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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.


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 - NOT REQUIRED FOR 2021 (DUE TO COVID-19)
  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.

Course Code Course UCT SAQA
    Credits Credits
First Year      
CON1021F Property and Planning I 16 16
CON1022F Building Construction I 16 16
ECO1010F Microeconomics 18 18
MAM1010F Mathematics 1010 18 18
CON1025S Property and Technology 16 16
CON1024S Property Economics I 16 16
CON1023S Building Construction II 16 16
ECO1011S Macroeconomics 18 18
STA1000S Statistics 1000 18 18
Subtotal 1   152 152
Second Year    
ACC1006F Financial Accounting 1A 18 18
FTX2020F Business Finance 18 18
CON2XXXF Property Investment and Finance I 16 16
CON2027F Real Property Law 1 16 16
CML1001F Business Law I 18 18
CON2XXXS Property Valuation I 16 16
CON2XXXS Property and Planning II 16 16
STA2020S Applied Statistics 24 24
CON2XXXS Professionalism in the Built Environment 12 12
Subtotal 2   154 154
Third Year      
CON3XXXF Property Investment and Finance II 16 16
CON3XXXF Property and Planning III 16 16
CON3XXXF Property Development I 16 16
CON3XXXF Property and Facilities Management 16 16
CON3XXXF Property and Contract Law 16 16
CON3XXXS Property Valuation II 16 16
CON3XXXS Property Economics II 16 16
CON3XXXS Property and Environment 16 16
CON3XXXS Property Development II 16 16
Subtotal 3   144 144
Total   450 450