Real Estate Management - MSc

Full Time, Part Time
September 2016
£5,500 for UK/EU Full Time 2016 entry (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.

What's covered in the course?

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.

Why Choose Us?

  • 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).
  • If you have an undergraduate degree in a subject not directly relevant to real estate management, you can adjust your career path and enter this exciting and dynamic profession. Careers options include: general practice surveying; property development; investment and portfolio management; property valuation, acquisition and management; and commercial or residential agency.
  • If you do not have a degree but have professional experience (within any profession), you may be considered for a place on the MSc subject to an extended interview process.
  • You'll 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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Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be on Wednesday 23 November, between 2pm and 7pm. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities.

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This course is open to International students

School of Engineering and the Built Environment

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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

New £10,000 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.

More about postgraduate loans

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 £5,500
PT 2 years £2,750 per year

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.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

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.

This rigorous and coherent course will enhance your knowledge of the problems, issues and opportunities for the property industry. You'll develop a greater understanding of the role of property within the overall development and investment strategy of an organisation and gain management and organisational skills necessary for interdisciplinary work and understanding.

You'll become a capable, creative, reflective and critical professional 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.

You'll develop a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of the problems, issues and opportunities for the real estate industry as well as becoming an independent and critical learner with personal and social awareness.

You will consider, and critically comment on, the range of conflicting interests within a political, social, economic, technological, environmental and legal context and undertake a critical evaluation of the knowledge base and operation of the industry to create new knowledge and practice.

Further Study

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

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.

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.

Learning from industry experts

Discover more about the industry experts you can meet on our Engineering degree courses.

Laura Layland is one of our lecturers, watch this video to find out more.

Nicki Schiessel Harvey

Director of Recruitment and School Tutor for Personal Development

Nicki Schiessel believes firmly that knowledge must be made applicable to everyday practice, and draws on four years' consultancy with Atkins Environment carrying out EIAs, sustainability appraisals and socio-economic assessments. Nicki is interested in the implications for decision-making of changing values in different environments, particularly urban water. She has lived and worked in Africa, Asia and the ex-Soviet republics.

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.

Dr David Adams

Lecturer in Planning

David is a Lecturer in the School of Engineering and 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.

Amanda Mundell

Senior Lecturer

Amanda is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and 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.

Sue Hayhow

Senior Lecturer

Senior lecturer Sue Hayhow is a former associate partner of Lawrence and Wightman who moved into Social Housing, managing large regeneration projects in the West Midlands.

Sue is a member of RICS and has been training and assessing young surveyors since 1994. She's recently been a judge for the RICS regional awards.

Roger Wall

Senior Lecturer

Senior lecturer Roger Wall worked for a water resource management consultancy specialising 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. His current interests are linked to building design and renewable energy technologies.

David Edwards

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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EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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