PgDip; MSc; Top-up to MSc REAL ESTATE

UK Fees

£13986.67

Int. Fees

£22533.33

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.

We're ranked 1st amongst London Modern competitors for Student Satisfaction in Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design (Complete University Guide 2021).

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
ModeFull-time MSc Duration12 months Start dateSeptember Application code5291 Application method Direct to LSBU
ModePart-time MSc Duration24 months Start dateSeptember Application code5292 Application method Direct to LSBU
ModePart-time PgDip Duration24 months Start dateSeptember Application code4964 Application method Direct to LSBU
ModeFull-time PgDip Duration12 months Start dateSeptember Application code4131 Application method Direct to LSBU
ModeFull-time (Top-up) Duration12 months Start dateSeptember Application code4074 Application method Direct to LSBU

Course Accreditations

  • RICS

Location

London South Bank University student union is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.

If you are visiting our Southwark Campus, you may wish to use our downloadable campus map (PNG File 466 KB). For information on accessibility, see our DisabledGo access guides.

Walk or bicycle

The University is in easy walking distance of underground and leading overground stations. We are only 20 minutes away from the Thames. We encourage walking and cycling and have bicycle racks on campus. Please check the Transport for London cycling website for London cycling maps and route planners.

By bus

LSBU is very well connected, and a large number of buses travel to and connect in the Elephant and Castle area from across London.

By train or tube

The Bakerloo and Northern lines stop at Elephant & Castle underground station, which is right next to campus. The closest rail stations are Elephant & Castle, London Waterloo and London Bridge. To plan your train journey, visit the National Rail website.

By car

London South Bank University does not provide public parking space. There is a limited amount of parking in the area, so we strongly advise using public transport.

Do consider the Congestion Charge if you are driving through London to reach the campus. Find out if you'll be crossing the Congestion Charge zone to reach our Southwark Campus.

TfL journey planner

You can travel to Southwark Campus by using public transport, plan your journey using the Transport for London journey planner.

Entry Level 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.

United Kingdom

£13986.67

Tuition fees for home students

International

£22533.33

Tuition fees for international students

Tuition fees are subject to annual inflationary increases. Find out more about tuition fees

  • Part-time

    part-time

    MSc Real Estate (Non - Cognate) (PT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £5827.78 International fee: £9388.89
    AOS/LSBU code: 5292 Session code: 1PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £13986.67
    International: £22533.34

    PgDip Real Estate (Non-Cognate) (PT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £5827.78 International fee: £9388.89
    AOS/LSBU code: 4964 Session code: 1PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £10490
    International: £16900

    MSc Real Estate (Non - Cognate) (PT) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £8158.89 International fee: £13144.45
    AOS/LSBU code: 5292 Session code: 2PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £13986.67
    International: £22533.34

    PgDip Real Estate (Non-Cognate) (PT) - Year 2

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £4662.22 International fee: £7511.11
    AOS/LSBU code: 4964 Session code: 2PS00
    Total course fee:
    UK: £10490
    International: £16900
  • Full-time

    full-time

    MSc Real Estate (Non - Cognate) (FT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £13986.67 International fee: £22533.33
    AOS/LSBU code: 5291 Session code: 1FS00

    PGDip Real Estate (Non - Cognate) (FT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £10490 International fee: £16900
    AOS/LSBU code: 4131 Session code: 1FS00

    MSc Real Estate (Top Up) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £3496.67 International fee: £5633.33
    AOS/LSBU code: 4074 Session code: 1FS00

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 391 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 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.

International students

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

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode Full-time MSc Duration 12 months Start date September Application code 5291 Application method Direct to LSBU
Mode Part-time MSc Duration 24 months Start date September Application code 5292 Application method Direct to LSBU
Mode Part-time PgDip Duration 24 months Start date September Application code 4964 Application method Direct to LSBU
Mode Full-time PgDip Duration 12 months Start date September Application code 4131 Application method Direct to LSBU
Mode Full-time (Top-up) Duration 12 months Start date September Application code 4074 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 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 516 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.

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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.

  • 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

Careers

Employability Service

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.

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.

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.

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