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3.2.4    BSc (Real Estate) (Hons) Programme

The Department of Real Estate offers a full-time BSc (Real Estate) undergraduate programme. This is a professional honours degree programme to be completed in four years by students proceeding at a normal pace. The programme is fully recognised by renowned local and foreign professional institutions.

Student may opt to complete a specialisation in real estate finance by completing 24 MCs of distinctive programme elective modules.

Career Opportunities

Students in this programme should be interested in the built environment covering issues from planning, development, management, and the social, economic, political to technical facets of the built environment. In Singapore, career opportunities for Real Estate graduates are found in both public and private sectors. Graduates are employed in the fields of real estate fund management (including REITs), real estate development and investment, urban planning, property valuation and corporate real estate management.

Table 1: Curriculum Structure of the BSc (Real Estate) (Hons) Programme
NO. MODULES MCS
1 University Requirements 20
a General Education Modules (GEM) 20
2 Programme Requirements 108
a Essential modules taught by the Department of Real Estate 76
b Essential modules taught by other Departments 4
c FYP Dissertation OR
FYP Academic Exercise plus programme elective
8
d Programme elective modules 20
3 Unrestricted Electives (UE) 32
Total 160

Programme Structure

The programme is structured into three core areas of study as listed below:

Core Areas
  1. FINANCE • INVESTMENT • ANALYTICS •

Real Estate Investment and Asset Management

Real Estate Finance and Securitisation

Real Estate Portfolio and Risk Management

International Real Estate

  1. DEVELOPMENT • ENTERPRISE • SERVICES

Land and Business Law

Real Estate Valuation

Real Estate Business and Property Development

Real Estate Consultancy

Real Estate Marketing and Facilities Management

  1. ECONOMICS • PLANNING • POLICY

Planning Theories and Techniques

Public Policy and Real Estate Markets

Sustainable Development

Town Planning

Data Analytics

Urban Economics

 

Table 2: BSc (Real Estate) Programme Structure
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Semester 1 Semester 2  Semester 1 Semester 2  Semester 1 Semester 2  Semester 1 Semester 2 
RE1701
Urban Land Use and Development
RE1704
Principles of Real Estate Economics
ES2007D
Professional Communication
RE2704
Introduction to Real Estate Valuation
RE3701
Real Estate Investment Analysis
RE3703
Advanced Real Estate Economics
(Pre‐req:  RE2705)
RE4711
FYP Dissertation (8MC)
OR
RE4712
FYP Academic Exercise (4 MC) + 1 PE
RE1702
Real Estate Data Analytics
RE1705
Real Estate Finance and Accounting
RE2701
Urban Planning
(Pre‐req:  RE1701)
RE2705
Urban Economics
RE3702
Property Tax and Statutory Valuation
(Pre‐req:  RE2704)
RE3704
Real Estate Marketing
RE4701
Real Estate Development
(Pre‐req:  RE3703,  RE3704)
PE4
RE1703
Principles of Law for Real Estate
RE1706
Design and Construction
RE2702
Land Law
(Pre‐req:  RE1703)
RE2706
Real Estate Finance
PE1 PE2 RE4702
Professional Practice and Ethics
(Pre‐req:  RE1703)
PE5
GE GER1000 RE2708
Computational Thinking and Programming for Real Estate
RE2707
Asset and Property Management
(Pre‐req:  RE1706)
UE2 UE4 PE3 UE7
GE GE GE UE1 UE3 UE5 UE6 UE8

Students who have not passed the Qualifying English Test at the time of admission to the University must take an additional module in English in Level One. Students who are exempted from the Qualifying English Test need not do an additional module in English.

Students admitted can undertake one of the 2 academic routes:

  • BSc (Real Estate)
  • BSc (Real Estate) with Specialisation in Real Estate Finance

A specialisation will be awarded if a student completes a basket of 24 MCs (6 modules) of stipulated Programme Electives.  The specialisation will be noted in a student’s transcript. It is not compulsory for students to pursue a specialisation.

A student may opt to complete a specialisation in real estate finance after they have completed the fourth semester.

Table 3: Real Estate Finance Specialisation Programme Electives
Module Code  Real Estate Finance Specialisation (REFS) Programme Electives  Pre-Requisites 
RE3802 Real Estate Finance Law RE1703
RE3805 Corporate Investment in Real Estate RE3701
RE3807 Corporate Finance for Real Estate RE3701
RE4711 FYP Dissertation (8MC)* Nil
RE4712 FYP Academic Exercise (4MC)* Nil
RE4801 Real Estate Internship Programme* Nil
RE4803 REIT Management RE3701
RE4804 Real Estate Securitisation RE3701
RE4806 Real Estate Finance Seminar RE3701
RE4807 Real Estate Risk Analysis and Management RE3701

*For RE4711 FYP Dissertation, RE4712 FYP Academic Exercise and RE4801 Real Estate Internship Programme to be counted as fulfillment towards the REFS, it must be Finance Related and approved by the Department. If RE4711 is accepted, student must still complete another 5 modules from the REFS programme electives.

 

Students who are not completing the real estate Specialisation are required to complete 20 MCs of programme electives in any combination (except RE4806 Real Estate Finance Seminar). In addition to the 20 MCs, students are still required to complete either RE4711 FYP Dissertation or RE4712 FYP Academic Exercise.

 

Table 4: Other Programme Electives
Module  Code Other Programme Electives Pre-Requisites 
RE2801 Research Methodology in Real Estate RE1702
RE3803 Strategic Asset Management RE2702
RE3804 Real Estate Development Law RE2702
RE3806 Advanced Real Estate Valuation RE3702
RE4802 Topics in Real Estate (Summer Programme) Year 2 Modules
RE4805 International Real Estate Development and Investment RE4701
RE4808 Urban Challenges and Policies RE2701, RE3703

 

Table 5: Real Estate Unrestricted Electives
Module Code Real Estate Unrestricted Electives Pre-Requisites
RE1901 Real Estate Wealth Management Nil
RE3000 Work Experience Internship Completed at least 4 Semesters and have  not accumulated 12 MCs of Internship  credits
RE3901 Advanced Urban Planning RE2701
RE3903 GIS for Real Estate Nil
RE3902  Housing Markets and Policies Nil

 

Concurrent Degree Programme: BSc (Real Estate) + Master of Urban Planning

BSc (RE) students who are interested in Urban Planning (UP) can also choose to pursue the M (UP) concurrently. After a 5-year candidature, they will get 2 degrees:

  • BSc (RE) with a specialisation in UP
  • M (UP)

Eligibility Criteria
At the end of the third year in the BSc (Real Estate) course, applicants must obtain a CAP of at least 3.50. Applicants will be subjected to an interview for discretionary admission.

Continuation Criteria at the end of the fourth year
At the end of the fourth year, the candidate of the CDP must have completed RE4711 FYP Dissertation, and also obtain a minimum CAP of 3.00 (for MUP modules only).
Graduating criteria at the end of the 5th year, include a minimum CAP of 3.00 (for MUP modules taken in Year 4 and Year 5).

 

Student Workload

In any one semester, students are not allowed to take more than 8 modules (excluding English), whether essentials, electives, or GE modules.

Length of Degree Programme

The programme is designed to allow students to progress at their own pace. Students doing the programme at a regular pace should complete it in four years. Students who are able to progress at a faster pace can complete the programme in three-and- a-half years if they take additional modules in each of the four semesters in their Second and Third Levels.

Assessment and Examination

Students are assessed based on a mixture of class work and end-of-semester examinations for each module they had registered for in the semester. Continuous Assessment (CA) may be in the form of essays, projects, reports, or tests. Students’ performance during tutorials may be assessed as part of the CA.

Students who fail in an essential module will have to retake the module the following year. In such instances, students have to attend lectures and tutorials and complete assignments and examinations. A new CA grade has to be obtained.

Students who fail a non-essential module may either replace it with a new module or retake the failed module the following year. There is no limit to the number of times a student may retake the same non-essential module.

Students who have passed any module are not allowed to retake the module to improve their grades.

Progression of Students

Please see the table below:

Minimum MCs (in general) for promotion to the next level RST1 -> RST2 [>=40 MC]
RST2 -> RST3 [>=80 MC]
RST3 -> RST4 [>=120 MC]

Graduation Requirements for four-year BSc (Real Estate) (Hons) Programme

Students have to take all essential modules offered in the semester to which they have progressed, provided they have passed the relevant prerequisites. In addition, they may take modules to satisfy University and other requirements. To graduate, a student must obtain a minimum of 160 MCs.

Advanced Placement Credits

Polytechnic diploma holders admitted to the programme may be granted advanced placement credits (APCs) for relevant modules. This is subject to Departmental consideration, given the wide range of subject modules from the polytechnics.

For up-to-date APCs list, please refer to:

http://www.sde.nus.edu.sg/acad/download/SDE_APC.pdf