Gain an understanding of the property industry, and develop the ability to identify and capitalise on investment opportunities.

In Africa and abroad, property remains an exciting industry to enter – for both developers and investors – but only if you evaluate current trends and market conditions effectively to inform decision making.

This University of Cape Town (UCT) Property Development and Investment online short course aims to equip you with the skills to understand the inner workings of the property sector and empower your own property endeavours. Over eight weeks, you’ll learn how to make intelligent investment decisions, navigate the landscape of property development and entrepreneurship, and conduct property management effectively.

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



The average cost of a freehold home, the price of which has increased by 21 per cent in roughly a year.

RE/MAX (Oct, 2021).



The share of residential home buyers under 35 years of age, a sharp increase of 38 per cent from previous years, as a result of recent interest rate cuts.

Ooba (Aug, 2021).


Is this course for you?

Anyone looking to develop an understanding of a combination of property disciplines, including property development, investment, and management, will find this course beneficial. It’s designed for investors wanting to capitalise on new revenue-generation opportunities, budding developers requiring a foundational understanding of the steps involved in the development process, and established industry professionals eager to consolidate or expand their knowledge.

Due to its introductory nature, the content is also appropriate for new entrepreneurs and professionals looking to gain the practical skills required to break into property investment or the property career scape. There are no formal prerequisites for this course.


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. If you would like to claim validation or points, use the ECSA validation number UCTGSPDI22.*