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Property Studies

Property refers to land and buildings for use as homes, offices, shops, restaurants, hotels, and the rights that come with it. Studies in this area enable you to understand how to invest in property, how to manage it, how much to sell it for and how to develop it.

Duration: 4 years

Study mode: Full-time

Programme overview

Property consultants have career opportunities in finance, property asset management, letting and leasing property, banking, property development and valuations. Job opportunities are available at all levels in the public and private sector. Economists have traditionally used the performance of the built environment as an indicator of future economic growth. Property is a finite resource that will always be in demand; the factor of production in which economic activity takes place, so the efficiency and costs of such space affects the cost of goods and services produced. As a corporate asset, it forms the major asset value in the balance sheet, with the majority of corporate debt being secured against it. The challenge for the property practitioner is to provide space that efficiently meets organisational requirements. In the public sector, this means finding property solutions that permit the implementation of government policy. The property market operates in an institutional environment influenced by government, users of space financiers and investors, requiring the property practitioner to have a combination of legal, financial and engineering skills.

The four year Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Property Studies provides comprehensive training in almost all aspects of the property business - finance, investment, development and valuation. It is also possible to specialise in Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management.

Students will receive very strong grounding in the fundamentals - Business and Property Applications of Mathematics, Statistics, Law and Planning, alongside an Introduction to Property. This will be followed in subsequent years by training in Finance, Market Analysis, Investment Finance and Valuation of Property.

An essential feature of the training we provide is the integration of professional skills with academic knowledge - the goal being to make our graduates immediately employable after graduation. Such professional skills include oral and written communication in different professional contexts, the ability to work in teams of different composition, financial statement analysis, valuation and financial modelling. We also do this by providing training in the fourth year in Entrepreneurship and Leadership.

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Career Opportunities

  • Banking, investment and finance
  • Property management
  • Consulting
  • Valuation
  • Development and corporate real estate
  • Policy analyst
  • Built Environment analyst
  • Damage assessor
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Entry Requirements

Engineering and the Built Environment
Programme Minimum Admission Requirements  Selection procedures
APS Subjects & achieved scale
Bachelor of Science in Engineering BSc (Eng) 
(4 years) 
  English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Physical Science - 5
Note: Due to the limited number of places available, admission is not guaranteed. Selection will be based on final NSC and school leaving results.

Generally students who achieve 70% in Maths, Physical Science and English stand a greater chance of being accepted.  
• Aeronautical 40
• Chemical 42
• Civil 36
• Electrical 36
• Industrial 40
• Mechanical 40
• Metallurgy 42
• Mining 40
Bachelor of Engineering Science in the field of Digital Arts
(3 years)
42 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Physical Science - 5
Applicants are considered on matriculation performance and may be required to complete a questionnaire or attend an interview. It is unlikely that places will be offered to applicants with a Wits APS less than 42.
Bachelor of Engineering Science in Biomedical Engineering
BEngSc (BME)
(3 years)
42 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Physical Science - 5
Applicants are considered on matriculation performance and may be required to complete a questionnaire or attend an interview. It is unlikely that places will be offered to applicants with a Wits APS less than 42.
Bachelor of Architectural Studies BAS
(3 years)
34 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 4
Mathematics - 4
Acceptance is dependent on departmental selection procedures. Applicants are required to complete a written and graphic exercise and may be required to attend an interview. Applicants with a Wits APS of 34 and above may be accepted on this basis. Applicants with a Wits APS of between 29 and 33 may only be considered on the basis of exceptional exercise scores. The selection process for the BAS is conducted by a panel of senior academics from the School of Architecture and Planning, monitored by the Assistant Dean. Selection is based predominantly on performance against the selection exercise, interview and academic performance, although demographic balance is taken into consideration where a choice needs to be made between applicants scoring within the same range.
Bachelor of Science in Construction Studies 
BSc (CS)
(3 years) 

Bachelor of Science in Property Studies BSc (PS)
(4 years)
36 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Provided that Maths and English pass at NSC Scale of Achievement Level 5.
Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning BSc (URP)
(3 years)
36 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Provided that Maths and English pass at NSC Scale of Achievement Level 5.
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Application Process

Your application

  • You may apply for three programmes (degrees).
  • Applications to Wits must enclose a non-refundable application fee of R100 (for international applicants, R700).

Documentation / Checklist

  • Submit your Grade 11 report which must be signed and stamped by your school principal.
  • If you have already matriculated, attach a copy of your matric certificate.

Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.

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Closing Dates

30 June 2017
Faculty of Health Sciences (All programmes)
Bachelor of Architecture
BA in Speech and Hearing Therapy

30 September 2017
All other University programmes
Residence applications 

Online applications
  • Complete an online application to study at Wits
  • Complete an online application for financial aid or residential accommodation
  • Download an application
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Course Costs

The average course costs range from R38728 to R48550, depending on the course and the number of years of study.
Tuition fees are payable for each course for which a student is registered. 

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