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

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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 full and part-time 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 pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.

    Sources of funding

    Postgraduate loans for students from England, Wales and the EU

    Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.

    Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:-

    Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland

    The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.

    The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.

    LJMU Alumni Award

    Alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).

    Postgraduate International Scholarships

    LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. 

    English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

    A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.

    Earn While You Learn

    Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

    LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

    Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

    Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. 

    Employer sponsorship

    Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

    Support for disabled students

    Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

    Council tax exemption

    All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.

    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 may make changes to a programme of study or module where 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.
    Further guidance on programme changes

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