MSc Real Estate Management (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

Online distance learning

This course is open for applications

Page last updated 5 April 2024


This well respected, internationally recognised, RICS-accredited course can be studied entirely online - with no need to attend UWE Bristol at any point. It is designed to develop the key skills you need to be highly employable.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Surveying is a standout profession. It's well respected, provides a good living, and offers the opportunity to work anywhere in the world. This distance learning course gives you a set of transferable skills that make you highly sought after in the job market, and delivers a programme of study to provide graduates of a non-associated degree with the core technical knowledge and skills that can lead to membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). As a student on this course, you will be able to gain free student membership of RICS.

Flexible learning of valuable skills

You'll gain an advanced understanding of concepts in real estate valuation, appraisal, development and management, and learn how to apply the theory to the real world, so you can pursue and develop your career. You'll also develop Master's-level research and analysis skills.

Your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) with RICS begins as soon once 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. The course is well regarded in the industry, with the Architecture and Built Environment department regularly approached by employers who want UWE Bristol graduates to come and work for them. We developed the course with our partner employers, to ensure we produce graduates they want to hire.



With an online course you have the flexibility to fit your studies around personal and professional commitments, with access to our learning resources any time and from anywhere in the world. Studying while you work also provides valuable opportunities to apply what you have learned directly to your role. We use the latest 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 management 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 a distance learning student, 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 Blackboard Collaborate. This comprehensive learning platform provides your entire course content, and puts you in contact with your tutor and fellow students. 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.

Course structure

You'll 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 - 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 the law in areas best suited to your ambitions in further detail.
  • Real Estate Investment and Development - This module examines 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. 
  • Managerial Finance for the Built Environment - Looks at one of the mandatory RICS competencies by giving you a firm grounding in the interpretation of published accounts and financial information. It also introduces you to management accounting. 
  • Sustainability in the Built Environment - Delivered by a multidisciplinary team to provide the foundation for understanding how sustainable development can be achieved in both new and existing developments from individual buildings to large-scale infrastructures and neighbourhoods.


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

Teaching methods are varied depending on the module. As with the traditionally delivered course, lectures (recorded), project work and tutorials (delivered as online 'webinars') play a part.

The experienced academics that teach the modules of 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.

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 programme 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.


We assess your work through a variety of coursework assignments, including essays, reports, surveys and presentations. There are some oral exams but no traditional, written examinations. 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.


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.

Whilst studying, you will be able to gain free student membership of both the RICS and the IPF.

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.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Construction, Property and Surveying facilities and see what's on offer here for you.


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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.


Supplementary fee information

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.

Read more about international applications and key international deadline dates.

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