Taught course

Real Estate (International)

Northumbria University · Faculty of Engineering and Environment

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Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be required to have an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent to this UK level achievement). Additional evidence of other attainment/relevant work experience may be sought to support an application. Full membership of a relevant professional body will be accepted in lieu of an undergraduate degree

Months of entry


Course content

If you are reading this, you may be one of two sorts of people:

  • An undergraduate, possibly on the final year of an academic degree looking for a vocational postgraduate qualification which leads to an interesting, rewarding and lucrative graduate position
  • A graduate who would like to gain a postgraduate degree which can facilitate career development and access to RICS chartered professional status.

A career in property has much to recommend it. It is a global workplace with very good employment prospects. You may work for corporate, financial institutions, government, public sector organisations and private clients to provide professional advice and solutions. The work is varied and challenging and provides the opportunity to specialise and interface with occupiers, investors and developers of property. The need to inspect property means it is not an office bound job. You work with other professionals (for example lawyers, planners and financers and have the satisfaction of bringing property and people together providing effective advice on a wide range of property scenarios). It is a people orientated job where good communication skills and negotiating ability are important.

The MSc Real Estate degree builds on 20 years of experience in providing surveying education at Northumbria and has been running successfully since 2001. The course attracts students with a diverse undergraduate background and a number of international students. Applicants are encouraged to have had some work experience in the profession however small so the mix of cultural and professional experience adds to discussion of issues.

The teaching is by a mixture of learning experiences including lectures, seminars, use of case studies, field studies, simulated practical benefits from close collaboration with practitioners skills sessions. There is a strong emphasis on independent learning and research skills to develop critical awareness of current issues affecting the property decision maker.

You will be required to undertake a piece of analytical reflective academic research that will result in you writing a 20,000 word original dissertation relevant to your Masters degree programme.

The course comprises a diverse range of disciplines to equip you for the role of a chartered surveyor. The main form of assessment is coursework and the themes of these are generally vocational in nature and are often based on case studies, projects or site visits. They consist of reports, essays, presentations, student-led seminars and mock client meetings.

The degree is commercial in nature with little specific focus to residential or rural sectors, although many planning, economic and sustainability issues are common to all sectors. The thrust of the teaching relates to the development, letting and management of commercial property such as offices, shops and industrial facilities reflecting UK practice. The teaching relates directly to the day-to- day occurrences in the work environment and as such provides the ideal vehicle to develop responsibility and career prospects.

Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to meet employers and together with the University’s Careers Service, the programme team is committed to helping you secure the best opportunities.

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12-24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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0191 227 4444