Postgraduate Access Programme


#BeReady for postgraduate study.

Interested in studying for a Built Environment postgraduate qualification but don’t have the entry requirements?

BeReady for postgraduate study with UCEM’s Postgraduate Access Programme. This programme is also ideal for experienced practitioners in the built environment who want to prepare for postgraduate study with UCEM.

Successful completion will enable students to progress onto the UCEM MSc programme associated with their chosen module.

Next Postgraduate Access Programme start: 6 April or  27 September 2021 



Course details

Entry requirements onto our MSc programmes are set at a certain academic standard which can be restrictive to those people without the required level of qualifications but who are capable and willing to study at this level. The Postgraduate Access Programme gives an opportunity to people in this category to prove that they can succeed at postgraduate level.  This programme is also ideal for experienced practitioners in the built environment who want to prepare for postgraduate study with UCEM.

You will study one module from the final level of our BSc (Hons) degree programme which will help you demonstrate the critical evaluation, analysis and enquiry necessary to prepare for postgraduate study.

As part of the programme students will receive additional study skills support which is designed to provide students with the study skills and the confidence to study at postgraduate level.

On successful completion of the programme, you will be offered entry to the UCEM MSc programme associated with your chosen module and you will be awarded a Certificate of Personal and Professional Development (CPPD).

This programme is subject to validation.

Why study this programme?

  • Gain experience of university and valuable study skills in preparation for postgraduate study
  • Sample supported online study in the built environment
  • Increase your chance of success in future study
  • Try out UCEM’s style of learning before starting a degree
  • Demonstrate your skills and eligibility
  • Gain a qualification and enhance your employability

Time commitment

You will complete the 20-credit module over six months, studying for around 7-10 hours per week.

Course structure

A 20-credit module equates to a total of 200 study hours broken down between directed online learning, self-directed learning and assessment. The breakdown between these three types of activity may vary between modules but on average is as follows: 

Directed online learning (45%) 

Self-directed study time (25%) 

Assessment study time (30%) 

Directed online learning is the term used to describe a range of learning activities which you access via the UCEM Virtual Learning Environment, as this is more appropriate for an online learning programme than the term “contact hours”. As a guide it includes, for example, participating in web classes and online discussion forums, watching video material and voice-over PowerPoint presentations and undertaking exercises and quizzes linked to programme materials. Self-directed study time includes reading textbooks and study papers to develop your knowledge of the subject matter. Assessment study time includes all activity related to the summative assessment of the module such as planning and writing coursework.

You will receive online study materials designed to enhance your study skills and build your self-confidence to study. You will be assigned a member of staff who will provide you with direct study support and work with you to develop an individual support plan. You will also benefit from detailed written feedback, group support sessions, study support webinars and dedicated surgery hours.

The programme will be assessed by coursework.


On successful completion of the programme, you will be offered entry to the UCEM MSc programme associated with your chosen module and you will be awarded a Certificate of Personal and Professional Development (CPPD).

This programme is subject to validation.

Successful completion of the Postgraduate Access Programme is a gateway to one of our popular MSc programmes:

If a student wishes to enter a MSc programme that is not associated with the module they have completed then they must first have a discussion with the relevant Programme Leader to ensure their success on the intended programme. With the relevant Programme Leader’s agreement, students successful at the first attempt can be offered entry to any UCEM MSc programme.

UCEM has the right to revise and amend the programme in order to: 

  • Comply with external professional, accrediting or other regulatory body requirement. 
  • Implement changes for the benefit of students as a consequence of evidence from programme monitoring. 
  • Ensure the curriculum is current and relevant to intended learning outcomes and/or standards of any relevant professional, accrediting and/or regulatory bodies and/or requirements of employers. 
  • Implement feedback and other recommendations from External Examiners.

All changes to the programme will be implemented in consultation with relevant students and other stakeholders, setting out the reasons for the proposed amendment(s), and compliance with the requirements of the UCEM Code of Practice on Programme Monitoring, Amendment, Review and Discontinuation. Should such an eventuality occur during the admissions and registration process, applicants will be informed immediately of any change and the alternative arrangements that have been put in place. Existing students will be informed of when the changes will be effective from, which will usually be the next academic year (commencing the 1st September)

Entry requirements

You should have:

  • A pass or ordinary degree or equivalent* 


  • A level 5 qualification or equivalent* 


  • A full membership of a built environment professional body (either UK or international) or an international professional qualification, plus three years relevant experience at a senior level 

In addition, all entrants are normally required to: 

  • Be in relevant employment**. The applicant will be asked to provide a detailed personal statement and/or a reference or letter of support from an employer or mentor to support the application. This will be assessed by the Recognition of Prior Learning panel to determine whether your work is commensurate with the relevant level.


  • Have GCSE Grade C (or 4) or above in Mathematics or an equivalent Level 2 qualification in Mathematics as defined by the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England. 

*Levels are defined by Framework for Higher Education Qualifications for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ) (opens new window). For example, a Higher National Diploma (HND) is at Level 5. The academic level of International qualifications will be assessed using UK NARIC. For more information on equivalent qualifications please contact:

** Relevant employment/ experience is employment/experience in a job role that will support the applicant in developing the required skills, knowledge and behaviours.. 

Applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who wish to be considered for this programme should refer to the UCEM Code of Practice: Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning for the policy on non-standard admission. 

English Language Requirements

All UCEM programmes are taught and assessed in English. In addition to the programme entry requirements listed above, all applicants will therefore be required to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language before being admitted to a programme. 

You should have:

  • GCSE Grade 4 (or C) or above in English Language or English Literature, or an equivalent qualification
  • Grade 5.5 or above, with at least 5.0 in the reading, writing and listening modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic test administered by the British Council 
  • 79 or above in the Internet option, 213 or above in the computer-based option or 550 or above in the paper-based option, of the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test 
  • Grade C or above in English (Literature or Language) at A/S Level 
  • Successfully undertaken a Level 5 cognate qualification that was taught and assessed in English


Enrolment details

Start dates:  6 April  or 27 September 2021

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Please Note:

Evidence is required in the form of certificate or statements. You should send photocopies that have been verified by someone in a professional occupation. Please do not send original documents. Click this link for more information on how to verify your documents. 

Applications are assessed in accordance with the UCEM Code of Practice on Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning.