Rob Milne, standing outside some property

Rob's story

BSc (Hons) Property Development

When I attended the Open Day for Portsmouth it just felt right. I remember the staff being so helpful and the facilities looked great.

At the time I applied, I wasn’t certain where I wanted to take my career, but I knew that having a degree behind me would help me no matter what I do. 

In my first year, the University offered me the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for getting an unconditional offer. They also provide a bursary to me each year, so the support is great.

One big thing I have noticed is the University really encourages personal development - and not just purely academic achievement. I have had support and guidance from so many members of staff in so many different aspects of my life. They are always willing to help.

One of the unique things about my course compared to other universities is the fact it is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) , which was surprisingly rare when I was looking at Property Development courses.

This means it opens more doors in the future for me, as well as showing it’s a high-quality course. They have actually restructured it to make it more aligned with the industry and RICS guidance.

My highlight to date was when I launched a business for my placement year, which is something I look back on with pride. It was an eventful year of ups and downs but the memories and lessons stay with me.

Rob Milne, BSc Property Development student

Going forward, I’m open to anything that comes my way but I think I will explore the idea of working in property law. It’s something I found really interesting during my course - my final year individual project is even revolving around it.

Once I start to develop a stable income and an understanding of the industry, I aim to begin investing in residential property on the side - I do study Property Development after all! Without a doubt my course units covering topics like Property Investment and Development, Property Valuation, and Property Law will help me get there. 

I’m going to see if there are any graduate roles that involve travel opportunities abroad, as I think I need a new challenge and living abroad has always been a desire of mine. I’m also interested in taking a gap year before I get a secure graduate role, but we will have to see how my final year goes and what opportunities appear, I’m in no rush.

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