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International Real Estate

Course Description


This is a highly-regarded course which equips graduates for a rewarding and challenging career in the management of land, property, and business in the countryside. It is a fast-track route to qualification as a Chartered Surveyor.

Career prospects

Our Rural Estate Management graduates are directly involved with managing all types of property. The professional work of the Rural Property Manager may include:
• Agency
• Tax and financial strategy
• Compensation claims
• Letting of land and property
• Farm business planning and diversification
• Management of woodlands
• Rural planning
• Property development

Types of employer include:
• National, international, regional, and small firms of chartered surveyors
• Private estates
• Large landowners such as the National Trust, county councils and utility companies

This MSc will also open doors to a variety of careers outside the surveying profession, including planning and environmental consultancy, research and education, leisure management, and rural conservation and investment management.

Who is the course for?

This course is for graduates looking to acquire the specialist knowledge and skills necessary for professional practice as a rural property manager and for entry to the relevant professional bodies; the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

Course structure

The course will be studied full-time over 12 months.
Students will study eight modules in the autumn and spring terms, with final examinations taking place in May. The Research Project is carried out over the summer, to be submitted in September.
Students will attend lectures, group tutorials, and practical sessions, and visit local farms, commercial properties, and rural estates where owners, occupiers and their professional advisors can provide additional insights into the management of rural property. Assessed coursework features strongly throughout the course.
Prior to starting the MSc, students receive reading lists and study material so that they can develop a basic grounding in study areas with which they are not familiar.


Environmental and Woodland Management
Rural Planning and Buildings
Farm Business and Enterprise Management
Rural Valuation
Rural Property Law
Rural Policy
Rural Asset Management
Research Project

The Student View

Charlie Adkin
Growing up in a rural area, I soon realised that I wanted an agriculturally oriented career. After reading geography at Exeter University, the MSc in Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural University stood out by a country mile. It is intensive but also great fun and has the advantage of being vocational, embedding specialist skills and knowledge relevant to my future working life in professional practice as a Land Agent; its automatic RICS accreditation is a huge bonus.
The MSc undoubtedly broadened my horizons, preparing me well for my career, and is seen by employers as an ideal training ground. I and my fellow students, now studying for the Assessment of Professional Competence and Central Association of Agricultural Valuers examinations, fulfil a wide variety of roles within organisations ranging from small to national firms and private estates. I have no hesitation in recommending the MSc in Rural Estate Management to others.

Visit the International Real Estate page on the Royal Agricultural University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Colin Temple

1401.jpg Having worked in development for a housing association in London, I wanted to undertake a Masters and began looking for an RICS accredited course that would give me a more international perspective. One would not immediately think of an agricultural university as a place to offer such a degree, but the RAU’s International Real Estate MSc instantly stood out from the rest for two main reasons: the third term is spent on a work placement overseas (mine will be based in Singapore with one of the large multinational property firms), and the University has a fantastic reputation, not only for its teaching, but its unique atmosphere.

The Masters has been set out to equip you to deal with the rigours of both the UK and international markets and, so far, I have found the course stimulating, challenging and very dynamic. Learning in an intimate atmosphere is one of the huge benefits and you’re definitely not another person lost in the crowd.

The University has strong contacts with many of the major multinational surveying companies and I am hoping that my time in Singapore will lead to opportunities to work in the region in some of the exciting emerging markets.

Life at the RAU is an experience. You will make lifelong friends, work and play hard and, most importantly, gain a highly-regarded qualification from a leading university.

(Student Profile)

Jack Farmer

2231.jpg The International Real Estate course at the Royal Agricultural University stood out for me when compared with other RICS Accredited MSc courses due to its case-study focus and international opportunity. The course is well respected amongst employers, and is gaining respect with major firms as more RAU graduates are hired and progress through the ranks. I found the structure of the course was particularly well received by employers, as the holistic approach towards case-studies mirrors professional practice. The structure of the assessments with Viva and coursework elements is identical to the APC process, so gave me a good competitive advantage when undertaking my final RICS APC assessment.

I spent my summer term in Hong Kong on an internship with Jones Lang LaSalle. This experience was invaluable at the start of my career as it provided an opportunity to apply my knowledge and skills whilst working for a global consultancy. The internship also offered opportunities to network with property professionals, investors and developers, and has proved incredibly useful.

I completed my MSc in 2011 and graduated with a Distinction and the Arthur Noble Medal for top student. I have since completed the graduate programme with Jones Lang LaSalle and have recently been hired by Sainsbury’s Property Investments as their Development Manager. I have no doubt that the experience I have gained over the past three years of education and professional practice has positioned me in an excellent place for a rewarding career.


Entry Requirements

An Honours degree at upper second level.Mature candidates with significant relevant work experience and lower academic qualifications may also be considered for entry, following interview with the course manager.For students whose first language is not English, the University will accept IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 average with no element below 5.5.Students with other qualifications, including overseas awards and alternative English language qualifications, are advised to contact Admissions to discuss the suitability of their award.

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