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Course content

Course overview

  • We're ranked fifth in the UK for planning (Complete University Guide 2019).
  • Our virtual learning environment offers you the flexibility to fit your studies around your other commitments.
  • Enjoy the option of at least two days of face-to-face engagement with the tutors during each six-month block of study.
  • Flexible entry means that you can join the course in either July or January each year.
  • A Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited degree.

Open days

The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.

On this day, you will find out more about the School of Environment, Education and Development and our resources, and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

For more information, see  Open days

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £3,167 
  • International students (per annum): £6,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Scholarships/sponsorships

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and merit awards to outstanding applicants and international students.

In addition, the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class Bachelors degree and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course.

For more information, see Fees and funding or search the University's postgraduate funding database .

Entry requirements

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the following language requirements:

  • IELTS Test score of 6.5 or more overall, with a minimum score of 6.5 in writing and a minimum score of 6.0 in the other subsections, or
  • TOEFL internet-based test score of 90 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 22 and no other subsection below 20, or
  • Pearson Test of English score of 59 or more overall, with a minimum score of 59 in writing and a minimum score of 51 in the other subsections, or 
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) overall score of 176 or above, with 176 in writing and no sub-section below 169 -OR- Grade C if taken before January 2015

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see Accepted entry qualifications from your country

Relevant work experience

Admission of candidates who do not meet our academic entry qualification criteria may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply online

Advice to applicants

Please submit the following documents with your completed application form:

  • copies of official degree certificates and transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English please provide official translations;
  • two written references, one of which should be familiar with your academic work, signed, dated and stamped by the referee and on official headed paper;
  • a personal statement (maximum 500 words) detailing why you wish to study the course, your experiences, what you can bring to the course and any other information that you see as relevant to your application;
  • your CV;
  • copies of English Language Certification, eg IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report. 

Teaching and learning

Study is undertaken via the University's e-learning system, which provides study materials, online resources, and interactive online tutorial discussions with the module tutor and other course participants.

Short video introductions to each topic are supported by a range of online material including webinars, podcasts, tutor-developed interactive written material, case studies and directed reading.

You will be encouraged to reflect on your studies by using Blackboard to facilitate both peer-to-peer and tutor-led discussions via discussion boards, wikis and blogs.

Guest contributors and lecturers with current industry experience will ensure that a strong connection is made between theory and practice.

Many course units employ an interactive learning approach where simulated real-world problems are posed and students, working in groups or individually, seek to identify the issues and how these may be resolved within the context of professional practice.

Case study material such as plans, video walk-throughs and photos will be used to enrich these real world scenarios.

Coursework and assessment

The taught elements of this course are assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, report-writing, project portfolios and presentations.

The majority of assessment is based on individual work with an element of collaborative project work.

After successful completion of the taught-element of the course, you will undertake a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice, overseen by an appropriate supervisor.

Course unit details

  • Real Estate Markets (DL) (Mandatory)
  • Property Valuation (DL) (Mandatory)
  • Real Estate Investment and Finance (DL) (Mandatory)
  • Strategic Asset Management (DL) (Mandatory)
  • Planning for Future Cities (DL) (Mandatory)
  • Land and Development (DL) (Mandatory)
  • Real Estate Law in Practice (DL) (Optional)
  • Real Estate Modelling (DL) (Optional)
  • Corporate Real Estate Project (DL) (Optional)

Career opportunities

Planning and Environmental Management graduates are popular with employers, particularly in consultancy, where the ability to analyse and propose policies and implement strategies is vital. After London, Manchester hosts the largest number of planning and environmental consultancies in the UK.

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in areas including environmental management and consultancy, urban planning and design, real estate development, urban and regional development policy, central and local government, international development, energy and water, non-governmental organisations, and research.

Top employers of our Planning and Environmental Management graduates include AECOM, Arup, Atkins, BP, EDF Energy, the Environment Agency, Jacobs, and Rolls-Royce.


Visit the MSc Real Estate (Distance Learning) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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