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Real Estate (Commercial, Residential, and International)

MSc

Key facts


Start dates

September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 12 months

Department

School of the Built Environment

Accreditation(s)

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Overview


Our MSc Real Estate is a conversion programme for graduates from other academic disciplines. It is one degree programme with two distinct pathways:

  • Commercial/Residential Real Estate
  • International Real Estate

Both pathways are viewed as a single cohort.

The course will provide you with all the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in the real estate profession. It will prepare you to complete the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to become a Chartered Surveyor.

Most of our teaching staff are professionally qualified as Chartered Surveyors, Planners, Lawyers or Accountants. So you will learn from experts in the field.

You will be paired with a recent graduate from the course who will mentor you. They will support you and help with study and careers' advice and professional development.

The course has a very successful level of graduate employment. Our graduates find employment in major international real estate consultancies and local firms. As well as banks, financial institutions, government bodies and corporates.

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How to apply


Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

The course is primarily open to applicants seeking academic conversion, who hold a 2.1 undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent) in a non-Real Estate subject. Applicants should demonstrate commitment to a career in real estate, preferably with some work experience.

Candidates with 2.2 degrees will be actively considered - evidencing strong final year performance and/or relevant professional experience.

EU & International applicants who have studied a non-RICS Real Estate undergraduate course are welcome to apply, in order to gain accreditation.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English you will require a minimum academic IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in all components.

OR

An equivalent English language qualification acceptable to the University.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£15,170

International full time
£15,170

Home/EU full time
£15,800

International full time
£16,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£15,170

International full time
£15,170

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£15,800

International full time
£16,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

The cost of field trips is included in the programme fees.

Learning and assessment


The MSc Real Estate provides you with a thorough grounding in the skills and expertise necessary for a career in real estate. The course comprises :

  • 11/12 compulsory taught modules (depending on your chosen pathway)
  • a structured Applied Real Estate Project.

Each module, except one, is 10 credits and the MSc qualification is 180 credits.

The PGDip and PGCert are available as exit awards only; students need 120 credits for the PGDip and 60 credits for the PGCert.

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Study modules

Semester 1

Compulsory modules

Valuation and Investment (10 credits)

This module starts with an introduction to the concept of investment and pricing, and covers basic financial mathematics. The module looks at the role of pricing and valuation methods and their appropriateness against the wider economic and investment environment.

Real Estate Law (10 credits)

You will be introduced to the law as it relates to real property management issues. It covers the law of obligations (both contractual and tortious) then moves on to cover basic aspects of the law of real property and the law of landlord and tenant.

Real Estate Economics (10 credits)

This module provides the framework for developing an understanding of the economic context in which a real estate organisation functions. This includes the national and international economic environment. The module discusses the role of markets, in particular the real estate market and the influences upon such key variables as costs and prices. It develops techniques to enable an organisation to analyse its situation and propose solutions.

Integrative Professional Practice (10 credits)

This module concerns the application of estate management skills within a practical setting, and will help you develop a wide range of professional skills within the field of real estate management.

Construction and Sustainability (10 credits)

This module seeks to provide an understanding of the principles of construction in the context of a sustainable environment, and to develop a knowledge of the professional skills required to ensure sustainability in the built environment.

Real Estate Management (10 credits)

This module enables All MSc Real Estate students will be paired with a recent graduate from the programme who will support and help in careers' advice, study and professional development. The module will involve a series of case study examples from industry.

Semester 2

Compulsory modules

Corporate Real Estate (10 credits)

This module provides a framework for analysis of the corporate environment and its effect on an organisation's real estate holdings, including both internal and external environments. The module develops strategic perspectives for real estate in a variety of organisational structures and environments. It also examines aspects of operational management and the impact of these on overall strategy.

Real Estate Finance and Business Economics (10 credits)

This module continues studies from the autumn semester looking at the role of markets, in particular the real estate market and the influences upon such key variables as costs and prices.

Real Estate Development Appraisal (10 credits)

This module deals with the quantitative analysis of real estate development. Development appraisal is the central tenet for assessing the feasibility of any development. It looks at the financial impact of physical, legal, planning and economic restrictions on the viability of a development at any point in the economic cycle.

Optional modules

UK Planning and Development (10 credits)

This module sets out to deal with planning and development issues of interest to the chartered surveyor and related professionals. As well as covering issues relating to the planning system, the module focuses on urban renewal and regeneration.

International Planning and Development (10 credits)

In this module the processes involved in developing real estate in different global markets vary due to factors such as the legal, economic, political and environmental circumstances of each location.

Real Estate Investment Strategy (10 credits)

This module builds on Valuation and Investment, studying property as an investment, including its role in a multi-asset portfolio. The module discusses the relevance of portfolio theory to property investment, and its influence on the use of diversification, risk analysis and performance measurement.

International Real Estate Investment (10 credits)

This module builds on the Valuation and Investment module, studying property as an investment in a worldwide context including its increasing role in multi-asset, cross-border portfolios. It discusses the relevance of portfolio theory to property investment, and its influence on the use of diversification, risk analysis and performance measurement.

UK Real Estate Law (10 credits)

This module develops the themes of Real Estate Law I and expands the elements of professional practice related to the law of real property and the law of landlord and tenant.

International Real Estate Law (10 credits)

This module develops the themes of the Real Estate Law I and expands the elements of international and indigenous laws related to real property. The acquisition, disposal, development, valuation and management of real estate around the world will always be subservient to the legal system of the state in question.

Final project

Compulsory modules

Applied Real Estate Project (50 credits)

This module will involve an individual structured project that is industry related. The project themes will vary according to the pathway (i.e. Commercial/Residential, International or Hotel & Hospitality) but will include subjects such as Real Estate Investment, Real Estate Development, Real Estate Law, Real Estate Valuation and Professional Practice.

Real Estate Markets (10 credits)

This is an umbrella module that will include, among other things, a series of guest lectures, field trips and industry events. In the summer semester, there will be a residential field trip to a major European city.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

The philosophy of the MSc programme is to provide you with a theoretical framework in the early modules. And then build on this in the latter stages with practical, real life examples and case studies.

Learning methods include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • project work
  • independent study.

Teaching is organised around the component modules. And totals around 20 hours of teaching time per week, over each 12-week teaching semester.

This is an intensive course and you will undertake a substantial amount of private study and project work. You will take examinations at the end of each teaching period.

The Real Estate Markets module incorporates a number of field trips in the UK and Europe.

Field trips

One of the most important elements of the MSc Real Estate course is the field trip schedule. It helps you to build on your learning by giving you the opportunity to see how things are done in practice. In the classroom, we can talk about how things should be done. It is only on these trips that you can appreciate how things are done in practice.

The field trips start in induction week and take place around Oxford and London.

In the autumn, there are further day trips to London and a three-day residential field trip to another major city in the UK.

In the spring we have further day trips, and in the summer we have a five-day residential trip to a major European city.

The cost of field trips is included in the course fees.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

Assessment methods include:

  • coursework
  • reports
  • presentations
  • formal written examinations.

Research


The Real Estate teaching team is well respected within the property profession.

The Real Estate and Land Policy Group examines the impact of land and housing markets/policy on broader development processes - particularly for enhancing urban sustainability. We also address broader market-based fundamentals such as valuation, and emerging areas of research include behavioural finance.

After you graduate


Career prospects

The MSc Real Estate programme at Brookes is highly respected in the profession. 

In the case of UK students, it is normal for our students to secure employment before the programme ends. Most students work for the big international real estate companies in London, but our students have also been successful in securing employment in smaller niche practices in London or in other areas of the country.

Our Staff


Mr Michael Patrick

Mike Patrick joined the School of the Built Environment in 2008 and is Subject Co-ordinator for the MSc Real Estate. Prior to Brookes he worked for many years in the real estate fund management industry in the UK and Canada.

Read more about Michael

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.