Graduate Diploma of Property

Course summary for international students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Property
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$33,000 AUD
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
IELTS Requirement

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Deakin course code M633
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Please note: this course is only available in Trimester 1 and 2.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s popular Graduate Diploma of Property has been designed to suit demand for and the needs of two types of graduates:

  • graduates from a property and real estate background who require further expertise in property-related principles, including property development, valuation and other property-related areas
  • graduates who have completed an undergraduate degree and are seeking a professional degree in property.

The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop and refine their core professional skills, particularly related to the fields of property development and valuation. Students will develop an important understanding of who the various stakeholders in the property and real estate market are, and how they collaborate to co-ordinate, organise, develop and manage property in broader society.

Students in the course are 'engaged' with the material, the lecturers and other students via the use of cutting edge technology which can be accessed from any global location, although students have the same experience as an on campus student.

The course brings together a range of built environment disciplines from sustainable construction to property management to provide a broad perspective on issues of relevant international significance, while case studies provide opportunity for critical reflection and analysis.

A focus on sustainability and its economic, social and environmental underpinnings in the broad property market giving the course particular significance and relevance.

Relevance to current and proposed ‘real life’ initiatives in the context of case study research is an important part of the course.  Students will gain specialist skills through practical experience and benefit from cutting-edge research and close cooperation with the property industry.

Students will graduate equipped with a high level understanding of the  theoretical, policy, evaluative and research frameworks that underpin the property and real estate profession.
For graduates with a cognate undergraduate degree this course is a CPV accredited 100% external postgraduate course which is delivered via flexible delivery.
Graduates with a cognate degree such as: Commerce, Business, Planning, Architecture, Construction, Quantity Surveying, Law or Engineering will have satisfied the academic requirements for Certified Property Valuer (CPV) status membership of the Australian Property Institute (API).

Professional recognition

The Graduate Diploma of Property is recognised and professionally accredited by the Australian Property Institute (API).  Graduates have satisfied the academic requirements for Certified Property Practitioner (CPP) status, Certified Property Manager (CPM) status and Certified Development Practitioner (CDP) status.  In addition graduates who commenced study with a cognate undergraduate degree will satisfy the academic requirements for Certified Practising Valuer (CPV) status of the API.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Course rules

The Graduate Diploma of Property requires completion of 8 credit points of core units.

Students may also choose to exit the Graduate Diploma of Property prior to completing the program, with a Graduate Certificate of Property (which comprises four credit points of Graduate Diploma units).

Course structure

Students complete the following core units:

Trimester 1

MMP713Property and Real Estate Context

MMP712Rating and Statutory Valuation

SRT722Sustainable Construction Studies *

MMP742Investment Valuation

*This unit was previously coded MMP722

Trimester 2

MMP721Property and Real Estate Law and Practice

MMP731Management of Real Estate

MMP732Property Development

MMP741Property and Real Estate Valuation

Course Learning Outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Employ specialised knowledge apply professional, legal and ethical standards in the fields of property development, investment, property valuation, property management and sustainable construction, in private and commercial real estate markets, both nationally and internationally.
Communication Prepare and communicate (orally, visually and in writing) complex property information and analysis to a range of stakeholders including investors, developers, regulators, clients, and colleagues in order that informed decisions may be made.
Digital literacy Use a range of advanced digitally based technologies in professional practice and scholarly activities within the property related environment.
Critical thinking Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise complex data and specialist information on property markets and indicators for the planning, design and development of commercial, industrial, retail, residential property and other specialist property, e.g. property for educational purposes.
Problem solving Apply property theories and concepts to evaluate and appraise methodologies to critically identify and develop sustainable solutions and strategies for a diverse range of complex and authentic problems in property industry.
Self-management Demonstrate autonomy, well developed judgment and responsibility to undertake self-directed work and learning relating to specialist property concepts.
Teamwork Collaborate with others to undertake research which examines and evaluate contemporary issues in property.
Global citizenship Examine and evaluate the ethical, sustainability, economic and global factors that impact the interconnected theories and principles of property development, investment, construction, management, and maintenance.

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

Minimum Entry Requirements:

Bachelor degree in a different discipline.  Completion of a major sequence in property or real estate will classify the degree as the same discipline.


5 years relevant work experience.


IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact

Please note:

The eligibility of students for membership of the accrediting body is subject to meeting the requirements of that body and that Deakin makes no representations that individuals will meet those requirements.