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.

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    Distance Learning

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    2 years

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  • 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.

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 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 Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent. Applicants will be considered from a variety of backgrounds such as social sciences, arts, accountancy and law in addition to the more traditional construction and science subjects.

The course is targeted at a diverse student body. Applicants with equivalent qualifications and experience may also be considered for those with: sufficient relevant work experience within the real estate and property industry, or corporate membership of a professional body.

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 2016/17 2017/18
Home/EU-Taught modules *£570 *£570
Home/EU- Dissertation £350 £350
Overseas-Taught modules *£870 *£870
Overseas- Dissertation £580 £580
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.

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Scottish and EU students on this course are eligible for the Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan.