Real Estate Management - PgCert / PgDip / MSc

Course Overview

The essential course information

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PgCert / PgDip / MSc
  • Full Time (1 year)
  • Part Time (2 years)
Birmingham School of the Built Environment
City Centre

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This course is one of the very few of its kind in the UK: a fast track to a professional qualification aimed at graduates with a non-property degree who want to be general practice surveyors and pursue a career in property development, investment and portfolio management, property valuation, the acquisition, management and disposal of real estate, or commercial and residential agency. It is also highly suitable for built environment professionals seeking membership of the valuation and surveying professions.

The MSc in Real Estate Management focuses on the interaction between business and legal processes and their effect on property ownership and management, as well as the role that property plays within the context of the wider economy. The course involves an approach that integrates economic, social, fiscal, financial, legal and cultural issues as they relate to property matters.

As the programme is for largely non-cognate applicants, the main intake is in September. However, for applicants who have sufficient knowledge and experience of valuation, a January start could be accommodated, subject to approval.

Key Facts

  • The course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Successful comletion of the course will lead to Professional Membership after the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).
  • Students who have an undergraduate degree in a subject not directly relevant to real estate management can adjust their career path and enter this exciting and dynamic profession. Careers options include: general practice surveying; property development; investment and portfolio management; property valuation, acquisition & management; and commercial or residential agency.
  • Applicants who do not have a degree but have professional experience (within any profession) may be considered for a place on the MSc subject to an extended interview process.
  • Students also benefit from the course’s strong and relevant partnerships with industry, including guest lectures from key figures in the industry.

Download the Course Programme Specification

Entry Requirements

Normally a good honours degree at 2:1 or higher.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the most appropriate online application form from the list below.

Online application for UK or EU students
Sep 2015 PgCert / PgDip / MSc Full Time (1 year)
Sep 2015 PgCert / PgDip / MSc Part Time (2 years)
Online application for non-EU students
Sep 2015 PgCert / PgDip / MSc Full Time (1 year)

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.

Fees and Finance

Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2015 FT 1 year PgCert / PgDip / MSc £8,000
Sep 2015 PT 2 years PgCert / PgDip / MSc £4,000 per year
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2015 FT 1 year PgCert / PgDip / MSc £11,500

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

For information on postgraduate fees please contact the School directly.

New scholarships for 2015/16

Postgraduate Scholarships We're aiming to make a postgraduate qualification more affordable and can offer awards of up to £10,000 to selected students.

Find out more about scholarship opportunities for 2015/16

International Students

International Students at BCU

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK. Our reputation for excellence is soaring globally, thanks to the superb links we forge with industry, our international alliances, and our focus on practical, vocational learning.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Postgraduate Open Event

Our next Postgraduate Open Day is on Wednesday 25 November 2015 (2-7pm). Registration will open in September 2015.

PG Open Evening

Our postgraduate open event offers you the chance to:

  • Meet with lecturers and other prospective students to discuss study options
  • Meet and chat with our current students
  • Obtain advice on fees and funding opportunities.

93 per cent of our graduates find work or further study within six months (DLHE). Explore your potential at our open evening.

Who is it for?

Whether you are coming to the end of your undergraduate studies, or have been in your job for a while and want to progress in your career or change direction, a postgraduate qualification gives you the opportunity to stand out from the crowd in a competitive market.

Our graduates are already shaping the world in a variety of high-profile roles – and you could be next. Read some of our inspiring case studies.

For more information, visit our Open Days page or call our Course Enquiries Team on +44 (0)121 331 5595.

Postgraduate Open Day - 22 April 2015

University Approach to Employability

Birmingham City University is committed to preparing students for successful employability and professional careers. We have an innovative approach to employability that will help you obtain an interesting and well-paid graduate job.

Read our Employability Statement to find out more.

Employment Opportunities

This is a professionally accredited course which will lead to membership of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). A high proportion of our graduates go straight into employment, where they are well paid and work in challenging roles. You could be employed in professional practice (individual firm), contracting and subcontracting organisations, commercial organisations, Local Authority and central Government, insurance companies and utility companies.

Further Studies

The University has a range of research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes.

Course Structure

Through a rigorous and coherent programme of study, the course seeks to:

  • Produce capable, creative, reflective and critical professionals for the real estate industry who can deal with complex issues systematically and creatively in order to make sound judgements and reach conclusions that are clearly and concisely communicated
  • Develop a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of the problems, issues and opportunities for the real estate industry
  • Develop you rapidly as an independent and critical learner with personal and social awareness
  • Enable you to consider, and critically comment on, the range of conflicting interests within a political, social, economic, technological, environmental and legal context
  • Enable you to undertake a critical evaluation of the knowledge base and operation of the industry and to create new knowledge and practice

You will be given the opportunity to explore and develop your understanding of the industry through debate, learning and the development of ideas and experiences from another person's perspective. This innovative approach explores the theories of real estate by getting practitioners and graduates to research the real experience of practice

The course has three primary aims:

  • To enhance knowledge of the problems, issues and opportunities for the property industry
  • To develop a greater understanding of the role of property within the overall development and investment strategy of an organisation
  • To enhance the management and organisational skills necessary for interdisciplinary work and understanding

Two residential trips (one overseas) are incorporated into this course so that the students can experience the social, cultural, economic and technological differences related to real estate management. We believe that it is important to build a community of learners for students from day one.

This leads to a lively and challenging approach to teaching which you will experience within an exciting and stimulating group of fellow students from diverse backgrounds.

Course Modules

Stage 1
Graduate Certificate - 60 Credits


(Part-Time Year 1)

15 Credits

Management Toolkit 1

(Part-Time Year 1)

15 Credits

Construction Technology and Building Maintenance

(Part-Time Year 1)

15 Credits


(Part-Time Year 1)

15 Credits

Stage 2
Postgraduate Certificate - 120 Credits


(Part-Time Year 2)

15 Credits

Landlord and Tenant Practice

(Part-Time Year 1)

15 Credits

Planning and Property Development

(Part-Time Year 1)

15 Credits

Management Toolkit 2

(Part-Time Year 2)

15 Credits

Stage 3
Postgraduate Diploma - 60 Credits

Real Estate Law

(Part-Time Year 2)

15 Credits

Applied Valuation

(Part-Time Year 2)

15 Credits

Professional Practice

(Part-Time Year 2)

15 Credits

Strategy into Practice

(Part-Time Year 2)

15 Credits

Stage 4
MSc Award - 60 Credits


60 Credits

Matthew Smith

Programme Leader

Matthew is a Senior Lecturer in the Birmingham School of the Built Environment. He is Course Director for BSc (Hons) Real Estate.

Before joining Birmingham City University he worked for Colliers Bigwood and Bewlay, Chesterton plc and King Sturge & Co. in the fields of agency, insolvency and compulsory purchase but mostly in valuation and development appraisal.


Prospective students from the UK
  • Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
  • If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
  • Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from outside the UK


For an overview of our postgraduate courses and a range of other information please download our Postgraduate Prospectus (10Mb).

Further Information

Birmingham School of the Built Environment
Birmingham City University
Millennium Point
Curzon Street
B4 7XG

Tel: +44 (0)121 331 5400
Email: BSBE

If you haven't already, visit Birmingham School of the Built Environment website for more information.