MSc Real Estate Management and Investment

Postgraduate, Distance Learning

Real Estate makes a major contribution to the economy and the capital invested in property has created demand for Chartered Surveyors with specialist skills.

  • Napier code:

    52769MM

  • Course type:

    Distance Learning

  • Duration:

    2 years

  • Award:

    MSc

  • Location:

    Distance learning

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Course introduction

Property plays a key role in business and investment, and there is a need to maximize the return from, and productivity of, real estate assets. This requires professional expertise.


Working with industry practitioners, the MSc Real Estate Management and Investment course will allow you to gain knowledge of the wide range of principles that underpin property investment assets; including economics, property law, property valuation, asset management, the principles of sustainable urban property development, and the skills to apply these effectively.


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Whatever your background, this course, which is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), will equip you with the knowledge to become a competent and resourceful professional, ready to go straight into a career as a Surveyor in the fast-paced property market.

There is some £680 billion invested in UK commercial property stock and just over half of this is held as investment assets. Within the residential sector, the private rented sector alone has a value of £840 billion. These real estate assets all require on-going strategic and active management.

Real Estate investment is a global trend and as such there are opportunities to work across the world, particularly within the multinational practices. You will develop your ability to analyse, assess and synthesise solutions to problems and gain an understanding of the business drivers and constraints that influence these solutions. Your communication skills will also be developed, giving you the confidence you need to interact with clients and fellow industry professionals.

Our accreditation means this qualification meets their academic requirements, putting you well on your way to Chartered status. You can obtain full Chartered status following a period of work experience after graduation and on successful completion of the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). 

This version of the course is entirely distance learning and there is no attendance requirement at all (apart from exams). Students can start the course in September or January (January starts will complete in 2 years 3 months rather than two years due to the summer break between the teaching trimesters for the course). This course can also be studied full time and part time (with attendance). You will study the same modules, and complete the same course work as a full-time student, but over a longer period of time. The MSc will take around two years to complete part-time. Term dates are available through the website.

What you study

September intake

Year 1
Trimester 1 (September)
Trimester 2 (January)
Year 2
Trimester 1 (September)
Trimester 2 (January)
Year 3
Trimester 2 

January intake

Year 1 
Trimester 2 (January)
Trimester 1 (September)
 
Year 2
Trimester 2 (January)
 
Trimester 1 (September)
 
Trimester 3 (January)

Assessment

Assessment is by a mix of methods including written examinations, essays and courseworks. The individual assessment strategy or each module can be viewed on the individual module descriptors. For students based outwith the UK, exams can be sat at an approved exams center close to your location. More detailed information about the module content, learning outcomes and indicative reading lists can be found on the descriptor for each module: these are online in the Module catalogue


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Graduates can work in the private, public and voluntary sector: including:

Career opportunities

  • private practice real estate consultancies 
  • commercial and residential surveying firms 
  • property companies 
  • financial institutions 
  • local and central government 
  • commercial clients 


The entry requirement for this course is a UK Honours degree at 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider applicants who have completed a Bachelor (Ordinary) degree if they have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. There may also be an additional essay requirement if they apply with less than an Honours degree, this would be confirmed on submission of the application to the Admissions Team.

As this course is accredited by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the minimum level of qualification to be considered will be at Bachelor (Ordinary) degree level.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.



Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Home/EU-Taught modules *£570 *£890
Home/EU-Dissertation module £350 £530
Overseas-Taught modules *£870 *£910
Overseas- Dissertation £580 £600
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Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
This course comprises of 180 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
Scottish and EU students on this course are eligible for the Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan.

Modules that you will study as part of this course*

Building Economics ( BSV11111 )

Appraisal and analysis of the economic structure and health of the UK property and building industries. Economic models of industrial location and urban growth. Macro economic overview and examination of regional and European issues. Urban land economics; theoretical analysis, assumptions and application of models. Allocation of real property resources. Principles of 'building economics'. Comparison of demand and supply side of the firm. Factors influencing construction cost. Cost and value management. Principles of developer's budgets, cost modelling and cost planning. Balancing value and cost.

Further information

Law and Administration: Property and Construction ( BSV11106 )

Introduction to law and legal concepts: jurisdiction; Sources of Law; Civil and Criminal Law; Accessing the law. Law of Contract: Basic principles; Legal capacity; Illegal contracts; Error and misrepresentation; Remedies for breach of contract; Contract and property transactions. Law of Agency: Basic principles; formation; duties of Principal and Agent; Termination. Principles of property law: Heritable and Moveable Property; Property rights; Transfer of property; Securities over property. Law of Leases: Basic principles; Commercial Leases, typical clauses and Rent Review. Reparation: Delict and Tort; The duty of care; Negligence and professional negligence; Occupier’s Liability; employer’s duty of care. Law of Health, Safety and Welfare: Regulations relating to the property and construction sector; Liability of Stakeholders in construction projects. Forms of Contract used in the construction and property maintenance sectors; Choice of procurement strategy and selection of contracts.

Further information

Property Asset Management ( BSV11109 )

The role of the property asset manager, models of property asset management, property asset management (registration, valuation and performance measurement), Information Technology for PAM, property asset management (corporate and public sectors) and corporate social responsibility.

Further information

Property Investment Analysis ( BSV11108 )

An assessment of commercial property investments and their markets Examine conventional property appraisal and analysis and identify the shortfalls Understand the application and limitations of the contemporary appraisal methods Applying broader investment market analytic techniques to property investments Contextualisation of investment property markets

Further information

Strategic Management (Built Environment and Engineering) ( BSV11100 )

Management Theory: Motivation; Behavioural aspects of the individual and interaction of groups. Leadership Theory and styles; Communication; Conflict; Delegation; Innovation and Entrepreneurship Organisational Theory: Objectives, operational principles, structure characteristics, inception and growth. Systems approach to organisation. Corporate Planning-Formulation of company policy: models for strategic planning; evaluation and implementation of strategy; managing change.

Further information

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.