University College of Estate Management

The University College of Estate Management (UCEM) celebrates its centenary in 2019: it is the leading provider of supported online learning for the real estate and construction industries. With programmes recognised and accredited by professional bodies including RICS, CIOB and CABE, its accredited degree programmes provide a route to professional membership. Modules allow students to specialise for their chosen career pathway, with flexible, accessible and cost-effective education that fits around work and personal commitments.


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

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The university does not receive direct public funding

UCAS Code: E76

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • UCEM's e-library (accessed through the virtual learning environment) is a comprehensive and valuable online resource, enabling students to access a wealth of subject-specific and credible information to support them throughout their studies. Resources include over 2,000 full-text journals, over 1,000 useful weblinks to e-resources, and online searchable databases from 15 key industry-specific and educational sources. A discovery service allows students to search all the UCEM library services and e-resources in one place.
  • As students progress, learning resources for each module will be made available on the VLE and supplemented where necessary with textbooks. The VLE allows students to form networks across the globe and to discuss and deliberate current issues.
  • Other resources include UCEM published research and access to Knowledge Foundations, a compendium of news, research and resources relating to the educational sector and the built environment.

Student jobs

  • All courses are taught online, so that students can learn when, where and how they want to – without interrupting their career.
  • Students and alumni can view details of employers' current vacancies at UCEM's Job Shop.

Careers advice

  • UCEM provides high quality careers advice and guidance to all prospective and current students and also recent graduates (for up to three years after graduation). Careers support is delivered in a professional, impartial and accessible way, to equip students and graduates with the skills and knowledge to effectively choose and manage their careers.
  • The service aims to coach and facilitate students in achieving their career goals. It works with students to identify which career will suit them, helping to develop a career action plan. It helps students identify the skills they need to develop and progress in their career – and how they will develop them. It also facilitates access to staff who can advise them and provides relevant up-to-date information on careers.
  • Coaching resources are available on the virtual learning environment (VLE), with guidance on topics such as: networking, preparing a CV, and understanding career motivations. A careers and employability adviser can be contacted for impartial and confidential advice; and an online Job Shop features a wide range of job opportunities and placements.

Disability support

  • UCEM has a Disability and Well-being Support Team, offering support to students with physical and sensory impairments, autism, specific learning differences, mental health difficulties, and long-term health conditions. Anything students tell the university regarding their disability or health condition will be dealt with in strict confidence.
  • UCEM knows that each person's disability can affect them in different ways, so the support it offers is flexible and tailored to each individual. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the university so that it can discuss meeting their individual needs.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.


  • Since its foundation in 1919 UCEM has helped over 150,000 people around the world to progress their careers through study. Globally, at any one time, over 3,500 individuals are studying its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
  • In 2012, UCEM was awarded Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) which came into effect in 2013. Its programmes, formerly taught through correspondence, transitioned to being taught wholly through supported online learning.
  • In 2015, UCEM was awarded university college status by the UK Government and the Privy Council, becoming University College of Estate Management.

Fascinating Fact

  • The University College of Estate Management recently introduced a Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship, where participants study an MBA Construction and Real Estate online while developing management and leadership skills in the workplace.


University College of Estate Management, Horizons, 60 Queen’s Road, Reading, RG1 4BS