Entry requirements

The standard entry requirement is the minimum of a BSc (Honours) degree at a 2:1 classification or equivalent. Students with lower academic achievements with relevant experience may be considered for admission. Students with other qualifications should contact Admissions to discuss suitability.

Months of entry


Course content

The Royal Agricultural University is in partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which fully accredits this one-year Masters degree.

Delivering a clear route to full professional status, it will equip you with the necessary knowledge and attributes to excel within the real estate profession and prepare for your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to become a Chartered Surveyor.

Our graduates have gone on to pursue a wide range of careers within the commercial and urban real estate surveying profession, working for well-known organisations such as Savills, DTZ, Colliers International, Knight Frank, Strutt and Parker, Jones Lang LaSalle, and many more.


The course may be studied full-time over 12 months at the RAU in Cirencester.

You will engage with four case studies delivered in an interactive workshop format, followed by a Research Project based on a subject area of your choice. Assessment of each case study will be based on a written report and an oral examination. There are no unseen written examinations.

University staff, visiting practitioners and industry leaders, and site visits provide insight and guidance. Recent guest speakers include: Professor Barry Gilbertson, property expert and former Partner at PWC and global President of RICS; Dr Angus McIntosh, Former Director of Research at JLL; Ms Joanne Moss, Barrister at Inner Temple, London; Mr Michael Newey, Chief Group executive of Broadland Housing Association and RICS President 2013-14; and Ms Henri Vuong (Director of Research and Market Information at INREV).


The taught element of the course commences in October based at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester. The Research Project is submitted the following September.

Case studies:

  • Introduction to Property Institutions
  • Investment and Management
  • Investment and Development
  • Corporate Real Estate
  • Research Project

Information for international students

For students whose first language is not English, the University will accept International English Language Test (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 average with no element below 5.5. Other English language qualifications should be discussed with Admissions.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships and bursaries are available - please check our website for further details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Jim Kempton
+44 (0) 1285 652 531
+44 (0) 1285 650 219