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PgDip / MSc / Top-up to MSc Real Estate

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time; Part-time; Day release

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
Full-time MSc
Duration
12 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time MSc
Duration
24 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time PgDip
Duration
24 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time PgDip
Duration
12 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time PgDip
Duration
12 months
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus

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.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Professional links

The MSc/PgDip is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.


Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors logo

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the world's leading professional body for setting standards in the surveying industry. They have accredited our degrees and diplomas for almost 50 years.


Brighter connections

London location affording access to:

  • Major development areas and schemes to visits / study
  • The main offices of the country's leading property consultancies and companies
  • The RICS headquarters and its library
  • Other professional and academic libraries and exhibitions
  • A well developed alumni organisation
  • Extensive programmes of talks and lectures, promoted by the RICS and others, often at reduced cost or free to students.

Expertise and history

London South Bank University has a long history of educating professionals for the building-related industries. With roots in London Council School of Building (1904), Brixton School of Building (1940) we have been offering training for this sector for over 100 years.

Today we are expert at attracting property and construction students from the UK and around the world. Much of this is down to the highly successful links we have with major real estate consultancies, property companies, contractors, cost consultants and developers to ensure our courses are highly relevant for the current market.

Today, according to the Guardian PG subject tables 2013 we are the largest School of Building and Town Planning in the UK (combining full-time and part-time modes of study) and our building graduates have the best employment prospects in London (Complete University Guide 2014).

Our current students and alumni hold key positions in their organisation, often as senior managers and business owners.

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.

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 students

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
Full-time MSc
Duration
12 months
Start date
September
Application code
P041413
Application method
Mode
Part-time MSc
Duration
24 months
Start date
September
Application code
P041413
Application method
Mode
Part-time PgDip
Duration
24 months
Start date
September
Application code
P041413
Application method
Mode
Full-time PgDip
Duration
12 months
Start date
September
Application code
P041413
Application method
Mode
Full-time PgDip
Duration
12 months
Start date
January
Application code
5401
Application method
Direct to LSBU

Postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system. 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.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 544 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 127 KB).

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.

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 the How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

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 Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time

Part-time

Year 1 FT Southwark JAN (Non Cognate MSc 240 credits)

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £12180International fee: £18373.33
AOS/LSBU code: 5398Session code: 1FS00

Year 1 FT Southwark JAN (Non Cognate PgDip 180 credits)

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9135International fee: £13780
AOS/LSBU code: 5401Session code: 1FS00

Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT (Non Cognate PGDip 180 credits)

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9135International fee: £13780
AOS/LSBU code: 4131Session code: 1FS00

Year 1 PT Southwark JAN (Non Cognate MSc 240 credits)

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £5075International fee: £7655.56
AOS/LSBU code: 5399Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £12180
International £18373.34

Year 1 PT Southwark JAN (Non Cognate PgDip 180 credits)

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £5075International fee: £7655.56
AOS/LSBU code: 5400Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £9135
International £13780

Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT (Non Cognate PgDip 180 credits)

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £5075International fee: £7655.56
AOS/LSBU code: 4964Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £9135
International £13780

Year1FTSouthwarkSEPT (Non Cognate MSc 240 credits)

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £12180International fee: £18373.33
AOS/LSBU code: 5291Session code: 1FS00

Year1PTSouthwarkSEPT (Non Cognate MSc 240 credits)

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £5075International fee: £7655.56
AOS/LSBU code: 5292Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £12180
International £18373.34

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

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 143 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

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

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

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

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.