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Course content

This fast-track conversion course combines academic excellence with the explicit development of the transferable skills essential for a career in real estate whether in the private or public sectors, in the UK or internationally.

There are a number of course units common to the MSc Real Estate Asset Management and MSc Real Estate Development that provide a sound grounding in real estate from the perspectives of investor, developer, occupier and the broader society. You then follow specific course units, depending on the specialist route chosen, with the ability to choose further optional units to reflect your own particular interests.

A residential fieldtrip to London is an integral part of the programme and there is an optional fieldtrip to another major European city.
It is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors under its Valuation, Commercial Property, Residential and Planning & Development pathways.


You will:
-Gain the necessary framework of knowledge, understanding and skills to enable you to pursue a successful career in the real estate field
-Develop your 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
-Develop commercial awareness in conjunction with technical knowledge and skills to enable you to take a leading role in addressing the challenges facing the real estate industry
-Be able to draw upon 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, enabling you to explore new insights into the areas of sustainable development and strategic management of the built environment

Special features

One of the special features of our Masters programmes is the opportunity to work on a 'live' consultancy project. Working with industry partners, students will complete a piece of work within a real-world professional environment.

A comprehensive range of site visits, guest lectures and presentations from business and public organisations are an integral part of the course and networking opportunities are strongly promoted.

An overseas field trip is a recommended option on the programme. The cost of the visit is largely covered by the course fee, but students in recent years have also been asked to contribute around £350 towards the costs of the trip, depending on the venue. Recent locations have included Barcelona, Toronto, Amsterdam and Dublin. Countries to be visited may change their immigration and visa regulations at short notice. The Department cannot guarantee that where visas are required for the field course, they will be granted but will ensure that, in the unlikely event this occurs, affected students are not academically disadvantaged.

Teaching and learning

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over 27 months. There are no evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme, therefore if you are considering taking a programme on a part-time basis, you should discuss the requirements with the Programme Director and seek approval from your employer to have the relevant time off. Timetabling information is normally available from late August from the Programme Administrator and you will have the opportunity to discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.

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.

Complementary careers advice sessions, tailored for real estate, are provided alongside professional networking opportunities.

Accrediting organisations

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - Valuation, Commercial Property, Residential and Planning & Development pathways.

Visit the Real Estate Development - MSc page on the University of Manchester website for more details!





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