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The programme is designed as an intensive fast-track conversion course which satisfies the professional entry requirements of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) (accreditation pending). Read more
The programme is designed as an intensive fast-track conversion course which satisfies the professional entry requirements of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) (accreditation pending). The programme combines academic excellence with the explicit development of transferable skills that are essential for a career in Real Estate whether in the private or public sector, in the UK or internationally. Our programme builds on the established strengths of the School of Environment, Education and Development and has a particular focus on the social and environmental aspects of property, alongside the economic factors. Therefore students develop a comprehensive understanding of the role of real estate in society and business and, particularly, to the end-user. Underpinning our programme is the belief that a long-term perspective is essential to the successful development and management of Real Estate assets.
Commercial awareness is at the heart of the programme: recent research has highlighted the need for surveyors to provide leadership in solving business problems, rather than simply providing traditional technical skills, and we take a problem-based learning approach to embed commercial awareness across the programme. The impact of globalisation and sustainability on real estate practice will be reflected throughout the programme with opportunities to examine legal and regulatory frameworks and property markets on an international basis. Real estate practice is complex and this programme reflects the need to effectively utilise a broad base of knowledge and skills. It actively encourages students to develop connections between the knowledge and understanding garnered in one unit with that in others through careful design of learning materials and assignments.

Aims

The aims of the programme are:
-To provide students with a framework of knowledge, understanding and skills to enable graduates to take a leading role in addressing the challenges facing the real estate industry.
-To develop students' capacity for critical thinking and ability to present sound, well-justified arguments and solutions to complex problems, recognising the interconnected nature of real estate practice
-To draw on the world-class research and practical experience of the School of Environment, Education and Development, together with our excellent links with business and the public sector, to enable students to explore new insights into the areas of sustainable development and strategic management of the built environment
-To facilitate student learning by providing an intellectually challenging and stimulating learning environment, involving both independent and collaborative project work
-To be highly relevant to future employment in the real estate industry, with a strong focus on developing commercial awareness and to produce graduates who have a wider understanding of their responsibilities as global citizens.
-As an RICS accredited degree, to enable graduates to embark on the Assessment of Professional Competence which leads, after successful completion of a two year period of practical experience, to membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Special features

-The virtual learning environment offers you the flexibility to fit your studies around your other commitments.
-You have the option of at least two days of face-to-face engagement with the tutors during each 6-month block of study.
-Flexible entry means that you can join the programme in either July or January each year.

Career opportunities

The programme prepares students for employment in real estate professional practice, in the UK or internationally. Potential careers could be in both the private and public sector ranging across global consultancies, investment advisors and corporate organisations to regional property practices and development companies to government agencies or even your own real estate business. Recent graduates have gone on to work for consultancies including CBRE in UK and China, JLL, Savills, Cushman & Wakefield, Colliers International and Real Estate companies such as Grosvenor, Kier, Bruntwood and Wanda.

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The MSc Real Estate Finance and Investment (Distance learning) concentrates on the financing and investment of property but also provides an overview of surveying and property issues. Read more
The MSc Real Estate Finance and Investment (Distance learning) concentrates on the financing and investment of property but also provides an overview of surveying and property issues. It leads to a career in surveying a well-respected profession with excellent earning potential and the opportunity to work anywhere in the world.

This course gives graduates of a non-associated degree a set of transferable skills that make you highly sought after in the job market, and provide the core technical knowledge and skills required for Chartered RICS membership. As a student on this course, you will be able to gain free student membership of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Investment Property Forum (IPF).

Key benefits

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This means, once you have completed a period of qualifying practice in employment (usually 2 years) and finished your degree, you can take the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). If successful, you will become a fully qualified Chartered Surveyor.

Course detail

You are mainly taught online, but please note you're required to attend a one-week block of teaching at UWE Bristol during your second year. There is a wealth of teaching support to gain an advanced understanding of concepts in real estate finance and investment, supported by an exploration of valuation, appraisal, development and management. You will also learn how to apply theory to the real world, so you can pursue and develop your career in real estate. You'll also develop master's level research and analysis skills and complete a dissertation in a specific area of interest.

Your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) with RICS begins as soon as you are in relevant employment. It's the fastest route to RICS chartered status for graduates in other disciplines you could achieve your APC within three years (or less if you have existing professional experience). The course is so well-regarded in the industry that we're regularly approached by employers who want our graduates to come and work for them. And, as the course is developed with our partner employers, you can be sure we produce graduates of the calibre they wish to employ.

Modules

• Real Estate Economics and Valuations
• Strategic Estate Management
• Real Estate Law
• Real Estate Investment and Development
• Real Estate Finance and Investment

Dissertation

This personal research project of 12,000 to 14,000 words is usually linked to an aspect of real estate that has a specific professional application or is of personal interest to you.

Format

The experienced academics that teach this course are also accomplished professionals with many years in professional practice or research roles. Their knowledge and experience feeds straight into the course content along with the latest academic and business developments.

Teaching methods vary depending on the module. As with the traditionally delivered courses, lectures (recorded), project work and tutorials (delivered as online 'webinars') play a part.

Assessment

We assess your work through a variety of coursework assignments, including essays, reports, surveys and presentations. We also encourage you to do 'formative work' to prepare for assessment. This does not count towards final marks, but the feedback you receive helps improve your performance.

For the dissertation you'll complete a 12,000 to 14,000-word research project.

Careers / Further study

Our graduates go on to work in property and construction, with many of them employed by organisations such as Jones Lang LaSalle, Taylor Woodrow, GVA, Persimmon Homes, CBRE, Savills, the Planning Inspectorate, Defence Estates, and various public landowning bodies, public sector organisations, local authorities and housing associations.

This course is supported by our consortium of partner employers who help us to develop our curriculum and contribute towards the resources we use in teaching. The consortium is composed of the top private sector employers in the industry. Find out more about our Real Estate Consortium.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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We designed MSc Real Estate Finance and Investment as well-respected, internationally recognised, RICS accredited course with our industry partners, Jones Lang LaSalle and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Read more

Key fact

We designed MSc Real Estate Finance and Investment as well-respected, internationally recognised, RICS accredited course with our industry partners, Jones Lang LaSalle and the Royal Bank of Scotland. It is recognised by the Investment Property Forum (IPF) and is a fast track to RICS membership.

Introduction

The MSc Real Estate Finance and Investment (Distance learning) concentrates on the financing and investment of property but also provides an overview of surveying and property issues. It leads to a career in surveying a well-respected profession with excellent earning potential and the opportunity to work anywhere in the world.

Thie MSc Real Estate Finance and Investment course gives graduates of a non-associated degree a set of transferable skills that make you highly sought after in the job market, and provide the core technical knowledge and skills required for Chartered RICS membership. As a student on this course, you will be able to gain free student membership of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Investment Property Forum (IPF).

Tailored to enhance your employment opportunities

You are mainly taught online, but please note you're required to attend a one-week block of teaching at UWE Bristol during your second year. There is a wealth of teaching support to gain an advanced understanding of concepts in real estate finance and investment, supported by an exploration of valuation, appraisal, development and management. You will also learn how to apply theory to the real world, so you can pursue and develop your career in real estate. You'll also develop master's level research and analysis skills and complete a dissertation in a specific area of interest.

Your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) with RICS begins as soon as you are in relevant employment. It's the fastest route to RICS chartered status for graduates in other disciplines you could achieve your APC within three years (or less if you have existing professional experience). The course is so well-regarded in the industry that we're regularly approached by employers who want our graduates to come and work for them. And, as the course is developed with our partner employers, you can be sure we produce graduates of the calibre they wish to employ.

Study Flexibility

As an online course you have the flexibility to fit your studies around personal and professional commitments and have access to our learning resources at any time, from anywhere in the world. Studying while you work provides valuable opportunities to apply what you have learnt directly to your role. We use the latest developments in online learning technology to make your distance learning experience as effective and rewarding as our traditionally taught courses.

For up to date list of modules and course delivery please visit our website.

Learning and Teaching

The experienced academics that teach this course are also accomplished professionals with many years in professional practice or research roles. Their knowledge and experience feeds straight into the course content along with the latest academic and business developments.

Teaching methods vary depending on the module. As with the traditionally delivered courses, lectures (recorded), project work and tutorials (delivered as online 'webinars') play a part.

Study facilities

UWE Bristol has invested significantly in online resources to support your study. We use the 'Blackboard Collaborate' online platform to deliver an integrated learning experience to you and you also have access to a vast number of professional and academic journals and databases online through the UWE Bristol library.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whyuwe/fantasticfacilities

Open Events

We hold a number of University-wide open evenings as well as a number of subject specific events throughout the year for anyone considering postgraduate and professional study. Visit http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatson/opendays/postgraduateopendays.aspx

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Real Estate Investment and Finance is designed to give you a broad knowledge and understanding of property within national and international investment markets and with the skills needed to research, analyse and advise on investment decisions accordingly. Read more

Programme Background

Real Estate Investment and Finance is designed to give you a broad knowledge and understanding of property within national and international investment markets and with the skills needed to research, analyse and advise on investment decisions accordingly. It provides those from varied professional and academic backgrounds with an entry into the real estate profession while also enhancing the knowledge and skills of those already employed in the field. Including complementary courses in other aspects of economics and the built environment, this programme gives students an intensive, diverse and well-rounded education.

On completion of this programme graduates will be able to:

· Convey knowledge and understanding of, and apply specialist skills within, scientific, technical and business areas of landed property, and real estate investment.
· Draw upon a sound foundation of knowledge and understanding of the practices and procedures of surveying and the property industry.
· Demonstrate sophisticated intellectual and research skills proficient for a professional career.
· Evaluate complex problems and formulate original ideas and proposals relevant to the real estate investment market.
· Appreciate the values, ethics, responsibilities and rules governing professional general practice surveying, and the need for professional integrity when advising clients.

Professional Recognition

This MSc programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Programme Structure

For the MSc, students undertake eight taught courses plus the research dissertation. Students on the Diploma programme take eight taught courses. Students can opt to complete a total of four courses and graduate with the Heriot-Watt University Postgraduate Certificate. Each taught course represents 150 hours of student effort and the dissertation represents 600 hours.

Semester 1
· Real Estate Economics
· Real Estate Appraisal and Valuation 1
· Macroeconomics, Finance and Built Environment
· Spatial Planning (Edinburgh)
· International Planning and Property Law (Distance Learning/Dubai)

Semester 2
· Real Estate Investment Analysis
· International Property Markets and Investment
· Real Estate Appraisal and Valuation 2
· Real Estate Development

The programme is offered on a full time study basis (12 months) or part time on a day-release basis (24 months). The programme is also offered via attendance-free distance learning.

Many of our distance learning students are in highly demanding employment. These students can opt to reduce the level of study per year and increase the study period to a maximum of seven years.

Arrangements can be made for distance learning students to sit exams at a number of centres throughout the world. Students receive comprehensive course study packs by post. A PC with e-mail and Internet access is necessary for those students to gain the fullest learning experience from the programme.

Graduate Opportunities

This programme is aimed at those who aspire to, or are already working in the real estate investment market. Students come from a range of backgrounds in international professional practice, consultancy and the public sector and use the knowledge and skills gained in this internationally recognised postgraduate qualification to enhance their career development in their chosen field. In addition, the programme’s modular structure assists students in contributing effectively to meet the CPD requirements of their professional bodies. This programme has been developed to provide graduates with a broad knowledge and understanding of property as an asset class within national and international investment markets and with the skills needed to research, analyse and advise on investment decisions accordingly.

Graduates of this programme are highly sought after in the real estate industry, and some of our graduates have gone on to work within companies such as Standard Life and Scottish Widows, and for major consultancies Jones Lang LaSalle, CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield.

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The Real Estate Masters Programme is a Master of Studies (MSt) course offered by The Department of Land Economy drawing on the multi-disciplinary strength of the Department and the University. Read more
The Real Estate Masters Programme is a Master of Studies (MSt) course offered by The Department of Land Economy drawing on the multi-disciplinary strength of the Department and the University. It is aimed at experienced professionals and those identified as future leaders in the real estate industry and combines academic rigour with significant industry input.

The course aims to equip participants with a broader knowledge of all aspects of the real estate industry, insight into a range of long-term themes and strategic issues in the market as well as developing a range of research and other skills.

See the website http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/mst-real-estate

Who is the course designed for?

This is a two-year part-time Master's course designed for those who have several years of professional experience in real estate or associated business, have attained a leadership role, are identified as a potential leader or are seeking to take up a leadership role. The format permits students to continue with their professional career whilst studying. The course will enhance students’ technical skills and develop a range of other skills to enable them to be agents of change in the real estate industry and beyond.

Aims of the programme

- To enable students to build their knowledge across a range of disciplines around real estate including finance, investment, economics, environmental policy, planning and law.
- To enable students to build on previous study and work experience across real estate and related disciplines.
- To equip students to take leadership positions in the industry and develop their understanding of key skills in management, innovation, strategy, negotiation, partnering and risk management.
- To provide opportunities to learn from colleagues from different cultures, work backgrounds and with experience from different countries with different social, economic and legal systems.
- To provide students with the skills to manage information and resources effectively and to be able to manage their own research.
- To build a passion for research and strategic thinking.

The programme aims to ensure that students have a solid understanding of the end-to-end processes in real estate investment and finance whilst promoting innovation in real estate through highlighting some of the trends influencing the industry and the opportunities that this will bring. The course breadth is reflected in the topics it addresses, from looking at the high-level drivers of capital flows in real estate and changes in the urban environment, through to asset management of individual buildings and optimising their performance

Format

The course has a number of themes running through it that reflect some of the key trends shaping the industry:

- The interaction between the economy and real estate markets
- Globalisation and its influence on the market
- Risk management and mitigation
- The impact of technological change on real estate
- Sustainable buildings and cities

The programme is of a modular design and delivered through a combination of distance learning, with course materials, in various mediums, released through a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and attendance at five intensive residential blocks in Cambridge (3 x 2 weeks and 2 x 1 week), over the two years.

The course is taught through a combination of:

- Taught sessions by academics and practitioners
- Individual work including: working through course materials on the VLE, course reading, preparation of written work (primarily between the residential sessions).
- Group work including: working through case studies, dialogue, debate and presentations throughout the taught modules.
- Supervisions and support from the Land Economy faculty, tutors and supervisors from within the university.

Residential sessions focus on taught sessions, practical applications, case studies and collaborative working, including presentation of project work and case studies, as well as individual supervisions. The residential sessions enable students to learn from one another as well as from the academic faculty staff and external speakers.

Support and facilitation for students is provided by team of faculty, tutors and supervisors from within the University.

Contact time

- Lectures: c.160 hours of lectures over the two-year course*
- Seminars and classes: 20 hours of managed discussions, debates and group exercises/workshops over the two-year course
- Practicals: 8 site and property visits over the two-year course, equating to c.40 hrs
- Supervision: up to 7 hours per year

* The number of hours may vary slightly as the course is constantly evolving in order to meet developments in the sector and in response to student and industry feedback. The lectures are intended to be interactive discussions with the lecturer.

Assessment

- Dissertation: 12,000 words maximum (including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography), to be completed during the second year of the course.
- Three short case study assessment exercises, each of 2,500 words maximum.
- Three essays, each of 3,000 words maximum.
- Full and active participation in all elements of the course is compulsory.

Students receive regular feedback throughout the course, formal and informal, individual and group, during face to face supervisions and through written exchanges with their supervisors and the Director of Studies.

First year tutors/supervisors complete an annual progress report at the end of Year 1. Dissertation supervisors provide termly reports in Year 2. Students are also given feedback on presentation of their projects and case studies during the residential sessions.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

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The online MSc and PG Diploma in Real Estate Investment Finance have been designed for real estate professionals across all sectors as well as fund managers and investment bankers who would like to gain a better understanding of real estate as a financial asset in an investment portfolio. Read more
The online MSc and PG Diploma in Real Estate Investment Finance have been designed for real estate professionals across all sectors as well as fund managers and investment bankers who would like to gain a better understanding of real estate as a financial asset in an investment portfolio. The programmes are practically based and offer the opportunity to share knowledge and experience in real life situations. Both the MSc and PG Diploma are available as online and open-learning programmes and offer students a flexible and innovative way to study. The programmes are supported by our Virtual Learning Environment as well as a series of Network Seminars which offer students face-to-face contact, input from experts in the field and opportunities to network, share work and study experiences. The programmes have been developed in close consultation with key specialists working in the industry and build on the successful CREIF programme that has been running in Asia for 8 years.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/real-estate-investment-finance/

Why choose this course?

- The open-learning approach, online delivery and study support offer students a flexible and innovative way to study

- The courses are practically based and offer the opportunity to share knowledge and experience in real life situations.

- The four 'stand-alone’ core modules enable students to start the MSc or PG Diploma at any point

- Each module is organised around six learning packages allowing students to work at their own pace and keep track of their learning

- Network Seminars offer students face-to-face contact, input from experts in the field and opportunities to network, share work and study experiences.

- The courses have been developed in close consultation with key specialists working in the industry and build on the successful CREIF course that has been running in Asia for 8 years.

Approach to assessment

Each module is organised around six learning packages and progress is assessed through a combination of online tests, workbooks, problem-solving, analysis and report writing. Course work, assessment and feedback take place throughout each module and reflect the practical nature of the programmes. There are no formal exams.

Network seminars

Students will have the opportunity to attend Network Seminars throughout the programme. These will be locally based and will build on the practical approach of the programmes by incorporating sessions given by local practitioners. Students will be strongly encouraged to attend to benefit from the opportunities they offer: sharing work and study experiences; building professional networks and taking part in case-study presentations led by expert local practitioners.

How this course helps you develop

The programme intends to develop an online community for students and module leaders to share knowledge and experience in real life situations.

In addition, after the PG Diploma course, graduates would have the opportunity to take a four months training programme, Oxford Adapt, to become a chartered surveyor. The MSc course is accredited by the the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), so after the MSc course, graduates are entitled to apply for RICS graduate pathway to membership.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Members of the REIF Team - Peter Dent, Michael Patrick and Ye Xu, authored ‘Real Estate Property Markets and Sustainable Behaviour’ for the Natural and Built Environment Series (Routledge 2012).

Research areas and clusters

Many of our academic staff are involved in academic research and/or professional/commercial consultancy work. The Real Estate and Land Policy Group brings together expertise on a wide range of topics relating to the operation of land and property markets, real estate development and land and housing policy. A major part of our work is on the impact of land and housing markets/policy on broader development processes particularly for enhancing urban sustainability. This includes research themes which cover low carbon development, sustainable real estate, corporate social responsibility and urban equity. At the same time our research addresses broader market-based fundamentals such as valuation and emerging areas of research in real estate including behavioural finance. We have a strong track record of international comparative research including developing and transition economies while at the same time maintaining established areas of expertise on local and national topics.

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The real estate market encompasses a diverse range of residential, commercial and industrial land and property. Real estate professionals advise on a broad range of areas needed by occupiers, developers and investors. Read more

Programme Background

The real estate market encompasses a diverse range of residential, commercial and industrial land and property. Real estate professionals advise on a broad range of areas needed by occupiers, developers and investors. This programme provides the foundation knowledge and skills needed by future property professionals.

The programme is designed to provide students with the essential learning components of economics, valuation, construction, investment, law, planning, management and development. It will build understanding of the complex interactions and dynamics of the property market, including a sound knowledge of valuation and appraisal techniques.

Professional Recognition

The MSc programme has professional accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Heriot-Watt University is a leading centre for the education of commercial and residential property professionals in the UK.

Programme Structure

For the MSc, students undertake eight taught courses plus the research dissertation. Students on the Diploma programme take eight taught courses. Students can opt to complete a total of four courses and graduate with the Heriot-Watt University Postgraduate Certificate. Each taught course represents 150 hours of student effort and the dissertation represents 600 hours.

Semester 1
· Real Estate Economics
· Real Estate Appraisal and Evaluation 1
· Construction Technology
· Spatial Planning (Edinburgh)
· International Planning and Property Law (Dubai, Distance Learning)

Semester 2
· Real Estate Investment and Analysis
· Real Estate Management and Sustainability
· Real Estate Development
· Real Estate Appraisal and Valuation 2

Mode of Study

The programme is offered on a full time study basis (12 months) or part time on a day-release basis (24 months). The programme is also offered via attendance-free distance learning.

Many of our distance learning students are in highly demanding employment. These students can opt to reduce the level of study per year and increase the study period to a maximum of six years, thus gaining a respected postgraduate degree whilst contributing to the CPD requirements of their professional bodies. Arrangements can be made for distance learning student to sit exams at a number of centres throughout the world. Students receive comprehensive course study packs by post. A PC with e-mail and Internet access is necessary for those students to gain the fullest learning experience from the programme.

Graduate Opportunities

The MSc in Real Estate Management and Development programme is focussed on industrial and professional relevance, ensuring that graduates of the programme are quickly able to make a positive and effective contribution to the success of their working environment, and the development of their own professional careers. The programme is suitable for graduates with an interest in pursuing a career as a general practice chartered surveyor with a focus on commercial or residential property valuation, development, management or investment.

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Are you interested in gaining a master’s qualification that will equip you for a professional career in surveying? This course includes a specialist pathway in real estate. Read more
Are you interested in gaining a master’s qualification that will equip you for a professional career in surveying? This course includes a specialist pathway in real estate.

The first stage of this RICS accredited course will introduce you to key concepts and frameworks related to built environment disciplines. The second stage is specific to real estate and will develop your ability to value commercial property, manage property assets, analyse property market data, evaluate property proposals, ensure compliance with planning policy frameworks, and acquire sites for building.

The final stage will be a master’s dissertation that investigates an aspect of how real estate professionals operate in complex and unpredictable environments.

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which is a reflection of its relevance and quality and meets the academic requirements for membership.

You’ll study by flexible distance learning. Many of our students combine their studies with jobs in property, construction and a wide range of other industries. We welcome people from a variety of academic backgrounds, not just surveying.

Learn From The Best

You’ll be taught by tutors who have many years of experience in the property sector. Their professional experience, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The quality of their research has put Northumbria University among the UK’s top 30 universities for the percentage of research outputs in architecture and built environment that are ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. These collaborations and links help inform our curriculums and ensure input from practitioners.

Teaching And Assessment

This is a distance learning course and you’ll learn through expertly written learning materials that help you engage with topics in interactive ways. Like other master’s courses there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

The pace of the two-year course is controlled to make it easier for you to balance work, study and life commitments. We encourage online communities to flourish among all those taking the course, ensuring that you can interact with fellow students.

Assessments are designed to give you feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. You can expect both your tutors and your peers to provide useful comments and feedback throughout the course. Assessment is coursework based. There are no examinations.

Module Overview
Year One
KA7016 - Economics and Business Environment (Core, 20 Credits)
KA7052 - Law and Real Estate Professional Practice (Core, 20 Credits)
KA7054 - Construction and Sustainable Technologies (Core, 20 Credits)
KA7055 - Dissertation Preparation Module (Core, 0 Credits)

Year Two
KA7020 - Property Valuation (Core, 20 Credits)
KA7021 - Urban Planning and Development (Core, 20 Credits)
KA7032 - Dissertation (Core, 60 Credits)
KA7036 - Real Estate Law & Asset Management (Core, 20 Credits)

Learning Environment

As a distance learner you’ll have full access to our eLearning Portal, ‘Blackboard Learn’, which includes web conferencing, study notes, discussion boards, virtual classrooms and communities. Blackboard Learn brings together all aspects of course management as well as assessment and feedback. You can contact tutors in other ways too, including by email and telephone.

You’ll also have online access to Northumbria’s library, which has half a million electronic books that you can read whenever or wherever you need them. Our library was ranked #2 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015 and, since 2010, it has been accredited by the UK Government for Customer Service Excellence.

Research-Rich Learning

As a master’s student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will help you submit a proposal for your master’s dissertation and then discuss its development through to completion in the final semester.

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Throughout the course your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research.

Our specialist interests include innovation in architectural design and urban design with an emphasis on place-making, planning and regeneration. Northumbria University is also known for Building Information Modelling and novel uses of computational modelling.

Give Your Career An Edge

The course meets a particular need for professional training for graduates who may not have studied real estate surveying at undergraduate level. During the course you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to work in real estate surveying. At the same time you’ll develop transferable key skills and personal attributes that promote employability and lifelong learning.

The dissertation in addition ot the taught modules will promote your personal development and a range of interpersonal, intellectual and technical skills.

The course has the additional credibility of being accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership.

When it comes to applying for jobs and promotions, our Careers and Employment Service offers a range of resources as well as support that’s available online and on a one-to-one basis.

Your Future

This course will open up new opportunities in areas such as real estate, , property development, and commercial property management.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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This programme of study, which has developed since 1991, reflects the exciting changes in academic teaching and in the built environment profession which have occurred in recent years. Read more
This programme of study, which has developed since 1991, reflects the exciting changes in academic teaching and in the built environment profession which have occurred in recent years. The structure offers flexibility and a range of optional subjects.

The philosophy of the programme is based on a flexible approach to problem solving and the development of analytical faculties.

The programme brings together professionals of various disciplines in the learning process to encourage interaction and integrative study.

The aims of the programme are:

- To examine real estate development and investment projects in wider global, economic and financial contexts

- To develop skills for effective decision making in investment and development projects

- To broaden the abilities of graduates with some of the key areas of understanding and analysis in real estate.

Please contact us at for further information on this distance learning programme.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/buil/ledl

Built Environment

We need tools to help us create a built environment that is responsive rather than obstructive to its users and to the world around it. At Greenwich we encourage both students and staff to embrace the interconnectedness of design, construction and building management, of landscape architecture and graphic design, and to constantly look at new ways of exploring these areas.

All architecture programmes focus on the urgent necessity to change our living habits in order to design and build a sustainable urban environment.

The construction management programmes are designed to provide students with a high level of understanding of the design, function, construction and statutory requirements for buildings of all classes, and to prepare them for more advanced employment within the construction industry.

What you'll study

Distance learning
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Urban Economics (DL) (20 credits)
Management Principles (DL) (20 credits)
Delivering Sustainable Built Environments (DL) (20 credits)
Property Appraisal (20 credits)

Students are required to choose 10 credits from this list of options.

Critical Thinking (DL) (10 credits)
Research Methods (DL) (10 credits)

Students are required to choose 10 credits from this list of options.

Critical Thinking (DL) (10 credits)
Research Methods (DL) (10 credits)

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Project Management (DL) (20 credits)
Dissertation (Built En't) (DL) (40) (40 credits)
Property Development & Finance (20 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Assessment

Students are assessed through examinations, assignments, project work, presentations and a dissertation.

Professional recognition

This programme is part of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Partnership Portfolio (http://www.rics.org/).

Career options

Graduates from this programme can pursue careers in professional surveying practices, government regeneration agencies, property developers, local authorities, or property investment companies. Subject to appropriate practice, award holders can become chartered surveyors.

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/644038/MSc-Real-Estate-Management-International.pdf

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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Are you new to property or looking to pursue a career in the field? If so, then this course was developed with you in mind. The programme of study will equip you with an excellent working knowledge of the commercial property market, including its relevance to national and international financial and investment markets. Read more
Are you new to property or looking to pursue a career in the field? If so, then this course was developed with you in mind.

The programme of study will equip you with an excellent working knowledge of the commercial property market, including its relevance to national and international financial and investment markets.

You’ll also become professionally competent in applying current investment and appraisal techniques, and learn how to make sound property management decisions that take into account legal, economic, facilities management and planning variables.

Key benefits:

• The full Masters degree is RICS accredited
• Follow a programme developed for new and aspiring real estate professionals
• Learn skills directly related to the practice of the real estate profession

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/real-estate-and-property-management

Suitable for

New entrants to the commercial property sector or anyone looking to forge a career in the field. A strong academic background is necessary, but prior study of real estate or property is not required.

This course is also suitable for established property professionals who want to formalise their real estate and property management skills with an accredited qualification.

Programme details

By undertaking this course you will learn about:

• The workings of the commercial property market and its relevance to national and international financial and investment markets
• Advanced current investment and appraisal techniques
• Legal, economic, planning, technical and facilities management factors in property management decision making
• IT in the property industry
• Environmental considerations of real estate development and management

Format

On-campus study comprises lectures, tutorials and project work.

Lectures introduce the core knowledge for each module. Tutorials provide a forum for discussion and debate with personalised instruction from tutors and project work is your chance to use research and other techniques to develop solutions to prescribed tasks. Throughout the course, experts from various fields are invited to deliver guest lectures and field trips are organised to give you an insight into the workings of the industry.

If you’re studying by distance learning, you’ll enjoy access to an internet-based learning environment backed up by intensive tutor support. Weekly online tutorials are led by tutors and encourage student interaction. Our online repository of learning material enables you to undertake self-directed study at your own convenience. Learning is driven by real-world problems with application to your workplace and job role.

Module titles

• Valuation and Investment Appraisal
• Property Law and Practice
• Buildings In Use
• Planning and Development
• Dissertation

Assessment

You will be assessed through written coursework (100%) and continuous informal assessment by your tutors.

Career potential

This course provides you with the knowledge and skills to develop a successful career in the corporate property industry. Our graduates are highly regarded by employers, enjoy excellent career prospects and have gone on to work within corporate, financial, government and private sectors to create property, investment and business solutions.The MSc in Real Estate and Property Management primarily equips you with knowledge and expertise in the valuation and management of urban land and buildings in both public and private ownership. Professional activities will include acting for clients in connection with the purchase, letting, management and sale of all types of urban property such as shops, offices, industrial premises, distribution warehouses, shopping centres, houses, leisure facilities, etc. In addition, advice may be sought by clients on matters relating to investment, finance, planning, development, refurbishment, landlord and tenant relationships, and a wide range of other issues.

Employment opportunities are extensive and range from local property consultancies to positions in large, multi-office practices with regional, national and international representation. There are also many opportunities in the institutional and corporate sectors with organisations such as insurance companies, pension funds, property companies, multiple retailers, and other major trading companies. Some local authorities and central government departments also maintain an 'in-house' team of property professionals.

Graduates often find themselves specialising after an initial period and the following are examples of favoured aspects: commercial estate agency, investment appraisal, property finance, development appraisal, property valuation, property management, strategic corporate real estate management and rating and taxation matters.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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The distance learning Real Estate Investment Finance (REIF) programme has been designed for real estate professionals across all sectors, as well as fund managers and investment bankers who would like to gain a better understanding of real estate as a financial asset in an investment portfolio. Read more
The distance learning Real Estate Investment Finance (REIF) programme has been designed for real estate professionals across all sectors, as well as fund managers and investment bankers who would like to gain a better understanding of real estate as a financial asset in an investment portfolio.

The REIF programme is practically based and offers students a flexible and innovative way to study. The programme is delivered online and is supported by our Virtual Learning Environment, as well as a series of Network Seminars which offer students face-to-face contact, input from experts in the field and opportunities to network, share work and study experiences.

Why choose this course?

The REIF programme is delivered purely online, offering students a flexible and innovative way to study. The four 'stand-alone’ core modules enable students to start the MSc or PG Diploma at any point. Learning is supported via a series of online webinars, videos and audio recordings.

Each module is organised around six learning packages allowing students to work at their own pace and keep track of their learning. Network Seminars offer students face-to-face contact, input from experts in the field and opportunities to network, share work and study experiences. The REIF programme is practically based and offers the opportunity to share knowledge and experience in real life situations.

This course in detail

The REIF programme has been designed to be studied flexibly via distance learning (online). The PG Diploma can be completed within a minimum period of 1 year, or spread out to a maximum of 2 years. The MSc can be completed within a minimum period of 18 months, or extended to a maximum period of 5 years.

The programme consists of 4 core modules with two additional modules for the MSc REIF. Each core module has been designed around six learning packages and is a ‘stand-alone’ module to enable you to start the programme at any point.

For complete module details, see the website: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/real-estate-investment-finance/

Careers and professional development

The programme provides an online community for students and module leaders to share knowledge and experience in real life situations. This is continued after you have completed the programme via the REIF Alumni Group on LinkedIn.

In addition, after the PG Diploma course, graduates would have the opportunity to take a four months training programme, Oxford Adapt, to become a chartered surveyor.

The MSc REIF is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), so after the MSc, graduates are entitled to apply for RICS graduate pathway to membership.

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

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.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Real-Estate-Management-and-Investment-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

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).

Based over one year, the course will involve lectures, tutorials and independent study. Students will undertake three taught modules in Trimesters 1 and 2 of the academic year, and complete their dissertation in the final trimester.

Students can start the course in September or January (January starts will complete in 18 months rather than one year due to the summer break between the teaching trimesters for the course). This course can also be studied part time and by distance learning.

Modules

Trimester 1
• Real Estate Valuation
• Law & Administration: property and construction
• Building Economics or Strategic Management (built environment and engineering)

Trimester 2
• Property Investment Analysis
• Property Asset Management
• Sustainable Urban Property Development

Trimester 3
• MSc dissertation

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. More detailed information can be found on the Module catalogue.

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

Careers

Graduates can work in the private, public and voluntary sector.

Career opportunities:

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

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

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The MSc in Project Management in the Built Environment is designed to meet the growing demand for project managers in the construction industry who can oversee the entire life cycle of any project, including unique and specialist developments. Read more
The MSc in Project Management in the Built Environment is designed to meet the growing demand for project managers in the construction industry who can oversee the entire life cycle of any project, including unique and specialist developments. It is ideal for anyone with ambitions for project management within the construction sector.

We consult extensively with people from a wide spectrum of companies and organisations in order to make sure that the course content remains practically relevant. For example, prominent companies in the industry are represented in our Professional Liaison Group.

The MSc is available as a one-year, full-time programme or as an open learning programme (a combination of distance learning with intensive on-campus study periods) which is normally taken over two years. There are two entry points: September and January.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/project-management-in-the-built-environment/

Why choose this course?

- Accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) demonstrates professional recognition of the quality of our programme.

- Strong links with prominent companies in the sector, such as Mace, Willmott Dixon and BAM Construction who are all represented in our Professional Liaison Group (PLG), which exists to provide advice on existing and proposed courses of study, on research activities and consultancy work.

- The programme adopts a problem-based learning (PBL) approach to ensure that it is real-world focused and holistic. Not only is this more effective, it is more fun than the traditional study and examination approach.

- Students develop a whole range of management skills and knowledge including project finance, technology, law and contract by working on real-life or realistic problems as experienced by the construction industry, consultants and clients. They are also exposed to behavioural aspects of managing projects, which most project managers only experience when their careers in the construction industry are well-advanced.
- There are four intensive study weeks during the programme where full-time and open-learning students come together on campus to attend lectures, seminars and workshops and share experiences.

- Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and locations. Many have originally studied subjects outside the realm of the built environment such as law, psychology, architecture and geography, and others have been or still are (in the case of our open-learning students) employed in project management roles. As a result, there are great opportunities to share experiences, to gain a better understanding of the industry and the range of challenges that project managers face and also to benefit from the many different approaches to problem solving that is a feature of such a diverse group of students.

- Our graduates span the globe, working in countries including Malaysia, India and USA.

- Our teaching is backed up by strong research activity. Many of our academic staff are involved in academic research and/or professional or commercial consultancy work. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, approximately 80% of our research, with our colleagues in other Built Environment areas, was judged to be of ‘international’ quality, with approximately 40% rated as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’.

- Many members of staff are part of Brookes' Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development (OISD), a leading research and promotional organisation noted for its work on sustainable technology in buildings and sustainable urban form.

Teaching and learning

Teaching, learning and assessment methods are to a considerable degree determined by the use of problem-based learning (PBL) which leads to a more challenging and industrially relevant course than the traditional lecture approach. Learning takes place through groups of students puzzling through problems, often adapted from real situations with much of the complexity and context intact, using published resources, or reference to experts who are available to offer advice.

Assessment is 100% coursework, which includes a great variety of types of work, including quizzes taken remotely on Moodle (Brookes online learning environment). Material can be downloaded from our virtual learning environment and closed discussions can take place. It also enables on-campus and open-learning students to remain in contact with each other.

In full-time mode, the delivery of new material is generally bi-weekly with intermediate tutorial or seminar sessions. The intensive study weeks and a European field trip, when students in both modes of study come together, complement this delivery pattern. Outside these periods, online learning is the primary mode of learning for distance-learning study. Communication with distance-learning students will be supplemented by email and telephone during the periods off-campus.

Field trips

A European field trip is a compulsory element of the PGCert modules. It typically takes place over a five-day period towards the end of January and is heavily subsidised by the department.

The aim of this field trip is to consolidate the knowledge gained in the early part of the course and to develop team and other relationships through exposing our students to European project management practices and to assess their ability to observe and report on the different approaches to project management in the UK and in a European country.

The field trip normally consists of visits to prominent construction/engineering projects and sites, plus architectural attractions, both en route and at the destination. You are introduced to the development and planning practices at the destination, as well as having the opportunity to visit major complex projects.

Student body

The programme attracts students from diverse backgrounds and locations.

Many of our current students already hold degrees in fields outside the realm of the built environment including law, psychology and geography, and have decided to contribute to the development of the built environment around us by effectively managing projects. They hail from as far afield as Nigeria and India, with backgrounds ranging from languages to architecture.

This diverse group of students bring with them individual responses to the PBL approach that is at the core of our course delivery.

Typically the distance-learning students are employed by a number of different organisations from the private and public sectors in different countries. They have the opportunity to share their experiences in order to gain better understanding of the industry, the range of challenges that project managers face, and therefore the breadth of skills that they need to develop in order to perform successfully.

Our full-time students benefit from contact with the open-learning students engaged in project management roles in a variety of built environment projects across many countries.

Careers

Graduates of the Department of Real Estate and Construction have an outstanding employment record. Local and national construction companies, developers, project managers, house builders, surveyors and housing associations regularly recruit our graduates.

Many of these companies visit the department annually to meet students for graduate positions. Our graduates are recognised as having an excellent level of communication, presentation and problem-solving skills.

All of our open-learning students are employed full-time by prominent companies in the sector.

Full-time students find similar employment shortly after graduation. They typically hold (Assistant) Project Manager positions. However, the breadth of knowledge that our students gain gives them the flexibility to function effectively in a number of different roles.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Our teaching is backed by strong research activity. Many of our academic staff are involved in academic research and/or professional/commercial consultancy work.

Areas of interest include:
- sustainability, adaptation and resilience to climate change
- collaborative supply networks for procurement and delivery of project
- building economics
- forecasting techniques
- risk management
- social networks in project environments
- managing complex projects
- management of knowledge and innovation as a source of competitive advantage/li>
- adaptive re-use of existing buildings
- facilities management
- health and safety.

Many members of staff are part of the Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development (OISD). This research and promotional organisation is noted for its work on sustainable technology in buildings and sustainable urban form among many on-going projects.

A recent HEFCE report into sustainable development in higher education in England suggests that the OISD is one of the key players in sustainable development research.

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This programme provides the foundation, knowledge and skills needed to work as a development surveyor or planner. On completion, graduates will be able to work either in the public or private sectors, advising on the complexities of property development to occupiers, investors, developers and planning authorities. Read more

Programme Background

This programme provides the foundation, knowledge and skills needed to work as a development surveyor or planner. On completion, graduates will be able to work either in the public or private sectors, advising on the complexities of property development to occupiers, investors, developers and planning authorities.

The programme is designed to build understanding of the complex interactions and uncertainties of the development process. It provides students with the essential knowledge components of economics, valuation, planning, law, and regeneration and sustainability principles. It also develops an appreciation of the skills and tasks inherent in development projects, including community participation, satisfying the statutory planning considerations, undertaking the necessary financial appraisals, and achieving funding to make it happen.

Our students and graduates

This programme is suitable for graduates with an interest in pursuing a career either as a chartered development surveyor or as a planner with a specialism in land and property markets. Such opportunities are available in a range of employers in the private and public sector, including local development and regeneration agencies.

On completion of this programme graduates will be able to have a comprehensive and integrated understanding of the property market context and the nature and theory of spatial planning and sustainable development.

Professional Recognition

The MSc gives full recognition from all the educational requirements of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has professional accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Heriot-Watt University is a leading education centre for planning and surveyor professionals in the UK.

Programme Structure

This programme is composed eight core courses at PgDip level. For those looking to complete the programme at MSc level a Masters dissertation is also required. Students are assessed through a combination of coursework and examination.

Semester 1

Spatial Planning
Sustainable Design and Development
Real Estate Appraisal and Valuation 1
Real Estate Economics

Semester 2

Strategic Spatial Vision Project
Governance Participation and Community Planning
Real Estate Investment Analysis
Real Estate Development

Graduate Opportunities

The MSc in Real Estate and Planning is focused on professional relevance ensuring that graduates of the programme are quickly able to make to make a positive and effective contribution to the success of their working environment, and the development of their own professional careers.

The programme is suitable for graduates with an interest in pursuing a career either as a chartered development surveyor or as a planner with a specialism in land and property markets. Such opportunities are available in a range of employers in the private and public sector, including local development and regeneration agencies.

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Are you interested in gaining a master’s qualification that will equip you for a professional career in real estate surveying? This RICS accredited course includes a specialist pathway for becoming a building surveyor who provides professional advice on the design, development, repair and maintenance of all types of buildings. Read more
Are you interested in gaining a master’s qualification that will equip you for a professional career in real estate surveying? This RICS accredited course includes a specialist pathway for becoming a building surveyor who provides professional advice on the design, development, repair and maintenance of all types of buildings.

The first stage of this course will introduce you to key concepts and frameworks related to built environment disciplines. The second stage is specific to building surveying and will develop your ability to diagnose building defects, refurbish existing buildings, manage maintenance, facilities management and monitor contracts and procurement.

The final stage will be a master’s dissertation that investigates an aspect of how building surveyors assess and analyse property assets.

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which is a reflection of its relevance and quality and meets the academic requirements for membership.

You’ll study by flexible distance learning. Many of our students combine their studies with jobs in property, construction and a wide range of other industries. We welcome people from a variety of academic backgrounds, not just surveying.

Learn From The Best

You’ll be taught by tutors who have many years of experience in the building surveying sectors. Their professional experience, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The quality of their research has put Northumbria University among the UK’s top 30 universities for the percentage of research outputs in architecture and built environment that are ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. These collaborations and links help inform our curriculums and ensure input from practitioners.

Teaching And Assessment

This is a distance learning course and you’ll learn through expertly written learning materials that help you engage with topics in interactive ways. Like other master’s courses there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

The pace of the two-year course is controlled to make it easier for you to balance work, study and life commitments. We encourage online communities to flourish among all those taking the course, ensuring that you can interact with fellow students.

Assessments are designed to give you feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. You can expect both your tutors and your peers to provide useful comments and feedback throughout the course. Assessment is coursework based. There are no examinations.

Learning Environment

As a distance learner you’ll have full access to our eLearning Portal, ‘Blackboard Learn’, which includes web conferencing, study notes, discussion boards, virtual classrooms and communities. Blackboard Learn brings together all aspects of course management as well as assessment and feedback. You can contact tutors in other ways too, including by email and telephone.

You’ll also have online access to Northumbria’s library, which has half a million electronic books that you can read whenever or wherever you need them. Our library was ranked #2 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015 and, since 2010, it has been accredited by the UK Government for Customer Service Excellence.

Research-Rich Learning

As a master’s student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will help you submit a proposal for your master’s dissertation and then discuss its development through to completion in the final semester.

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Throughout the course your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research.

Our specialist interests include innovation in architectural design and urban design with an emphasis on place-making. Northumbria University is also known for Building Information Modelling and novel uses of computational modelling.

Give Your Career An Edge

The course meets a particular need for professional training for graduates who may not have studied building surveying at undergraduate level. During the course you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to work in building surveying. At the same time you’ll develop transferable key skills and personal attributes that promote employability and lifelong learning.

The dissertation in addition to the taught modules will promote personal development and a range of interpersonal, intellectual and technical skills.

The course has the additional credibility of being accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership.

When it comes to applying for jobs and promotions, our Careers and Employment Service offers a range of resources as well as support that’s available online and on a one-to-one basis.

Your Future

This course will open up new opportunities in areas such as building surveying, construction management, project management, property development, and commercial property management.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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