MBA Construction and Real Estate

Programme overview

Our MBA, accredited by the CIOB and RICS, is a leading specialist MBA that focuses on business and management principles within the international construction and real estate sectors. The programme attracts real estate and construction professionals from all continents, offering virtual networking and exchanges of experiences in different international contexts.

This programme is also registered with the Hong Kong Non-local courses Registry (NCR registration number 252666). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which these programmes may lead.

You will engage with subject experts in modules covering key subjects that blend technical knowledge in property and construction subjects with core management disciplines such as finance, organisational leadership, strategic management of change and marketing.

This is a flexible programme delivered by supported online learning, that can be studied in any location at any time. You can learn while you earn.

UCEM is an institution with great industry recognition their qualifications will certainly help your future success.

Why study this programme?

The programme is suitable for ambitious and experienced construction and real estate professionals in the public and private sectors. This stimulating, challenging and specialist MBA programme is suitable for current and aspiring senior managers who want to improve their leadership skills through strategic management and reach more senior positions. The flexible and life-changing programme increases the career options of its graduates, particularly in international markets.


Programme outline

You should also read the Programme Specification for the detailed information on the structure of your programme, the learning outcomes and details of assessment.

View the Programme Specification and Academic and General Regulations for this programme.

These are the modules included in this programme and the structure which they follow through the standard route.

September Entry

Year Semester 1 (September) Semester 2 (March)
1 Strategic Management of Change Management Finance and Science
Managing and Leading People Principles of Marketing
2 Elective modules (choose one from):

Property Management
Real Estate Investment

Elective modules (choose one from):

Management of Construction
Procurement and Tendering

Postgraduate Project* Postgraduate Project*
Planning and Development
 Core modules
 Elective modules

The elective modules shown above are generally provided each year.

March Entry

Year Semester 1 (March) Semester 2 (September)
1 Management Finance and Science Strategic Management of Change
Principles of Marketing Managing and Leading People
2 Elective modules (choose one from):

Management of Construction
Procurement and Tendering

Elective modules (choose one from):

Property Management
Real Estate Investment

Postgraduate Project* Postgraduate Project*
Planning and Development
 Core modules
 Elective modules

The elective modules shown above are generally provided each year.

*The Postgraduate Project Module is to be delivered both over a 22-week and 44-week delivery time with the 22-week version being phased out during the 2017-18 academic year.

Where required, the 22-week Project will run in the final semester only.

Should you require further information about programme content please view the programme specification and the module information sheet. The programme specification sets out aims and intended learning outcomes, while the module information sheet provides further detail of the content and assessment method for each module.

UCEM has the right to revise and amend the programme in order to:

  • comply with external professional, accrediting or other regulatory body requirements
  • implement changes for the benefit of students as a consequence of evidence from programme monitoring
  • ensure the curriculum is current and relevant to intended learning outcomes and/or standards of any relevant professional, accrediting and/or regulatory bodies and/or requirements of employers
  • implementfeedback and other recommendations from External Examiners

All changes to the programme will be implemented in  consultation with relevant students and other stakeholders, setting out the reasons for the proposed amendment(s), and compliance with the requirements of the UCEM Code of Practice on Programme Monitoring, Amendment, Review and Discontinuation. Should such an eventuality occur during the admissions and registration process, applicants will be informed immediately of any change and the alternative arrangements that have been put in place. Existing students will be informed of when the changes will be effective from, which will usually be the next academic year (commencing the 1st September)

Career and study progression

This programme enables aspiring and current leaders within the built environment to acquire management skills and competencies which will enable them to face the challenges of a rapidly changing world. The programme also provides a platform for students to further enhance their professional and technical skills in an area of the sector that will further improve their knowledge base.

There are a broad range of careers that UCEM students undertake whilst/after completing this programme which include; construction programme management,International marketing, business management, property development and management, international procurement and tendering, property management, real estate investment management and strategic, innovation and management of Change.

Entry requirements:

Entrants to this programme are normally* required to have attained one of the following:

  • A Bachelor Degree with honours at lower second standard (2:2), or equivalent and three years’ experience
  • A Bachelor Degree, or equivalent, plus experience in a relevant field
  • A Level 5 qualification as defined by the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ) Level 5 plus five years’ relevant work experience – two of which should be at an appropriate senior management level
  • A professional qualification plus five years’ relevant experience – two of which should be at an appropriate senior management level.

And one of the following:

  • Grade C or above in English Language or Literature (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSE’s in England) or an equivalent qualification
  • Grade 6.0 or above, with at least 6.5 in the reading and writing modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test administered by the British Council in the Social Sciences academic module
  • 88 or above in the Internet option, 230 or above in the computer-based option or 570 or above in the paper-based option, of the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test
  • Grade C or above in Use of English at A/S Level

Note: applicants with a Bachelor’s degree that has been taught and examined in the English medium can be considered for entry in the absence of the qualifications detailed above.

*Applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who wish to be considered for this programme should refer to the UCEM Code of Practice: Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning for the policy on non-standard admission.


Kirsty Huxtable

“I chose to study at The College of Estate Management (CEM) as it is internationally recognised as the place to gain professionally accredited construction sector qualifi cations. I always had access to great support from academic staff at all levels and my studies with CEM have completely changed the way I think, for the better.

My time at CEM has seen a rich interweaving of knowledge between the course modules and my every day work, creating an enhanced understanding of all aspects of both environments. Covering a huge breadth of business subjects, the course has developed my analytical skills, enabling me to excel at gathering and interpreting large amounts of new information to form an overview of a situation, understand its constituent parts and to identify solutions and conclusions.

My MBA has been a great and challenging journey, one that has helped me develop into a professional and provided me with a qualification from an internationally recognised and respected College.

My course material was well structured with additional podcasts, webinars and videos for a range of learning styles. I would highly recommend the course to others.”

Kirsty Huxtable, MBA Real Estate and Construction Management
Project Manager, Fordingbridge plc, UK

Key information

This programme is delivered by supported online learning and can be studied in any location.


MBA Construction and Real Estate.

Application and start dates:

Apply by 6 August to start 3 September 2018

Apply by 4 February 2019 to start 4 March 2019

Route & duration:

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Time commitment: 15-20 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum
  • You will study two modules per six-month semester

Expected workload and contact hours:

Each 20 credit module equates to a total of 200 study hours broken down between directed online learning self-directed learning and assessment. The breakdown between these three types of activity may vary between modules but on average is as follows:

  • Directed online learning (50%)
  • Self-directed reading (17%)
  • Assessment (33%).

Directed online learning is the term used to describe a range of learning activities which you access via the UCEM Virtual Learning Environment, as this is more appropriate for an online learning programme than the term “contact hours”. As a guide it includes, for example, participating in web classes and online discussion forums, watching video material and voice-over PowerPoint presentations and undertaking exercises and quizzes linked to programme materials. Self-directed learning includes reading textbooks and study papers to develop your knowledge of the subject matter. Assessment includes all activity related to the summative assessment of the module such as planning and writing coursework, revising for examinations and taking the exams themselves.


This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

Students who successfully complete the programme will also achieve a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership, subject to confirmation by the student that they wish to be registered for this award. The CMI qualification will provide students with the opportunity to achieve membership of the leading professional body for managers and enhanced access to Chartered Manager status.
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How the programme will be assessed:

Assessment consists of a mix of homework and examinations. The module information sheet provides details of the assessment method for each module.


2018/19 academic year:
£1,100 per module x 7 plus the Postgraduate Project @ £2,250
Total programme fee £9,950

This programme is designated for Student Finance and students in England and Wales may apply for a Postgraduate Loan. Eligible students can apply for funding for up to £5,140 each academic year.
This programme is now registered with the Skills Funding Agency for Professional and Career Development Loans.
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Your programme fees are fixed for the duration of your studies. This means that the fee you pay per module will not increase from one year to the next, as long as you remain registered on the same programme. Different fees may be applicable if you decided to transfer to a different programme.

You may be required to pay an additional retake fee if you are unable to pass a module at the first attempt, and are then offered a further attempt. The retake fee is 50% of the full module fee in each case.

UCEM provides examination centres all over the world in addition to the UK. You should expect to incur travel costs to attend your nearest examination centre, for those modules which contain examinations.

All learning resources required for successful completion of each module are provided as part of your fee. The core texts within each module will be provided via an e-book platform, hard copy books will only be supplied if the core text is not available as an e-book. Additional supplementary resources to support your studies are available through the UCEM e-library. It is a matter of individual choice whether you wish to buy your own hard copies of textbooks independently.

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