MSc Real Estate Finance and Investment
This course is open for applications
To apply for entry to this course in January 2024 please visit the 2023/24 course page
Page last updated 7 December 2023
We designed this well-respected, internationally recognised, RICS accredited course with our industry partners, CBRE and Lloyds Banking Group. It is recognised by the Investment Property Forum (IPF) and is a fast track to RICS membership.
The MSc Real Estate Finance and Investment concentrates on the financing and investment of property but also provides an overview of surveying and property issues. It leads to a career in surveying a well-respected profession with excellent earning potential and the opportunity to work anywhere in the world. This course gives graduates of a non-associated degree a set of transferable skills that make you highly sought after in the job market, and provides the core technical knowledge and skills required for Chartered RICS membership. As a student on this course, you will be able to gain free student membership of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Investment Property Forum (IPF).
In-depth knowledge delivered by industry experts
You're taught in small classes and have regular visits from professionals as guest speakers and lecturers. You'll gain an advanced understanding of real estate finance and investment and add depth to your studies through examining valuation, appraisal, development and management. You'll also learn how to apply theory to the real world, so you're prepared to pursue your career in real estate finance and investment. You'll develop master's level research and analysis skills and complete a dissertation in a specific area of interest.
Your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) with RICS begins as soon as you are in relevant employment. It's a fast route to RICS chartered status for graduates you could achieve your APC within three years. The course is so well-regarded in the industry that we're regularly approached by employers who want our graduates to come and work for them.And, as the course is developed with our partner employers, you can be sure we produce graduates of the calibre they wish to employ.
You will study:
- Real Estate Economics and Valuations - Develops your skills at reading property markets and understanding the related data and explores different methods of valuation.
- Strategic Estate Management - Examines the role property plays in the economy, organisations and communities, and the importance of a strategic approach to managing property, aligning real estate and business strategy.
- Real Estate Law - Covers the basic principles of real estate law, including exploring the law in areas best suited to your ambitions in further detail.
- Real Estate Investment and Development - An in-depth look at the key areas of commercial real estate investment at portfolio level, and innovations in real estate investment, and the financial, fiscal, planning and other regulatory issues when creating residential and commercial property.
- Real Estate Finance and Investment - Created and delivered by industry partners leading property investment management firm, CBRE, and Lloyds Banking Group this module uses case studies to discuss property in terms of investment, and discusses the financial instruments you can use to meet strategic objectives.
This personal research project of 12,000 to 14,000 words is usually linked to an aspect of real estate that has a specific professional application or is of personal interest to you.
The student on this course obtaining the highest mark for an investment-related dissertation may be eligible (depending on grade obtained) for a prize from the IPF worth £500.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.
Learning and Teaching
Our experienced academics are also accomplished professionals with many years in professional practice or research roles. Their knowledge and experience feeds straight into the course content, along with the latest academic and business developments.
Teaching methods vary depending on the module, but all modules comprise lectures, project work and tutorials.
For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
You can begin your studies in September or January.
Full-time: 12 months.
You should spend a minimum of 28 hours a week studying.
Part-time: 24 months.
You should spend a minimum of 14 hours a week studying. Employed part-time students will also spend a further five hours a week in the workplace on Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) related activities.
We assess your work through a variety of coursework assignments, including essays, reports, surveys and presentations. We also encourage you to do 'formative work' to prepare for assessment. This does not count towards final marks, but the feedback you receive helps improve your performance.
Learn more about assessments at UWE Bristol.
This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This means, once you have completed a period of qualifying practice in employment (usually 2 years) and finished your degree, youcan take the Assessment of Professional Competence. If successful, you will become a fully qualified Chartered Surveyor. The course is also recognised by the Investment Property Forum (IPF), allowing you to work towards full membership upon graduation.
Whilst studying, you will be able to gain free student membership of both the RICS and the IPF.
UWE Bristol has invested significantly in both online and university-based resources to support your study. We have attractive and imaginatively designed spaces which can be used by students for individual study or collaborative projects, to meet with tutors or to access the latest online resources. The library and some computer labs on campus are open 24 hours, and the department's suite of computer rooms supports software for word processing, data analysis, spatial analysis, computer-aided design and other specialist software. You also have access to a vast number of professional and academic journals and databases online through the library.
The department has an extensive programme of research and consultancy combining academic excellence and policy relevance one of many reasons we have such a well-established national and international reputation. We have a strong track record of securing project funding from bodies, including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the European Union, and work with a wide range of clients in the private, public and voluntary sectors.
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Careers / Further study
Our graduates go on to work in property and construction, with many of them employed by organisations such as Jones JLL, Cushman & Wakefield, CBRE, Savills, NetworkRail, Allsops, YTL, Taylor Woodrow, GVA, Persimmon Homes, Valuation Office Agency, the Planning Inspectorate, Defence Estates, NHS Trusts, and various public landowning bodies, public sector organisations, local authorities and housing associations.
Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.
We normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above.
If you do not meet the above grade requirements but have at least 12 months relevant professional experience and/ or equivalent qualifications, we will consider you on an individual basis.
You are required to complete a personal statement for this course. Please read the personal statement guidance carefully and make sure that you answer the questions on the postgraduate application form within the personal statement tabs, keeping to the advised word count.
English language support
If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.
Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.
English Language Requirement
International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
*The University accepts a large number of UK and international qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section.