MSc

Property Development

An accredited and hands-on course leading to Chartered Surveyor status

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Why take this course?

We have been delivering property courses for over 35 years and are one of the longest established Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)-accredited centres.

This course specifically aims to develop your practical skills for setting objectives, advising clients and for the efficient management of the built environment. Overall, it provides sound preparation to become a professional in the property sector.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Visit sites and study locally based case studies that will introduce you to the professional markets and environments
  • Attend and contribute to current debates by visiting guest speakers
  • Gain a solid understanding of contemporary issues in the property sector

 

What opportunities might it lead to?

Property development is an important, high-value business asset and sound professional advice on it is increasingly sought after. This degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Once you complete your studies and have found your first job, you can begin training to become a Chartered Surveyor.

Many of our graduates now hold senior positions in industry and the quality of the course has been recognised by both the property profession and the national press.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • property development
  • planning permissions
  • valuation
  • building methods
  • project management
  • consultancy
Robert Leslie, MSc Property Development student

I've really enjoyed the excellent sessions by visiting lecturers from different areas of the industry, which have brought the real world into the classroom.

Robert Leslie, MSc Property Development student

Key Facts

Duration
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Entry
A good honours degree or equivalent in any discipline. Business Studies, Social Sciences, Humanities and Liberal Arts, Geography, Economics or Law are examples, but any applicant with demonstrable commitment to, enthusiasm for or experience in the field with a good standard of literacy will also be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17: full time: £5,200, part time: £2,600 p/a* (2 years)
2017/18: full time: £5,200, part time: £2,600 p/a* (2 years)

Full-time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
Part-time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan

International students
2016/17: full time: £13,700, part time: £6,850 p/a* (2 years)
2017/18: full time: £14,400, part time: £7,200 p/a* (2 years)

* Fees are subject to annual increase.

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Contact
technology.admissions@port.ac.uk
+44 (0)23 9284 2555
Department
School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Programme specification
Programme specification (PT)

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Light bulb Structure & Teaching

This is a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor’s accredited management course focusing on the real estate and property development sector. You will be taught by staff from a wide range of professional practice, including chartered surveyors, architects, structural engineers, economists, planners and lawyers. Their hands-on experience is reflected in the modern and diverse nature of this course, which provides you with a flexible degree programme that allows you to tailor the course to your own interests, whilst acquiring a range of skills and experiences that will be of direct benefit in the workplace.

You will study the following themes:

  • Professional Practice
  • Property Law
  • Planning and Development
  • Property Economics
  • Building Methods
  • Investment
  • Valuation
  • Estate Management

You will undertake an independent dissertation/project during the final stage of the course. For this, you will be able to choose a subject area of particular personal interest within the broad overall scope of the programme.


Teaching and Assessment

Approaches to learning include teaching salons, studios, seminars and guest speakers as well as site visits, fieldwork and other hands-on activities. Student-centred learning environments based on employability are central to the course and will provide you with valuable skills and experience in activities such as teamwork, report production and giving presentations. All teaching approaches are supported by online resources including electronic tutor-prepared study guides. 

How are you assessed?

Alongside the more traditional forms of assessment, such as exams, this course is assessed in a variety of different ways, including coursework, group work and presentations. You will also be expected to complete a dissertation project, in a subject of your own choice, which will be developed and conducted with the advice and guidance of a personal tutor.

Bernard Webster

Tutor's view

Bernard Webster
Property

Student studies need to be informed by an understanding of current professional issues, debates and practice. This course provides just that. It approaches planning and conservation from the point-of-view of property owners, developers and professionals. You will benefit particularly from continuing contact with large numbers of practitioners through the CPD programme.

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Guest Speakers

We organise a stimulating property development lecture series giving you the chance to attend and contribute to topical debates that surround emerging property and business issues. Delivered by specially invited professional practitioners, the lecture series provides an opportunity for business updates and a first-hand perspective on both local and international property environments.

Maths Café

Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

Other costs to consider

We provide you with hard hats and Hi-Vis vests. However, you will need to buy your own safety boots which cost approximately £35.

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Career prospects

We have very strong links with a wide range of professionals working in real estate and property development and have been offering RICS accredited degree courses for over 35 years. Graduates of this course are very highly regarded and sought-after because the course provides the employability skills and knowledge for a wide range of professional roles in real estate, property development and the environment, both in the UK and internationally.

Importantly, completion of the course qualifies you to begin the final stage of the process to complete professional training to become a Chartered Surveyor and a full member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with the qualification MRICS. The profession then offers an extraordinarily wide range of career opportunities in the management and development of property and the environment. Details of the profession and of routes to qualification can be read on the RICS website.

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.

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Your application will be received by the University Admissions Centre for consideration.

Postgraduate Information Days

Our Postgraduate Information Days for 2016 entry have now finished.

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International Students

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