BSc (Hons) Real Estate (Professional Placement Year)




Royal Agricultural University Campus


4 years (Full time)

Academic Year

30 September 2024 to 30 May 2025

This honours degree course gives you the opportunity to examine the complexities of the market for the following sectors: commercial, residential, industrial, leisure, and rural property, both in the UK and overseas. Together with the Pilkington Farms Partnership the RAU has introduced a generous award designed to reward academic performance and to celebrate excellence and innovation in real estate and land management, to find out more please click on the link at the bottom of the page.

Course overview

The UK, Singapore, Dubai, Brussels and Hong Kong are just some of the destinations where graduates of this course have gone on to work, in both town and urban environments.

Whether you wish to pursue a career in commercial, residential, or industrial property our Real Estate degree will develop your technical and professional skills, networks and confidence. Graduates have fulfilled roles at prestigious companies such as Knight Frank, JLL, CBRE, Deloitte Real Estate, Dalcour Malaren, Savills, the Valuation Office  Agency, and many more.

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), this course is the ideal launch pad into the professional world of real estate or other sectors depending on your career aspirations. You will learn about acquisitions, sales, commercial lettings, development and management of property interests and investments, town and country planning and building construction.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), they have produced this short video highlighting their recent work.

Work placement

In the third year, you will apply and develop your expertise and complete a 12-month period in the workplace. Our Careers Team run a careers fair each year, providing an opportunity for you to meet potential employers.

Not only could you find yourself working for prestigious companies in the UK or across the world, you will develop confidence and industry contacts for when you graduate.

Course content

You will cover rural as well as urban property issues throughout all years of the programme. The broad nature of the curriculum keeps your options open for future specialism in areas that interest you most in your final year.

Modules are divided into three streams: Property, Land Use and Development and Business. You will learn through lectures, smaller group tutorials, visiting lecturers from industry, practical sessions, study visits and real-life case studies as well as completing a Research Project in a subject area of specific interest. The course is also flexible and it is possible to transfer on to the Rural Land Management degree at the end of the first year, and occasionally, at the end of the second year.

A part-time or distance learning route to study is available.


Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and societies activities.


Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Each credit equates to 10 hours of total study time. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Full-time students normally take modules worth 60 credits per 15 week semester but this can vary depending on your elective choice. Part-time students taking proportionally fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for your degree is based on marks obtained for modules taken at level 5 and level 6 (weighted 30:70 accordingly).

The modules available for this degree are shown below. They may change for your year of study as we regularly review our module offerings to ensure they’re informed by the latest research and teaching methods.

Year one

  • 1014 Building Technology (pre-requisite to 2334)
  • 1015 Law 1 (pre-requisite to 2030)
  • 1016 Valuation 1 (pre-requisite to 2037)
  • 1320 Fundamentals of Land and Property
  • 1321 Land and Property Economics 
  • 1322 Property Markets, Transactions and Analysis
  • 1400 Developing Academic Skills
  • 1443 Business Finance and Accounts

Year two

  • 2030 Law 2
  • 2037 Valuation 2
  • 2066P Business and Property Finance and Taxation
  • 2201 Property Management
  • 2203 Property Agency and Marketing
  • 2333 Planning Law and Practice
  • 2334 Surveying, Inspection and Measurement
  • 2337 Personal and Professional Skills and Employability

Year three

You will undertake your placement year during year three of your programme. You will complete Years 1 and 2, complete the placement year and then return for your final year of the programme.

  • PPY Professional Placement Year

Year four

In the fourth year, you will complete a research dissertation on a subject of your choosing, and select two elective modules to suit your specialist areas of interest.

  • 3007 Commercial Property Management
  • 3027 Practice Management
  • 3243 Statutory Valuations 
  • 3300 Research Project / Dissertation
  • 3441 Contemporary Issues in Land, Property and Society

Plus a choice of TWO electives selected from a broad range, including:

  • 3041 Corporate Finance
  • 3080 Heritage Property
  • 3090 Forestry and Woodland Management
  • 3215 Advanced Residential Agency
  • 3246 Development and Development Appraisal
  • 3316 Changing Consumer Behaviour

The availability of electives to individual students will be dependent on timetabling considerations and on sufficient students electing to take part.

Disclaimer information

The University has established various rules and regulations that you must agree to and follow if you accept an offer to study with us. View our full disclaimer notice.

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Careers and graduate destinations

On completing the course, many of our graduates secure employment undertaking the two-year Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to qualify as Chartered Surveyors. The latest Department for Education data (Longitudinal Educational Outcomes June 2018) indicates that RAU graduates studying in Architecture, Building and Planning subjects are in work, ranking us 27th out of 62 universities.

Recent graduates have gone on to fulfil jobs within a range of companies:

  • Bruton Knowles
  • CBRE
  • NHS Property Services
  • Knight Frank
  • Bidwells
  • Dalcour Maclaren
  • Marsh and Parsons
  • Hamptons International
  • Savills
  • Valuation Office Agency
  • Deloitte Real Estate
  • Bidwells

You will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to practice within the following sectors:

  • Valuation and surveying
  • Property investment and asset management
  • Residential and commercial agency
  • Town and country planning
  • Property management

"One of the things I've been able to make the most of is the one-to-one contact with professors and lecturers at the uni. I have been able to see them and ask for advice, which has been beneficial to me."

Constantin Huet, Graduate

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Entry requirements

Typical offers

Required: GCSE minimum five GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) plus satisfactory level 3 qualifications:

  • A-Level: (Example grades BCC) – minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points (points to be across three A-Levels or equivalent qualifications)
  • C&G Advanced Technical/BTEC - Level 3 Extended Diploma (1080) at Distinction-Merit-Merit
  • C&G NPTC/C&G Advanced Technical/BTEC - Level 3 Diploma (720), Extended Certificate (360) and 90-Credit Diploma (540) acceptable when accompanied by other Level 3 qualifications
  • International Baccalaureate: 26 points
  • Access to Higher Education: 45 credits at level 3, of which minimum of 21 must be awarded at Distinction and 15 at Merit or higher. (Pass in Functional Skills level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)

Other level 3 qualifications will be considered.

Visit the UCAS website to calculate your UCAS Tariff points from the qualifications and grades achieved.

You may also be eligible for a contextual offer if you’re from one of our link colleges, have been in care, from a non-white ethnic background, live in an area with low progression rates to university or you are a veteran/child of an armed forces family.

Flexible entry

The University welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. A wide range of qualifications and experience are accepted in order to join University degree programmes. The University always considers evidence of personal, professional (APL) and educational experience, (APEL), which show an ability to meet the demands of their intended programme of study.

Further information

Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications. Prior experience is also considered, subject to approval by the programme manager and admissions staff.

Read more general information about our entry requirements.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for one of our Foundation degree courses or another related degree course.

International students will also need to achieve IELTS Academic or equivalent at the appropriate level for your programme of study. English language requirements for international students.

For any further help, please contact our admissions team:  

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Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission). Any costs associated with work placements will be the student's responsibility.

2024-25 Applicants

For the academic year 2024-25 the tuition fees for this course are: 

  UK International
Full-time £9,250 per year £15,300 per year
Placement year £1,850 per year £3,060 per year

For part-time study, please contact for further information.

Please note: International students can study on a part-time basis only if they are in the UK with a different type of visa (other than Tier 4 Child/General) that allows them to undertake part-time study and their visa does not expire prior to the end date of the proposed course of study. Please contact before you apply to confirm your eligibility.

Please also refer to the funding your time at university page.

Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.


The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the these, please visit the bursaries, awards and scholarships page.

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Ready to take the plunge? Apply now

Applications to study at the Royal Agricultural University must be made through the UCAS system. This applies to all undergraduate courses.

Applications should be made by the UCAS deadline to ensure we are able to offer you a place on your first choice course. However, if you have missed the deadline please contact as there are usually places available.

If you would like to apply during UCAS Extra or Clearing, please check that we have places available.

Applicants wishing to study on a course on a part-time basis will need to apply directly to the RAU.

Please contact to discuss your requirements and obtain an application form.