliers
  • DTZ
  • Knight Frank
  • Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Lisney
  • Savills

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Graduate Valuer
  • Property Developer
  • Property Manager
  • Real Estate Investment Surveyor
  • Real Estate Market Analyst
  • Trainee Surveyor


Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

'Real' education for 'real' careers in the 'real estate' industry.


The Real Estate programme has unique characteristics in meeting the needs of property professions at both national and international levels. The degree has a strong focus on valuation, appraisal, finance and property development set within a business and built environment context. It is an ideal starting point for those aspiring to become Chartered Surveyors or have careers with a real estate or built environment focus. Many graduates will, after a period of work-based learning, progress to chartered membership status of a relevant professional institution.

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About this course

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The Real Estate Programme offers a diverse, exciting and challenging career in a growing business sector. It provides a skill set which involves meeting people, inspecting property and negotiating deals. Real estate professionals enjoy their work and the rewards it brings. A career in property provides numerous job opportunities that are varied and exciting including agency, development, valuation, investment, rating, and property consultancy. The profession is well respected, the lifestyle is flexible, rewarding and well remunerated.

Whilst real estate markets, like all aspects of the economy, are cyclical, there is always a need for professionals with the right skills to optimise real estate portfolios and respond to the market conditions. The property market, both locally and nationally continued to recruit at both placement and graduate levels even during the economic downturn. In this regard the Ulster real estate graduate is capable of responding to the challenges and opportunities across the property sectors in what promises to be an exciting and dynamic future for all those in the real estate industry.

This course focuses primarily on commercial real estate including real estate development, investment, management and valuation for investment, sales and acquisition. It offers a professional route to becoming a chartered surveyor and ensures students are equipped with the skills needed to succeed in a competitive workplace. As well as offering a direct route into the real estate profession, our course also offers a solid foundation on which to build a career in a range of other disciplines due to the grounding in business acumen, strategic management and wider financial appreciation.


You are expected to attend all timetabled classes which are normally spread over one to two days a week. Each semester consists of a 12 week term followed by a three week revision and examination period. The timetabled classes are a mix of lectures, seminars, computer tutorials and practical exercises. However, students are also expected to undertake independent research and study beyond their timetabled hours.

Most modules are 20 credit points and these notionally involve 200 hours of student effort, of which the class contact hours varies according to the respective module (lectures, tutorials, computer laboratory etc) with the remainder made up from a variety of assignment work, directed study, student’s private study and revision. There are also some 10 point modules (100 hours of student effort).

Start dates

  • September 2018
How to apply


Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Communicating Sustainability

Year: 1

Communicating Sustainability, in building a platform for further sustainability studies, provides a range of built environment disciplines with knowledge of key sustainability strategies, themes such as consumption, energy, environment, communities and transport and seeks to develop an understanding of their inter-relationships thereby facilitating inter-disciplinary working. Student use of appropriate IT systems and effective communication skills are enhanced.

Business and the Economy

Year: 1

This module will provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts and applications of economics as they affect individuals, firms and governments, as well as the policy decisions taken in industry, commerce, and local government.

Development Process

Year: 1

This module details the professionals, stakeholders, systems and processes involved in the planning and development process. It considers the various stages of the development process in terms of project appraisal and the land, labour, material and financial inputs required. It examines the regulation and management of sustainable development through the statutory land use planning system and explains the role of public participation. This module provides students with a solid grounding of the implications and impact of development to allow them to appreciate the role their discipline plays within the wider socio-economic, environmental, legal and political environment.

Measurement and Computer Aided Design

Year: 1

This module develops the practical measurement skills of real estate students to ensure that they can conduct, record and digitally represent floorplans for both residential and commercial buildings. The underpinning measurement theory and building survey methods are supplemented by the practical measurement activities to ensure that students gain hands on experience of carrying out building measurement tasks. The ability to draw and record these floorplans digitally using industry bespoke software helps develop practical surveying skills which prepares students for both placement and graduate employment.

Year two

Construction Technology 1

Year: 2

This module provides a general introduction to construction technology with specific
emphasis on the sustainable construction of small-scale, low-rise buildings.

The module also introduces the factors that affect and systems that control the internal
environment of domestic buildings.


Year: 2

Built environment professionals must be aware of the legal boundaries within which they are required to operate. They must have knowledge of and a practical understanding of the legal rules which regulate transactions and relationships. They must appreciate and understand the fundamental principles of the legal framework within which they operate. The module is designed to develop in students an understanding of the above and will enable them to appreciate the importance of the correlation between law and their own specific discipline.

Valuation Principles

Year: 2

This module introduces the student to a range of financial mathematics, value and investment concepts, various valuation techniques and the bases of those methods. It provides for an appreciation of the analysis and the application of different techniques may be applied to simple valuation problems and how each approach would be used in practice.

Year three


Year: 3

This module will consider the fundamental principles and rules of the law of real property. Specifically the module will consider: the distinction between real & personal property; concurrent ownership; landlord & tenant; licenses & estoppel; trespass & control of access to land; adverse possession; freehold covenants; incorporeal hereditaments and mortgages.

Valuation Practice

Year: 3

This module builds upon core skills covered in the Valuation Principle (SUR107) module. It introduces students to a range of traditional valuation techniques and methodologies used by industry. It provides for an appreciation of leases including rent reviews and the implications of the Business Tenancies Order. An introduction to rating law and practice provides the core knowledge relating to liability, valuation methods and appeal procedures.

Property and Capital Market Modelling

Year: 3

This module develops the knowledge base of the students through the enhancement of economic and analytical skills. The module provides students with an awareness of the process and application of economic analysis and the manner of problem solving and decision making through the incorporation of spatial and temporal dimensions. The theories and decision process is applied to an array of practical situations using geographic information, basic statistics skills in property market analysis, and an in-depth understanding of capital markets.

Year four

Real Estate Appraisal and Finance

Year: 4

The module provides students with the basic concepts and theories in valuation and finance and a practical understanding of real estate finance, market value and development appraisal fundamentals. It presents some of the major concepts, principles and analytical methods useful for analysing financial decisions in property development and investment. It also gives students exposure to Excel based evaluation tools which are integral to valuation and measurement practice.

Integrated Regeneration Project

Year: 4

The module develops student understanding of real estate value by developing the theory underpinning development including the components of value, land assembly, acquisition, compulsory purchase and compensation of assets. Valuation methods incorporating cost and residual approaches; and local taxation affecting property decisions will be of central importance to the module. Furthermore, the module develops the core fundamentals of value link to regeneration and real estate investment. The module builds upon and further enhances valuation skills developed in Year One through the SUR107 Valuation Principles.

Professional Practice in Real Estate

Year: 4

Professional bodies (such as the RICS) place a considerable emphasis on the need for professionalism and professional conduct to be demonstrated by all members. This module provides the student with the knowledge and skills to enable them to self-appraise and become critically self-aware in developing their career path to become a professional housing/real estate practitioner. The module also provides students with practical insights into building pathology and defect detection as well as the regulatory framework within which a real estate practitioner resides.

Introduction to Financial Accounting

Year: 4

This module provides an introduction to financial accounting and reporting. The module introduces the student to the study of accounting as it impacts on business and economic activity. In particular it considers the preparation and analysis of basic financial statements and introduces the student to principles and concepts underpinning corporate financial reporting.

Year five

Property Asset Management

Year: 5

This module aims to foster a deep understanding of the fundamental challenges and opportunities presented by investment and occupational property assets. It adopts an approach of proactive asset management and seeks to equip the students with skills to add value to real estate assets and to prepare the student for employment in management of the principal events in the life cycle of property assets.

Investment Valuations

Year: 5

This module considers the financial characteristics of investment and examines real estate from the point of view as a single asset or held within a portfolio of assets. It identifies the processes, procedures and regulatory framework necessary to value commercial real estate investments and cash flow appraisals.

Applied property data analysis

Year: 5

This module examines principal concepts, theories and practical considerations with respect to pricing models, mass appraisal, applied statistics and inferential analysis. It exposes students to areas of professional practice and allows them through a process of problem solving to gain an in-depth appreciation of the subject matter.

Dissertation I

Year: 5

The module introduces students to the nature of a research investigation, the characteristics and requirements of an undergraduate dissertation and emphasises the compulsory elements underpinning research design including effective time management and research ethics. The module stresses that knowledge of the theoretical and literature base of the subject is critical in the delivery of a research study.

Year six

Statutory valuations

Year: 6

This module examines principles concepts, theories and practical considerations with respect to rating law and practice, compulsory purchase and compensation. It exposes students to areas of professional practice and allows them through a process of problem solving to gain an indepth appreciation of the subject matter.

Dissertation II

Year: 6

The module introduces students to the empirical nature of research and requires students to undertake an empirical investigation to achieve the aim and objectives of their dissertation topic. Emphasis is upon the sourcing and analysis of information and data, the use of appropriate research methods, the presentation, discussion and interpretation of findings and arriving at conclusions relevant to the topic.

Integrated Development & Finance Project

Year: 6

This module is designed to provide a practice-based understanding of regeneration, real estate investment and to enhance student awareness of the innovative investment products currently on the market. Stages in the process include the transposition of knowledge on the various stages of the regeneration process. Investment vehicles, cash flow analysis, partnership modelling, investment strategies and the risk return characteristics form the basis of the second stage of the module. Collectively the module is designed to enhance awareness of the innovative capacity of real estate as an asset class and to inform and educate student ' the future drivers of the industry to the potential of regeneration.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBC. All subject areas considered.

Applicants can satisfy the requirement for one of the A level grades (or equivalent) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University.

Applied General Qualifications

Overall BTEC award profile of DMM to include 8 Distinctions. All subject areas considered.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile to include grades H3, H3, H3, H3, H4. All subject areas considered.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBCCC. All subject areas considered

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCD. All subject areas considered.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 25 points (12 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile Overall average of 65%. Science/Science & Technology/Humanities or Social Science based.


GCSE Profile to include Grade C in English and Maths.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

The Real Estate programme is delivered via a variety of lectures, seminars, computer tutorials, educational videos and practical exercises. Staff are encouraged to vary their teaching styles and facilitate small group teaching or break-out seminars as much as possible. Class sizes are kept small to ensure that students benefit from one-to-one support and tutorage. Modules are assessed through a mix/combination of coursework, examinations or practical exercises depending on the skills being assessed.

Exemptions and transferability

Exemptions may be available from some linked HND programmes and in other circumstances on application and based upon evidence of previous experience and / or educational attainment.

For details on exemptions and transferability contact the Programme Director, Dr Lesley Hemphill:

T: 028 9036 6110


Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • CBRE
  • Colliers
  • DTZ
  • Knight Frank
  • Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Lisney
  • Savills

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Graduate Valuer
  • Property Developer
  • Property Manager
  • Real Estate Investment Surveyor
  • Real Estate Market Analyst
  • Trainee Surveyor

Career options

Most graduates work as agents buying, selling and letting real estate, or as property managers, valuation surveyors, property development surveyors or investment advisors. Graduates in Real Estate will be capable of fulfilling professional roles, which relate to all aspects of the management of landed property with particular emphasis on financial appraisal and evaluation of real estate in both investment and development terms. The course content addresses legal, economic, financial and environmental issues with a focus across different asset classes, making the course an excellent first degree for a range of careers in business and the built environment. In addition, the course provides an excellent foundation for graduates who wish to undertake postgraduate study or research.

Typical job destinations include:

  • Public sector such as local authorities/councils such as Belfast City Council, Land and Property Services, NIHE
  • Private sector such as agency, property consultancies, developers, financial institutions, housing associations, charities, estate agents, management companies, investment companies, research, valuation.

Professional recognition

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership.


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Start dates

  • September 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
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Scholarships, awards and prizes

The top two full-time students in years 1, 2 and 4 (and part-time equivalent) as well as the top placement student qualify for the Real Estate Excellence Awards each year. These awards are sponsored by the real estate industry and are designed to provide recognition to the students for their hard work and commitment to their studies.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


Employer Testimonials

‘Ulster University has been the backbone of the education and training of young surveyors for the past four decades. The property course in its different forms over the years has been essential in producing high quality graduates seeking a career in commercial property in both the private and public sector. CB Richard Ellis Belfast has been employing Ulster graduates for many years and has a number of Jordanstown alumni ranging from Director to Placement Student level. We see the Real Estate course at Jordanstown as a key ingredient in the growth of CB Richard Ellis Belfast’. Brian Lavery, Managing Director CB Richard Ellis, Belfast.

‘The Property course offered at Ulster University, Jordanstown, has been the cornerstone of the surveying profession in Northern Ireland for many years and remains at the forefront of current developments in the property market. We consider the University of Ulster a strategic partner in our business offering the highest standard of surveying education, research and support not only for the graduates and students that we employ but also in the analysis of the dynamics of the local property market’. Colin McDowell, Director DTZ McCombe Pierce.

Student Testimonials

‘The course covers a wide range of topics and provides an excellent understanding of the property profession. I feel that being a Chartered Surveyor offers a very sociable career, with quick career progression and worldwide employment potential. I gained employment soon after graduating and currently work for a firm in Manchester within their valuation department and I fully recommend this course as it is a unique, business focused degree that allows for an enjoyable career’. Emma Smyth, Senior Valuation Surveyor, GVA Grimley​