MSc Real Estate Finance and Investment (Distance Learning)

Entry year
Course code
School of Architecture and Environment
One year full-time; Two years part-time
Distance Learning full-time and part-time; starts September
Programme leader
Ytzen Van Der Werf

This course is open for applications

Page last updated 15 July 2024


We designed this well-respected, internationally recognised, RICS-accredited course with our industry partners, Savills and Lloyds Banking Group. It is recognised by the Investment Property Forum (IPF) and is a fast track to RICS membership.

Accreditations and partnerships:

The MSc Real Estate Finance and Investment (Distance learning) 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 provide 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).

Tailored to enhance your employment opportunities

You are mainly taught online, but please note you're required to attend a one-week block of teaching at UWE Bristol during your second year. There is a wealth of teaching support to gain an advanced understanding of concepts in real estate finance and investment, supported by an exploration of valuation, appraisal, development and management. You will also learn how to apply theory to the real world, so you can pursue and develop your career in real estate. You'll also 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 the fastest route to RICS chartered status for graduates in other disciplines you could achieve your APC within three years (or less if you have existing professional experience). 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.



With an online course you have the flexibility to fit your studies around personal and professional commitments and have access to our learning resources at any time, from anywhere in the world. Studying while you work provides valuable opportunities to apply what you have learnt directly to your role. We use the latest developments in online learning technology to make your distance learning experience as effective and rewarding as our traditionally taught courses.

You'll have access to over 100 hours of recorded lectures from leading academics in the real estate industry. And, as UWE Bristol is the largest university in the UK for degrees related to the built environment, you'll share in our success. This success comes from the importance we place on student contact through seminars and lectures. To replicate that experience for you as distance learning students, we've created an archive of lectures specifically for this degree, all accessible to you through our virtual learning platform.

Alongside these recorded lectures, you'll be able to attend regular live online webinar workshops via our Blackboard Collaborate. This comprehensive learning platform provides all your course content, and puts you in contact with your tutor and fellow students, so you're able to keep in constant touch with each other. If the time of the webinar isn't convenient you can easily view them as recordings at a time that suits.

The virtual learning platform allows you to:

  • make video contact with your tutor
  • participate in discussion groups
  • access the UWE Bristol library and other resources
  • get study and technical support
  • submit coursework
  • contact other students.

The course comprises 180 credits: 120 taught and a further 60 for the dissertation.

  • 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; the importance of a strategic approach to managing property; aligning real estate and business strategies; and the value property and facilities management can add to an organisation.
  • Real Estate Law***- Covers the basic principles of real estate law, and explores in further detail the law in areas best suited to your ambitions.
  • 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 Savills 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. Taught in a one-week block, so you'll need to attend the University.

*Taught each week (on a full Tuesday).

**Taught in a one-week block. To study this module you'll need to attend 'face-to-face' delivery at the University's Frenchay Campus.

***Taught on alternate Thursdays.


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 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

The experienced academics that teach this course 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. As with the traditionally delivered courses, lectures (recorded), project work and tutorials (delivered as online 'webinars') play a part.

For more details see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Study time

Full time students will complete the course in 12 months. If you'd prefer to study on a part-time basis, you'll complete the course over 24 months.

The taught portion of the course is delivered over four semesters. Each year, the first semester starts in September and ends in December with an assessment period in January. The second semester runs from January to April with an assessment period in May.

One module is taught in a one-week block, which you'll need to attend on-campus at UWE Bristol even when you are a distance learning student.


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.

For the dissertation you'll complete a 12,000 to 14,000-word research project.

Learn more about assessments at UWE Bristol.


Professional accreditation

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 two years) and finished your degree, you can take the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). 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.

Study facilities

UWE Bristol has invested significantly in online resources to support your study. We use the 'Blackboard Collaborate' online platform to deliver an integrated learning experience to you and you also have access to a vast number of professional and academic journals and databases online through the UWE Bristol 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 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.

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For information on fees, managing your money and determining your fee status, please go to our fees and funding pages.

For information about funding options visit our postgraduate funding and scholarships pages.


Entry requirements

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.

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.

How to apply

To participate in these courses you will need to access online teaching sessions and materials, for which you must be a registered UWE Bristol student. To allow time to complete the admissions and registration processes, please apply as early as possible or by 1 September at the latest.

International applicants (non UK and EU) planning to study in the UK should aim to apply by the end of June to allow time to arrange their accommodation, finance and visa.

Read more about Postgraduate applications.

Read more about international applications and key international deadline dates.

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