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Real Estate Management and Investment (MSc)

Course Description

Real Estate makes a major contribution to the economy and the capital invested in property has created demand for Chartered Surveyors with specialist skills.

Property plays a key role in business and investment, and there is a need to maximize the return from, and productivity of, real estate assets. This requires professional expertise.

Working with industry practitioners, the MSc Real Estate Management and Investment course will allow you to gain knowledge of the wide range of principles that underpin property investment assets; including economics, property law, property valuation, asset management, the principles of sustainable urban property development, and the skills to apply these effectively.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Real-Estate-Management-and-Investment-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

Whatever your background, this course, which is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), will equip you with the knowledge to become a competent and resourceful professional, ready to go straight into a career as a Surveyor in the fast-paced property market.

There is some £680 billion invested in UK commercial property stock and just over half of this is held as investment assets. Within the residential sector, the private rented sector alone has a value of £840 billion. These real estate assets all require on-going strategic and active management.

Real Estate investment is a global trend and as such there are opportunities to work across the world, particularly within the multinational practices.

You will develop your ability to analyse, assess and synthesise solutions to problems and gain an understanding of the business drivers and constraints that influence these solutions. Your communication skills will also be developed, giving you the confidence you need to interact with clients and fellow industry professionals.

Our accreditation means this qualification meets their academic requirements, putting you well on your way to Chartered status. You can obtain full Chartered status following a period of work experience after graduation and on successful completion of the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Based over one year, the course will involve lectures, tutorials and independent study. Students will undertake three taught modules in Trimesters 1 and 2 of the academic year, and complete their dissertation in the final trimester.

Students can start the course in September or January (January starts will complete in 18 months rather than one year due to the summer break between the teaching trimesters for the course). This course can also be studied part time and by distance learning.

What you study

Trimester 1:
Real estate valuation, building economics or strategic management (built environment and engineering), law and administration: property and construction.

Trimester 2:
Property investment analysis, property asset management, sustainable urban property development.

Trimester 3:
MSc dissertation

Assessment is by a mix of methods including written examinations, essays and courseworks. The individual assessment strategy or each module can be viewed on the individual module descriptors. More detailed information can be found on the Module catalogue.

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


Graduates can work in the private, public and voluntary sector.

Career opportunities:

• private practice real estate consultancies
• commercial and residential surveying firms
• property companies
• financial institutions
• local and central government
• commercial clients

Visit the Real Estate Management and Investment (MSc) page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent. Applicants will be considered from a variety of backgrounds such as social sciences, arts, accountancy and law in addition to the more traditional construction and science subjects. The course is targeted at a diverse student body. Applicants with equivalent qualifications and experience may also be considered for those with: sufficient relevant work experience within the real estate and property industry, or corporate membership of a professional body.

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