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Study Land & Property Management, why & how to study

Covering the entire built and natural environment, Land & Property Management literally shapes the world around us.

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  1. What’s Land & Property Management?

  2. What Land & Property Management degrees can you study?

  3. What do you need to get onto a Land & Property Management degree?

  4. What topics does a Land & Property Management degree cover?

  5. How will you be assessed?

  6. Why study Land & Property Management?

  7. What do Land & Property Management graduates earn?

  8. What jobs can you get as a Land & Property Management graduate?

  9. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

  10. Similar subjects to Land & Property Management

  11. Have any questions?

What’s Land & Property Management?

At its broadest level, Land & 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 assessing, managing and enhancing the world’s physical assets – everything from forests and country estates to city office blocks and major regeneration projects.

What Land & Property Management degrees can you study?

Undergraduate degrees in Land & Property Management include:

  • Building Surveying BSc
  • Construction Management and Surveying BSc
  • Property Development and Planning BSc
  • Real Estate BSc
  • Urban Planning and Property Development BSc

Options may include an integrated foundation year and professional placement year.

What do you need to get onto a Land & Property Management degree?

Most undergraduate Land & Property Management courses ask for 96–128 UCAS points. Not every university will base their offer on UCAS points and some courses may have lower or higher requirements. Qualifications may include:

  • A Levels: ABB–CCD
  • Scottish Highers: AABB–BBCC (Advanced Highers: BB)
  • International Baccalaureate: 29–26

Good subjects to have studied include:

  • English and maths GCSE (or equivalent) with good grades

Experience that would look good on your application:

  • Work experience or shadowing in a related area, such as a property management company, land agent or construction company
  • Finding out more about the career from the websites of professional bodies such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

Other requirements for this subject include:

  • Pass in the practical element of science, if taken at A Level

What topics does a Land & Property Management degree cover?

Typical modules for courses in this subject include:

  • Advanced building surveying
  • Building information modelling (BIM)
  • Building pathology and life care
  • Building technology and design
  • Construction methods and technology
  • Cost and contract administration
  • Countryside management
  • Environment and land resources
  • Housing law and practice
  • Human geography and the city
  • Land and construction surveying
  • Place and place-making
  • Property management
  • Real estate development
  • Residential survey and development
  • The planning system

How will you be assessed?

Courses are assessed in a variety of ways, depending on the module:

  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Group work
  • Posters
  • Practical or project work
  • Presentations
  • Reports

Why study Land & 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. You’ll also gain useful skills, whatever your eventual career:

Career-specific skills:

  • Specialised technical skills relevant to the industry, such as property valuation and appraisal
  • Knowledge in areas such as construction methods, property management and property law

Transferable skills:

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Numeracy and IT skills
  • Presentation
  • Problem solving
  • Project management
  • Report writing
  • Research
  • Team working

Professional accreditation:

  • Degrees may be accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) providing a pathway toward professional qualification as a Chartered Member (MRICS)
  • Other degree accreditations could include the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

Based on the title of the course, many potential students may assume only certain things are taught. However, the course allows you to access the world of Real Estate from so many aspects, and I have been able to understand how property is fundamental in many professions.

Joelle, University of Reading

What do Land & Property Management graduates earn?

Starting salaries for Land & Property Management graduates are around £27,000.

As your career progresses, you could earn an average of £44,000 as an established property developer. A chartered building surveyor with ten years’ experience could have a base salary of £50,000 with bonuses taking total income to over £65,000.

What jobs can you get as a Land & Property Management graduate?

Many graduates work for property consultancies or surveying firms; these may be major international companies such as CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield, or local firms.

Other opportunities may be within property companies such as British Land and Segro or with 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. Future careers could include:

  • BIM specialist
  • Building inspector
  • Chartered building surveyor
  • Estate manager
  • Land services manager
  • Maintenance manager
  • Project manager
  • Property manager
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Senior rural asset manager
  • Solicitor

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

Postgraduate opportunities in Land & Property Management include a range of taught master’s and research degrees, such as:

  • Housing and Community Planning MA
  • Real Estate Development MSc
  • Real Estate Finance MPhil
  • Rural Estate and Land Management MSc
  • Surveying and Land/Environmental Management PGDip/MSc

Similar subjects to Land & Property Management

Other subject areas that might appeal to you include:

Have any questions?

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