MSc Real Estate

Programme overview

This is an online postgraduate conversion programme during which you’ll develop the knowledge, understanding and critical thinking required to practice as a valuer or property surveyor. It offers a range of modules which address the competencies required for these disciplines, and it is recognised as meeting the RICS educational requirements for membership (Graduate Route 1).

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

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.

If you would like to find out more about this programme, sign up for our postgraduate webinar on 28 November 2018 here or sign up to our open morning in Bristol on 10 November here. See our full list of one of open events here.

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

 

MSc Real Estate

Programme outline

The modules included in this programme, the assessment method for each module and the structure which they follow is available below, according to your start date.

Module information and structure for your start date:

Please note that from autumn 2020, UCEM will be making changes to its semester structure and module delivery as part of an ongoing commitment to provide an excellent student experience. If you enrol prior to autumn 2020, you will experience these changes as we move to a new structure and delivery model. You can find more information about the Transform Project here.

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

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)

MSc Real Estate

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.

MSc Real Estate

Entry requirements:

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

  • A bachelor’s degree with honours at lower second standard (2:2), or equivalent
  • A bachelor’s 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) plus five years’ relevant experience
  • A professional qualification plus five years’ relevant experience

And one of the following:

  • Grade C or above in English (Language or Literature) at GCSE or its equivalent
  • 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 academic test
  • 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 Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • 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.

MSc Real Estate

Testimonials

“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

Award:

MSc Real Estate

Duration:

2 years

Fees:

£8,800

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

MSc Real Estate

Key information

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow

2019:

Apply by 4 February 2019 to start 4 March 2019

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2018/19 academic year:
£1,100 per module x 8 modules (usually students undertake 2 modules per semester).
Total programme fee £8,800

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 £5,304.50 each academic year. The loan is then paid in three instalments thoughout 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.

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

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Recognition:

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  • 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

Changes from Autumn 2020: Transform Projectaccordion-arrow

From autumn 2020, UCEM will be making changes to its semester structure and module delivery as part of an ongoing commitment to provide an excellent student experience. If you enrol prior to autumn 2020, you will experience these changes as we move to a new structure and delivery model. You can find more information about the Transform Project here.

The changes you can expect to see will include:

  • A simpler, more focused semester structure, where modules will be studied one at a time, in 9-week blocks
  • More down-time from study
  • A shift away from traditional methods of examination, towards online assessment in line with industry practice
  • Visibility of assessment results prior to starting the next module, and the availability of in-year re-sits
  • Improvements to how our modules are designed using the latest online learning approaches
  • Single start and re-registration dates across all our programmes, and automatic re-enrolment for continuing students

Exactly how you will be affected by the changes will depend on where you are in your studies by autumn 2020. As you progress through your programme, we will provide you with more information about how the changes will work for you and your particular situation, and how you will be supported during the transition to the new semester structure.

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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.

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