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 to the property industry, and related professions, as well as to the State and non-profit sectors, with graduates who possess knowledge, skills and values appropriate to a broad range of professional activities in the built environment and who, together with appropriate experience, meet the education requirements towards registration with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and the South African Council for the Property Valuers Profession (SACPVP); 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 statistical tests.
  • understand the time value of money and its application to property investment and finance.
  • use appropriate information technology hardware and software for the collection, analysis and presentation of information.
  • manage tender and contractual documents relating to building work.
  • undertake macro- and micro-economic analyses of property markets.
  • build econometric models of property markets and to generate predictions of property market activity.
  • undertake feasibility and viability studies for property development.
  • value property for various purposes, using various approaches, methods and techniques, and produce a valuation report.
  • manage property as a physical and investment asset.
  • understand and evaluate economic, environmental, social and other issues concerning cities, the property sector and the property firm, at both a micro and a macro level, in the context of developing/emerging economies.
  • apply the tools of economics to the analysis of major environmental problems affecting property markets.
  • understand the spatial structure of urban areas in terms of land uses and land/property values in the context of developing/emerging economies.
  • understand the types of, the rationale for, and impacts of public sector interventions in property markets and city-building.
  • understand and apply the principles of the common law and customary law relating to immovable property
  • understand and apply key legislation relating to the tenure of immovable property.
  • understand the role and impact of new and emerging technologies on property markets.
  • inter-relate with colleagues and successfully manage and/or participate in team working situations.
  • 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 qualitative and quantitative analysis methods.
  • demonstrate career-readiness, a clear professional identity, and insights into skills, knowledge and values necessary to meet the standards of performance and practice expected by their profession and society

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 2024 
  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    
CML1001F Business Law I 18 18
ACC1006F Financial Accounting 1A 18 18
FTX2020F Business Finance 18 18
CON2033F Real Property Law 1 16 16
CON2036F Property Valuation I 16 16
STA2020S Applied Statistics 24 24
CON2032S Property Investment and Finance I 16 16
CON2034S Professionalism in the Built Environment 12 12
CON2035S Property and Planning II 16 16
Subtotal 2   154 154
Third Year      
CSC1015F Computer Science 1015 18 18
CON3046S Property and Facilities Management 16 16
CON3047F Property Investment and Finance II 16 16
CON3048F Property Development I 16 16
CON3050F Property and Contract Law 16 16
CON3051S Property Valuation II 16 16
CON3052S Property Economics II 16 16
CON3053S Property and Environment 16 16
CON3054S Property Development II 16 16
Subtotal 3   146 146
Total   325 325