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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: 2020

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

Minimum 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent).

Full entry requirements

How to apply

We are currently finalising applications for the September 2020 intake.

Applications for February 2021 will open in October 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the course, please contact Craig Donaldson on  

Alternatively Craig can arrange a consultation with you via ZOOM or Skype. Please email Craig to arrange this.

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

As this course is predominately online The University holds regular virtual open days and webinars. To find out how you can attend the next one contact

You can watch back a previous webinar here:

Watch back Trends in Real Estate Webinar - Panel Discussion

OR previous webinar: Real Estate Course Taster:


We are currently finalising applications for the September 2020 intake.

Applications for February 2021 will open in October 2020. Please get in touch if you have any further questions regarding the course, contact us at

For courses starting in February, applications will close on 10th February.

For February 2021 entry (UK) the fee will be published very soon. If you have any questions please do get in touch. You may also qualify for Early Application Discount or an Alumni Discount.

Our team can help support you. Contact:

One-discount policy: 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.

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

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).


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

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

Contact details

School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Craig Donaldson
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