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Real Estate (MSc/Top-up to MSc/PGDip)

Course Description

This course is designed for non-cognate graduates intending to work in general practice surveying, property management, investment, development and other property related fields.

It focuses on the appraisal of commercial property for occupation, development and investment, largely in an urban context. It will develop your property-related skills and knowledge together with an understanding of finance, business management and marketing in the context of the industry.

On completion of the course, you'll be able to offer a broad range of expertise and skills, harnessing the theories, practices and techniques of real estate management.

You'll gain an insight into the nature of land and property investment, development and management and its impact on the vitality of our cities. Real estate is a significant contributor to the overall economy of the UK.

As a real estate graduate you will find yourself working with people from a diversity of professional backgrounds that interact in order to implement major projects of national and international importance.

Your knowledge and understanding of innovative methods of financing such as the Private Finance Initiative will provide you with the necessary skills to work in partnership between private and public sectors.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/real-estate-msc


- Institutional and legal context for property
This module focuses on introducing students to the various areas of law and issues of professional practice used and applied in the construction and property industries.

- Construction and planning
A module to provide a broad and critical perspective on planning and construction as well as an understanding of the context within which planning and construction decisions are made and implemented.

- Valuations
This module is intended to allow the theoretical knowledge gained in a series of lectures and workshops to be applied in practice. The module will consider the fundamental principles of valuation, valuation formulae and discounted cash flows. It will examine the methods used in the valuation of office, retail, industrial and residential properties.

- Advanced valuations
This module further develops the concepts and techniques covered in the Valuations unit. It is intended to develop the student's awareness of valuations techniques and their practical application in the property market. Analysis of transactions and a critical approach to property appraisal techniques will be developed.

- Real estate economics and finance
This module provides an introduction into a set of theoretical principles and practical skills in economics and finance, which enable property professionals to develop, manage and grow successful businesses.

- Applied valuation and the management of property interests
This module gives a practical insight into managing property. The roles and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants are considered in property management. Financial calculations that inform the decision-making processes in property management are also covered.

- Corporate real estate management
A module to provide a critical understanding of the role that real estate plays in the successful organisation of business activities, and to provide the skills to formulate appropriate strategies for corporate occupiers.

- Property investment appraisal
A module to provide a detailed and critical perspective on property investment and an understanding of the context, in which, investment decisions are made and implemented. In particular the unit is designed to provide an analysis of the corporate and institutional decision-making processes with regard to property.

- Dissertation
The module provides the opportunity for students to undertake an independent piece of research, investigating in depth a subject, in which, they have a particular interest and of their own selection. Each student will submit a dissertation of between 15,000- 20,000 words. The module includes teaching of research methods.

Please be aware that option selection is subject to availability.
- Behavioural finance
- Building control
- Building Information Modelling and collaborative working
- Management of health and safety in construction
- History of architecture and construction
- International real estate and construction
- Legal resolution of property and construction disputes


Successful students work as valuers, property managers, agents, advisors and corporate professionals working in a dynamic and fast changing property industry. To date employment prospects have been excellent with many graduates joining major real estate consultancies, as well as a broad range of private and public organisations involved in property.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes. The MSc/PgDip is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Brighter connections

London location affording access to:
- Major development areas and schemes to visits / study
- The main offices of the country's leading property consultancies and companies
- The RICS headquarters and its library
- Other professional and academic libraries and exhibitions
- A well developed alumni organisation
- Extensive programmes of talks and lectures, promoted by the RICS and others, often at reduced cost or free to students.

Expertise and history

London South Bank University has a long history of educating professionals for the building-related industries. With roots in London Council School of Building (1904), Brixton School of Building (1940) we have been offering training for this sector for over 100 years.

Today we are expert at attracting property and construction students from the UK and around the world. Much of this is down to the highly successful links we have with major real estate consultancies, property companies, contractors, cost consultants and developers to ensure our courses are highly relevant for the current market.

Today, according to the Guardian PG subject tables 2013 we are the largest School of Building and Town Planning in the UK (combining full-time and part-time modes of study) and our building graduates have the best employment prospects in London (Complete University Guide 2014).

Our current students and alumni hold key positions in their organisation, often as senior managers and business owners.


- Market report and case study analysis
Students on our Real Estate course can choose to study International Real Estate and Construction as an optional module. For this complex module students need to go on a study visit to an international city which has an emerging real estate and construction market.

Past students have gone abroad to take in either Dubai in the United Arab Emirates or Shanghai in the People's Republic of China. The field trip includes visits to real estate companies and construction firms, site visits and meetings with various professionals. From these briefings, students need to produce a country report that includes a detailed strategy including how they could break through in the real estate or construction market in these overseas destinations.

Visit the Real Estate (MSc/Top-up to MSc/PGDip) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship - 20+ Awards

At London South Bank University (LSBU) we understand how important a postgraduate degree is to career progression and professional fulfilment. The Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship programme offers a range of awards from £1,000 bursaries to full fee waivers, creating opportunities for a variety of postgraduate students. The programme is made possible by donations to the University's Annual Fund from alumni and other supporters.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Home, EU or International students who have firmly accepted their unconditional or conditional offer of a place to study on an eligible postgraduate programme at LSBU are invited to apply for a scholarship in up to three categories. Their application will be assessed and, if successful, the student will receive one award. Only one application is allowed.

Application Procedure

You will be invited to apply online via email after you firmly accept your unconditional or conditional offer to study at LSBU. We recommend you apply for your place at LSBU as soon as possible to ensure you have been made an offer by the scholarship deadline of Friday 10 July, 2015.

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