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Real Estate MSc

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year Short intensive blocks September 2020
Full time 2 years including professional placement Short intensive blocks September 2020
Part time 2 years Short intensive blocks September 2020

Choose Kingston's Real Estate MSc

This is an innovative degree designed primarily for people working or wanting to work in the real estate sector either in the UK or beyond who are seeking to gain a high-level head start. The reflective practitioner at junior or middle-management level can study individual modules to meet CPD requirements or to enhance their academic qualifications.

  • Choose to study full time or part time.
  • Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
  • Students come from all over the world to study on Kingston University courses, so you will finish the course with an international network of contacts.

What will you study?

This course will enable you to create key research and systematic aptitudes alongside your practical competencies. Since there is such a great amount of flexibility within the curriculum, you can extend your insight within focused areas of investment, asset management or development.

You will study six modules. These have been intended to guarantee that they line up with the core competencies of the RICS, yet at the same time enabling you to pursue your particular interests through your research project.


Most modules are delivered by face-to-face lectures, workshops and seminars, complemented by e-learning resources and methods. However the first module is delivered alongside the induction programme which covers University life, the extensive e-resource base which will help underpin your studies, and the assessment regime. Assessment is through coursework, practical projects and on line discussions. There are no formal examinations on this program 

Course structure

This programme is delivered full time over one year or part-time over two academic years commencing in September. It is taught through a series of short intensive teaching blocks of three days (usually from Thursday to Saturday inclusive). Each module comprises two study blocks.  Full time students study 2 x 30 credit modules per semester which is a 3 day study block every 3 weeks while part time students study 1 x 30 credit module a term which is approximately one study block every 6 weeks making it ideal for those in full-time employment. Students will study 6 assessed modules which have been designed to ensure alignment with the business, ethics and technical competencies of the RICS's Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

The modules allow students to pursue individual interests through the design and execution of an independent research project. This culminates in the unique Kingston Surveying and Planning Masters Conference. There is also a week-long residential field study trip to a major international city.



  • 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 at:

    • how businesses interact with and use buildings;
    • effective and efficient use of space; and
    • how elements such as image, design, and personnel work requirements can affect buildings.

    This module also provides you with a critical understanding of the principles of the administrative laws, legal methods, land law and law of obligations (both real and personal) that apply to real estate. It also introduces:

    • the role of the court system, case and statute law;
    • the nature and role of professional bodies; and
    • ethical/moral standing and rules.

    It is taught through a series of lectures and class exercises, and assessment is through assignments supported by online and written materials.

  • This module will develop your critical understanding of the wide range of valuation approaches and appraisal techniques that are commonly used in practice in the UK and overseas. International investment is growing, so knowing about property-specific cross-border issues is essential. To cement this knowledge, and as central focus for a major group project that investigates commercial real estate markets in a global context, you will take part in a week-long field trip to a major international destination. The module will be taught using a series of lectures, class exercises and the field trip. You will be assessed through assignments and supported by on-line and written materials.

  • This module aims to provide you 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 you 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.

  • This final module provides you with the opportunity to design and execute an original research ‘capstone' project related to your own discipline specific interests, which synthesises their learning. You will develop a theoretically informed body of work that integrates both theory and practice. It may take the form of a dissertation, practice project, or experiment-based project. Following submission you will present your findings at a Masters Students Event.

  • Choose from:

    • The module develops your skills in carrying out property investment analysis, giving you a critical understanding of discounted cash flow variables and performance measures, including investment tactics. It introduces risk analysis within property, and within a multi-asset portfolio, as part of an investment decision process, plus the use of structured finance. It critically assesses indirect real estate vehicles and instruments, their origins, current use for diversification, asset allocation and providing greater liquidity in real estate. This module is delivered in short blocks of lectures, case study exercises and workshops. Assessment is through group portfolio analysis, a critical essay and a cash flow analysis for a real estate investment.

    • This module is essential to the study of spatial planning and the decision making processes in the UK that ascertain whether development is to proceed. You will learn about how the legal framework is critically applied, including European provisions and any pending changes providing for the implementation of the system. Land and property development is closely linked with all aspects of planning, so the module also helps you to understand the development process in detail from a developer's perspective. You will explore the way funding packages, development economics and the macroeconomic environment can influence development and planning, including sustainability issues. To do this, you will use case studies and practical examples, possibly including a site visit. You will learn about decision making in practice from a planning perspective through:

      • reflective evaluation of planning issues for a local case study in a written statement; and
      • a development appraisal with a critical assessment of development risks.
    • This module will consider a wide range of management activities associated with real estate land and buildings. It will consider topics from the activities associated with developing strategic asset policies, and defining and executing corporate real estate management objectives, to appreciating the detailed property and facilities management activities. In particular, you will develop a critical understanding of how the wider concepts of managing the built environment fit together, from high-level strategic policies and activities to the day-to-day activities of delivering practical and workable property and facilities management policies that are set against good practice guidance and leasing structures. You will consider the developing areas of how to integrate sustainable asset and property management policies and the evolving role of state policies, consumer requirements and corporate objectives.


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, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the work placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the work placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Invoicing on the placement courses is split into two stages. The standard course fee is payable in year 1 with the placement fee invoiced in year 2. Therefore, students starting in September 2018 would therefore be charged the placement fee of £1,230 in September 2019. Students commencing the course in September 2019 will be invoiced the placement fee in 2020 (provisionally £1,350).

This amount will only be charged to your account after you find a placement and are enrolled on the module. You will not be charged this fee if you do not manage to secure a work placement.

Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

Regulations governing this course are available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

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