Property consultants have career opportunities in finance, property asset management, letting and leasing property, banking, property development and valuations. Job opportunities are available at all levels in the public and private sector. Economists have traditionally used the performance of the built environment as an indicator of future economic growth. Property is a finite resource that will always be in demand; the factor of production in which economic activity takes place, so the efficiency and costs of such space affects the cost of goods and services produced. As a corporate asset, it forms the major asset value in the balance sheet, with the majority of corporate debt being secured against it. The challenge for the property practitioner is to provide space that efficiently meets organisational requirements. In the public sector, this means finding property solutions that permit the implementation of government policy. The property market operates in an institutional environment influenced by government, users of space financiers and investors, requiring the property practitioner to have a combination of legal, financial and engineering skills.
The four year Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Property Studies provides comprehensive training in almost all aspects of the property business - finance, investment, development and valuation. It is also possible to specialise in Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management.
Students will receive very strong grounding in the fundamentals - Business and Property Applications of Mathematics, Statistics, Law and Planning, alongside an Introduction to Property. This will be followed in subsequent years by training in Finance, Market Analysis, Investment Finance and Valuation of Property.
An essential feature of the training we provide is the integration of professional skills with academic knowledge - the goal being to make our graduates immediately employable after graduation. Such professional skills include oral and written communication in different professional contexts, the ability to work in teams of different composition, financial statement analysis, valuation and financial modelling. We also do this by providing training in the fourth year in Entrepreneurship and Leadership.