Property Development and Investment online short course

Course starts 23 November 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
17 November 2020
Course Starts:
23 November 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
ZAR R15,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


Real estate remains one of the strongest sectors in the South African economy, and the future property market prospects for Africa as a whole are promising.1 As such, property is a potentially lucrative industry to enter. This University of Cape Town (UCT) property development course aims to equip you with the skills you need to expand your asset portfolio with property investments. Learn how to make intelligent investment decisions, how to effectively conduct property management, and how to navigate the landscape of property development and entrepreneurship.

Guided by industry experts, you’ll leave the course with a solid portfolio of evidence – including a sales comparison report, bank loan proposal, and property management plan – and new-found knowledge that you can apply immediately in a business context.

1Africa Property Investment Summit (2019)

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • The ability to identify sound property investment opportunities and analyse trends affecting the market

  • An understanding of the principles underpinning property development, management, and financing

  • A commercially viable property development plan outlining market research, feasibility studies, team upskilling, and predicted financial returns

Is this course for you?

This course is designed for investors looking to capitalise on new revenue-generation opportunities, budding developers requiring a foundational understanding of property development, and established industry professionals eager to consolidate their knowledge.

Due to its introductory nature, it’s also appropriate for new entrepreneurs and professionals looking to gain the practical skills required to break into this market. There are no formal prerequisites for this course.

Course curriculum

Learn how to capitalise on property investment opportunities as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 An introduction to property development and investment
  • Module 2 Identifying investment opportunities
  • Module 3 Property law and the legal environment
  • Module 4 Property cash flow and investment
  • Module 5 The role of property valuation
  • Module 6 Property funding and financing
  • Module 7 The development process
  • Module 8 Property management

This course is certified by The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) for CPD points. The course has an estimated 80 hours of learning and South African engineering professionals can earn up to eight CPD credits.*

International students need to consult their national professional engineering bodies to check whether this course is recognised for points towards maintaining professional status.

*Should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. The University of Cape Town and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and can’t be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points. The ECSA validation number is UCTPDI20.

Develop a property development plan

This University of Cape Town online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you explore new investment opportunities and manage and market a property in the context of an emerging market.

Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, our mission is to improve lives through better education. One of the ways we achieve this is by working with university faculty and industry professionals to provide a practical industry lens on a variety of university subjects.


Property Economist; Associate Professor, UCT


Independent Property Consultant


Business Owner

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town

Gain an understanding of the property industry and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 23 November 2020.

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    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.