A Cass Masters degree is your gateway to a real estate career.
Overall the MSc Real Estate Investment could be labelled as a degree in finance which is focussed on real estate. Since the topics and methods you study are of interest to all real estate businesses, including the mainstream employers like chartered surveyors, the MSc Real Estate Investment may give you a wider choice of the role you play but it does not pre-determine what sort of firm you work for.
Term 1 gives you a grounding in the core skills of the real estate professional. You cover basic appraisal methods applied to valuation, development and financing of investments, plus a quantitative methods module incorporates econometric modelling. Those techniques are put in a wider context through a module on real estate economics and an investment markets module which ranges across all asset classes and financial instruments
Term 2 is more about applications of those core skills and principles. In Capital Markets you cover the different forms of indirect real estate – REITS, core and opportunistic funds, and derivatives. In Debt Markets you take in mortgage lending, mezzanine finance, mortgage-backed securities. In Term 2 you also look in more detail at the financial instruments based on real estate – REITs, Mortgage Backed Securities, derivatives. Portfolio risk management deals with the role of real estate in investment portfolios and the mix of assets within real estate portfolios.
All core modules in Term 1 and Term 2 are assessed by sight-unseen examinations (in January and April) plus courseworks set and delivered in Term time. Elective modules are assessed by coursework only.
Your courseworks will take a range of forms - essays, modelling projects, presentations, class tests. Some are done individually, others in self-selected or allocated groups of up to four coursework. The mix of assignments is designed to develop the general and soft skills employers expect – time management, team working, report production and presentations.
Overall your final Masters mark will be assessed on 50% exams and 50% coursework.
Graduates from the MSc Real Estate Investment go into a wide spread of firms and roles – some into the graduate entry schemes of the chartered surveyors in the UK or abroad. Most are best suited to analyst, strategy or research positions major fund management houses and investment banks, or smaller private-equity type real estate funds, rating agencies and specialist research firms. Many will go on to professional qualifications outside real estate, such as Chartered Financial Analyst Institute.
The MSc Real Estate Finance programme will help you understand real estate in the context of the international financial markets. The programme is designed to prepare you for a career in global real estate finance and investment management. It provides participants with the key quantitative and conceptual skills needed to make the complex decisions required in the real estate finance sector. It also places property investment into context with equity, fixed income and financial derivative products. This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. It is also recognised by the Investment Property Forum, facilitating fast-track membership.
The Real Estate Finance programme is particularly suited to graduates with a degree in a quantitative discipline who wish to develop specialist finance skills that can be used in the real estate sector. This programme not only examines investment in the underlying real estate sector but also provides extensive coverage of Real Estate Investment Trusts, Real Estate Funding, Mortgage Backed Securities and Real Estate Portfolio Management.
This programme is offered jointly with our specialist finance faculty at Henley Business School, the ICMA Centre. You will gain a thorough understanding of financial theory and its application in the context of real estate assets through a combination of academic rigour and commercial relevance. The programme allows you to build a portfolio of skills and choose from a range of modules taught across the Business School.
The University of Reading’s long standing reputation in real estate ensures that students on our MSc Real Estate Finance programme have exposure to leading thinking in both academia and industry. You will have modules led by some of the world’s leading real estate finance academics. Guest speakers from industry will further enhance that experience. The field trip will be to a major global city; in the past we have visited New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Toronto.
Real Estate & Planning
Our School is the largest in the UK for teaching and research in real estate and planning. Established in 1968 at the University of Reading, we are the only major UK real estate and planning centre to be located within a business school. Being part of the Henley Business School reflects our close and longstanding collaborative relationship with industry.
We enjoy a worldwide reputation for excellence in both teaching and research and we are consistently highly ranked in all major league tables. We undertake internationally recognised, leading edge research into real estate, planning and land and we offer a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, all of which are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Our planning courses are also fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Our programmes are held in high regard by leading employers, many of whom come to us each year to recruit our graduates. We are proud of our outstanding employment record, with more than 95% of our students entering graduate level jobs within 6 months of leaving us.
Henley Business School
Module descriptions are correct for modules taught in the academic year 2017/18. Optional module listings are indicative, and may be subject to change.
Plus specialist electives from a range that may include: Real estate funding, Real estate securities , Real estate portfolio management, Housing economics, Financial econometrics and other selected modules offered by the ICMA Centre subject to timetable constraints.
This programme is ideal for those wishing to pursue a successful career in real estate finance, investment management and research. Since its launch, graduates from the MSc Real Estate Finance have secured employment at a variety of firms, including JP Morgan, Unibail-Rodamco, Schroders, CBRE Finance, LaSalle, LNR Partners, ICG Longbow, DTZ, Grosvenor and Knight Frank.
Students are supported by a dedicated careers adviser and the Reading Real Estate Foundation. Our innovative mentoring programme pairs students with professionals in the industry, both in the UK and overseas.
The School of Real Estate & Planning has a worldwide reputation and a long history of providing postgraduate education in real estate. All our postgraduate programmes open up many options for employment in the real estate industry around the world.
Graduates from the Reading real estate masters are highly sought after and you will be well placed to take up positions across a wide range of positions in real estate investment, finance, portfolio & fund management and research. RICS accreditation also facilitates entry into the main property service and advisory firms. Since its launch graduates from the MSc Real Estate Finance have secured employment at firms such as JP Morgan, Unibail-Rodamco, Schroders, CBRE Finance, La Salle Investment Management, LNR Partners, Grosvenor, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Savills, Knight Frank and Gerald Eve.
The MSc Real Estate Finance is accredited by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. It is also recognised by the Investment Property Forum (IPF), facilitating fast-track membership.
Data science brings together computational and statistical skills for data-driven problem solving, which is in increasing demand in fields such as marketing, pharmaceutics, finance and management. This MSc will equip students with the analytical tools to design sophisticated technical solutions using modern computational methods and with an emphasis on rigorous statistical thinking.
The programme combines training in core statistical and machine learning methodology, beginning at an introductory level, with a range of optional modules covering more specialised knowledge in statistical computing and modelling. Students choosing the statistics specialisation will take one compulsory module and up to two additional modules in computer science, with the remaining modules (including the research project) taken mainly from within UCL Statistical Science.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation/report (60 credits).
At least two from a choice of Statistical Science modules including:
Up to two from a choice of Computer Science modules including:
All students undertake an independent research project, culminating in a dissertation usually of 10,000-12,000 words. Workshops running during the teaching terms provide preparation for this project and cover the communication of statistics.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and classes, some of which are dedicated to practical work. Assessment is through written examination and coursework. The research project is assessed through the dissertation and a 15-minute presentation.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Data Science MSc
Graduates from UCL Statistical Science typically enter professional employment across a broad range of industry sectors or pursue further academic study.
The Data Science MSc is a new programme with the first cohort of students due to graduate in 2017. Recent career destinations for graduates of the related Statistics MSc include:
Data science professionals are likely to be increasingly sought after as the integration of statistical and computational analytical tools becomes essential in all kinds of organisations and enterprises. A thorough understanding of the fundamentals is to be expected from the best practitioners. For instance, in applications in marketing, the healthcare industry and banking, computational skills should should be accompanied by statistical expertise at graduate level. Data scientists need a broad background knowledge so that they will be able to adapt to rapidly evolving challenges. Recent graduates from the related Statistics MSc have been offered positions as research analysts or consultants, and job opportunities in these areas are increasing.
UCL Statistical Science has a broad range of research interests, but has particular strengths in the area of computational statistics and in the interface between statistics and computer science.
UCL's Centre for Computational Statistics and Machine Learning, in which many members of the department are active, has a programme of seminars, masterclasses and other events. UCL's Centre for Data Science and Big Data Institute are newer developments, again with strong involvement of the department, where emphasis is on research into big data problems.
UCL is one of the founding members of the Alan Turing Institute, and both UCL Statistical Science and UCL Computer Science will be playing major roles in this exciting new development which will make London a major focus for big data research.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Statistical Science
82% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
MSc in Economics and Business Administration - Finance is a general university education in finance. It provides students with thorough knowledge of and competence in finance. Upon graduation, our students are expected to begin careers in financial institutions, regulatory bodies, consulting businesses or finance departments in non-financial companies.
The programme has a clearly defined structure with a focus on global finance so the programme is relevant for all international students. The global financial markets are highly developed and integrated and as a consequence of this complexity and sophistication, there is an increasing demand for graduates with degrees in finance at the highest level. Therefore the programme is perfect for students seeking a career in finance in a global setting.
The ultimate ambition of the programme is to prepare our students for making the right decisions at the right time; this ability requires excellent analytical skills and a talent for embracing all relevant data, as well as cultural issues.
Finance and other advanced research areas are based on statistical and mathematical models. Therefore it is an advantage for students to be familiar with these areas before the programme begins. The models are integrated into the courses so that the students study the models in relation to their application. It is our experience that the learning outcome is much higher when the models are part of the various courses.
The latest research in finance is integrated into the programme and many of the professors are internationally well-known teachers and researchers. Our programme also uses external lecturers from local financial institutions as well as visiting faculty members from internationally acclaimed universities.
1st semester: Prerequisite courses
The first semester you will follow three prerequisite courses that form the methodological and academic basis for the further study programme. Below you will find some details about the courses.
In Corporate Finance I the general aim of the course to provide the participants with profound knowledge about financial decision making in corporations. It is important to underline that although the course is focused on the managerial problems, decisions must be based on a solid theoretical framework.
You will get more in-depth knowledge in the following course, Corporate Finance II, which aims to extend the knowledge about financial decision making in corporations provided by the preceding course, Corporate Finance I, with a special focus on real options and risk management.
Moreover you will be taught Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis, which focuses on theories and empirical methods for analysing equity markets.
Another course is Fixed Income Securities, which focuses on theories and methods for analysing fixed income markets.
Finally you will be introduced to Applied Econometric Methods I and Applied Econometric Methods II. The purpose of the fist of the two mentioned courses is to introduce the students to the most widely used quantitative and empirical methods in econometrics, including in particular financial econometrics. In Applied Econometric Methods II the course extends the time series analysis from Applied Econometrics Methods I with special emphasis on relevant financial models and applications. For forecast purposes, models of financial time series and econometrics will obviously be of major relevance.
2nd semester: Specialisation courses
On the second semester the student will be provided with an insight to the different perspectives on finance in the different courses.
Among these are Bank Management focuses on the financial system and the role of banks in the capital market. Also the financial regulation of markets and institutions is integrated into the course. The main aim of the course is to provide students with insight into the management tasks that banks and mortgage credit institutions face.
Moreover, the students will be introduced to Securities Market covers the parts of the financial curriculum that are related to trading in markets for financial instruments. As such it complements the standard courses in asset pricing, corporate finance, bank management and financial institutions with issues from the field of market microstructure.
Another perspective is that of Financial Engineering. This course illuminates the financial derivatives such as forward, futures, swaps, and options are increasingly important instruments applied by agents of financial markets. The course focuses on describing and understanding these instruments, and on the underlying markets such as money markets, bond markets, stock, currency, and commodity markets.
During the 2nd semester the student will also get knowledge about Financial economics, which is nowadays quite often based on empirical investigation. This course provides you with many different methods to analyse financial data. Among the many models are event studies, models to analyse the term structure of interest rates as well as ARCH and GARCH models.
3rd semester: Electives or study abroad
In the third semester you can choose elective courses within your areas of interest. The courses can either be taken at Aarhus BSS during the semester, at the AU Summer University or at one of our more than 300 partner universities abroad. You can also participate in internship programmes either in Denmark or abroad.
4th semester: Final thesis
The fourth semester is devoted to the final thesis. You may choose the topic of the thesis freely and in this way get a chance to concentrate on and specialise in a specific field of interest. The thesis may be written in collaboration with another student or it may be the result of your individual effort. When the thesis has been submitted, it is defended before the academic advisor as well as an external examiner.
In today’s economy, clients and companies rely on finance professionals more than ever to help them effectively manage cash, assets, investments, and business risk. Gain relevant skills with an online MS in Finance.
Prepare to meet the increasing demand for trained finance managers and finance analysts with our online master’s in finance degree program. Gain hands-on preparation for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) exam, Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) exam, or Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) qualification exams. In fact, depending on the specialization you choose, you will take a simulated certification exam as your capstone project.
This master’s in finance aligns with industry needs to help you advance your career as a financial planner, manager, or analyst. Designed and taught by experts in the field, the employer-focused program features a practical approach that combines case studies, engaging discussions, and project-based learning. You can gain the in-depth knowledge and specialized skills you need for certification and a career in corporate finance, investment banking, financial management, financial markets, securities firms, government, and other settings.
Our master’s in finance online degree program is designed to prepare you for in-demand finance careers. Depending on your goals, you can choose from three specializations that focus on the specific competencies you need:
As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to:
Our MS in Finance program offers three industry-aligned specializations to help you meet your career goals and prepare for professional certifications.
As U.S. and global economies grow, so do career opportunities for professionals in the finance field. Our MS in Finance program can help you prepare for professional and management positions in corporate finance, investment banking, financial management, financial markets, securities firms, government, and other settings. The program also helps prepare you for professional certification as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) or Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).
Potential career options include:*