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Real Estate

Course Description


Covering aspects of national real estate markets, the MSc in Real Estate provides students with the ability to evaluate real estate markets and understand the main institutions involved. Graduates gain the knowledge and skills necessary to excel within the real estate profession, and are prepared for their Assessment of Professional Competence to become a Chartered Surveyor. This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Career prospects

MSc Real Estate graduates have gone on to pursue a wide range of careers within the commercial / urban real estate surveying profession, including APC training posts within international, national, regional and local firms of chartered surveyors:
• Colliers International
• Hamptons International
• Strutt and Parker
• Jones Lang LaSalle
• Knight Frank
• Savills
• Valuation Office Agency
• Whitmarsh Lockhart

Who is the course for?

The MSc Real Estate course is for those aspiring to a successful career in real estate by delivering a clear route to full professional status and providing graduates with the essential attributes which will allow them to exceed within their chosen career within real estate.

Course structure

The course may be studied full-time over 12 months at the RAU in Cirencester, or part-time over two years as a blended learning study programme at Regent’s University London. The part-time course includes an international study visit.
Students engage with four case studies, which are delivered in an interactive workshop format. University staff, visiting practitioners and lecturers, and site visits provide insight and guidance. Students gain knowledge through investigation, reading, and active practical learning.

The Research Project is carried out over the summer to be submitted in September. Assessment of each case study will be based on a written report and an oral examination. There are no unseen written examinations.

The taught element of the course commences in October, with the Research Project submitted the following September.

Studied over 18-24 months, students meet with tutors through formal face-to-face sessions at the start of the course, and once every four weeks throughout the taught element.

Case studies

Introduction to Property Institutions
Investment and Management
Investment and Development
Corporate Real Estate
Research Project

The Student View

George Fox
The MSc in Real Estate offers a practical approach to learning rather than a theoretical desk-based approach structured around real-life case studies, which is good preparation for the industry. This is furthered by the viva voce examination, which is not dissimilar to the APC interview. The course has great lecturers, all of whom have extensive experience within the industry, and prepares you commercially for your future career.
I have been in my role as a Planning and Development Surveyor with Strutt & Parker for a year now and feel that the insight and experience I gained on the course was directly transferable to my day-to-day duties. While you continue to learn every day in your role as a surveyor, the MSc in Real Estate gives you a solid foundation with which to begin your career in the industry.

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

(Student Profile)

Jonathan West

2230.jpg My experience of the MSc Real Estate course largely lived up to, and in some cases exceeded, my expectations. I found the course content to be in touch with the industry, and the real life case study and viva voce format to be accurate. It has helped me to prepare for the levels of work and RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) that I am expected to achieve in my current employment.

Whilst it is obviously up to the student to be self-disciplined and motivated, I found the vast knowledge, experience and contacts held by all the tutors including John Hockey, Iain Butler, and Robert Couchman, crucial factors in my progression through the course. Their guidance and encouragement, along with the RAU's facilities, helped me maximise my potential and achieve a RICS accredited degree and subsequent employment with a global real estate company.

In hindsight, my progression from enrolling on the course to gaining employment as a development and planning surveyor has definitely exceeded my expectation – in terms of the knowledge and professional confidence I have gained and the small amount of time it has taken. This has largely been down to the opportunities presented to me by the RAU and I would recommend this course to any individual wishing to further their career in this sector.


Entry Requirements

Honours degree at upper second level.

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