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International Real Estate and Planning - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

This programme offers a unique focus on the relationship between real estate, the property development process and the planning systems of Europe and beyond. It explores the systems through which urban development operates and considers market mechanisms from the standpoint of investors, developers and occupiers of buildings and the relationship of markets and policy at various geographical levels.

Degree information

The programme equips students with theoretical and practical preparation to practise across international boundaries in the fields of planning and urban policy, real estate and property market analysis and property development.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma, six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), full-time nine months, is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate, four core modules (60 credits), full-time nine months, is offered.

Core modules
-Planning Practices in Europe
-Real Estate Appraisal
-Real Estate Development
-Real Estate Investment
-Comparative Urban Projects
-Critical Debates in Real Estate and Planning

Optional modules - options may include the following:
-Urban Economics and Politics
-Transport Policy and Planning
-Urban Design
-Geographical Information Systems
-Urban Regeneration
-Cities and the Environment
-Business Management

Students seeking RTPI accreditation must take the following:
-Planning Practice
-Plus either Comparative Planning Systems and Cultures
-Spatial Planning: Concepts and Context

All MSc students submit a 10,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures (including some by visiting practitioners), individual and group work, student presentations, seminars, study visits, workshops and an overseas field trip. Assessment is through coursework, written examination and the dissertation.


Graduates of the programme who were not already employed in the field have taken jobs in public and private offices in the UK and abroad.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Property Market Analyst, MCP Co., Ltd
-Graduate Surveyor, CBRE
-Management Trainee, Savills Property Services (Beijing) Co., Ltd
-Retail Analyst, Jones Lang LaSalle
-General Manager, Suntton Global Trading

Graduates from the International Real Estate and Planning MSc have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment, and at present there is a growing demand for our Master's graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers. This programme prepares students both theoretically and practically to practise across international boundaries in the fields of urban policy, real estate market analysis and property development. Students will develop the necessary skills, knowledge and aptitudes to become creative, problem-solving professionals and to co-operate and engage creatively with others as both team members and team leaders. Graduates will also be equipped to engage in research, policy and regulatory activities relating to the field.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett School of Planning has a strong history of teaching and research at all levels. The school has been at the forefront of planning research and teaching for over 100 years and is one of the foremost planning schools in the United Kingdom, with an international reputation.

Students will be engaged with practitioners, alumni and academic guests through seminars, site visits and workshops in the UK and overseas. Graduates of the programme will join both the UCL alumni network and the International Real Estate and Planning MSc network.

This MSc programme is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), either with the requisite module selections or where it is taken as a specialist year following an accredited three-year planning degree.

Visit the International Real Estate and Planning - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

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Brown Family Bursary - No. of awards TBC

Selection criteria:
The bursary will be awarded based on financial need only as determined by the Student Funding Office.Value, Benefits and Duration:
- The value of the bursary is £15,000. The payment is to be applied to tuition fees in the first instance, with any remainder being paid to the successful applicant towards maintenance in termly instalments.
- The bursary is tenable for one year only.
- The bursary may not be held alongside other tuition fee only awards.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- prospective full-time UK Master's students who are undertaking a one-year programme of study in the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences or Mathematical & Physical Sciences (BEAMS) in 2015/16
- currently holding a first-class Bachelor's degree; and
- in financial need.

Application Procedure

See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU-Master/uclalumniandfriends

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Upper second-class honours Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of equivalent standing is required. No particular subject requirements as the MSc provides an 'initial' planning and real estate education for graduates with cognate or non-cognate degrees. Where candidates fail to meet the standard requirement (i.e. they hold a degree of a lower classification), the department will take into account a candidate's professional experience. Applicants who do not hold an upper second-class degree may, in exceptional cases, be admitted if they are able to demonstrate considerable senior-level professional experience in planning real estate or a related field.

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