Real Estate Management - MSc

Full Time, Part Time
September 2016
£7,500 for UK/EU Full Time (view all fees)

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.

What's covered in the course?

  • The course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Successful completion 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.
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Postgraduate Open Event

Our next Postgraduate Open Event is Wednesday 25 November 2015.

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This course is open to International students

January starts

Most students can begin this course in September. However, we also offer a January start for applicants who have sufficient knowledge and experience of valuation, subject to approval.

Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • CP wood

And in jobs such as:

  • Graduate Surveyor

Entry Requirements

UK students

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

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2016 FT 1 year £7,500
PT 2 years £675 per 15 credit module

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

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2016 FT 1 year £12,000

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

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.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Stage one

Graduate Certificate - 60 Credits

15 credits

This module takes place in the first year of the part time option.

Management Toolkit 1
15 credits

This module takes place in the first year of the part time option.

Construction Technology and Building Maintenance
15 credits

This module takes place in the first year of the part time option.

15 credits

This module takes place in the first year of the part time option.

Stage two

Postgraduate Certificate - 120 Credits

15 credits

This module takes place in the second year of the part time option.

Landlord and Tenant Practice
15 credits

This module takes place in the first year of the part time option.

Planning and Property Development
15 credits

This module takes place in the first year of the part time option.

Management Toolkit 2
15 credits

This module takes place in the second year of the part time option.

Stage three

Postgraduate Diploma - 60 Credits

Real Estate Law
15 credits

This module takes place in the second year of the part time option.

Applied Valuation
15 credits

This module takes place in the second year of the part time option.

Professional Practice
15 credits

This module takes place in the second year of the part time option.

Strategy into Practice
15 credits

This module takes place in the second year of the part time option.

Stage four

MSc Award - 60 Credits

60 credits

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

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

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

Further Study

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

Trips and visits

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.

Enhancing your employability skills

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. 


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

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.

International Students

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

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our real estate management course is most popular with international students from:

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.

Building work on our new Conservatoire began in the summer of 2015 – and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. This, along with the construction of a new city centre accommodation block, means our students have access to their very own building sites.

We couple this with the more traditional, office-based facilities:

Surveying equipment

Part of your learning activity will be hands-on, including carrying out survey work using a range of equipment, such as levels, theodolites, measuring tapes.

Computer Assisted Design (CAD)

You will be provided with the latest CAD software – free of charge – to enable you to acquire the skills you need in a modern design office.

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.

Nicki Schiessel Harvey

Director of Recruitment and School Tutor for Personal Development

Nicki spent four years as an environmental planning consultant at Atkins Planning, Landscape and Heritage in Birmingham, focusing on EIA, Sustainability Appraisal and socio-economic assessment work on a range of public and private sector projects. This followed an early career in tourism management across Asia, several years’ tourism lecturing in the UK, and an MSc in Environmental Management and Tourism, where her dissertation focused on the use of socioeconomic assessment in planning and funding waterways restoration projects. She then became a research analyst at the West Midlands Regional Observatory, the research arm of Advantage West Midlands. There she worked with a range of data sources to manage the evidence base for Regional policymaking.

Nicki returned to academia as a PhD researcher attached to the URSULA (Urban Rivers and Sustainable Living Agendas) research project at the University of Sheffield, drawing on her heritage and environmental assessment experience in examining the ways changing values attached to urban waterways influence planning for urban waterway corridors.

Abdul-Rasheed Amidu

Lecturer in Real Estate

Since graduating with a BSc Land Economy degree in 2001, Abdul-Rasheed has worked within the field of real estate, starting as an Assistant Surveyor in a firm of estate surveying and valuation before joining the academia in 2003 as a Graduate Assistant at Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and, in 2008 as a Lecturer in Real Estate at Birmingham City University.

David Adams

Lecturer in Planning

David is a Lecturer in the Birmingham School of the Built Environment and has worked for Birmingham City University since 2008. Prior to this David was a Planning Policy and Research Officer at Staffordshire County Council.

During his time at Staffordshire County Council, David was employed as a Planning Research and Information Officer within the Research Unit. The Research Unit underpinned the strategic planning, highways and transportation work of the County Council by providing the key information which helped the Council's policy makers to understand the changing character, trends and issues affecting Staffordshire.

More specifically, David was engaged with providing technical expertise that filtered into policy guidance for some key areas of regional/strategic planning and corporate activity. In accordance with the provisions set out in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, a large focus of his work was based around contributing to the County Council's role of giving advice to the Regional Planning Body that fed into the partial review of the West Midlands Regional Strategy.

Peter Barrett

Senior Lecturer

Peter is Director of Postgraduate Studies in the Birmingham School of the Built Environment.

1974 – 78 Birmingham City Council Estates Dept
1978 – 1980 Portsmouth City Council Estates Dept
1980 – 83 West Midlands County Council Valuation and Estates Dept
1983 – 89 City of Birmingham Polytechnic School of Estate Management
1989 – 1995 Associate Partner with Ralfs and Janes (Chartered Surveyors)
1995 – date Birmingham City University - Birmingham School of the Built Environment

Amanda Mundell

Senior Lecturer

Amanda is a Senior Lecturer in the Birmingham School of the Built Environment and teaches on post-graduate and undergraduate programmes. Her teaching experience is supported by 2:1 law degree (specialising in Planning and Environmental Law), a post-graduate professional qualification (Legal Practice Course), along with 15 years relevant practical experience with a Local Planning Authority in their Legal and Development Control Sections.

Amanda has also undertaken course development roles within the School and been a course leader.

Sue Hayhow

Senior Lecturer

Sue started in the retail sector as a trainee during her degree. On graduation she went into local government and undertook the RICS external examinations and started her professional training. Following relocation to the West Midlands she went into private practice, becoming an associate partner of Lawrence and Wightman. She then moved into Social Housing to gain experience in regeneration, managing large regeneration projects in the West Midlands.

Sue has a broad experience of professional work, undertaking both residential and commercial surveys, designing, specifying and running contracts on existing and new buildings. She has acted as a Party Wall surveyor and a Planning Supervisor as well as providing evidence as an expert witness in cases involving building defects and housing disrepair.

Sue was elected a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1991 and since 1994 has been involved in the training and assessment of young surveyors. It was this passion to pass on her experiences in this exciting professional which led her in 2006 to join Birmingham City University as a Senior Lecturer. She chose the University based on her previous good experiences with training graduates.

From 2008-2012 Sue was an external examiner for the Building Surveying Degree at Anglia Ruskin University.

This year Sue was privileged to be a judge for the RICS regional awards.

Julian Sidoli del Ceno

Reader in Property Law and Dispute Resolution

Julian Sidoli del Ceno is Reader in Property Law and Dispute Resolution at Birmingham City University and a barrister and door tenant at Pendragon Chambers Swansea. Julian researches primarily in the fields of alternative dispute resolution and housing law. He is particularly interested in the philosophical and jurisprudential aspects of mediation and comparative aspects of urban law including nuisance. He is also currently Series Editor for Juris Diversitas (Ashgate UK), which focuses on comparative law and the interdisciplinary study of legal and normative mixtures and movements and editor of a new book series, Studies in Housing Law, that examines housing law from a number of perspectives including doctrinal, jurisprudential and comparative work.

Roger Wall

Senior Lecturer

Before joining the University in 2001, Roger worked for a water resource management consultancy specializing in IT solutions and GIS applications, and as a software engineer for a German consultancy firm.

He recently completed his involvement with the IEE IEC-SME project and was part of the team that wrote the final report and disseminated the findings in Brussels. He was worked on a joint ESRC-EDF bid with other members of the School and have taken part in an Erasmus exchange to EIGSI in La Rochelle. He is currently responsible for developing a new MSc course provisionally entitled, ‘Creating A Sustainable Environment’.

He has also previously worked on business engagement programmes designed to help SMEs develop and market environmental technologies (EnviroInnovate & EBOP).

Rogers current interests are linked to building design and renewable energy technologies. He is also interested in the complexities of sustainable systems and the need to balance many different and often conflicting factors.

Professor David Edwards

Professor of Plant and Machinery Management

David has accrued considerable leadership and management experience in the roles of teaching, award management and development, quality enhancement, student liaison and the national student survey (NSS), academic administration and research at a number of higher education institutes in this country and abroad.

He is currently a Professor of Plant and Equipment Management at Birmingham City University, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment. David has also led on the development of extensive multidisciplinary collaborations between and within faculties, having worked across a wide variety of scientific fields, namely: business studies; finance; construction management; human resource management; computing; civil engineering; quarry management; mechanical engineering; and humanities – this modus operandi has augmented his personal philosophy and belief that the whole is greater than the sum of individual parts.

David is well respected by his peers and acts as a referee for under-/post-graduate awards and PhDs at various national and international higher education institutes. In an industrial/ governmental context, he has formed comprehensive networks, teaching awards and partnered many prestigious organisations such as the UK Ministry of Defence, US Department of Defense, the UK Home Office and British Nuclear Fuels.

Prior to a career in academia, David managed his own business for 10 years and worked as a sub-contractor for some of the UK's largest construction and civil engineering companies. This pragmatic experience and industry focus, has enabled David to develop a professional industrial vocabulary and subsequently accrue extensive 'international' industrial collaborative linkages with both industry and government bodies.

Similarly, his inherently entrepreneurial spirit (first acquired whilst in industry) has also secured a proven track record of invention, for applying innovative processes, embracing entrepreneurship and producing high impact teaching and research outputs. These attributes have helped to secure industrial financial support and provide opportunities for students to become employed at some of the world's leading organisations – employability is high on David's agenda.

His personal vision is that within any University, taught awards, professional practice and research must harmonise and complement one another to help raise academic quality standards and provide tangible societal, political and economic impact together with value for money. He believes that forging strong links between industry, government bodies and academia in a 'multidisciplinary fashion' yields a broad portfolio of mutually beneficial opportunities (including the transference of best practice knowledge, the fostering of a collegiate working environment and the augmentation of faculty/ university performance). Ultimately, high quality teaching must encapsulate the findings of robust, contemporary, professional practice work and research – all within the context that research is a means to an end and not the destination itself.

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