MSc / PGDip

Real Estate

  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Location: City site
  • Starting: September
  • Course duration: One year full-time or two years part-time

This is a fast-track conversion course for graduates from disciplines unrelated to construction and real estate. The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), leading to Chartered Surveyor status and exciting and highly rewarding employment opportunities.

This course focuses on investment, development valuation, and agency and property management. You will gain insights into the UK legal and planning system, making this course particularly relevant for students wishing to work for national organisations, real estate consultancies and private practices.

  • The MSc course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Optional international field trip
  • Opportunity for a mentor from industry
  • Part-time, full-time and CPD study options
  • Work placement opportunities

This course has an investment and valuation focus making it particularly appropriate to applicants wishing to gain a stronger insight into these aspects of the property business.

Accredited by:

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What you'll study

This course has an investment and valuation focus making it particularly appropriate to applicants wishing to gain a stronger insight into these aspects of the property business.

Students will be equipped with a blend of knowledge, understanding, skills, qualities and attributes that will enable them to pursue and develop careers in the real estate and construction professions on an international level.

Dissertation, Consultancy Project or Internship?

You have the option to choose a dissertation, a consultancy project or a professional internship for your major project module. The internship is a month working for a company.

Internships are subject to availability and can be taken in the UK or abroad. You will be required to complete a project during your internship and produce a report.

Mentor scheme

We offer the opportunity for students to have an industry mentor, often an NTU alumnus. The mentors share their professional experience and expertise, offering advice and direction. These relationships have led to work experience, internships and employment.

  • Course content

    Please find below module details for full-time and part-time study:

    Full-time, One Year

    • Law and Ethics (15cp)
    • Property and Construction Economics (15cp)
    • Research Methods and Study Skills (15cp)
    • Construction, Investment and Planning (15cp)
    • Professional Practice (15cp)
    • Real Estate Management and Agency (15cp)
    • Real Estate Investment and Finance (15cp)
    • Real Estate Valuation and Appraisal (15cp)
    • Postgraduate Dissertation / Consultancy Project or Internship (60cp)

    Part time, Year One

    • Research Methods and Study Skills (15cp)
    • Construction, Investment and Planning (15cp)
    • Real Estate Management and Agency (15cp)
    • Real Estate Investment and Finance (15cp)
    • Postgraduate Dissertation / Consultancy Project or Internship (60cp) (continued in Year Two)

    Part time, Year Two

    • Law and Ethics (15cp)
    • Property and Construction Economics (15cp)
    • Professional Practice (15cp)
    • Real Estate Valuation and Appraisal (15cp)
    • Postgraduate Dissertation / Consultancy Project or Internship (60cp)

    Internship - 60 credit module
    Students have the option to choose to complete an internship for their major 60 credit module. This option will consist of approximately two months working within a company on a specific project. Internships are subject to availability an can be undertaken in the UK and abroad. Students will be required to complete a project/task during their internship and produce a report.

    Professional Practice module
    For this module students have the option to either go on an international field trip or complete a short work experience placement. These are subject to availability.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Fast-track accredited conversion course

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning methods include a mix of contact and non-contact activities, including lectures; seminars; presentations; group projects and exercises; and independent and self-directed study and research.

Live projects and trips


Learning is enhanced by live projects with industry, visiting guest speakers from organisations such as Laing O’Rourke and Cushman & Wakefield alongside field trips to UK sites.

Trips to European cities such as Budapest, Hungary, Prague, Czech Republic and Frankfurt, Germany, will help you gain an understanding of international markets. You will also have the chance to undertake a short internship.

How will I be assessed?


You will be assessed through project work and presentations (individual and group); assignments and reports; a research proposal and dissertation; and examinations.

International field trip included in your fees

Careers and employability

The real estate profession provides exciting and rewarding career opportunities.

This course provides an opportunity for graduates from disciplines unrelated to real estate and construction to embark on a professional career in real estate.

Our graduates are highly regarded by employers, enjoy excellent career prospects and have gone on to work for a wide range of major national and international organisations.

Recent graduate destinations include: JLL, Lambert Smith Hampton, Miller Homes, Scott Wilson, Valuation Office and Barker Story Matthews.This course offers a couple of opportunities for placements:

Develops the skills you need to become a chartered building surveyor

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 2.2 honours degree in a subject unrelated, or partially related, to real estate or construction.
  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.


English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Good luck with your application!

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Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal. Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service. Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Still need help?

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