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Real Estate PgDip / MSc / Top-up to MSc

Overview

This course is designed for non-cognate graduates intending to work in general practice surveying, property management, investment, development and other property related fields.

It focuses on the appraisal of commercial property for occupation, development and investment, largely in an urban context. It will develop your property-related skills and knowledge together with an understanding of finance, business management and marketing in the context of the industry.

On completion of the course, you'll be able to offer a broad range of expertise and skills, harnessing the theories, practices and techniques of real estate management.

You'll gain an insight into the nature of land and property investment, development and management and its impact on the vitality of our cities. Real estate is a significant contributor to the overall economy of the UK.

As a real estate graduate you will find yourself working with people from a diversity of professional backgrounds that interact in order to implement major projects of national and international importance.

Your knowledge and understanding of innovative methods of financing such as the Private Finance Initiative will provide you with the necessary skills to work in partnership between private and public sectors.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time PgDip
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time PgDip
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time MSc
Duration
1 year + dissertation
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time MSc
Duration
2 years + dissertation
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

  • Institutional and legal context for property
    This module focuses on introducing students to the various areas of law and issues of professional practice used and applied in the construction and property industries.
  • Construction and planning
    A module to provide a broad and critical perspective on planning and construction as well as an understanding of the context within which planning and construction decisions are made and implemented.
  • Valuations
    This module is intended to allow the theoretical knowledge gained in a series of lectures and workshops to be applied in practice. The module will consider the fundamental principles of valuation, valuation formulae and discounted cash flows. It will examine the methods used in the valuation of office, retail, industrial and residential properties.
  • Advanced valuations
    This module further develops the concepts and techniques covered in the Valuations unit. It is intended to develop the student's awareness of valuations techniques and their practical application in the property market. Analysis of transactions and a critical approach to property appraisal techniques will be developed.
  • Real estate economics and finance
    This module provides an introduction into a set of theoretical principles and practical skills in economics and finance, which enable property professionals to develop, manage and grow successful businesses.
  • Applied valuation and the management of property interests
    This module gives a practical insight into managing property. The roles and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants are considered in property management. Financial calculations that inform the decision-making processes in property management are also covered.
  • Corporate real estate management
    A module to provide a critical understanding of the role that real estate plays in the successful organisation of business activities, and to provide the skills to formulate appropriate strategies for corporate occupiers.
  • Property investment appraisal
    A module to provide a detailed and critical perspective on property investment and an understanding of the context, in which, investment decisions are made and implemented. In particular the unit is designed to provide an analysis of the corporate and institutional decision-making processes with regard to property.
  • Dissertation
    The module provides the opportunity for students to undertake an independent piece of research, investigating in depth a subject, in which, they have a particular interest and of their own selection. Each student will submit a dissertation of between 15,000- 20,000 words. The module includes teaching of research methods.

Options

Please be aware that option selection is subject to availability.

  • Behavioural finance
    The module develops a comprehensive understanding of the decision-making process underlining in any real estate decision and it transition mechanism to market prices.
  • Building control
    The module focuses upon the control and enforcement of the Building Regulations and associated legislation, along with supporting technical documents and alternative solutions, to meet specific regulative requirements as they apply to various building schemes.
  • Building Information Modelling and collaborative working
    A module to provide a general understanding of the role that BIM can play throughout the design, construction and operation of building assets. It looks to identify and develop the necessary managerial, technical and interpersonal skills required to deliver better value through a collaborative BIM approach.
  • Management of health and safety in construction
    This module focuses on the management of safety on site – a process that can be applied to a wide range of work settings and project types.
  • History of architecture and construction
    This module examines the inter-relationship between building design and production as it occurred throughout historical time. Particular attention will be paid to those periods in history when major transformations occurred in architectural style and the building process.
  • International real estate and construction
    This module introduces students to the international context of real estate markets, construction industry and project development. It specifically focuses on the activity of international real estate investors and large construction companies. The module also provides students a comparative perspective on real estate markets and construction process.
  • Legal resolution of property and construction disputes
    This module focuses on the range of dispute resolution techniques used by construction and property professionals to resolve and manage disputes in the construction and property.

Structure of qualification

Module structure (full-time)
Semester 1 Semester 2
Valuations Applied Valuations and the Management of Property Interests
Construction and Planning Advanced Valuations
Institutional and Legal Context for Property
Corporate Real Estate Management Property Investment Analysis
Real Estate Economics and Finance Option
  Dissertation
Module structure (part-time Year 1)
Semester 1 Semester 2
Valuations Applied Valuations and the Management of Property Interests
Construction and Planning Advanced Valuations
Institutional and Legal Context for Property
Module structure (part-time Year 2)
Semester 1 Semester 2
Corporate Real Estate Management Property Investment Analysis
Real Estate Economics and Finance Option
  Dissertation

Employability

Successful students work as valuers, property managers, agents, advisors and corporate professionals working in a dynamic and fast changing property industry. To date employment prospects have been excellent with many graduates joining major real estate consultancies, as well as a broad range of private and public organisations involved in property.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

Market report and case study analysis

Students on our Real Estate course can choose to study International Real Estate and Construction as an optional module. For this complex module students need to go on a study visit to an international city which has an emerging real estate and construction market. 

Past students have gone abroad to take in either Dubai in the United Arab Emirates or Shanghai in the People's Republic of China. The field trip includes visits to real estate companies and construction firms, site visits and meetings with various professionals. From these briefings, students need to produce a country report that includes a detailed strategy including how they could break through in the real estate or construction market in these overseas destinations.

Staff

Dr Guowei Gu

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Course Director - MSc/PgDip Property Development and Planning

Guowei began his academic career when he joined LSBU in 2006, after working in the professional real estate industry for 15 years.


Margaret Hollins

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Job title: Associate Professor

Margaret's areas of interest include sustainable development and climate change, human rights and international environmental law.


Scott King

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Course Director - MSc Real Estate

Scott is a specialist in property and real estate, property valuation for commercial real estate, training and coaching for property professionals and property research.


Lynne Michael

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Course Director for MSc International Real Estate; Course Director for BSc Property Management (Building Surveying)

Lynne has an extensive career as a registered valuer and advisor. Her core competencies include the valuation of commercial, industrial, residential and rural property interests as well as statutory and compulsory purchase valuation procedures.


Steve Pittard

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Steve is an active member of the RICS, chairs the QS and Construction IT Business Group, and is a member of the QS & Construction Professional Group Board, as well as the more recently formed BIM Steering Group.


Facilities

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Entry requirements

A Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Upper Division in any subject. Applicants need to demonstrate capacity to think about a broad range of theoretical and practical issues.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time PgDip
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
P041413
Application method
Mode
Full-time PgDip
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
P041413
Application method
Mode
Full-time MSc
Duration
1 year + dissertation
Start date
September
Application code
P041413
Application method
Mode
Part-time MSc
Duration
2 years + dissertation
Start date
September
Application code
P041413
Application method

Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £4611.11International fee: £6944.44
AOS/LSBU code: 4964Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8300
International £12500

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a postgraduate course, studying for a Masters-level qualification either full- or part-time from 1 August, you may be entitled to apply for a £10,280 postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Postgraduate Advice Service

You are invited to book a one-to-one appointment with one of our Postgraduate Advisors. They offer a 30 minute face-to-face session where you can get tailored advice on fees and funding. Book a 1-2-1 Advice Session.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.

Overview of scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students. Key scholarships and discounts below.

Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

Students holding an offer of a place on a postgraduate course will be invited to apply for a Vice-Chancellor Scholarships.

LSBU Graduate Loyalty Scheme

This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. Read more about the Graduate Loyalty Scheme.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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