MSc Real Estate Development / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

MSc Real Estate Development is a fast-track conversion course that will allow you to gain the necessary framework of knowledge, understanding and skills to enable you to pursue a successful career in real estate development, in the UK or internationally.

Core course units are shared with our MSc Real Estate Asset Management and will provide a solid grounding in real estate from the perspectives of investor, developer, occupier and the wider global society.

Optional course units allow you to develop deeper knowledge of real estate in areas of particular interest to you.

A residential fieldtrip to London is an integral part of the course, and there is an optional fieldtrip to another major international city.

Aims

You will:

  • develop commercial awareness whilst building your technical real estate knowledge base;
  • develop your analytical and communication skills to present sound, well- justified arguments and solutions to complex problems;
  • gain a global perspective on the challenges facing the real estate profession.

Special features

  • A short residential fieldtrip to London is a core part of this programme. The cost of this field visit is included in the course fee.
  • Enjoy an optional international fieldtrip to explore current urban issues in a city such as Seattle, Toronto, Berlin, Barcelona or Amsterdam (additional cost).
  • Opportunity to work alongside industry-mentors on a real-life project.
  • Based in the `living laboratory' of Manchester, enjoy site visits and expert presentations on industry-leading schemes.
  • Have the flexibility to specialise or mix discipline units, choosing from a wide range of options across real estate, environmental management and planning.
  • Develop practical skills using specialist real estate, statistical or spatial analysis software.
  • Benefit from close staff-student relationships and guided one-to-one supervision.
  • Opportunity to take part in a range of business competitions and entrepreneurship activities.

Teaching and learning

This course is designed to be highly relevant to future employment in the real estate field, with a strong focus on developing commercial awareness and understanding of global issues. We adopt a theoretically informed, practice-orientated, approach to teaching and learning.  This draws on both our world-class research and our excellent links with business and the public sector.

Fieldwork is an important part of the learning experience and all students on this course will take part in the 3-day residential fieldtrip to London, held in October. Successful applicants are expected to be available to attend.

An overseas field visit is an optional part of the course (with an additional charge) and takes place during the second semester or Easter vacation.  Recent locations have included Barcelona, Amsterdam, Seattle, Toronto, and Berlin.  Countries to be visited may change their immigration and visa regulations at short notice. The School of Environment, Education and Development cannot guarantee that, where visas are required for the field course, they will be granted but will ensure that, in the unlikely event that a visa is refused, affected students are not academically disadvantaged.

Other optional units include a consultancy group project, working alongside industry mentors, and the possibility of undertaking a 15-day professional placement, in the UK or international location.

In addition, a comprehensive range of site visits, guest lectures and presentations from business and public organisations are an integral part of the course, and networking opportunities are strongly promoted. 

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over 24 months and study two 15-credit units in each of the autumn and spring semesters over two years. You will start preliminary work on your dissertation during the first year and, on successful completion of all of the taught units, you will complete the dissertation during the summer of your second year.

There are no evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme, so you will need approval from your employer to have the relevant time off, if you intend to follow the part-time route.  Timetabling information is normally available from late August from the Programme Administrator and you will have the opportunity to discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.

Coursework and assessment

The taught elements of the course are assessed on a continuous basis by a variety of methods, including essays, presentations, online tests, topic papers and project reports. Traditional examinations are not used in the core real estate units. The majority of assessment is based on individual work with an element of collaborative project work.

A 15,000-word dissertation is prepared on an approved topic, which is discussed and chosen at the beginning of the second semester and a suitable supervisor allocated. Initial work focuses upon an overview of the chosen topic, a literature review and the design of the methodology to be adopted. During the latter part of Semester 2 and the summer, you undertake the necessary research and analysis, culminating in the writing of your dissertation.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Land and Development PLAN60102 15 Mandatory
Property Valuation PLAN60331 15 Mandatory
Dissertation [MSc RED] PLAN60390 60 Mandatory
Real Estate Markets PLAN61061 15 Mandatory
Planning Powers and Procedures PLAN60021 15 Optional
Professional Placement PLAN60070 15 Optional
Corporate Real Estate Project PLAN60082 15 Optional
Real Estate Investment and Finance PLAN60191 15 Optional
Real Estate Law in Practice PLAN60342 15 Optional
Environmental Impact Assessment PLAN60411 15 Optional
Local Economic Development PLAN60511 15 Optional
Real Estate Modelling PLAN60572 15 Optional
Urban Regeneration (Specialism) PLAN60712 15 Optional
Planning for Environmental Change PLAN60771 15 Optional
International Fieldtrip PLAN60832 15 Optional
Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Cities PLAN60852 15 Optional
International Planning: Systems and Frameworks PLAN60861 15 Optional
Infrastructure Planning PLAN60872 15 Optional
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Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and merit awards to outstanding applicants and international students.

In addition, the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class Bachelors degree within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught master's course.

For more information, see Fees and funding or search the University's postgraduate funding database .

Facilities

You can develop your practical skills in our project rooms and computer suites with specialist real estate, statistical and spatial analysis software.

For more information, see Facilities .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

For more information, email  dass@manchester.ac.uk