Real Estate Studies - COMMF13587

Stream Summary

Faculty: COMM - UNSW Business School

School: School of Economics

Contact:  UNSW Business School Student Centre

Program: 3587 - Actuarial Studies (Co-op)


Bachelor of Actuarial Studies (Co-op) (Major)

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Stream Outline

The real estate sector represents a substantial share of the capital assets and savings of businesses and households in the economy. All businesses involved in building and managing these assets require graduates with high level of skills in understanding the economic and financial factors and policies which influence real estate markets and an understanding of the operation of the finance and capital markets which are integral to the sector. Governments at all levels are also heavily involved in the real estate market, both as investors in its own right but also in terms of public policy. Graduate positions exist in public policy, industry research, investment management, in the finance and credit departments of banks and large corporations and in the financial sector in general.

Real Estate Studies is offered as an undergraduate major by the UNSW Business School for students enrolled in commerce or economics degrees. The major is designed for students who would like to work in real estate investment management or research, in public policy, or more generally in the financial or corporate sectors. It aims to develop specialist economic/finance knowledge in the area of real estate and particularly complements studies in accounting, finance, financial economics, and economics.

Stream Structure

  • A major in Real Estate Studies consists of 8 courses (48 UOC). Seven (7) of these courses are specified. In addition, students are required to take one Level 3 course from the list of Level 3 Elective courses to complete the requirement for three Level 3 courses in a major.
  • A minor in Real Estate Studies consists of 5 courses (30 UOC), containing ECON1202 and four of the Compulsory Level 2 or 3 courses. The minor does not form part of the nominated major.

Compulsory Level 1 course

Compulsory Level 2 and Level 3 courses
Note: that BLDG4018 is treated as an UNSW Business School course for the purposes of requirement to complete 16 courses (96UOC) of Business courses within the Bachelor of Commerce.

Elective Level 3 courses

Students are required to take one of the following electives:
Additional Elective courses – if required

If a student takes this major as one of two majors in their degree, and the two majors have courses in common, the options are:

1. A student may be permitted to have one common course (6 UOC) counted towards each major sequence.

2. Where the two majors have more than one course in common, those additional courses may only count towards one major.

3. If a student chooses to count such a course towards the other major, students will be required to complete an additional elective of the same Level or above, from the list of Level 3 electives above or one of the Level 2 electives below.

Elective Level 2 courses

Only where a compulsory Level 1 or 2 course counts towards another major:


There is no Honours program in Real Estate Studies; however, students completing this major may be eligible to undertake honours in either Economics or Finance and may choose to write a thesis topic in real estate. Entry to those Honours programs requires completion of an economics or finance major. Please refer to the relevant honours plans for more details

Further information

Please note that these requirements may be subject to change.

Students are advised to follow requirements according to the year they commenced. Please refer to previous editions of the Online Handbook for your program requirements.

Contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre for advice.
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