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

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.

The MSc is studied full-time over 12 months or part-time over two years. To facilitate part-time delivery, where practical, most lecturers 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


  • 4007 Dissertation (60 credits)
  • 4245 Construction and project Management (15 credits)
  • 4246 Professional Practice (15 credits)
  • 4248 Investment and Development Appraisal (15 credits)
  • 4249 Asset Management (15 credits)
  • 4740 Property and Law in Context (15 credits)
  • 4741 Valuation (15 credits)
  • 4742 Planning and Development (15 credits)
  • 4743 Advanced Valuation (15 credits)

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, course duration and attendance options

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

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Course contact details

Dr David O'Connor
+44 (0)1285 889912