Want to upskill for a career in property? The Graduate Certificate in Property and Development will prepare you to apply modern property and development principles to effectively manage property development projects.


Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Graduate Certificate in Property and Development
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
0.7 Year(s)


The Graduate Certificate in Propery and Development at UNSW is the first tier of two  postgraduate programs in Property and Development that will prepare you to advance your professional experience and drive solutions to current and future challenges in property development.

The program is completed on a part-time basis over one-year, so is both a practical way for you to upskill over a year while working, and to gain credit points as a stepping-stone to the Master of Property and Development.

As part of the School of Built Environment, you will join a community of students and experts in architecture, design, construction and planning - mirroring real industry relationships with stakeholders. You’ll learn contemporary property and development principles, and apply these to achieve successful outcomes in time, cost, quality, safety, and sustainability, gaining the skills to drive property solutions with a positive impact for people and the planet. 

Key features

The key features and subject areas in your coursework will see you explore theory and practice, preparing you for the careers of the future in property development and management. These include:

  • Property performance analysis
  • Property valuation
  • Property investment and Finance
  • Property industry application
  • Property development and feasibility analysis
  • Real property law
  • Asset and facilities management

Why study at UNSW?

  • Learn from academic expertise and practitioners, and collaborate with peak industry bodies
  • Progession pathway into the Master of Property and Development
  • Study a dynamic program to prepare for industry futures
  • Establish networks through our strong industry links and partnerships
  • Study at a Built Environment School that ranks 27th in the world and 4th in Australia (QS World University Rankings, 2020)
  • Prioritise career success – UNSW won the Australian Financial Review’s Most Employable Students Award in 2020
  • Gain interdisciplinary connections through UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture
  • Access world class alumni connections
  • Join a global top 50 university (QS World University Rankings, 2020)
  • Join a community that’s part of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities
Program Code
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
Indicative Enrolments

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Entry requirements

To qualify for entry to the Graduate Certificate in Property and Development, you will need to have one of the following:

  • A bachelor degree in a related field*
  • A recognised college or university diploma in a related field*, plus a minimum of three years relevant work experience in the property industry at a management level.
  • A recognised bachelor degree or college or university diploma in an unrelated field, plus a minimum of five years of relevant work experience in the property industry at a management level.
  • A recognised and relevant professional qualification in a related field*, plus 5 years of relevant work experience in the property industry at a management level. Professional qualifications include membership of the:

*Related fields are:

  • Built environment disciplines
  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Law
  • Building
  • Construction management
  • Construction economics
  • Urban planning
  • Quantity surveying
  • Property development
  • Real estate
  • Property and facilities management
  • Building surveying

Please note: The Graduate Certificate is not available to international students as it can only be undertaken on a part-time basis.

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

The Graduate Certificate in Property and Development consists of four courses taught part-time over one year, with a total of 24 units of credit (UOC)

Once you complete these courses, you will be eligible to gain Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and progress into the Master of Property and Development. The Master's will deepen your knowledge, industry experience and research skills, giving you professional accreditation and further opportunity to advance your career.

Full program structure

Each university year at UNSW has three terms and an optional summer study period. This program consists of four courses and can only be undertaken on a part-time basis during the three terms.

Depending on how you plan your study load, you will study one or two courses in each term, and complete the Certificate in one year.

You will choose to study four of the following disciplinary core courses offered in the three terms (not in the summer term):

  • Property Performance Analysis
  • Property Investment and Finance
  • Property Valuation
  • Property Development and Feasibility Analysis
  • Property Industry Application
  • Real Property Law
  • Asset and Facilities Management

For further information on the course listings, descriptions and timetables please see the UNSW Online Handbook.

Future careers

Each year Australia commits more than half of its capital outlay to land development, building and infrastructure.

Through the Graduate Certificate, you’ll gain in-demand knowledge and skills that will open up new career opportunities in property development and management or a related industry and lay the foundations for career progression. You’ll also be able to progress into the professionally accredited Master of Property and Development or Master of Construction Project Management.

Potential careers

  • Property development
  • Property investment
  • Property and facilities management
  • Real estate

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.



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