Blended online course

MSc Real Estate

  • Duration: 24 months, part-time
  • Delivery: Part-Time Blended Course
  • Workload: Minimum 20 hours per week
  • Next enrolment: September 2021
  • Fees: £16,000
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Make a Difference to our Future Landscape


This fast-track conversion course will enable you to develop connections between knowledge and understanding while also examining legal and regulatory frameworks and property markets in a global context.

The combination of online delivery of theoretical foundations and practical face-to-face application will give you the perfect balance of skills, knowledge and confidence to apply what you learn on your course directly in your workplace.


Key features

RICS accredited

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Industry conferences

Network at face-to-face conferences held twice a year at our Manchester or Dubai Centre.

World-class academics

Learn from leading academics with a wealth of experience teaching real estate practice.

Key information

  • Accreditation

    Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

  • Delivery

    A mix of online content with face-to-face conferences twice a year.

  • Duration

    24 months, part-time.

  • Enrolment

    Start your studies in September or February.

  • Workload

    Approx 20 hours per week.

  • Course director

    Mark Shepherd

Fees and funding

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.

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Entry requirements

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

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.

Applicants whose first language is not English, must also meet the specific language requirements.

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Course overview

Who this course is for


This is a fast-track conversion course, perfect if you already work in the field, and would like to build your real estate knowledge to apply to your place of work, or if you have the ambition to move into the real estate sector.

Managing Property in 2021

What you will learn

  • Grow your commercial awareness and provide leadership in solving business problems.
  • Build a framework of knowledge, understanding and skills so you can drive change to address industry challenges.
  • 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.

Where and when you will study


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 workshops hosted twice a year in Manchester.

"This course is great, not only because it is taught online but also provides a strong stepping stone for my career. In addition, it allows me to work around my current work schedule whilst providing one of the best RICS accredited degrees in the country." Elizabeth Opeagbe, Investment Analyst at British Land, current student of MSc Real Estate


How it will benefit your career

  • Lead with confidence and make a real difference in your workplace.
  • Use your knowledge and expertise in real estate to create change and address challenges facing the industry.
  • Take on higher-level roles 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.

Course units

  • Unit 1 - Real estate markets (20 credits)

    • Understand the fundamentals of real estate
    • Explore geographical and sector markets
    • Study how macroeconomics shapes property cycles
  • Unit 2 - Property Valuation (20 credits)

    • Introduce principal methods of property valuation
    • Explore the mathematical application of different methods of valuation
    • Critically examine the physical, legal and economic factors
  • Unit 3 - Planning for Future Cities (20 credits)

    • Explore the principles, nature and practice of planning systems and processes around the world
    • Understand emerging future trends in global urban development
    • Examine the notion of the future ‘smart’ city in a global context 
  • Unit 4 - Land and Development (20 credits)

    • Understand land-use policies and making the best use of land resources
    • Gain practical experience and understanding of the development process through real-life development sites
    • Get to grips with the financial issues and risks involved in development schemes
  • Unit 5 - Real Estate Investment and Finance (20 credits)

    • 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
  • Unit 6 - Strategic Asset Management (20 credits)

    • Introduce the principles of strategic asset management
    • Explore the tactics used to proactively manage real estate assets
    • Delve into topics including metrics, risk management and sustainability and responsible property investment
  • Project-Based Enquiry (40 credits)

    • Plan, manage and conduct practice-based research on a topic related to the course
    • Build knowledge and competency in an appropriate range of research methods including the development of a focal question or hypothesis
    • Develop and manage a specific research project through to final submission
  • Elective Unit 1 - Real Estate Law in Practice (20 credits)

    • Learn about the nature of law and law of contract
    • Understand how leases and other contracts are created, operated and terminated, including service of notice
    • Study property law, land tenure, third party rights and conflict avoidance
  • Elective Unit 2 - Real Estate Modelling (20 credits)

    • Understand how to use relevant analytical and quantitative tools
    • Get a good grounding in statistics and modern econometric techniques
    • Become proficient in running multivariate techniques using SPSS
  • Elective Unit 3 - Corporate Real Estate Project (20 credits)

    • 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-focused real estate strategies 

Course structure


This online and blended course has been designed to support working professionals who would like to study part-time. The flexibility of this course allows you to study alongside your other commitments and gain a University of Manchester qualification from anywhere in the world. You may be already working within the Real Estate industry, or have a strong passion for the subject area. This course is ideal for anyone who wants to build professional knowledge in the Real Estate arena. With RICS accreditation you can be confident that this course has the benchmark of quality and will be recognised by employers internationally.


Course learning aims

  • To provide students with a framework of knowledge, understanding and skills to enable graduates to take a leading role in addressing the challenges facing the real estate industry.
  • To develop students' capacity for critical thinking and ability to present sound, well-justified arguments and solutions to complex problems, recognising the interconnected nature of real estate practice.
  • To draw on the world-class research and practical experience of the School of Environment, Education and Development, together with our excellent links with business and the public sector, to enable students to explore new insights into the areas of sustainable development and strategic management of the built environment.
  • To facilitate student learning by providing an intellectually challenging and stimulating learning environment, involving both independent and collaborative project work.
  • To be highly relevant to future employment in the real estate industry, with a strong focus on developing commercial awareness and to produce graduates who have a wider understanding of their responsibilities as global citizens.
  • As an RICS accredited degree, to enable graduates to embark on the Assessment of Professional Competence which leads, after successful completion of a two year period of practical experience, to membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Teaching and learning

Participants study on the distance learning degree without leaving home or interrupting their careers. The material is designed to be dynamic and cater to a range of students with different levels of prior knowledge and experience. If a topic is new to you, we recommend that you work through the material in a sequential manner. However, you may consider that you already have a good knowledge of some of the topics.

  • Study is undertaken via the University's e-learning system, which provides study materials, online resources, and interactive online tutorial discussions with the module tutor and other course participants.
  • You benefit from access to the University's library, with more than 25,000 electronic journals and 400,000 electronic books.
  • Short video introductions to each topic are supported by a range of online material including webinars, podcasts, tutor-developed interactive written material, case studies and directed reading.
  • You can test and reinforce your knowledge and understanding with end of topic self-test questions which will provide feedback on your answers and direct you to further reading.
  • You will be encouraged to reflect on your studies by using Blackboard to facilitate both peer-to-peer and tutor-led discussions via discussion boards, wikis and blogs.
  • Guest contributors and lecturers with current industry experience will ensure that a strong connection is made between theory and practice.
  • Many course units employ an interactive learning approach where simulated real-world problems are posed and students, working in groups or individually, seek to identify the issues and how these may be resolved within the context of professional practice.
  • Case study material such as plans, video walk-throughs and photos will be used to enrich these real world scenarios.

The School of Environment, Education and Development aim to run advertised fieldwork in the 21/22 Academic Year and we very much hope that students will be able to enjoy the fieldwork experience in the usual way.

The ability of fieldwork to proceed, and whether any changes to proposed fieldwork might be necessary, will remain subject to the current global situation and 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; and
  • availability of appropriate travel and accommodation and any significant changes to their financial costs.

We will therefore assess on a regular basis the viability of any travel and fieldwork and communicate any decisions to our students at the earliest possible opportunity. Any fieldwork that does go ahead 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 of our students and staff. If the 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.

Coursework and assessment

The taught elements of this course are assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, report-writing, project portfolios and presentations.

The majority of assessment is based on individual work with an element of collaborative project work.

After successful completion of the taught-element of the course, you will undertake a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice, overseen by an appropriate supervisor.

Admissions information


From your initial expression of interest right through to graduation, you’ll receive all the support you need. We can support you with enrolment and subject assistance, administrative logistics and fee options, online learning skills, workload management and special circumstances including a possible professional entry route.


Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

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

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the following language requirements:

  • IELTS Test score of 6.5 or more overall, with a minimum score of 6.5 in writing and a minimum score of 6.0 in the other subsections, or
  • TOEFL internet-based test score of 90 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 22 and no other subsection below 20, or
  • Pearson Test of English score of 59 or more overall, with a minimum score of 59 in writing and a minimum score of 59 in the other subsections, or 
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) overall score of 176 or above, with 176 in writing and no sub-section below 169 -OR- Grade C if taken before January 2015
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 different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see Accepted entry qualifications from your country

Relevant work experience

Admission of candidates who do not meet our academic entry qualification criteria may be approved if satisfactory evidence of professional experience can be provided.

Professional entry qualification

Due to the vocational nature of this course, appropriate professional experience will be taken into account as part of the admissions process.

Application and selection

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.

Advice to applicants

To help us fast-track the application process, please submit the following documents with your online application form:

  1. 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 in addition to your official certificates and transcripts.
  2. A copy of your CV detailing your full work experience.
  3. Two written academic or professional references.
  • The academic references should be signed, dated, stamped and containing the official university email address of your referees. Alternatively, your referees can send us the reference letters directly from their official university email address.
  • Professional references (confirming your place of work and briefly describing your current role) should be signed, dated, stamped, and containing the professional email address of your referees. Alternatively, your referees can send us the reference letters directly from their professional email address.
  • This document can be sent to your referees for guidance, however it does not need to be completed as part of the application. ( )

      4.  Personal statement addressing the questions below (max 500 words)

  • What is your motivation for studying MSc Real Estate?
  • What other relevant experience do you have (e.g. from work, student projects)? You only need to describe things that will not be obvious from your CV/transcript.

      5.  Evidence of English language to demonstrate your competency.  

How your application is considered

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

If you decide to accept your offer, when you arrive in Manchester you will be required to show to us the original documents which demonstrate your academic qualifications and your English language ability.

Scholarships and bursaries

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.

Fees and funding

We offer discounts to support you in funding your course.

15% Alumni Loyalty Bursary : If you have successfully graduated from The University of Manchester, you can receive a 15% Alumni Discount (£2,400).

The early application discount deadline for September 2021 has now passed.

One Discount Policy : Please note that we operate a one discount policy; discounts and scholarship are not accumulative. If you qualify for more than one discount or scholarship, you will be awarded the one that is the highest amount.

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   

Additional cost information

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).

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