MSc Real Estate Management & Investment

Postgraduate, Distance learning

Real Estate Management & Investment MSc

This course is accredited by the RICS and gives you the required knowledge and skills for a successful career in the property market


The MSc Real Estate Management & Investment degree is a carefully considered programme which meets current industry demands and develops graduates who have the knowledge and skills required to enter the property industry as valuators, agents, property consultants, managers, and developers.

Working with industry practitioners, the MSc Real Estate Management & Investment course will allow you to gain knowledge of the wide range of principles that underpin property investment assets such as;

Property plays a key role in business and investment and there is a need to maximize both the return from and productivity of real estate assets. This requires professional expertise. There is some £883 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 £1000 billion. These real estate assets all require on-going strategic and active management

Whatever your background, this Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited course 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.

Mode of Study:

Distance learning (available as Full-time | Part-time)


2-3 years

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Course details

The core material is delivered through our virtual learning environment, Moodle, with core course material developed by professionally qualified academic staff and industrial specialists.

You will develop your ability to analyse, assess and synthesize solutions to problems and gain an understanding of the business drivers and constraints that influence these solutions. Your written communication skills will also be developed, giving you the confidence you need to interact with clients and fellow industry professionals. 

Real Estate Investment is a global trend and as such there are opportunities to work across the world, particularly within the multinational practices.

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).

Chartered Surveyors with a degree in Real Estate Surveying apply their specialist skills in the fields of: development appraisal; Investment appraisal; valuation; agency (buying and selling land and property); and property management. Graduates can work in the private, public and voluntary sector, which might include: private practice real estate consultancies, commercial and residential surveying firms, property companies, financial institutions and local and central government. 

Recent graduates have gone on to work for the likes of: JLL, Shepherds, Rydens, GVA, DM Hall, Cushman and Wakefield, Lambert Smith Hampton, Valuation Office Agency, Lothian Valuation Joint Board, Transport for London, Avant Homes and Knight Frank.

Most of the staff developing and delivering (where appropriate) the course material are Chartered Surveyors, Lawyers and other property professionals. They have extensive experience as practitioners. The programme leader is A Andrews MRICS.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    The core material is delivered through our virtual learning environment, Moodle, with core course material developed by professionally qualified academic staff and industrial specialists. 

    Students will undertake two 20 credit modules in each of Trimesters 1 and 2 of the first academic year and the one 20 credit module in each of the Trimesters 1 and 2 of the second academic year. You will start your dissertation in the second year and submit this one trimester after you have completed the taught modules.

    Students can start the course in September or January (January starts will complete in 2.25 years rather than one year due to the summer break between the teaching trimesters for the course). The course is entirely distance learning, so no attendance is required, other than to attend exam centres, as appropriate for any exams.  
    Term dates are available through the website. This course can also be studied Full-time and by Part-time.

  • note and pen Assessments Assessments are by a mixture of coursework, projects and exams. This can consist of a variety of tasks including report writing, essays, research briefs and posters. Full details of the assessment strategy for each module can be found in the module catalogue.
  • briefcase Work placement

    Whilst there is no credit-bearing work placement, we have an excellent careers service that can assist with the application processes and to develop your CV.

  • library Facilities

    Although this course is delivered online, you have access to the library and virtual desktop service provide by Edinburgh Napier University. You also have numerous opportunities to engage with the University through feedback and contact with your personal development tutor.


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. Comparison of demand and supply side of the firm. Economic aspects of urban problems. Factors influencing construction cost. 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

* 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.


Built Environment Exchange

Join beX, our Built Environment Exchange programme that provides employability projects, internship opportunities and scholarships.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by 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’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2019/20 2020/21
Home/EU-Taught modules *£922 tba
Home/EU-Dissertation module £553 n/a
Overseas-Taught modules *£946 tba
Overseas- Dissertation £624 tba

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.


Chartered Surveyors with a degree in Real Estate Surveying apply their specialist skills in the fields of:
  • Development appraisal
  • Investment appraisal
  • Valuation
  • Agency (buying and selling land and property)
  • Property management
  • Private practice real estate consultancies
  • Commercial and residential surveying firms
  • Property companies
  • Financial institutions and local and central government

Recent graduates have gone on to work for the likes of: JLL, Shepherds, Rydens, GVA, DM Hall, Cushman and Wakefield, Lambert Smith Hampton, Valuation Office Agency, Lothian Valuation Joint Board, Transport for London, Avant Homes and Knight Frank.