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MSc Real Estate Economics and Finance

Course Description

About the MSc programme

This programme is based in the Department of Geography and Environment but involves collaboration with the Departments of Accounting, Finance and Economics and offers the following benefits:
Study in a Department with a strong group of applied urban and real estate economists and land use specialists situated in the only UK university devoted solely to the social sciences.
Our master's programme focuses on developing graduates' ability to integrate theoretical developments with practical experience.
Master's students are drawn from a range of disciplinary and national backgrounds and join a vibrant community of over 200 graduate students studying graduate courses within the Department.
This is an academic programme but it benefits from a partnership agreement with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, RICS, conferring professional recognition. In addition, the Investment Property Forum, IPF, has included the programme on their selected list of graduate courses that the forum considers to provide the relevant skills necessary for those operating in the property investment market. This recognition comes with a number of benefits for our master's graduates. Graduates of the MSc REEF will be offered a fast-track membership to the forum.

This MSc will appeal if you wish to work, or are already working, in a specialised area relating to property and urban analysis (including research), real estate finance or investment analysis. You should have good analytical, quantitative and technical skills. A thorough grounding in economic analysis, at a level equivalent to a joint degree at least, is a normal requirement for entry.

If you do not hold an honours degree from a UK university you should submit a GRE General Test score with your application that has been taken within the last five years and include your test scores on your application form. (You may also submit a GMAT score, but GRE is preferred). We do not require a specific mark but we do typically expect candidates to score in the top ten percentile in the overall test. However, other qualifications and relevant work experience will be taken into consideration. We recognise that if your first language is not English the test will present special difficulties and we view your score on that basis.

Programme details

The programme integrates current academic analysis and research with an applied study of real estate markets and finance. This is done mainly in a European and North American institutional setting. Minimum teaching contact for a full unit course is usually 40 hours, and 20 hours for a half unit.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

Real Property Market Practice* provides an examination of how real property markets operate in practice and of the analytical techniques and data available for analysts and practitioners.
Applied Urban and Regional Economics provides a theoretical and empirical understanding of urban economic processes and price determination in land and real property markets within an institutional context.
Real Estate Finance* examines concepts and techniques for analysing financial decisions in real estate development and investment.
Either Asset Markets A* covers the fundamental concepts and tools underlying the asset markets side of modern finance or Finance I* is a first course in financial analysis for students with a basic knowledge of management.

Students will be expected to choose a relevant half unit course from a range of options, subject to regulations and agreement of the programme director.

Students may also choose Corporate Finance and Asset Markets instead of one of the following two combinations: (optional) MSc level half unit course plus Asset Markets A* or (optional) MSc level half unit course plus Finance I*. The half unit course Asset Markets A* cannot be combined with the half unit course Finance I*.

If you are planning to apply for a PhD within the Department, please be advised that you need to take some methods training as part of the MSc. Contact your MSc programme director and the Director of Graduate studies to discuss this requirement.

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

Graduate destinations

Our MSc graduates enter a wide variety of employment including professional firms, finance, real estate research, consultancy, the public sector and education.

Visit the MSc Real Estate Economics and Finance page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Tero Konttinen

1818.jpg The programme contains a broad ambitious agenda to prepare students for the rigours of real estate profession all in a one-year masters programme. With students from around the world, one can learn about real estate practices from all corners of the globe.

Living in one of the world's great cities is one of the advantages of being at LSE. This and the school's highly regarded reputation in economics led me to choose the School. For my particular programme, it has given me the opportunity to be part of one of the most active property markets in the world and to have access to indispensable resources in the professional field.

Also, it caters to almost any interest one may have, whether it be recreational or cultural pursuits. There is always something to do through LSESU or in the community with the interesting and diverse friends that you meet along the way.

LSE and the real estate programme has allowed me to focus on my own personal development – pushed my intellectual boundaries to learn something that I had not previously experienced. The education at LSE will hopefully provide the basis in which I hope to link economics with property development and land use planning in some form, whether it be in professional practice or further academic pursuits. Additionally, the experience of being at LSE has expanded my horizons how to think about issues – not only with regard to my own professional programme but also the larger world picture.


Graduate Support Scheme - 20+ Awards

Around £2 million is available annually in the form of awards from the Graduate Support Scheme (GSS). This scheme is designed to help students who do not have the necessary funds to meet all their costs of study.The standard value of GSS awards ranges from £3,000 to £10,000, depending on financial need.The intention of the Graduate Support Scheme is to support students who would otherwise struggle to come to LSE for financial reasons. The numbers of applicants in this category vary from year to year; you are encouraged to apply as early as possible because funds are limited. Your financial information will not be considered as part of your application for a place at the School.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The Graduate Support Scheme is open to all applicants.

Application Procedure

Once you have applied for admission, you can access the Graduate Support Scheme application form via Graduate Admissions' web tracker system.

We aim to notify you of the outcome of your application at the point of an offer of admission to the School being made. Please do not contact us before you receive a formal offer of admission. If you do not receive an offer of admission, the data you have submitted will be destroyed.

If you have submitted an application after receiving an offer of admission, then we aim to notify you of the outcome of your application within 4 weeks of submission. Please do not contact us if it is less than 4 weeks since you submitted your application.

Further Information



LSE Country-based Awards - 20+ Awards

The School has a wide range of scholarships available for taught master's students coming to LSE from certain countries and regions of the world. Scholarships are available for LSE students from Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Value of award varies


Country of domicile, consult LSE Financial Support Office for specific criteria.

Application Procedure

Students must complete the Graduate Support Scheme online application form, which is available on the Graduate Admissions' web tracker system once you apply for admission.

You will be automatically considered for all the scholarships for which you are eligible by completing and submitting this application form. It is therefore only necessary to complete the application form once, regardless of how many awards you would like to be considered for.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 degree or overseas equivalent with background in economic analysis, and good analytical, quantitative and technical skills; graduates of non-UK institutions must submit a GRE (preferred) or GMAT score; English standard level

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