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MSc Real Estate (Commercial and Residential, International, and Hotel)

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Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

The MSc Real Estate is a conversion programme for graduates from other academic disciplines and is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is one degree programme with three distinct pathways: 

  1. Commercial/Residential Real Estate
  2. International Real Estate
  3. Hotel and Hospitality 

All three pathways are viewed as a single cohort. 

The programme will provide you with all the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in the real estate profession and will prepare you for the challenge of completing the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to become a Chartered Surveyor.

The MSc Real Estate is available for full-time study only. Given the intensity of the programme, you are advised to live in or near Oxford. Please note this course has a September start only.

Find out more about the MSc Real Estate including interviews with the staff, student views and field trips on the School of the Built Environment blog, Hot Property.

Why choose this course?

  • All MSc Real Estate students will be paired with and mentored by a recent graduate from the programme who will support and help in careers' advice, study and professional development.
  • The majority of the teaching staff are professionally qualified as Chartered Surveyors, Planners, Lawyers or Accountants, each of them is dedicated to providing excellent teaching.
  • Learning is enhanced by external speakers, field trips and management support from the industry, provided by seven of the major international real estate consultancies who sponsor the programmes: CBRE, Cluttons, Cushman & Wakefield, GVA, Jones Lang LaSalle, Knight Frank and Savills.
  • The programme has always enjoyed a very successful level of graduate employment. Our students find employment in both the major international real estate consultancies and local firms.
  • The programme is well respected in all areas of the industry and we also have alumni in real estate management companies, banks, financial institutions, government bodies and corporates. 
  • The small cohort (about 40 students each year) means more individual attention, excellent group dynamics in lectures/discussions, good opportunities for socialising, sharing experiences, supporting each other and creating lasting friendships.

This course in detail

The MSc Real Estate comprises 11 or 12 compulsory taught modules (depending on your chosen pathway) and a structured Applied Real Estate Project. It provides you with a thorough grounding in the skills and expertise necessary for a career in real estate. 

Each module, except one, is 10 credits and the MSc qualification is 180 credits.

Please note: as programmes are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module list you choose from may vary from what is shown here.

Autumn Semester

  • Valuation and Investment 
  • Real Estate Law 
  • Real Estate Economics 
  • Integrative Professional Practice 
  • Construction and Sustainability 
  • Real Estate Management 

Spring Semester

  • Corporate Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance and Business Economics 
  • Real Estate Development Appraisal 
  • UK Planning and Development 
  • International Planning and Development 
  • Real Estate Investment Strategy 
  • International Real Estate Investment
  • UK Real Estate Law 
  • International Real Estate Law 
  • Contemporary Issues 
  • Corporate Risk Governance 

Summer 

The work required for this part of the programme can be undertaken away from the university with email and internet support.

  • Applied Real Estate Project 
  • Real Estate Markets

The PGDip and PGCert are available as exit awards only; students need 120 credits for the PGDip and 60 credits for the PGCert. 

Teaching and learning

The philosophy of the MSc programme is to provide you with a theoretical framework in the early modules and to build on this in the latter stages with practical, real life examples and case studies.

Learning methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and independent study. Teaching is organised around the component modules, involving a total of around 20 hours of teaching time per week over each 12-week teaching semester. 

The semester system requires examinations to be taken at the end of each teaching period. It is a very intensive course and you undertake a substantial amount of private study and project work.

The Real Estate Markets module draws together the different subjects taught on the programme and incorporates a number of field trips in the UK and Europe.

Approach to assessment

Each module is assessed individually, through coursework such as submission of reports and presentations, and/or formal written examination. 

Specialist facilities

Students taking the MSc Real Estate programme benefit from the allocation of a dedicated base-room in the Abercrombie Building. 

Field trips

One of the most important elements of the MSc Real Estate programme is the field trip schedule, which helps you to build on your learning by giving you the opportunity to see how things are done in practice. These start in the induction week with trips around Oxford and London. 

In the autumn, there are further day trips to London and a three-day residential field trip to another major city in the UK. In the spring we have further day trips, and in the summer we have a five-day residential trip to a major European city.

In each case, the intent of the field trips is to 'add flesh to the bones'. In the classroom, we can talk about how things should be done. It is only when on these trips that a student can appreciate how things are done in practice.

The cost of field trips is included in the programme fees.


Visit the MSc Real Estate (Commercial and Residential, International, and Hotel) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

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