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MSc Real Estate

The MSc Real Estate course is a fast-track course teaching you the skills needed to be a chartered surveyor. The course focuses on hands-on work, and you work with other students on your course and in the wider built environment disciplines. The degree is suitable for both UK and overseas students and is designed for first degree holders in any discipline and existing practitioners who want to become Chartered Surveyors. The course’s reputation means many international surveying firms recruit students for roles spanning the globe.

Course description

The MSc Real Estate is designed for first degree holders in any discipline and existing practitioners who want to become Chartered Surveyors through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

You develop your practical and theoretical knowledge and critical understanding of issues and subjects relevant to your chosen field for study and your personal, interpersonal and professional skills and capabilities, including those of self-direction and self-management.

The course aims to produce graduates who meet the academic, professional and ethical standards required by the RICS. It enables you to operate as independent reflective practitioner and provides you with both transferable and specific vocational skills which can be used to gain professional employment in a rapidly changing environment.

On the course you strengthen your knowledge of theory, contracts and practice through activities such as case studies and simulations. You also complete an individual in-depth dissertation that requires a critical and evaluative approach to professional practice and theory.

The course includes practical, client-focused property projects. These involve you completing technical and professional tasks and applying creative solutions that draw on your developing knowledge.

You benefit from a range of teaching, learning and assessment techniques which allow you to work on complex, professional briefs that have an emphasis on the latest thinking from the real estate sector.

The course also includes an interdisciplinary development task in a different country. On this task you work with students from across related subjects to increase understanding of the other roles in the profession that interact on a day-to-day basis and how the role of a quantity surveyor fits in with these roles. It also develops the skills and knowledge that are essential to becoming an effective professional practitioner.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 degree in any discipline or an equivalent professional qualification.

As a full-time student you are encouraged to obtain a period of pre-course professional work experience before joining.

As a part-time student you should be employed in general practice surveying or have substantial contact with a property-related firm.

If English is not your first language you typically need an IELTS 6.0 score with a minimum of 5.5 in all other skills or equivalent.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Full-time – one year
Part-time – typically two years

Starts September

Typical modules may include

Core modules

Economics and market context
This module is designed to build your applied knowledge of fundamental economic principles, critical thinking and analysis, in order to inform both your wider course studies and your preparation for entry into a variety of built environment sector professional careers to maximise your employability. It also provides you with fundamental knowledge and skills to equip you for the study of further specialist modules.

Law and professional context
This module provides you with a solid grounding in law and professionalism to prepare you for employment in a wide range of built environment professional contexts in line with the requirements of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

This modules provides you with a solid grounding in valuation methodology and the ability to apply this theory to a range of practical problems within a wide range of real estate contexts, in line with the professional body requirements of the RICS. You critically apply a range of valuation methods to value different property types for a range of purposes.

Evaluating building condition
The main aim of this module is to develop your ability to critically assess and evaluate the age and performance of domestic and commercial buildings.

Corporate real estate asset management
This module provides a framework for analysing the real estate demand of a corporate client, leading to an integrated corporate real estate solution. You critically evaluate and apply basic estate management principles relating to lease and asset management commensurate with the role of chartered surveyors operating in the sector.

Development and property appraisal
This module enables you to analyse the property development process and apply development appraisal techniques in the valuation of development land, with regard to factors that affect development potential including site issues, the property market and economy, and regulatory regimes with particular emphasis on town and country planning legislation. You explore the policy and regeneration context in different global contexts and the interdisciplinary project approach, through which successful and sustainable development is delivered.

Applied research methods and dissertation
The aim of this module is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to successfully undertake a sustained, in-depth and theoretically informed dissertation, involving a critical, evaluative or creative approach to an aspect of practice or theory.

Assessment By individual course work, group projects and examinations


After the course you have the technical, commercial, IT and personal skills to become a chartered surveyor. Our graduates have an outstanding employment record.

Recent graduates have joined surveying consultancies such as • JLL • CBRE • Bilfinger GVA • Cushman & Wakefield • Lambert Smith Hampton • Savills.

Others have joined in-house corporate real estate departments, smaller independent professional firms and the public sector.

The course prepares students for professional practice through a series of integrated professional skills modules which aim to boost employability, and confidence, by showing how technical learning relates to future careers, and providing experience of the multidisciplinary projects that graduates will work on as a real estate professional.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2016/17 academic year

Full-time – typically £8,400

Part-time – typically £2,800 for year one and £5,600 for year two

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2017/18 academic year

Full-time – typically £8,530

Part-time – typically £2,845 for year one and £5,690 for year two (subject to inflation)

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 for the course

2017/18 academic year

Typically £13,250 for the course

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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