Real Estate MSc
Facts about Real Estate
|Qualification||Real Estate MSc
|Duration||Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
|Attendance||Full time and part time: short intensive blocks
|Assessment||Written and oral assignments, practical case studies, research project culminating in the annual masters conference|
Choose Kingston's Real Estate MSc
This is an innovative degree designed for people seeking to gain a high-level education and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)-accredited award. It is designed primarily for people working or wanting to work in the real-estate sector either in the UK or beyond. The reflective practitioner at junior or middle-management level can study individual modules to meet CPD requirements or to enhance their academic qualifications.
What will you study?
The course will enable you to develop key research and analytical skills alongside your practical competencies. By allowing flexibility in curriculum choice you can deepen your knowledge within focused areas of investment, asset management or development. You will study six modules, which have been designed to ensure that they align with the core competencies of RICS but which also allow you to pursue your individual interests through the design and execution of your own independent research project. The project culminates in the unique Kingston Surveying & Planning Masters Conference. There is also an international residential field trip.
You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish.
The core modules are compulsory for the PgCert, PgDip and MSc in Real Estate. The research modules are compulsory for the MSc only.
All modules carry credit ratings with each module having a completed value of 30 credits. It is envisaged that each block of 30 credits will take a student approximately 300 hours to complete successfully. This includes all interactive and private study time, including approximately 2 x 20 hours of face-to-face tuition and the time taken to prepare the assessment materials.
- The Postgraduate Certificate can be awarded on successful completion of 60 credits.
- The Postgraduate Diploma can be awarded on successful completion of 120 credits.
- The MSc in Real Estate is awarded on successful completion of 180 credits.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Fundamentals of Real Estate Strategy
This module introduces the building blocks of real estate, examining: the players in the market, supply and demand within the key sectors, investor appetite and effect of micro- and macro-economics on the property market. It looks specifically at the interaction of businesses or corporations and their need and use of buildings, the importance of the effective and efficient use of space, and how other elements such as image, design, and personnel work requirements can affect buildings. This module also provides students with a firm and critical understanding and knowledge of the principles of administrative laws, legal methods, land law and the law of obligations (both real and personal) applicable to real estate. It introduces the role of the court system, case and statute law. The nature and role of professional bodies and ethical/moral standing and rules will also be appraised. It is taught through a series of lectures and class exercises and assessment is through assignments supported by on-line support and by written materials.
Concept, Property Appraisal and Valuation (includes the international field trip)
This module aims to develop a student's understanding and critical appraisal ability over a wide range of valuation approaches and appraisal techniques commonly used in practice in the UK and overseas. International investment is growing, so knowledge of property specific cross border issues is essential. In order to cement this knowledge a week-long field trip to a major international destination will form the central focus for a major group project investigating the operations of the commercial real estate markets within a global context. Delivery of the module content will be through a series of lectures, class exercises and the field trip. Assessment is through assignments coupled with supported by on-line support and by written materials.
Research Principles and Application
This module aims to provide students with a sound grounding in research principles and methodologies that are commonly applied within the built environment. Throughout a series of lectures and seminars, supported by tutorials and exercises students are encouraged and enabled to develop their critical reasoning powers and to gain practice in researching ideas and knowledge and in the design of relevant research instruments. By the end of the module they should be confident to and capable of designing and self-initiating a significant individual piece of research relevant to their programme of study. Assessment of the module is through the execution of a literature review, a short research collection and analysis activity and the design of a research project.
This module provides the opportunity for you to undertake a piece of original work related to your own area of study, which acts as the 'capstone' project for their studies. Through investigation of an area related to your studies they will develop a theoretically informed body of work that integrates both theory and practice. It may take the form of a dissertation, a practice project, design or experiment-based project depending on the appropriateness related to the programme studied. The module is supported by a series of lectures and individual tutorials. Following the major submission students present and defend their findings in open forum at a Masters Students Conference, thereby providing them to practice skills that they will require in their subsequent professional work. Assessment is by the main submission and the oral presentation and defence.
Two option modules