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Bachelor of Science in Property Studies

This programme exposes students to a broad knowledge base including finance, economics, property law, and appropriate communication and computer skills. In addition, students develop particular skills in property valuation and development. These include evaluating and structuring finance for property investments, assessing feasibility and risk in property developments, valuing property assets, managing property portfolios, designing and implementing facilities management programmes, and managing the procurement of buildings.

Aims of the Programme

To provide graduates to the property industry, and related professions who possess entrepreneurial and business skills appropriate to a broad range of vocations in the built environment and, together with the BSc(Hons) in Property Studies and appropriate experience, meet the education requirements towards registration with the South African Council for the Property Valuers Profession; and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; and to provide graduates with life skills.

Outcomes of the Programme

Upon completion of the BSc in Property Studies programme, the graduate is competent to:

  • compute various mathematical functions including financial analysis and undertake basic statistical tests
  • use appropriate information technology hardware and software for the collection, analysis and presentation of information
  • manage tender and contractual documents relating to building work
  • carry out the measurement of land and buildings, produce drawings and represent information graphically
  • undertake the financial management of property developments
  • value property for various purposes using various methods and produce a valuation report
  • understand and evaluate economic issues concerning the property sector and the property firm at both a micro and a macro level
  • understand the time value of money and its application to capitalisation
  • apply discounted cash flow techniques in the evaluation of alternative property investments
  • communicate with property and construction professionals about spatial concepts, financial issues and construction assembly problems
  • inter-relate with colleagues and successfully manage and/or participate in team working situations
  • appreciate social and commercial business values within the context of codes of professional conduct and legal liability
  • construct solutions which relate to practical problems and resolve disputes using appropriate methods
  • frame research questions, identify, collect and collate primary and secondary data sources and have an understanding of quantitative analysis methods

Programme Structure

The curriculum for the programme shall extend over not less than 3 academic years of study.

Course Code Course UCT Credits SAQA Credits
First Year
BUS1036F Evidence based Management 18 18
CON1011F Property Studies IA 16 16
CON1012S Property Studies IB 16 16
CON1015S Property Information Systems 8 8
CON1017S Property Investment Mathematics I 8 8
CON1018W Building Technology 1T 16 16
ECO1010F Microeconomics 18 18
ECO1011S Macroeconomics 18 18
MAM1010F Mathematics 1010 18 18
STA1000S Statistics 1000 18 18
Total   154 154
Second Year
ACC1006F/S Financial Accounting IA 18 18
BUS2020F Business Finance 18 18
CML1001F Business Law I 18 18
CON2024S Property Studies IIA 16 16
CON2027F Real Property Law I 16 16
CON2029S Measurement 8 8
CON2030F Property Investment Mathematics II 8 8
CON2031S Property Studies IIB 16 16
Subtotal 1   118 118
Electives minimum of 36 credits from:
BUS2010F/S Marketing I 18 18
CML2005F Labour Law 18 18
ECO2003F Microeconomics II 18 18
ECO2004S Macroeconomics II 18 18
STA2020F/S Business Statistics 18 18
  Approved Elective 18 18
Subtotal 2   34 34
Total   152 152
Third Year
CML2010S Business Law II 18 18
CON1019F Professional Communication Studies 16 16
CON3034F Property Studies IIIA 16 16
CON3035S Property Studies IIIB 16 16
CON3036W Property & Contract Law 16 16
CON3041F Property Studies IIIC 16 16
CON3040W Cost Engineering IT 16 16
Subtotal 1   114 114
Electives minimum of 36 credits from:
ACC1012S Business Accounting 18  
ACC2022F/S Management Accounting I 18  
BUS2010F/S Marketing I 18  
CML2005F Labour Law 18  
CML2001F Company Law 18  
CON3044S Globalisation & the Built Environment 18  
ECO2003F Microeconomics II 18  
ECO2004S Macroeconomics II 18  
STA2020F/S Business Statistics 18  
STA3022F Research & Survey Statistics 18  
  Approved Elective 18  
Subtotal 2   34 34
Total   148 148


Entry Requirements

A person who wishes to be admitted as a candidate for the Bachelor of Science in Property Studies degree programme must:

  1. obtain the National Senior Certificate endorsed for degree studies
  2. write the National Benchmark Tests
  3. obtain the required number of points (applicable to candidates writing the South African National Senior Certificate Examination)
  4. satisfy specified subject requirements
  5. or have a degree from this, or another university recognised for the purpose by the Senate

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Please contact the Department on 021 650 3443 for detailed course information.