Mr Derek Bruce


A graduate of Edinburgh University, Derek qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1984 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 1993.  He gained a post-graduate Diploma in Arbitration from the College of Estate Management and, via examination, became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1996 and the National Association of Estate Agents in 2004.  He has an LLM from Northumbria University in Advanced Property Law specialising in valuation, lease consultancy, asset management and property law.

Derek commenced his surveying career in Scotland in the District Valuer's Office and subsequently worked for the Prudential and as a partner in SE regional firm of Chartered Surveyors. Throughout his career he has dealt with a wide range of property assets covering commercial, residential and agricultural property

Derek was appointed in 2004 to teach, assess and lead the MSc Real Estate (Postgraduate) programme, became an Associate Professor in 2013 and subsequently the postgraduate course director. He also teaches and examines extensively on the undergraduate Real Estate programme and course directs CPD programmes in property and construction.    

He has sat as an assessor of those seeking chartered status for 30 years and is a past member of the RICS International Governing Council and chairman of the Institution of Commercial and Business Agents.  He is currently an external examiner to a national professional society and two UK universities.

He also presents training programmes for several major UK real estate and at other international destinations which have and include Bahrain, the Bahamas, Dubai, Russia and Europe. He is often asked to present workshops and speak at professional CPD events around the country. 

Academic responsibilities

Associate Professor, Postgraduate Course Director (Real Estate)


  • BSc (Hons) (Ecological Science, Edinburgh University)
  • DipArb (Postgraduate Diploma in Arbitration, College of Estate Management)
  • LLM (Masters in Law, Advanced Property, Northumbria University)
  • FRICS (Fellow, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors)
  • IRRV (Hons) (Member, Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation)
  • FCIArb (Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators)
  • FNAEA (Hon) (Fellow, National Association of Estate Agents)
  • FNAEA (Comm) (Fellow, Institution of Commercial and Business Agents)

Teaching and learning

My main teaching responsibilities covers the following subject areas:

- Valuation

- Property, Contract, Tort, Planning and Landlord & Tenant Law

- Asset, Property and Facilities Management

- Property Agency

- Construction, Measurement and Inspection

- Professional practice and ethics

- Dispute Resolution

- Business Rates

Qualifications and expertise

  • DipArb
  • LLM
  • FCIArb

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught

Leadership and management

University responsibilities

  • Postgraduate Course Director (Real Estate)