Start dates:

28 September 2020 or 29 March 2021

Duration:

2 years

Fees & funding:

£9,200 total programme fee Click here for more information on Fees & funding

Next MSc degree starts 29 March. Apply by 15 February 2021

MSc Real Estate

Programme overview

Industry-recognised qualification that provides academic preparation for a career in real estate

Our industry-recognised MSc Real Estate is designed to align your skills to the educational requirements of the industry’s professional bodies. It provides a rigorous understanding of the knowledge and critical thinking required to practice as a valuer or property surveyor.

Accredited by the globally-renowned professional body RICS, this programme is designed to enable graduates from disciplines unrelated to Real Estate to obtain an accredited degree covering the core technical disciplines of the valuer or property surveyor specialism and their role within the wider context of Built Environment professional disciplines.

Our MSc Real Estate is a fully supported online programme that offers great flexibility for you to earn while you learn and study where ever you are based in the world. Many of our students already work in, or are associated with, the property and building sectors.

This programme is also registered with the Hong Kong Non-local Courses Registry (NCR registration number 252545). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this programme may lead.

This programme is also recognised by the PSRA in Ireland.

Are you aware you can get apprenticeship funding through your employer for this programme?

Why study this programme?

The programme is ideal for anyone who already has a first degree and wants to develop their career in Real Estate. If you are interested in valuation, sustainability, development, management, agency and investment in real estate then you should consider studying this programme as it gives a route to Chartered status. Employment opportunities include private practice, commercial firms, companies with large property portfolios and government departments. Age is no obstacle, and we have students from their early 20s to late 50s.

  • Accredited by the RICS as meeting the educational requirements for membership
  • Allows graduates from unrelated subject areas to study for a career in Real Estate
  • Remain in employment and study in your own time and at a pace that suits you, gaining an MSc in as little time as two years
  • Supported online learning means there is no need to attend a campus

Related podcast

Q&A with our MSc Real Estate Programme Leader, David Hourihan

Our MSc Real Estate Programme Leader, David Hourihan, spoke to UCEM PR and Social Media Manager, Andrew Belt, about his career, and what he loves about working in real estate and academia. Over the course of the 20 minutes, David talks about how real estate is people-centric (citing a few key people who influenced him in his career), explains what drives him and even finds time to discuss his passion for cycling! (Originally released: 4 June 2020)

“The MSc Real Estate programme is a richly interactive programme led by experienced real estate professionals and respected academics for aspiring surveyors. Our students come from a wide variety of disciplines and the programme is a fast route towards membership of RICS.”

David Hourihan

Programme Leader MSc Real Estate

Why study with UCEM?

  • UCEM is the leading provider of supported online education for the Built Environment
  • Our programmes are recognised and accredited by professional bodies – including RICS, CIOB, ICES and HKICM – enabling students to progress to professional membership and gain Chartered status
  • You will be supported every step of the way by our Tutors, who are experienced practitioners in their respective fields, and our Matrix-accredited professional support staff
  • Designed for busy working professionals, supported online education offers the flexibility to fit your studies around your work enabling you to fast-track your career and directly apply your learning to your work
  • UCEM programmes offer a range of modules that allow you to choose a specialism to support your career path
  • Our supported online education model provides access to all your learning materials wherever you are in the world. If your work requires you to change location or travel, you can take us with you

“I spent a lot of time researching courses to see which one would suit my situation best. I was fortunate to get a job relatively quickly after rugby finished with a development company in the US. Therefore, I needed a master’s programme that would allow me to travel, work full-time and was accredited by RICS.”

Sean Henry, MSc Real Estate

Development Director, Venturis Investment Group, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Programme outline

The modules included in this programme and the structure which they follow is available below.

Yr Semester Autumn (UK) entry Spring (UK) entry
1 1 Valuation and Ethics

Law for Surveyors

Property Transactions

2 Property Transactions

Valuation and Ethics

Law for Surveyors

2 1 Property Management

Postgraduate Project

Property Management

Postgraduate Project

2

Postgraduate Project (continued)

Postgraduate Project (continued)

Some elective modules are offered in multiple semesters. You cannot choose a module you have previously studied.

*Places on this module are limited.

All modules are worth 20 credits, except the project module which is worth 40 credits.

Students can choose to start in either the spring or autumn semester.

Should you require further information about programme content please view the programme specification, which sets out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods.

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
  • Implement feedback 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

The opportunities available are extensive and include the following career paths; valuation surveying, commercial/residential agency, consultancy, property management, investment management and property development.

“The MSc Real Estate programme is a richly interactive programme led by experienced real estate professionals and respected academics for aspiring surveyors. Our students come from a wide variety of disciplines and the programme is a fast route towards membership of RICS.”

David Hourihan

Programme Leader MSc Real Estate

Why study with UCEM?

  • UCEM is the leading provider of supported online education for the Built Environment
  • Our programmes are recognised and accredited by professional bodies – including RICS, CIOB, CABE, ICES and HKICM – enabling students to progress to professional membership and gain Chartered status
  • You will be supported every step of the way by our Tutors, who are experienced practitioners in their respective fields, and our Matrix-accredited professional support staff
  • Designed for busy working professionals, supported online education offers the flexibility to fit your studies around your work enabling you to fast-track your career and directly apply your learning to your work
  • UCEM programmes offer a range of modules that allow you to choose a specialism to support your career path
  • Our supported online education model provides access to all your learning materials wherever you are in the world. If your work requires you to change location or travel, you can take us with you

Entry requirements

You should have:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree with honours at lower second standard (2:2), or equivalent

Or

  • A Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent, plus experience in a relevant field

Or

  • A Level 5 qualification as defined by Framework for Higher Education Qualifications for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ) plus 5 years’ relevant experience

Or

  • A professional qualification plus 5 years’ relevant experience

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.

English Language Requirements

All UCEM programmes are taught and assessed in English. In addition to the programme entry requirements listed above, all applicants will therefore be required to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language before being admitted to a programme.

You should have:

  • GCSE Grade 4 (or C) or above in English Language or English Literature, or an equivalent qualification.
  • Grade 6.0 or above, with at least 6.0 in the reading and writing modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic test administered by the British Council
  • 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 English (Language or Literature) at A/S Level
  • A cognate sub-degree (Level 5) qualification taught and assessed in English from the University of Hong Kong or City University of Hong Kong.

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 English language qualifications detailed above.

Evidence is required in the form of certificate or statements. You should send photocopies that have been verified by someone in a professional occupation. Please do not send original documents. Click this link for more information on how to verify your documents.

Applications are assessed in accordance with the UCEM Code of Practice on Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning.

Testimonials

Jodie Ronan

“The key draw to UCEM for me was that my studies could be flexible around my work commitments. I have a very onerous job so the fact that UCEM’s programme could be completed in my own time was extremely helpful.

I did not have to worry about missing lectures due to work commitments. I found the experience of supported online education very positive. The VLE system works well – all core learning materials are on the VLE at the start of each module so you can check what topics you will be studying when, easily access the reading resources, and see when assignments and exams are scheduled which allowed me to plan accordingly.

The weekly online discussion forums are useful as they provide guidance as to what topics you should be reading and when, as well as insights from other students and your Tutor. Again, you can do this in your own time – there are international students so posts are being uploaded around the clock.

The support from the Tutors and the online student support function was very good – when I wrote on the VLE, they always wrote back with comprehensive feedback in a timely manner. For example, I needed an extension on an assignment due to work commitments and the Tutor accommodated me with this request which enhanced my student experience.

My current day-to-day role is predominantly asset management of a real estate investment portfolio. The UCEM MSc Real Estate programme was very beneficial as it included many topics which relate to my current job and thus greatly furthered my knowledge base.”

Jodie Ronan,
MSc Real Estate
COO
Ronan Group Real Estate
County Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Key information

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow

Autumn 2020 (2020/21 academic year):
Apply by 1 September to start 28 September 2020

Spring 2021 (2020/21 academic year):
Apply by 15 February to start 29 March 2021

Fees & Fundingaccordion-arrow

2020/21 academic year:
£1,150 per module x 8 modules (usually students undertake 2 modules per semester).
Total programme fee £9,200

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 £5,611 each academic year. The loan is then paid in three instalments throughout the academic year.
This programme is now registered with the Skills Funding Agency for Professional and Career Development Loans.
Find out more here >

Find out more about our payment options here

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.

All learning resources required for successful completion of each module are provided as part of your fee. The core reading resources within each module will be provided via the specific VLE module pages and within the e-Library. Additional reference material and 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.

If you do not pass a module at the first attempt, you will normally be offered a resubmission free of charge. If you fail the resubmission, you will normally be required to pay the full module fee when you retake the module. If you suspend or defer a module you will be able to return to study that module at the next available opportunity free of charge (except for any project module where you will be charged 50% of the module fee). If you do not return to study the module at the next available opportunity, the full module fee will be charged when you do return.

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This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

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Recognition:
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Route & durationaccordion-arrow

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Time commitment: 15-20 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum

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The expected time commitment for the standard route is around 15-20 hours per week (based upon studying two modules per six-month semester).

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 including planning and writing coursework.

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The types of assessments used on this programme will include coursework (such as essays, reports, portfolios, reflections, problem or short questions or video presentations), computer based assessments, and computer marked assessments (CMAs). The exact combinations of assessment will vary from module to module.

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