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This fast-track conversion course will allow you opportunities to develop connections between knowledge and understanding while also examining legal and regulatory frameworks and property markets on an international basis. Projects on the course allow you to apply teachings from the course directly into real-world scenarios, delivering a hands-on experience in your real estate environments.

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Course overview

With our Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited degree, you’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of the role of real estate in society, business and to the end-user.

The impact of globalisation and sustainability on real estate practice is also reflected throughout the course, with opportunities to examine legal and regulatory frameworks and property markets on an international basis.

We expect that students will be required to spend a minimum of 20 study hours a week for this MSc.

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You will learn how to:

  • develop the commercial awareness skills you need to provide leadership in solving business problems;
  • build a framework of knowledge, understanding and skills to enable you to take a leading role in addressing the challenges facing the real estate industry;
  • draw on the world-class research and practical experience of the School of Environment, Education and Development;
  • develop a solid grounding in real estate from the perspectives of investor, developer, occupier and broader society
Accredited conversion course

This fast-track, RICS-accredited conversion course is taught from a critical approach. Learn practical real estate skills you can apply immediately in your workplace.

Industry conferences

Learn from and network with industry and sector peers and experts during conferences held twice a year at our prestigious Manchester Centre.

World-class academics

Taught by world-leading academics who have a wealth of experience teaching in real estate practice, including Mark Shepherd.

Who is this course for?

This is a fast-track conversion course, specifically for those who would like more real estate knowledge to apply to their place of work, or who want a change of career into the real estate sector.

Where will it take me?

Successful graduates take a leading role in addressing the challenges facing the real estate industry. They have gone on to successful careers for top employers in areas including environmental management and consultancy, urban planning and design, real estate development, urban and regional development policy, central and local government, international development and energy and water.

Blended learning

MSc Real Estate is a blended learning programme. Course content is delivered online using web-enabled technology systems. You’ll have the opportunity to meet academics who teach the course, engage with the course materials and network with your peers alongside face-to-face, three-day workshops hosted twice a year in Manchester.

Core units


Real estate markets

  • Understand fundamentals of real estate
  • Explore geographical and sector markets
  • Study how macroeconomics shapes property cycles


Property valuation

  • Introduce principle methods of property valuation
  • Explore the mathematical application of different methods of valuation
  • Critically examine the physical, legal and economic factors


Planning for future cities

  • Explore the principles, nature and practice of planning systems and processes around the world
  • Understand emerging future trends in urban development in global cities
  • Examine the notion of the future ‘smart’ city in a global context


Land and development

  • Develop an understanding of land use policies and making the best use of land resources
  • Practical experience and understanding of the development process through real life development sites
  • Develop an understanding of the financial issues and risks involved in development schemes


Real estate investment and finance

  • Explore the principles of investment and the creation of value
  • Critically evaluate direct and indirect methods of investing in real estate
  • Demonstrate approaches used in financing of funds and individual projects


Strategic asset management

  • Introduce the principles of strategic asset management
  • Explore the tactics used to pro-actively manage real estate assets
  • Topics include performance metrics, risk management and sustainability and responsible property investment


Project based enquiry

  • An opportunity to plan, manage and conduct practice-based research on a topic related to the course
  • Develop knowledge and competency in an appropriate range of research methods including the development of a focal question or hypothesis
  • Develop experience of developing and managing a specific research project through to final submission

Elective units (choose one of three options)


Real estate law in practice

  • Nature of law and law of contract
  • How leases and other contracts are created, operated and terminated, including service of notice
  • Propery law, land tenure, third party rights and conflict avoidance


Real estate modelling

  • To provide a rigorous exposition of relevant analytical and quantitative tools
  • Provide a good grounding in statistics and modern econometric techniques
  • Running multivariate techniques using spss


Corporate real estate project

  • Consider how organisations develop and implement strategic objectives
  • Apply relevant concepts and techniques to solve problems in a project environment
  • Facilitate a detailed exploration of the development of business focussed real estate strategies

Year of entry: 2021

Degree awarded
Master of Science (MSc)
2 years (February and September entry)
Entry requirements

Ideally you will hold a 2:1 Honours degree in any subject area (or international equivalent.

Admission of candidates who do not meet our academic entry qualification criteria may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided. To discuss your eligibility for the course with your dedicated Course Advisor contact

Full entry requirements

How to apply

If you'd like to apply for the September 2021 intake in the UK Centre (Manchester), please complete the application form . You can upload your supporting documents during the final stage of the application form.

You can watch our application guidance video here , which will explain all steps of the application process.

For courses starting in September, applications will close in August.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

  • We're ranked fifth in the UK for planning (Complete University Guide 2019).
  • Our virtual learning environment offers you the flexibility to fit your studies around your other commitments.
  • You'll have the opportunity to engage with academics and peers at three days of face-to-face study during each six-month block.
  • Flexible entry means that you can join the course in either February or September each year.
  • A Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited degree.

Open days

Webinar: Master's in Real Estate - Managing Property in 2021

The University of Manchester holds regular virtual open days and webinars.

The most recent webinar is available to watch back.

The University of Manchester's, MSc Real Estate, blended-learning: Managing Property in 2021

From the boom of 'staycations' to new letting regulations, and the abolishment of stamp duty during the Covid-19 pandemic, the past year has been turbulent for the property industry to say the least.This panel of experts, at opposite ends of the professional sphere, discuss their experiences over the past year, industry trends and what the future looks like for Real Estate.Discover during this session professional opportunities and the wide variety of career options available to a graduate of The University of Manchester's MSc Real Estate course. 

Watch back previous webinars on YouTube  


For September 2021 your tuition fee is £16,000. Students who choose to study Dubai Centre are required to pay 5% VAT on top of the tuition fee.

The advertised fee covers your tuition. It does not cover your accommodation, travel costs or any other expenses that you may incur when attending face-to-face conferences, workshops, or field trips.

You can pay for your fees in instalments. Explore your options on how to pay for your tuition fees.

Additional expenses

The course fee is £16,000 for those joining the course in September 2021.

The advertised fee covers your tuition. It does not cover your accommodation, travel costs or any other expenses that you may incur when attending face-to-face conferences, workshops, or field trips.

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).


Postgraduate loans (UK/EU)

If you're an English or EU student living in the UK, you may be eligible for a loan from the government.

Postgraduate loans (outside England)

If you're a UK resident living in Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man, Guernsey or Jersey, you may be able to secure a loan from the local authorities.

Manchester Master's Bursary (UK only)

We're committed to helping talented students access further education, regardless of background.

Equity and Merit Scholarships (international only)

If you're joining us from Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda or Tanzania and want to make a difference in your home country, you can apply for this scholarship.

Global Futures Scholarship

To be eligible, you must be domiciled in one of these  countries  .

Funding for students with disabilities

If you have a disability, we can help you apply for relevant funding.

Contact details

School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Jessica Cooper
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