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This programme will deliver a highly regarded professional education in real estate. It has been developed in close consultation with the relevant professional, policy and business communities and is intended to provide an intensive fast-track entry to a professional career. You will have the opportunity to study real estate with a specialism in either housing, international real estate, finance and investment, or regeneration to enable you to tailor your degree to a specific area of real estate surveying.

Why this programme

  • If you plan a career as a chartered surveyor, primarily as a member of the Commercial Property or Valuation or Property Finance and Investment or Housing Professional Groups of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), this programme is made for you.
  • The programme is professionally accredited by the RICS.
  • There is significant input from industry to our teaching programme, including teaching on some courses, guest lectures and seminars. There are also informal opportunities to meet people from industry at open events and recruitment presentations. We will also support you to arrange professional work placements.
  • Specialist pathways will allow you to explore a particular area of real estate in more detail. Choose from housing, international real estate, finance and investment, and regeneration.
  • An optional field trip to London will provide you with an insight into the complex socio-economic dynamics of city building and design through visits to high profile real estate, planning and regeneration projects. You will have the opportunity to both meet and speak with senior industry professionals and policy-makers involved in the delivery of major urban developments. Past trips have included visits to The Shard, Olympic Park, Crossrail, Battersea Power Station.

Programme structure

You will take nine core courses, plus a selection of additional specialist core and optional courses based on your chosen pathway. Core courses in semester 1 focus on theories, principles and policies in urban economics, planning and urban development which are necessary for you to build a thorough understanding of how urban areas and markets function. Through semester 1 you will develop core real estate skills and continue to do so as you specialise more in your chosen pathway during semester 2 and undertake a research dissertation.

Core courses

All pathways

  • Advanced real estate valuation and appraisal
  • Development appraisal for real estate surveyors
  • Development process
  • Professional practice, ethics and management
  • Property law for real estate surveyors
  • Real estate markets
  • Real estate finance and investment
  • Real estate valuation and appraisal
  • Urban studies researching and the dissertation.


  • Foundations of housing management practice
  • Scottish housing law.

International Real Estate

  • International real estate analysis OR Asian cities

Real Estate Finance and Investment

  • Corporate finance


  • Regenerating cities

Optional courses may include


  • Housing businesses
  • Strategic real estate management
  • Sustainable housing development
  • Understanding housing markets.

International Real Estate

  • Principles and applications of GIS
  • Sustainable urban futures.

Real Estate Finance and Investment

  • International real estate markets
  • Strategic real estate management.


  • Community empowerment and engagement
  • Contemporary planning systems
  • Principles and applications of GIS
  • Sustainable urban futures
  • Urban conservation.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

As a graduate you will be in possession of an MSc degree recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and can develop your career as a chartered surveyor.

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





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