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MSc Real Estate Management

Course Description

Course Overview
This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and can lead to Chartered Surveyor status after completion of the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). You’ll also benefit from the course’s strong and relevant partnerships with industry, including guest lectures from key figures in the industry. Our excellent links with industry employers and professional bodies will also enhance your career and opportunities.

The course enables you to undergo career conversion even if your expertise is non-technical. We also offer fast-track options for mature students wishing to enter the industry.

This course is one of the very few of its kind in the UK: a fast track to a professional qualification aimed at graduates with a non-property degree who want to be general practice surveyors and pursue a career in property development, investment and portfolio management, property valuation, the acquisition, management and disposal of real estate, or commercial and residential agency. It is also highly suitable for built environment professionals seeking membership of the valuation and surveying professions. The MSc in Real Estate Management focuses on the interaction between business and legal processes and their effect on property ownership and management, as well as the role that property plays within the context of the wider economy. The course involves an approach that integrates economic, social, fiscal, financial, legal and cultural issues as they relate to property matters.

Course Structure
Through a rigorous and coherent programme of study, the course seeks to:
• Produce capable, creative, reflective and critical professionals for the real state industry who can deal with complex issues systematically and creatively in order to make sound judgements and reach conclusions that are clearly and concisely communicated
• Develop a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical areness of the problems, issues and opportunities for the real estate industry
• Develop you rapidly as an independent and critical learner with personal and social awareness
• Enable you to consider, and critically comment on, the range of conflicting interests within a political, social, economic, technological, environmental and legal context
• Enable you to undertake a critical evaluation of the knowledge base and operation of the industry and to create new knowledge and practice
You will be given the opportunity to explore and develop your understanding of the industry through debate, learning and the development of ideas and experiences from another person's perspective. This innovative approach explores the theories of real estate by getting practitioners and graduates to research the real experience of practice.
The course has three primary aims:
• To enhance knowledge of the problems, issues and opportunities for the property industry
• To develop a greater understanding of the role of property within the overall development and investment strategy of an organisation
• To enhance the management and organisational skills necessary for interdisciplinary work and understanding

Further Study
The University has a range of research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes - details can be found at:

This is a professionally accredited course which will lead to membership of RICS. Nearly all our graduates go straight into employment, where they are well paid and work in challenging roles. You could be employed in professional practice (individual firm), contracting and subcontracting organisations, commercial organisations, Local Authority and central Government, insurance companies and utility companies. Quantity Surveyors can be found working on projects such as motorways, railways, oil rigs, hospitals, schools, power stations, chemical plants, housing, hotels, banks, offices, heritage and conservation projects.

Visit the MSc Real Estate Management page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Neil Edginton

2458.jpg Recognised in Insider Media’s ‘42 under 42’ list, and Property Week’s ‘Hot 50’ and ‘Who’s Who in Britain’, Neil has played an integral role shaping the skyline of Birmingham as part of the team behind such iconic developments as Fort Dunlop, The Mailbox and The Cube. He is also a Trustee for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and a guest speaker for the West Midlands Centre for Constructing Excellence (WMCCE).

Degree in Town Planning

A keen interest in property, the built environment and spatial planning – or how towns and cities work – led Neil to study Town Planning at what was then the University of Central England. Deciding his future lay in commercial property, he secured his first job with surveyors Silk & Frazier (now Faithful+Gould, part of the WS Atkins group of companies), but later returned to the University part-time to undertake a Master’s degree in Construction Project Management.

Mailbox Project

He was approached to work in-house for Birmingham Mailbox Limited in 2000, joining the board of directors in 2003. Neil then went on to lead the business’s joint venture with Urban Splash on the Fort Dunlop project, another city landmark which had been empty for more than 20 years and was subsequently redeveloped into offices, retail space and a hotel. In 2004 he was a founder, director and shareholder of Birmingham Development Company, the company behind The Cube, adjacent to The Mailbox in the city centre.
He went on to set up and subsequently lead the team’s in-house construction company in 2007, which at its peak employed over 500 people and turned over £1 million per week, to deliver the £86 million build for The Cube. Neil then started his own company, EDG Property – a development and consultancy firm – in 2010


Entry Requirements

Good Honours Degree

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