MSc Real Estate
This course will give you a quality mixed general practice real estate qualification with the possibility of international, residential and other specialisations.
Real estate has become a global asset entity. It provides homes in communities, underpins a dynamic economy, and has significant environmental and energy security implications. To service this critical sector industry looks for independently-minded and competent graduates with domestic and international awareness.
This rigorous and challenging programme equips students with the intellectual mind-set, vocationally orientated knowledge and professional competencies to evalutate markets, property investments and development projects. If you have professional real estate career aspirations it prepares you to enter practice.
For those seeking a career in real estate, the RICS accredited MSc Real Estate degree provides full-time and part-time routes to complete professional status. Students gain a well-regarded mixed general practice real estate qualification, with the possibility of international, residentail and other specialisms. In other sectors, a MSc Real Estate qualification differentiates you and enhances your professional standing.
After graduation, full-time students who complete two years of professional training can register for the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and apply for MRICS designation as a Chartered Surveyor. Part-time students, if in approved relevant work, may apply for their APC registration upon enrolment to the programme.
The MSc also offers multiple opportunities for professional enrichment, including: site visits to live developments, industry guest speakers, Real Estate Society events, and the possibility of an overseas field trip (subject to numbers and at extra cost) which in recent years has included trips to Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.
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The standard entry requirement is the minimum of an Honours degree at a 2:1 classification or equivalent. Students with lower academic achievements with relevant real estate practice experience may be considered for admission.
The MSc is studied full-time over 12 months or part-time over two years. To facilitate part-time delivery, where practical, most lectures are concentrated on two intensive full days. However, students are also expected to undertake site visits and engage in other learning activities.
Students study nine modules including Research and one elective module. Students study four modules in the first (autumn) semester followed by four modules in the second (spring) semester. Research is taught throughout the year so students can submit their dissertation in September.
For the dissertation, students can specialise in International, Residential, Rural, Development, Finance, Heritage or other areas as agreed by the module leader and potential supervisor. Research guidance includes lectures and a research day, involving practical classes on, for example, NVivo, SPSS etc. Students engage in a blended range of lectures, live scenario case studies, site visits (including a trip to London), group assessments and technical interactive workshops. Teaching and learning takes place in small groups and is enriched by site visits, industry speakers and a wide range of current electronic materials, including CoStar, BCIS, EGi, Argus* and RICS Red Book. You will also use Excel and statistical programs.
Working in real estate calls for good teamwork, and students develop this essential skill via interactive discussions, collaborative projects and industry exposure. Modules are assesed through case studies, research paper seminars, group presentations, online exercises, valuation computations, written reports, oral examinations and other tasks.
*Professional Argus accreditation is facilitated via Argus Enterprise and Developer University Student Certification Packages
Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing module fees, re-sit fees or dissertation extensions).
For the academic year 2020-21 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£8,160 per year||£12,240 per year|
|Part-time||Fees are calculated on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of modules taken. Please refer to Tuition Fees webpage||Fees are calculated on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of modules taken. Please refer to Tuition Fees webpage|
Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.
For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.
The University offers a range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the scholarships, awards and bursaries available, please visit the scholarships webpage.
Real estate professionals are in great demand and the University has achieved high levels of success in placing graduates in major urban and rural real estate companies and advisory practices. Key areas include:
- Mixed General Practice
- Investment /Asset Management
- Corporate Real Estate/Facilities Management
- Residential / Social Housing
- Development / Infrastructure
- Statutory advice
- Real estate analysis and research
Tessa Tidman, MSc Real Estate, 2015 - “The course stood out to me because of its focus on practical application and case study based learning. This proved not only interesting but highly useful. On starting my APC graduate scheme with a large commercial firm, I found I already had a good idea of the style and work expected of me and was familiar with programmes used to compile evidence. This made the transition from student to graduate surveyor much easier. The RAU has opened the door to what could be a very successful career.”
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