Mode of Study

Full-time, Part-time

Duration

12 months full-time (September start), 16 months full-time (January start), 24 months part-time (September start), 28 months part-time (January start)

Start date

January 2023, September 2023, January 2024

Accredited

Yes

Overview

Develop your career in managing real estate portfolios, including natural and built environments, with our professionally-driven Master's in Real Estate Management. You'll learn to use industry-standard software, apply managerial skills and report your findings accurately, all in a university with one of the longest-standing Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accreditations in the world. 

You'll work with complex problems drawn from live real estate activity, produce reports to industry specifications throughout your assessments, and put your skills to work locally by taking part in community practice. Your teaching staff will include chartered surveyors, architects, civil engineers, economists, town planners, lawyers and environmentalists, with wide publication records and project management histories worth billions across the UK and Europe. You'll attend guest lectures given by RICS professionals from companies, such as Savilles, and from local government or other public sector organisations.  

When you graduate, you'll have the knowledge and skills to build a career in real estate management. You'll also be eligible to begin the process of recognition as a Chartered Surveyor, or to enter research into the field.

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

Course highlights

  • Master real estate management skills, industry software and reporting methods, as you grapple with contemporary issues in the industry
  • Build the necessary knowledge and experience to apply for Chartered Surveyor status
  • Learn from practising real estate professionals, both as teaching staff and visiting lecturers, and use local case studies and community projects to develop your learning
  • Study at one of the longest-established Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)-accredited centres in the world
  • Plan and deliver a Master's project that follows your interest in real estate issues, such as investment, property development trends, corporate assets or planning
  • Find your route into a property career from a wide range of academic backgrounds

 

Accreditation

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

What you'll study on this MSc Real Estate Management degree course

Full-time

All modules on this MSc Real Estate Management are core.

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically evaluate the technical criteria applicable to the design of a building
  • Critique the impact of legislation, innovative materials and best practice guidance on the design and construction of buildings
  • Discriminate between sustainable development strategies relating to technical decision-making in building construction projects

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What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically evaluate the theoretical and practical approaches to development appraisal.
  • Critically evaluate the mechanisms that form the basis of open-market economic operations in property
  • Critically analyse the financing methods appropriate for varied investment and development proposals
  • Critically analyse the planning policies and urban design constraints for development proposals
  • Critique the key techniques that may be employed in the management of property portfolios on behalf of a client
  • Propose urban design solutions using professional-quality reports

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What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Estimate and critically evaluate various methods of valuation to freehold and leasehold property
  • Critically analyse the factors influencing property valuation in a range of scenarios
  • Critically assess the appropriate RICS standards and guidance notes on property valuation, as required within professional practice
  • Critique the principal effects of UK statutory law on property valuation and management

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What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Apply management principles in the management of commercial property for the benefit of investors and users
  • Critique the key techniques that may be employed in the management of property portfolios on behalf of a client

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What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main principles of planning law and the role of policy and other planning methods in the planning process
  • Evaluate the role of policy at national and local levels in the planning process, the means by which they are developed and approved and their implications for property interests
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of some of the main principles of land law and landlord and tenant law
  • Critically analyse legal scenarios and apply relevant principles of land law and/or landlord and tenant law in order to communication solutions and advice

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What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Assess the range of data required in order to undertake a construction project and make informed and balanced decisions based on critical appraisal of options
  • Plan, investigate and execute a development design, based on a brief
  • Communicate and defend the design and development of a scheme using professional communication techniques, as part of a team

Explore this module

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Appraise and evaluate key research tools and techniques
  • Organise library searches effectively to identify key source material and review such material to establish a well-informed context for the project and appropriate justification for the topic
  • Assemble a viable research methodology, recognising the quantitative and/or qualitative elements that are generic to such methodologies. Classify, analyse and develop the facts, principles and theories relevant to the project and apply them so as to present and justify an innovative solution or design, often in areas where information and practice are undeveloped
  • Recognise and discuss any ethical considerations presented by the proposed project and formulate transparent procedures to protect participants and environments
  • Analyse and synthesise the data collected to draw appropriate qualified conclusions linked to objectives set within research design
  • Organise and plan work independently on a topic over an extended time frame and report progress regularly and effectively to a supervisor

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Part-time

All modules on this MSc Real Estate Management are core.

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically evaluate the technical criteria applicable to the design of a building
  • Critique the impact of legislation, innovative materials and best practice guidance on the design and construction of buildings
  • Discriminate between sustainable development strategies relating to technical decision-making in building construction projects

Explore this module

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Estimate and critically evaluate various methods of valuation to freehold and leasehold property
  • Critically analyse the factors influencing property valuation in a range of scenarios
  • Critically assess the appropriate RICS standards and guidance notes on property valuation, as required within professional practice
  • Critique the principal effects of UK statutory law on property valuation and management

Explore this module

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Apply management principles in the management of commercial property for the benefit of investors and users
  • Critique the key techniques that may be employed in the management of property portfolios on behalf of a client

Explore this module

All modules on this MSc Real Estate Management are core.

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically evaluate the theoretical and practical approaches to development appraisal.
  • Critically evaluate the mechanisms that form the basis of open-market economic operations in property
  • Critically analyse the financing methods appropriate for varied investment and development proposals
  • Critically analyse the planning policies and urban design constraints for development proposals
  • Critique the key techniques that may be employed in the management of property portfolios on behalf of a client
  • Propose urban design solutions using professional-quality reports

Explore this module

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main principles of planning law and the role of policy and other planning methods in the planning process
  • Evaluate the role of policy at national and local levels in the planning process, the means by which they are developed and approved and their implications for property interests
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of some of the main principles of land law and landlord and tenant law
  • Critically analyse legal scenarios and apply relevant principles of land law and/or landlord and tenant law in order to communication solutions and advice

Explore this module

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Assess the range of data required in order to undertake a construction project and make informed and balanced decisions based on critical appraisal of options
  • Plan, investigate and execute a development design, based on a brief
  • Communicate and defend the design and development of a scheme using professional communication techniques, as part of a team

Explore this module

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Appraise and evaluate key research tools and techniques
  • Organise library searches effectively to identify key source material and review such material to establish a well-informed context for the project and appropriate justification for the topic
  • Assemble a viable research methodology, recognising the quantitative and/or qualitative elements that are generic to such methodologies. Classify, analyse and develop the facts, principles and theories relevant to the project and apply them so as to present and justify an innovative solution or design, often in areas where information and practice are undeveloped
  • Recognise and discuss any ethical considerations presented by the proposed project and formulate transparent procedures to protect participants and environments
  • Analyse and synthesise the data collected to draw appropriate qualified conclusions linked to objectives set within research design
  • Organise and plan work independently on a topic over an extended time frame and report progress regularly and effectively to a supervisor

Explore this module


Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master's prepares you for

You'll graduate with the real estate management skills and knowledge to put your learning to work immediately. As a RICS-accredited professional, you are well-placed for senior roles in the industry – you'll know the software used in the industry, you'll have experience in producing industry-standard reports, and you'll have had the opportunity to build your professional contacts through site visits and university events.

And, according to the recent Digital Front Line report from Causeway Construction, you'll be entering a sector as it bounces back from lockdown with government investment and a commitment to its own digital reinvention.

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:

  • Property development
  • Planning permissions
  • Valuation
  • Building methods
  • Project management
  • Consultancy

Graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • AECOM
  • Savills
  • Gleeds

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert careers advice from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Student Placements and Employability Centre. You can access support from our Careers and Employability Centre for up to 5 years after you graduate.

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Career support

You'll benefit from:

  • Networking events
  • Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council
  • 1-to-1 appointments  
  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
  • Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • Support starting your own business

Learn more about your career support

How you'll spend your time

We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities.

We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to be on campus and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change. You should receive your full timetable several weeks before you start with us.

It is our expectation that all international students will join us here on campus in Portsmouth.

Course structure

This Master's degree will take 12 months (full-time study) or 2 years (part-time study).

In the full-time course you can expect:

  • 10 hours of teaching time every week. We do our best to keep all teaching within two days, leaving you the rest of the week for work experience or self-guided study. Currently full-time students attend teaching on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
  • 20 hours of independent study each week

In the part-time course you can expect:

  • 5 hours of teaching time every week. We do our best to keep all teaching within one day for part-time study, leaving you the rest of the week for work experience or self-guided study.
  • 10 hours of independent study each week

In the last 3 months of the course you'll be focusing on your research project.

Teaching

Master's study is deeper and more specialised than an undergraduate degree. This means you'll focus on something that really matters to you and your career as you work closely with academics committed to the subject.

You'll spend more time in independent study and research than you did for your undergraduate degree, but the majority of your teaching time will be in-person and face-to-face.

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • teaching salons
  • studios
  • seminars
  • guest speakers
  • site visits
  • fieldwork

Assessment

You'll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • group work
  • presentations
  • traditional exams

Teaching staff

These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course:

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Mr Stephen Neale

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Dr Mark Danso-Amoako

Senior Lecturer

Mark.Danso@port.ac.uk

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Term dates

September start

The Master's academic year runs from September to the following September. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you'll be writing your project/dissertation.

See key dates

Graduation Class of 2021

Joining us as an international student

You'll feel at home in our international community and our diverse city. You'll be joining over 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries who are studying with us.

Learn more about international student life and how we can help you with visas, applications, arrival and settling in. 

Information for international students

Supporting your learning

Master's study is more focused on independent learning than undergraduate study, but you'll get lots of support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (September 2023 start)

  • Full-time: £8,500
  • Part-time: £4,250 per year

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full-time: 8,500
  • Part-time: £4,250 per year
  • Full time: £19,200
  • Part time: £9,600 per year

University of Portsmouth graduates may receive a 20% alumni tuition fee discount

Fees are subject to annual increase. Read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

You'll be able to pay your fees in instalments. Find out how to pay your tuition fees.

Funding your studies

Explore how to fund your studies, including available scholarships and bursaries.

If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

If you're a UK student who achieved a first in your undergraduate degree you may be eligible for a £3,000 University of Portsmouth scholarship.

Loans, scholarships and bursaries

Browse funding such as the Government Postgraduate Loan, our scholarships for new and returning students, and subject specific loans.

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Funding for international students

Learn more about sponsorships, scholarships and loans for students applying from outside of the UK.

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Fees and funding for postgraduate taught courses

Discover how you can fund your postgraduate studies at Portsmouth – including loans, scholarships and bursaries – and read our guidance on topics like how to budget, and how to get support if you're disabled or have dependents.

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Additional costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees, so you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. Additional costs could include:

  • Accommodation: Accommodation options and costs can be found on our accommodation pages.
  • Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
  • General costs: Such as photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
  • Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, which related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Read more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Entry requirements

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

January 2023 / September 2023 / January 2024 start

  • 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.

Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, you’ll need to show you meet the UK entry requirements listed above.

To find out if your non-UK degree or other qualification is accepted, please visit our page for your country and view the UK equivalent of your qualification. 

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent) with no component score below 5.5.

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

How to apply

Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us.

There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start date in September, as long as there are places available. If you wait until September to apply, you may find that the course is full.

If you're applying as an international student, remember that you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised.

You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. International students and current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth also have some different application options, which are detailed below.

Extra information for international students

If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.

You could also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2021, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

Learn more about fast track

After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.