Commercial Property Management

Real Estate MSc

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £6,300
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £35 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: £14,450

Course type



Built Environment

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

The MSc in Real Estate at Liverpool John Moores University is accredited by the RICS and is designed as a fast-rack route for first-degree holders seeking a career in Real Estate.

  • Complete this masters degree in one year (full time), two years (part time)
  • Professionally accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Prepares you for a career in Real Estate from a wide range of first degrees 
  • The academic team combines academic rigour with extensive practical experience of the construction and property professions
  • Extensive industry involvement from the public and private sector 
  • Excellent career opportunities with leading UK and international surveying firms and consultancies, property companies, developers and public sector organisations
  • Internationally recognised research in our Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute

This progressive, vocational Masters degree enables you to fast-track your way to a career as a chartered surveyor without the need for any prior knowledge of real estate valuation or management.

Studying at LJMU has really provided me with the necessary competencies and practical skills to stand out from other graduates when applying for job.

Jonathan Cook, recent graduate

Introduction to the School

The Department of Built Environment is one of the leading providers of postgraduate teaching, learning and business focused research in property and construction.

Our mission is to provide high quality education, scholarship, research and enterprise activities that help to generate business success and to create a more sustainable built environment.

A fundamental philosophy underpinning the Department's study and research programmes is the need to embed a critical understanding of the issues driving the sustainability agenda to ensure graduates can contribute to the development of long-term sustainable solutions.

The Department works in close partnership with industry and practice through scholarship, research, consultancy and the provision for lifelong learning, ensuring that post-graduate education is responsive to the changing needs of industry, government, local communities and professional practice.

Our courses deliver a comprehensive and forward looking academic knowledge base, embedded in the professional and transferable skills required by industry.

The Department of Built Environment is recognised as a leading contributor of enhanced applied and ‘blue skies’ knowledge blending traditional built environment fields of research with innovative and highly advanced areas of engineering.

The Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Centre (BEST) has been awarded Institute status in recognition of its outstanding work and is supported internationally by the EU, UK and USA Ministry of Defence, Carbon Trust and Technology Strategy Board as well as by industrial partners including United Utilities, NHS, Tarmac and Taylor Woodrow.

The Department also enjoys a strong record in business partnering with several local, national and international organisations, particularly through the DTI Knowledge Transfer Partnership Scheme. These projects are aimed at adding value to the business through the delivery of innovative solutions and the provision of a creative working environment.

Why study this course at LJMU?

The programme has been designed to provide you with the essential knowledge and skills to understand the role of the Real Estate professional in the valuation, appraisal, strategic management and development of commercial and residential property assets.

You will be provided with not only the technical knowledge and understanding required in practice, but also the essential practical and transferable skills required by employers, providing an excellent basis for the development of your career within the surveying profession. 

The programme has a high standing both academically and professionally and the quality of the course is recognized by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) who have selected LJMU as a ‘partnering establishment’ for accreditation purposes. 

Programme outline and structure

If you are interested in the valuation and strategic management of Real Estate, this RICS accredited MSc programme is ideal for you.

You will develop your ability to think analytically at a strategic and managerial level in the context of the built environment. The programme covers all aspects of the valuation, investment and management of property as an asset in the context of the legislative framework and economic drivers that underpin today’s complex and dynamic real estate markets. 

The commercial property sector provides an important focus within the course; however, the programme content has been enhanced to align not only with the Commercial Property Practice core competencies but also the Valuation and Residential APC pathways.

The course has been developed in partnership with principal surveying practices and enjoys established links with employers in both the private and public sector, ensuring that it is responsive to the changing needs of industry, government, local communities and professional practice.

The overall aim of the programme is to provide you with the skills and attributes to gain a graduate surveyor position within the profession.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7
  • Valuation
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Building Technology and Management
  • Research Methods
  • Law
  • Planning and Development
  • Real Estate Management
  • Dissertation

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

    How will I be assessed?

    You will gain knowledge and skills on this programme through lectures, workshops and directed student-centred learning, such as case studies.

    You will also have the opportunity to complete industry focused reports and project work to demonstrate your understanding of topics. 

    Assessment is through a combination of coursework in the form of written assignments, reports and oral presentations.


    Some modules also include testing of problem solving skills through unseen written examinations. 

    The dissertation also provides you with the opportunity to further deepen your skills and knowledge by undertaking independent research in a real estate issue or topic that interests you. 

    Staff research interests

    83% of research from LJMU’s School of the Built Environment submitted to the REF 2014 was considered as being of international importance or recognised internationally and this research helps inform what you will study on this degree.

    The School of the Built Environment is a leading contributor of applied property research and professional development, blending traditional built environment fields of research with innovative and highly advanced areas of property. 

    The Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Centre (BEST) has been awarded Institute status in recognition of its outstanding work. 

    We also enjoy a strong record in business partnering with several local, national and international organisations.

    Current areas of research include: 

    • Environmental Technologies
    • Facilities Management
    • Land Management and Sustainable Communities
    • Construction Management and Economics
    • Material Technology
    • Radio Frequency and Microwave Technologies

    Examples of current PhD and project areas include: 

    • Real estate and sustainability
    • Land use and retailing within city centres
    • Near zero carbon building and environment reduction
    • Sensor technology for non-invasive measurement and building and structure health monitoring
    • Wave and flood effects on buildings
    • Biofuel production from waste
    • Water and wastewater treatments

    Entry requirements (Home)

    An Honours degree with a minimum 2.2 classification from an approved university or a degree from a university together with such relevant professional experience as deemed appropriate by the School.

    Non-UK applicants will be expected to have demonstrated competence in English language equivalent to a minimum of IELTS 6.5. Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement.

    Entry requirements (International)

    LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

    For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

    Will I be interviewed?

    An interview may form part of the application process


    6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)



    Is RPL accepted on this programme?


    Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

    Financial support

    Tuition fees

    All students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

    Funding sources

    There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

    Graduate employment

    The degree has a high standing both academically and professionally and the quality of the programme is recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

    Graduates of the programme have found employment with leading UK and international surveying firms, property consultancies, developers and public sector organisations. 

    Many employers offer you excellent positions with a structured graduate training programme ensuring you will complete the full range of training required for the APC. After qualifying professionally you may have the opportunity to become a partner in an established surveying practice or go on to run your own practice.

    Some graduates have used their property expertise to follow a different property related career path with large accountancy companies, law practices and banking and insurance providers. The knowledge and skills our graduates offer has been seen as a major benefit to the overall service provided by these non-surveying organisations.

    International Study

    International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

    Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

    Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

    Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


    LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

    These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

    You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

    Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

    • new international applicants
    • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
    • LJMU international alumni

    The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
    Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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