Guide to Studying Land & Property Management
By Cathy, Associate Professor in the School of Real Estate & Planning at the University of Reading.
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).
- 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.
*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.