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College of Estate Management
A centre of excellence for the property and construction
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The College of Estate Management

“Specialist Executive Education Provider of 2003/2004”
Awarded by Business Britain magazine



Study by Distance Learning


The College of Estate Management, which is based on the campus of the University of Reading, has been providing internationally recognised distance learning courses for the land and property sectors since it was founded in 1919. Throughout this time it has remained alert both to the needs of the profession and to the most effective means of delivering its courses. Its course materials at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels are regularly informed by the leading edge research which the College undertakes. Most recently the learning experience has been further enhanced through the introduction of a significant element of web-based support to its traditional distance learning materials.

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 the RICS”.

BSc (Hons) 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 whilst they learn.

Address Information

Address The College of Estate Management, Whiteknights,
Reading, RG6 6AW, England
Tel. No. +44 (0)118 986 1101
Fax No. +44 (0)118 975 0188
E-mail address prospectuses@cem.ac.uk
Distance-Learning Courses Offered
All of 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


Postgraduate courses
  • MBA in Construction and Real Estate* (University of Reading)
  • MSc in Conservation of the Historic Environment *(University of Reading)
  • MSc in Facilities Management *(University of Reading)
  • MSc in Property Investment *(University of Reading)
  • MSc in Real Estate *(University of Reading)
  • CEM Postgraduate Diploma in Arbitration
  • RICS Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation of the Historic Environment
  • CEM Postgraduate Diploma in Facilities Management
  • RICS Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management
  • RICS Postgraduate Diploma in Property Investment

    Graduate Development Programme
    A conversion programme for those with non-cognate and semi-cognate degrees::
  • MSc in Surveying* (University of Reading)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Surveying* (University of Reading)
  • CEM Diploma in Surveying*

    Undergraduate course:
  • BSc (Hons) Building Surveying (University of Reading)
  • BSc (Hons) Construction Management (University of Reading) CIOB accredited course
  • BSc (Hons) Estate Management (University of Reading)
  • BSc (Hons) Property Management (University of Reading) - IPAV accredited course
  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying (University of Reading)

    Entry level course
  • CEM Diploma in Surveying Practice
    recognised by the RICS [leads to Tech RICS]

    Also available:
  • BCSC Diploma in Shopping Centre Management
    (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 text books to support the course texts
    3. On-line support through the ‘Blackboard’ virtual learning environment, researched websites, on-line databases and discussion forums which allow you to keep in touch with tutors and fellow students.
    4. Supporting face-to-face tuition in major centres
    5. A panel of over 250 tutors assess assignments
    6. Access by telephone, post, e-mail 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 individual course prospectuses available from the College


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