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MSc Real Estate

Course Description

PLEASE NOTE: This course is subject to validation

The Royal Agricultural University is in partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which fully accredits this one-year Masters degree.

Delivering a clear route to full professional status, it will equip you with the necessary knowledge and attributes to excel within the real estate profession and prepare for your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to become a Chartered Surveyor.

Our graduates have gone on to pursue a wide range of careers within the commercial and urban real estate surveying profession, working for well-known organisations such as Savills, DTZ, Colliers International, Knight Frank, Strutt and Parker, Jones Lang LaSalle, and many more.


The course may be studied full-time over 12 months at the RAU in Cirencester.

You will engage with four case studies delivered in an interactive workshop format, followed by a Research Project based on a subject area of your choice. Assessment of each case study will be based on a written report and an oral examination. There are no unseen written examinations.

University staff, visiting practitioners and industry leaders, and site visits provide insight and guidance. Recent guest speakers include: Professor Barry Gilbertson, property expert and former Partner at PWC and global President of RICS; Dr Angus McIntosh, Former Director of Research at JLL; Ms Joanne Moss, Barrister at Inner Temple, London; Mr Michael Newey, Chief Group executive of Broadland Housing Association and RICS President 2013-14; and Ms Henri Vuong (Director of Research and Market Information at INREV).

The taught element of the course commences in October based at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester. The Research Project is submitted the following September.


• 4240 Real Estate Principles and Practice
• 4241 Valuation
• 4242 Planning, Development and Investment
• 4243 Real Estate Practice
• 4244 Research and Dissertation

Career prospects

MSc Real Estate graduates have gone on to pursue a wide range of careers within the commercial / urban real estate surveying profession, including APC training posts within international, national, regional and local firms of chartered surveyors:

• Colliers International
• Hamptons International
• Strutt and Parker
• Jones Lang LaSalle
• Knight Frank
• Savills
• Valuation Office Agency
• Whitmarsh Lockhart

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.rau.ac.uk/STUDY/POSTGRADUATE/HOW-APPLY


For information on funding, please view the following page: https://www.rau.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/funding

Visit the MSc Real Estate page on the Royal Agricultural University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Jonathan West

2230.jpg My experience of the MSc Real Estate course largely lived up to, and in some cases exceeded, my expectations. I found the course content to be in touch with the industry, and the real life case study and viva voce format to be accurate. It has helped me to prepare for the levels of work and RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) that I am expected to achieve in my current employment.

Whilst it is obviously up to the student to be self-disciplined and motivated, I found the vast knowledge, experience and contacts held by all the tutors including John Hockey, Iain Butler, and Robert Couchman, crucial factors in my progression through the course. Their guidance and encouragement, along with the RAU's facilities, helped me maximise my potential and achieve a RICS accredited degree and subsequent employment with a global real estate company.

In hindsight, my progression from enrolling on the course to gaining employment as a development and planning surveyor has definitely exceeded my expectation – in terms of the knowledge and professional confidence I have gained and the small amount of time it has taken. This has largely been down to the opportunities presented to me by the RAU and I would recommend this course to any individual wishing to further their career in this sector.


Entry Requirements

Honours degree at upper second level.

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