MSc Real Estate

Start date(s)

September 2022

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

Full-time (2 years)

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Home (full-time, per year): £8,500 £8,500

Home (per credit): £47.22 £47.22

International (full-time, per year): £16,100 £16,600

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About this course

LJMU's MSc in Real Estate is accredited by the RICS and is designed as a fast-rack route for first-degree holders seeking a career in Real Estate.

  • Study on a course professionally accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Prepare for a career in Real Estate from a wide range of first degrees 
  • Combine academic rigour with extensive practical experience of the construction and property professions
  • Benefit from extensive industry involvement from the public and private sector 
  • Enjoy excellent career opportunities with leading UK and international surveying firms and consultancies, property companies, developers and public sector organisations

This programme aims to provide you with the skills and attributes to gain a graduate surveyor position within the profession. It 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 recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors which has selected LJMU as a ‘partnering establishment’ for accreditation purposes. 

As a student on this course you will also benefit from the School’s established research reputation. Our internationally recognised work, combined with the academic team’s knowledge and experience in both practice and academia, plus extensive links with employers, ensures that our postgraduate degrees are industry-focused, globally relevant and at the forefront of knowledge development.

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)

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  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

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

Many employers offer 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.

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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.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core modules

20 credits

The module takes you through valuation theory and methodology, including the use and derivation of underlying valuation tables and mathematics. It also develops an understanding of the economics underpinning the property market and the practical application of valuation techniques. The module aims to:

  • establish a comprehensive understanding and appraisal of the principal valuation theories and methodologies and evaluate their application in professional practice
  • build an understanding the economic drivers and dynamics underpinning property markets and critically examine their impact on valuation practice
  • increase your competency in the practical application of valuation theory and techniques within a range of property market scenarios and conditions

Real Estate Investment
20 credits

This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of Real Estate as an investment option within the marketplace and to evaluate its performance against other investment vehicles. You will gain a critical understanding of selection, pricing and performance measurement models and apply these within the context of strategic portfolio management. The module provides an extensive study of the market for investment funds. Particular reference is made to quantitative measures of risk and return and the quantitative techniques used in pricing financial assets.

Building Technology and Management
10 credits

This module will enable you to understand and evaluate the principles and techniques used in the construction of buildings. It will also help you to appraise and analyse the complexities of managing buildings from an asset management perspective. You will come to appreciate the complexity of building construction and technology and the importance of managing and maintaining Real Estate assets to optimise organisational and commercial performance.

Research Methods
10 credits

This module focuses on your critical understanding of the research process. In preparation for your research study, it also develops skills in research design, implementation and presentation. You will come to understand the differing techniques, strategies and methods used to undertake research in the built environment.

20 credits

This module develops your legal knowledge to enable you to evaluate the application of the statutory framework applicable to land and property ownership and occupation. It also provides a critical appreciation of the legal issues and problems relevant to the surveying profession.

Planning And Development
20 credits

This module aims to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of planning law, policy and procedures with particular reference to the English planning system. It also increases your knowledge and critical understanding of the property development process.

Real Estate Management
20 credits

This module provides an understanding of the application of key management and business strategies in Real Estate investment. It will develop your knowledge of commercial, corporate and residential real estate management objectives, policies and strategy formulation. You will consider strategic Real Estate management theory and examine its practical application as well as analysing operational Real Estate management strategies and their impact on overall performance.

60 credits

This module develops and tests your ability to prepare a dissertation, based on the study of a subject related to your chosen discipline within the built environment. Dissertation preparation normally takes place after completion of the Postgraduate Diploma stage.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

The programme runs for a full calendar year from September to September. Teaching is two days per week full-time and one day per week part-time.

Teaching methods

You will be taught via: lectures, tutorials, problem-solving sessions, seminars, practical workshops utilising professional software applications and databases and directed student-centred learning, such as case studies.

Applied learning

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. 

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessment methods include: essay and report based assignments, unseen written examinations, the dissertation and individual and group presentations. Many students do their dissertation on topics such as: valuation, investment and management of residential or commercial real estate. 

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Sarah Buxbaum

Sarah Buxbaum

Programme Leader

Coming from a retail management background, Sarah qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1989. She spent the next 20 years working for a government agency specialising in the valuation of property for public sector organisations and also for taxation purposes. Her roles included working for a specialist team responsible for a wide variety of retail properties. She latterly provided technical support to offices across the North West of England. Sarah joined LJMU full-time in 2009, having taught on a part-time basis since 2000. Her interest in the historic built environment led to the completion of a postgraduate qualification in building conservation and subsequent appointment as lead author for a RICS paper which combined both her conservation and valuation specialisms. 

The MSc Real Estate programme requires students to develop knowledge and skills across a wide range of subject areas within a relatively short time-frame. I am always impressed by the commitment and drive shown by our postgraduates to reach their chosen career goal.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

This programme is based in the City Campus. Besides well-equipped workshops, we have: a structural testing laboratory, a concrete laboratory, a radio frequency and microwave laboratory, a highways research laboratory, an industrial chemistry laboratory, a soil mechanics laboratory, hydraulics laboratory, surveying laboratory, light structure and materials laboratory, building information modelling (BIM) software and expertise and smart homes.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree 


  • an equivalent professional qualification with appropriate work experience

Additional information:

  • IELTS English language requirement: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson PTE Academic 64 (minimum 59 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • You may need to attend an interview

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

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Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

You need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient level of knowledge to embark on the programme and to complete it within the time limits. You should provide evidence, at the interview stage, of your learning capabilities and commitment to a postgraduate programme of study.

Applications from non-standard applicants are welcomed. In exceptional circumstances applications by mature healthcare practitioners without sufficient qualifications will be considered.

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.

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