|Study Guide to Masters and Bachelors Degree Courses|
The College of Estate Management
A centre of excellence for the property and construction sector worldwide
|Address||The College of Estate Management, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 6AW, United Kingdom|
|Tel. No.||+44 (0) 118 921 4696 (international) |
0800 019 9697 (UK)
|Fax No.||+44 (0)118 921 4620|
|Distance-Learning Courses Offered||
All the courses shown below and marked with an * are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Many other professional bodies also recognise one or more of the courses listed. These bodies include the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Chartered Institute of Building, the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors, the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers, the Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents, Malaysia, and the Board of Quantity Surveyors, Malaysia
Graduate Development Programme
A conversion programme for those with non-cognate and semi-cognate degrees:
Entry level course
recognised by RICS [leads to Assoc RICS]
(recognised by the British Council of Shopping Centres)
|Courses Materials & Support||
The main elements of the College of Estate Management’s distance learning courses are:|
1. comprehensive texts designed for self-study and prepared for the particular syllabus
2. essential textbooks to support the course texts
3. online support through the virtual learning environment, researched websites, online databases and discussion forums which allow you to keep in touch with tutors and fellow students.
4. face-to-face tuition in major centres
5. panel of over 250 tutors who assess assignments
6. access by telephone, post, email and fax to College tutors
7. a course handbook.
|Date of commencement||Courses start at various times throughout the year. Please consult the College prospectus.|
|Length of courses||Again this varies depending on the particular course and the number of modules in each course.|
|Fees||Refer to CEM’s prospectus available from the College.|
Awarded by Business Britain magazine
Study by distance learning
The College of Estate Management, based on the University of Reading campus and who this year is celebrating its 90th year, is a leading provider of practical distance learning for real estate and construction professionals. No other institution can match CEM in the range and quality of specialist courses offered to the profession.
Globally, at any one time, CEM have some 4,000 students benefiting from the diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Students come from all levels of the profession and a wide range of academic backgrounds.
All courses are taught by distance learning so students can learn when, where and how they wish without interrupting their career. Whilst CEM are an independent organisation, they have a close relationship with the University of Reading, which validates the BSc and Master’s programmes. Courses are also accredited by a range of professional bodies, including RICS, HKIS, CIOB and BIFM.
Courses are designed for professionals by professionals and are delivered by a team of top tutors and property practitioners, many of whom are leading experts in their respective fields. Research and academic staff also carry out ‘near-market research’ with and for the professional and Government bodies, that can be applied in the workplace.
Some Student Comments
Diploma in Surveying Practice (Entry level course)
‘Over the last two years, the mix of coursework and work-based learning has given me a better insight into the many facets of the estate management world. I have also found the diploma’s syllabus extremely beneficial in fulfilling my organisation’s aims of delivering estate solutions to defence needs.’
‘I feel that the vocational elements of the course have been of benefit, especially land use and building. However, the more general areas such as technical communication and management theory, although useful, could have been incorporated within other disciplines. The Economics module has certainly assisted when I advise overseas investors concerning the Eastern European property market.’
‘After many years working at an administrative level, the Diploma has enabled me to enter the surveying profession in a realistic and practical way. Whilst I have found the Diploma to be academically challenging after so many years out of education, it has provided the necessary qualification to enable me to enter the degree course. This will hopefully lead me to attaining full membership of RICS.’
BSc Estate Management (University of Reading)
‘Having completed the course, I find that my degree is regarded with respect in the outside world. Overall: highly enjoyable, well worth while, great personal satisfaction.’
‘The distance learning course provided me with a great challenge and enabled me to work in the profession whilst obtaining the qualification that I required to advance my career. Receiving my first class honours degree rounded off four years of hard work perfectly.’
‘Studying at the College of Estate Management while working full time needs real discipline, but the tutors and other staff were always supportive.’
MBA in Construction and Real Estate (University of Reading)
‘This is a very rewarding course academically and professionally.’
‘The courses provided me with a thorough understanding of modern business practice in the context of the property industry. I have been able to apply the theoretical principles learned in the course to practical problems on a day-to-day basis, thus increasing my own effectiveness.’
‘I enrolled on the MBA course to develop my career in project management after some years in building surveying. The course content and the high reputation of the College finalised my choice.’
‘The experience has been exhilarating, interesting and a significant time of learning for me! I speak not only about the course but the different cultures of the other participants I interacted with.’
MSc in Real Estate (University of Reading)
‘I am beholden to the tutors’ able instructions and kind encouragement throughout the past two and a half years. The tutors were always responsive, thoughtful and helpful with my questions.’
‘This course has given me an added feeling of confidence, so that I now go about my job as a valuer with much assurance – as never before. I strongly recommend this course to real estate professionals.’
Why distance learning?
The advantages of this method of study are that students can continue in work with the minimum of disruption to the working week, can combine education with experience at an early stage and are able to continue to earn while they learn.
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