MSc Real Estate Asset Management

Year of entry: 2023

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Science (MSc)
Duration
1 year
Entry requirements

We require a UK Honours degree with a First or Upper Second (2.1) classification or the overseas equivalent, in any discipline.

When assessing your academic record we take into account the grades you have achieved and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y Y N N

Course overview

  • Study real estate in the world's first industrial city, and the current home to many exciting large-scale development and international investment projects.
  • Explore the relationship between theory and practice and identify the real-life challenges facing the global real estate industry.
  • Receive the perfect grounding for a career in real estate on a course that is fully accredited by RICS.

Open days

The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.

On this day, you will find out more about the School of Environment, Education and Development and our resources, and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

For more information, see  Open days

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2023, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £13,500
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £26,500
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £6,250
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £13,250

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Additional expenses

This course has normally included an overseas field trip which is an optional part of the course. Please note there is a student contribution towards the cost of the trip depending on the location.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

We offer several 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 bachelor's degree 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 .

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
School of Environment, Education and Development +44 (0) 161 275 2814
Telephone
+ 44 (0) 161 275 2814
Email
Website
https://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/
School/Faculty
See: The School .

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a UK Honours degree with a First or Upper Second (2.1) classification or the overseas equivalent, in any discipline.

When assessing your academic record we take into account the grades you have achieved and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification.

English language

For the latest information on demonstrating your English proficiency for those whose first language is not English, please see our language requirements .

This programme also accepts successful completion of the 6 Week Pre-sessional English Language course. We accept the following qualifications which must be valid on the start date of the Pre-sessional course.

Pre-sessional 6 Week Course Requirement:

IELTS - 6.0 Overall with 6.0 in writing, no more than one subskill at 5.5 and no subskill below 5.5

TOEFL iBT - 80 overall with 20 in writing, and 20 in speaking, with a minimum of 18 in all other subskills

Pearson PTE Academic or Academic UKVI - 65 overall with 65 in writing, no more than one subskill of 59 and no other subskill below 59.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from across the globe. To help international students the university provides specific information for many individual countries. Please see our country-specific information page   for guidance on the academic qualifications which may be accepted from your country.

Professional entry qualification

If you do not meet our academic entry qualification criterion, your admission may still be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or substantial relevant professional experience can be provided.

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

Please submit the following documents with your completed application form:

  • copies of official degree certificates and transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English please provide official translations; 
  • your CV; 
  • copies of English Language Certification, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report.

Ensure that you enclose all the necessary documents to avoid any delays.

Staged admissions process

As there is a high demand for our courses, we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year.

Due to the competition for places and high quality of applications that we receive, we give preference to students from high-ranking institutions and with grades above our minimum entry requirements.

Please ensure you submit all supporting documentation with your application before the application deadline to avoid a delay in processing.

• Stage 1: Application received by 9 December 2022 ; Application update by 23 February 2023

• Stage 2: Application received by 10 February 2023 ; Application update by 6 April 2023

• Stage 3: Application received by 31 March 2023 ; Application update by 25 May 2023

• Stage 4: Application received by 29 April 2023 ; Application update by 29 June 2023

• Stage 5: Application received by 1 July 2023 ; Application update by 27 July 2023

While we aim to give you a decision on your application by the deadline date, in some instances due to the competition for places and the volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date.

Applications received after our final selection deadline will be considered at our discretion if places are still available.

Please note, all places are subject to availability and if you apply at one of the later stages, some courses may already be reaching capacity or be closed to further applications. We, therefore, recommend that you apply early in the cycle to avoid disappointment.

How your application is considered

Applications for MSc Real Estate Asset Management are very competitive. Due to the high demand for the programme we may not be able to offer places to all applicants who have the entry qualifications that we require. If we are unable to consider you for an offer you may be placed on a waiting list. Candidates on a waiting list will only be considered for an offer if places become available.

Once your application has been received, our admissions team will contact you. We may ask you to submit additional information, if necessary.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. 

In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

MSc Real Estate Asset Management 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 asset management, in the UK or internationally.

Core course units are shared with our MSc Real Estate Development 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.

This course has normally included a residential fieldtrip to London, and 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

  • This course has normally offered an optional international fieldtrip to explore current urban issues in a city. Past locations include Seattle, Toronto, Berlin, Barcelona or Amsterdam.
  • This course has normally included a short residential fieldtrip to London. The cost of this field trip is included in the course fee.
  • 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 this course normally includes a three-day residential fieldtrip to London, usually in October.

Successful applicants are expected to be available to attend.

This course has normally included an optional field trip. Past locations include Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Seattle and Toronto. The field trip has an additional charge and would usually take place during the second semester or Easter vacation.

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

Part-time students complete the course over 24 months.

There are no evening or weekend course units available; you should, therefore, discuss course requirements with the Programme Director and seek approval from your employer.

Timetabling information is usually available from late August.

You can discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.

Important notice

The School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) recognises the value of fieldwork. However, the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our priority. The School will assess on a regular basis the viability of any travel and fieldwork and communicate any significant changes to our students at the earliest possible opportunity.

The ability of fieldwork and travel to proceed, and whether any changes to proposed fieldwork and travel might be necessary, will remain subject to factors such as the:

  • rules and guidance on travel and activities implemented and published by the UK and overseas governments;
  • outcome of any risk assessments conducted by the University;
  • educational value and student experience of the fieldwork, if significant changes to the proposed fieldwork would be necessary;
  • availability of appropriate insurance cover;
  • availability of appropriate travel and accommodation and any significant changes to their financial costs.

All fieldwork and travel will be subject to a rigorous risk assessment process and the implementation of any protective measures identified by the risk assessment to ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff.

In some circumstances, it may become necessary to make changes to fieldwork or programme related travel. The University will notify you of those changes at the earliest opportunity. If any fieldwork does not go ahead as planned, then the School's focus will be on seeking to offer a suitable alternative and ensure that the Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) of the programme are met.

Please note that Countries may change their immigration and visa regulations at short notice. The School cannot guarantee that where visas are required for fieldwork, they will be granted but we will take steps so that if a visa is refused, affected students are not academically disadvantaged.

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.

Most 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
Real Estate Investment and Finance PLAN60191 15 Mandatory
Property Valuation PLAN60331 15 Mandatory
Strategic Asset Management PLAN60351 15 Mandatory
Dissertation [MSc REAM] PLAN60380 60 Mandatory
Real Estate Markets PLAN61061 15 Mandatory
Professional Placement PLAN60070 15 Optional
Corporate Real Estate Project PLAN60082 15 Optional
Land and Development PLAN60102 15 Optional
Advanced Real Estate Finance PLAN60292 15 Optional
Real Estate Law in Practice PLAN60342 15 Optional
Real Estate Modelling PLAN60572 15 Optional
International Fieldtrip PLAN60832 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 12 course units

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Facilities

You can develop your practical skills in our project rooms and computer suites with specialist real estate and statistical 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

Careers

Career opportunities

The course has been specifically designed to equip you for professional practice in real estate in a fast-moving global market.

Opportunities will arise in both the private and public sectors across global consultancies, investment funds and analysts, development companies, government departments and agencies and in regional real estate companies and specialist practices, both in the UK and internationally.

Alongside the award-winning University of Manchester Careers Service, we organise specific careers events each year involving potential real estate employers and an opportunity to network with our previous graduates.

There is very strong demand for our graduates from a wide range of companies. Our recent real estate graduates have gone on to successful careers with global consultancies, in both UK and international offices, such as:

  • Avison Young;
  • CBRE;
  • Colliers International;
  • Cushman & Wakefield;
  • Deloitte;
  • Knight Frank;
  • JLL;
  • Savills.

Our graduates have joined leading investment & development companies such as Bruntwood, Grosvenor, LaSalle Investment Management, Lendlease, Vanke and Wanda and public sector organisations such as Transport for London, NHS trusts and government departments across the world.

Whilst many graduates aim to embark on the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence and qualify as a Chartered Surveyor, others choose to work more broadly in the real estate field and are now working in fund analysis, site finding or project management.

Others have successfully launched their own business.

If you decide not to follow a vocational career, your wide knowledge base and transferable skills in problem-solving, strategic thinking, teamwork, creativity and communication fit what most employers are seeking; alternatively, you may wish to continue with academic study and enrol on a PhD programme.

Hear from our professional partners on a 'Meet the Professionals' event for Planning, Environmental Management, Real Estate and Urban Design.

Careers support

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate.

At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability .

Careers support for international students

The Careers Service provide specialist resources, advice and events for international students to help with career planning and making the most of your time while studying in Manchester.

Global networks

The University of Manchester is proud to have the largest global alumni community of any campus-based university in the UK.

International alumni groups are a great way to keep in touch with fellow Manchester graduates in your country.

It is an opportunity to build professional and social networks.

You can view the alumni networks already operating across the globe, here .

Accrediting organisations