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Real estate is a fast paced industry where you’ll be expected to use your decision-making, problem solving and negotiation skills to ensure the smooth running of properties on behalf of corporations, SMEs and owners of private residences.

On this commercially orientated course you will network with industry contacts and learn from sector experts through live projects and field trips. You will benefit from the professional knowledge and experience of RICS chartered lecturers as you develop the skills to acquire, develop, manage, value and dispose of property and land in the UK and further afield.

In the second year, for one semester, you’ll undertake an internship, study in another country or join a research group. This valuable experience will enhance your employability and further develop your theoretical and practical skills.


This option offers the opportunity to spend three months working full-time to gain all-important work experience and employability skills. You may be able to extend this over more than one semester in cases where it is adjacent to a vacation period. We will endeavour to help those who prefer this option to source opportunities and to perfect their CV but ultimately the onus is on the student to secure the internship position through a competitive application process.


If you take this option, you will be assigned to our Architecture and Built Environment Research Group. There is every possibility that you may contribute to published research and therefore you may be named as part of the research team, which would be a great start to a research career.

Study Abroad

We have exchange agreements with universities all over the world, including partners in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Oceania. If you take the Study Abroad option you will spend a semester at one of these partners, continuing your studies in English but in a new cultural and learning environment. Please note that this option may require you to obtain a visa for study in the other country.

With a long history, well established links in the property industry and excellent graduate employment (DLHE Survey 2014), this RICS-accredited MSc is perfectly placed to help launch your career.

Accredited by RICS, this MSc provides all of the academic theory and professional knowledge you need to become a chartered surveyor.

Course Information

Level of Study

Mode of Study
2 years full-time (with advanced practice in second year)
1 other options available

Architecture and Built Environment

City Campus, Northumbria University


September 2019

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Designed to incorporate theoretical learning into practical scenarios wherever possible, this postgraduate degree develops the skills you will need to succeed in the rapidly evolving property market.

You will have many opportunities to engage with industry through project work, real world case studies, study visits, problem solving tasks, plus an opportunity to spend time away from the University on study visits both in the UK and in Europe.

Commercially focused modules cover the key concepts in real estate. They include planning and development, property valuation, investment, management, sustainability and legal processes. Some modules are assessed via traditional assignments and project reports, but where appropriate we use methods relevant to industry such as presentations, report-writing and mock client meetings. The course culminates in a 20,000 word dissertation in a related specialist area of your choice. There are no examinations for this course.

The Advanced Practice semester will be assessed via a report and presentation about your internship, study abroad or research group activities.

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You will learn in a vibrant and dynamic environment, supported by a team of research-active academics whose diverse backgrounds in the sector span planning and development surveying, the Civil Service, research in the Centre for Regional Economic Development, commercial property market analysis and heritage consultancy.

Lecturers balance their teaching and research with external industry-related projects and they use this knowledge to inform your learning. This approach creates a research-rich, practice-based environment which will develop your critical abilities, problem solving skills and lay a firm foundation for a career in the property industry.

Our strong links with industry give you the opportunity to work on live projects as part of your course. We also invite industry professionals to deliver guest lectures and share their experiences.

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You’ll find the latest technologies to support you in our specialist laboratories and studios. You will also benefit from dedicated project space and study areas for group and individual work.

The programme team have developed a coherent approach to technology enabled learning (TEL) which you can use on and off campus. This includes specialist software and online access to module information, key texts, podcasts and a range of teaching-related materials to support active learning.

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We take a research-led approach to all aspects of teaching. As practising researchers, our lecturers pass on the latest techniques from their ongoing work to ensure your learning is current and relevant.

We are a top 30 research department, with 50% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK wide Research Excellence Framework (REF2014, UoA16) and the department is ranked 21st in the UK for the reach and significance of our research impact. This means we are well placed to support you to develop your own research skills.

Specialist research includes the mechanics of regeneration, office to residential conversions, sub-national development, urban land economics, sustainable urban development, commercial and industrial property market modelling, redevelopment of brownfield land and property development appraisal.

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You will graduate from this RICS-accredited course with all of the academic requirements for graduate membership, ready to undertake the two years’ professional experience you need to become fully chartered.

We have long established relationships with employers in the industry, including Cushman & Wakefield, CBRE, JLL, Savills, Knight Frank and GVA. Working with these employers throughout your course will give you invaluable sector knowledge and connections that could benefit your career enormously.

You will also have the opportunity to network with industry professionals through organisations such as the RICS Matrics who run networking events for students and recently qualified and graduate surveyors.

The Advanced Practice semester will help you develop a track record of achievement that will help you stand out from other job applicants.

A two-year master’s course, like this one, will carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more hands-on practical experience.

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Current skills shortages in the sector mean that real estate graduates are in demand.

With the Northumbria MSc, personal development is considered as important as academic progress which means you enter the job market with awareness of critical evaluation, problem solving, negotiation, communication and decision-making; essential for effective collaboration with clients and associates. As a result, prospects for Northumbria graduates are excellent.

Our graduates work for corporate financial institutions, government organisations, local authorities, the government and private clients across the UK and further afield in roles such as surveying, investment, property valuation, planning and development, and property management.

100% graduate employment (DLHE Survey 2014)

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Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry


Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree.

International qualifications

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit

English Language requirements

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £12,000

Full EU Fee: £12,000

Full International Fee: £18,000


There are no Additional Costs

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Modules Overview 2019/20


Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA7009 -

Commercial Property Valuation (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the valuation of commercial property and develop a systematic understanding of the valuation process so that you are able to evaluate the valuation methods available and use them in complex situations, undertake valuations for commercial property for a variety of purposes and critically appraise their outcomes in accordance with latest academic and practice based research.

Within Commercial Property Valuation you will study a range of topics including:-

• The valuation process and the role of a valuer
• Analysis of market data and its application to valuation
• Valuation methodology and applying to different scenarios
• Secured lending valuation
• RICS reporting and advising clients
• Asset valuation
• Statutory valuation
• Modern methods of valuation and appraisal
• Using IT software for Real Estate appraisal

Throughout this module you will develop academic and professional skills relating to the use and analysis of data, understand real estate markets and the impact on appraisal, effective communication and be able to advice clients/stakeholders in accordance with RICS governance.

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KA7010 -

Property Markets, Investment and Finance (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about and examine the global economics of real property in the context of markets, cities, investment and finance. The module aims to evaluate concepts of global property market economics, investment and finance and analyse their application to inter-related markets in real estate. These will include the behaviour of occupiers, investors, financiers, developers and contractors. You will be introduced to a range of economic principles relevant to global commercial real estate markets, and develop an understanding of real estate investment finance. You will appraise global real estate investment assets and their performance from the perspective of a range of stakeholders and investor types. The module will enable you to recognise the crucial role of the investment sub-market within the wider property market, and how it influences real estate activity, development, and values.
Indicative syllabus
• Global Real estate markets and interaction with the economy
• Property cycles and demographics
• Urbanisation and the future city
• Lives of buildings, occupier markets and new ways of working
• Real estate investment markets
• New property technology and market disruption
• Infrastructure and real estate
• Regulating property markets
• Real estate investment yields, measuring returns and risk
• Real estate compared to other investment asset classes
• International investment and capital markets
• Financialisation
• Direct and indirect real estate investment vehicles
• Real estate portfolio diversification and Modern Portfolio Theory
• Real estate finance, real estate as collateral for debt
• The features of property secured lending and gearing effects
• Future trends in real estate investment and finance

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KA7021 -

Urban Planning and Development (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the planning and development process in an urban context focusing on the management of pre-construction decision-making and the evaluation of projects including planning, viability assessment and financial appraisal. The module aims to help you understand the complex social, economic and physical environment and market conditions within which real estate development take place, develop your knowledge of the management of the development process, acquisition of development sites and sources of finance for development and allow you to recognise the crucial role of the surveyor in the real estate development process.
You will be introduced to industry standard development appraisal software (Argus Developer), which you will use to produce a realistic appraisal of a mixed-use, brownfield development opportunity of your choosing.
Indicative syllabus
• Planning and development process – theory and practice
• Urban development, master-planning, place shaping, development control and management
• Contemporary UK Planning policy: National Planning Policy Framework and Planning Guidance
• Negotiating planning and viability: planning conditions, obligations and levies
• Development appraisal and viability modelling
• Site evaluation, acquisition and disposal
• Urban regeneration, renewal, heritage and conservation
• Real estate development finance and funding
• Construction procurement, project management and risk

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KA7035 -

Real Estate Concepts and Research Methods (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about some of the threshold concepts and key skills that are essential for Real Estate students to grasp before embarking on specialised property research and prepare and promote your employability as a graduate surveyor. The second half of the module is designed to develop your understanding, deployment and critical evaluation of research methods and to prepare you for conducting your own research project.

In the first semester you will undertake an initial project based on a building/site in Newcastle. The learning activities will include lectures to introduce key concepts; seminars to develop your understanding of these key concepts; workshops to apply your knowledge and practice skills; site visits to learn site inspection and measurement skills; guest speakers to provide insight to real estate markets. In the second semester you will learn about research methods and data analysis techniques in two hour workshop sessions in which a research resources will be signposted, research philosophies explored, data collection techniques evaluated and your own research skills and development reflected upon.

An indicative outline syllabus is as follows:
• Real Estate sectors and the role and professionalism of surveyors in global real estate markets
• Real Estate research and resources
• Property appraisal, professional report writing and presentation
• Individual skills audit and developing an action plan
• IT skills for Real Estate
• Philosophies of research and research ethics
• The research process: developing and implementing effective research strategies for data collection
• Quantitative and qualitative data analysis
• The reflective researcher: evaluating research processes and outcomes

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KA7036 -

Real Estate Law & Asset Management (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the key areas of law, which are relevant to the surveying profession and examine the nature of relationships between commercial landlords and tenants. You will explore current methods utilised for the marketing of real estate including:
• The English Legal System, including legal research.
• Ownership of land.
• Third party and public rights affecting land.
• Rights, obligations and liabilities of land owners and occupiers.
• Contract law.
• Marketing of property and heads of terms.
• Laws affecting the work of surveyors, in particular professional negligence and regulations affecting the sale of land.
• The process of the sale of land.
• Commercial Property leases including key landlord and tenant obligations.
• Landlord and Tenant Law, including the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.
• Methods of adding value to real estate including re-gearing leases, rent reviews and tenant mix strategy.
• Leasehold exit strategies, including; surrender, break clauses, assignment and sub-letting.
• Corporate real estate strategies and markets.

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KA7040 -

Sustainable Construction and Technology (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn the fundamentals of construction technology in the context of a society’s aim of mitigating climate change. The syllabus includes the processes and technology of commercial and domestic construction, both current and of the recent past to equip graduates with the knowledge to manage the construction, maintenance and development of property assets. The importance of the environmental impact of materials and the use of life cycle costing to enhance sustainability will supplement the teaching of low carbon construction technology and energy sources.

Within each of these areas you will study a range of topics to support this:

• Construction technology
o The structural elements, finishes and services found in typical low rise domestic construction.
o The structural elements, finishes and services found in commercial and industrial property.
• Low carbon design
o Site selection and building orientation
o Passive low carbon design in the domestic and commercial field
o Water conservation
o Green roof and wall applications
o Sustainable urban drainage
• Renewable energy applications
o Photovoltaic applications
o Biomass heating
o Ground and air source heat pumps
o Solar water heating
o Wind energy

On completion of this module the knowledge and understanding acquired forms part of the broader contextual framework for the study of your academic programme.

You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to the use and evaluation of data; effective communication; self-direction and personal responsibility.

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KA7056 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home institution can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject area in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’.
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Discussing ethical issues in research, and analysing results.
• Describing bias and limitations of research.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KA7032 -

Dissertation (Core,60 Credits)

In this module you will design and implement a substantive research based investigation in order to address a self-selected, authentic work based or professional/practice related problem within your discipline area. This student-led, independent study allows you to synthesize and apply previous learning and experience, and build upon existing academic, research and personal skills.

You will learn how to effectively engage with the research process in an applied context. Aspects will include:
• Application of appropriate research questions
• Critical evaluation of existing literature and other sources to develop conceptual and theoretical frameworks for analysis
• Critical awareness of research theory, approaches, methods and ethics, to inform effective research design
• Implementation of research in practice, including gathering empirical data
• Application of frameworks to provide an integrated critical analysis of theory and data to identify evidence based conclusions and recommendations
• Project management

You will develop your skills as autonomous, reflective learners in the process of completing the dissertation.

An in-depth and complex understanding of the chosen area of your professional discipline, and the skills developed in this module, will be demonstrated in a scholarly, academically rigorous dissertation. The advanced knowledge gained through original data collection and analysis, and theoretically informed critical evaluation, will have the potential to contribute to the relevant disciplinary community of practice.

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KF7005 -

Engineering and Environment Advanced Practice (Core,60 Credits)

This 60 credit module is designed for all full-time postgraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to either study abroad, undertake a work placement or join a research group for one semester as part of your programme. This experience gives you the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge acquired during the taught part of your programme and to acquire new skills and knowledge in an alternative learning environment. Specific learning will be defined in a personal learning contract.

Your Advanced Practice semester will be assessed on a pass/fail basis and as such, it does not contribute to the classification of your degree. However when taken and passed it is recognised both in your transcript as a 60 credit Advanced Practice Module and in your degree title.

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