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Guide to Studying Land & Property Management

By Cathy, Associate Professor in the School of Real Estate & Planning at the University of Reading.

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What is Land and Property Management?

  • At its broadest level Land and Property Management is about the built environment; offices, shops, industrial buildings, houses and the surrounding countryside all have an impact on the quality of our lives.
  • This subject explores the issues around the creation, management and enhancement of the world’s physical assets – everything from forests and country estates to city office blocks and major regeneration projects.

Specific or general skills developed

  • As with any academic degree you will develop skills such as problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Alongside these you will also develop your transferable skills such as report writing, team work and making presentations; all very important for the property professions. 
  • You will also gain more specialised technical skills relevant to industry such as property valuation and appraisal.

Examples of area of study

  • Law, economics, management, planning, construction and property valuation.

Why study Land and Property Management?

  • Studying this subject enables you to understand issues such as how and why properties are developed, who is responsible for managing them and how much they are worth.
  • With a degree in Land and Property Management you can help to shape the world around you.
  • Many people think this subject is about being a residential estate agent ... it’s a lot more than that!

Coursework, assessment and exams

  • In most courses you will sit traditional exams.
  • This subject also lends itself very well to project work, presentations and report writing so you can expect to find a mixture of assessment methods throughout your course.

What degree can I get? 

  • Most property related courses will be BSc Hons degrees. If you are interested in becoming a Chartered Surveyor make sure the course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Courses include

  • BSc Real Estate
  • BSc Investment and Finance in Property
  • BSc Rural Property Management
  • BSc Real Estate with MSc/Dip Urban Planning & Development

What qualifications do I need?

  • Most courses do not have specific subject requirements although a good level of English and Maths at GCSE is usually specified.
  • Entry requirements vary widely between institutions.
  • As this is not a subject you will have studied at school it is important that your UCAS Personal Statement demonstrates your interest in this area. Relevant work experience is always useful but not essential – your passion for the subject is the most important thing!

Use our Course Chooser to search through Land & Property Management courses.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

  • After completing your undergraduate degree, you could go on to take a Masters course in a related area such as Real Estate Finance or a general Business or Management qualification.

Graduate job prospects

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*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.

What are the job opportunities?

  • Many graduates go on to work for property consultancies or surveying firms; these may be major international companies such as CBRE and DTZ or local firms.
  • Other opportunities may be within property companies such as British Land and Segro or with the owners of major country estates such as the National Trust.
  • The occupiers of property, such as Marks & Spencer and Tesco, also recruit graduates with this degree to manage their property portfolios.
  • If you choose to specialise in real estate finance you could work for a bank or pension fund.
  • Because you develop skills relevant to a wider business context, graduates are well placed to enter a wide variety of business and management careers.