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Full time & Part time September PGDip, MSc Full-time: 1 year (+ dissertation for MSc) ; Part-time: 2 years (+ dissertation for MSc)

About the course

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.


Institutional and legal context for property
Construction and planning
Advanced valuations
Real estate economics and finance
Applied valuation and the management of property interests
Corporate real estate management
Property investment appraisal


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


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.


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.


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.
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Entry Requirements

A Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Upper Division in any subject. Applicants need to demonstrate capacity to think about a broad range of theoretical and practical issues.

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