Institution code: H12
4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement
Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)
Rural Property Management prepares students to manage rural estates and all their diverse assets. Students will learn about maintaining and developing estate property and managing agricultural, residential and commercial tenancies.
Students will also learn development and marketing skills enabling them to diversify and enhance rural estates to grow their income stream.
These experience days are free one day events for 14-19 year olds to explore land and property management at Harper Adams University. For more information on taster days view our events calendar.
For more information on the work undertaken by rural surveyors, please watch this RICS video.
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Placement will give you invaluable experience in your chosen area of work. It may be working with a national firm such as Carter Jonas, Savills, Strutt and Parker, Smiths Gore, or with a local firm such as Fisher German, Halls, Berry’s or Balfours.
Alternatively, you may choose to work on a large traditional estate such as Buccleuch, Chatsworth, local authorities or the National Trust.
Students who have performed well have often been offered a job when they graduate.
Accredited by: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
The course is approved by the RICS and concentrates on the rural pathway but students can follow residential, commercial or other routes. RICS candidates must go on to complete the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), which involves two years of structured work experience, training and assessment.
The placement year usually counts as the first APC year; the second is undertaken after graduation.
This course shares a common first and second year with the REALM course as both are aligned to the Rural Pathway of the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence. Students will specialise in the final year, post placement, with core modules covering strategic estate management, property development, events management and diversification. Optional modules will allow you to consider the conservation of historic estate assets, the provision of renewable energy or to study how rural property is managed internationally.
A typical week consists of:
Field trips have included visits to:
Students entering this course, who achieve a 60 per cent average in their first year, may be offered a direct transfer into the second year of the BSc REALM course (subject to the requirements of our RICS Partnership Agreement being met). There are also opportunities for those graduating with 2.1 degrees from BSc Rural Property Management to enrol on our RICS accredited MSc REALM course leading to the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and full professional membership of the RICS (MRICS).
The course is assessed on a mixture of coursework, examination and practical test.
All taught subjects are partly assessed on course work. In addition, there are modules designed to integrate the subjects by presenting real-life client problems for students to solve. The final year dissertation provides an opportunity for students to develop an in-depth understanding of a chosen topic. Typically modules will be 50% course work and 50% examination.
Whilst a student’s prior experience or qualifications should prepare them for Higher Education, most will find that study at university level is organised differently than they might have experienced at either school or college. Higher Education sets out to prepare students to think and learn independently, so that they are able to continue learning new things beyond their studies and into the workplace, without needing a tutor to guide them. This means that the time spent in classes with tutors provides direction, guidance and support for work that students undertake independently through:
In order to develop the skills of a graduate (whether at Foundation Degree or Honours Degree levels), students are expected to not only be able to recall and explain what they know but also to be able to:
Tutors will expect students working towards a Degree to be able to use what they know to solve problems and answer meaningful questions about the way in which aspects of the world work and not just rote-learn information that they have been told or read, for later recall. This means using all the bullet-pointed skills and to think critically by questioning information, whilst also being rigorous in checking the value of the evidence used in making one’s own points. Students will be expected to become increasingly responsible for recognising the areas where they themselves need to develop. Taking careful note of tutor feedback can help to identify the skills and abilities on which attention could usefully be focused. To be successful, students need to be self-motivated to study outside of classes, especially since in higher education, these higher level skills need to be practised independently.
At Harper Adams students are gradually supported to become less reliant on class-based learning, so that they are able to spend a greater proportion of their time in their final year working on projects of interest to themselves and in line with their future career aspirations. In the first year of a course, a student has 16 hours contact per week with staff in lectures, seminars, estate/site visits, farm walks etc. In the second years students are given some independent study weeks to enhance their independent learning skills including project work and reading around subject areas.
Harper Adams has an extensive estate and great facilities for students to use as a source of information and inspiration, we also have a well-stocked library and access to countless specialist sources of paper-based and online information. Many of the staff at Harper Adams are involved in research work, which helps ensure the content of the courses is at the forefront of the discipline. This also means that amongst the library books and online journals that students use, there may be some familiar names.
The Bamford Library and Faccenda Centre each have spaces in which students can work, either individually or in small groups, using either their own laptop computers or the provided desktop computers, all of which can access the network. Working spaces are zoned to reflect different working conditions, so there is a study space for everybody, whether they need silence or work better in a livelier environment.
Rural Property Management graduates are likely to progress to positions in the management of rural property, estates and land, often within a firm of chartered surveyors specialising in this work or in some instances as a resident agent on a larger estate.
Harper Adams University has the best and most consistent long-term graduate employment performance in specialist agri-food higher education
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