Real Estate & Regeneration MSc

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Funded Masters places are still available for entry in September 2015
Prestigious Scottish Funding Council Awards are available to high calibre applicants for this programme. The SFC has selected this programme in recognition of the high demand for students with these qualifications. The awards cover all tuition costs; for further information, please see: funded places.

This programme delivers a highly regarded professional education in real estate and regeneration. It has been developed in close consultation with the relevant professional, policy and business communities and is intended to provide an intensive fast-track entry to a professional career.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • If you want to establish a career as a chartered surveyor, primarily as a member of the Planning and Development Professional Group of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, this programme is designed for you.
  • The programme is professionally accredited by the RICS.
  • There is significant input from industry to our teaching programme, including teaching on some courses, guest lectures and seminars. There are also informal opportunities to meet people from industry at open events and recruitment presentations. We will also support you to arrange professional work placements.

Programme structure

You will take a series of core courses and undertake a dissertation or a major project in real estate and regeneration.

The real estate profession is multi-disciplinary in nature so you will begin with a grounding in a broad base of theories and principles that will provide you with an understanding of how cities, markets, institutions and development processes function.  In semester 2 you will build on this knowledge base by developing core real estate competencies and a solid grounding in regeneration processes. Courses will involve you attending lectures, seminars and tutorials and taking part in project, IT lab, field and team work.

Core courses

  • Advanced real estate valuation and appraisal
  • Development economics
  • Development process
  • Global cities
  • Governance and markets
  • Professional practice, ethics & management
  • Real estate markets
  • Real estate finance & investment
  • Real estate valuation and appraisal
  • Regenerating cities.

Background and aims

The MSc in Real Estate & Regeneration is intended to prepare students for a career as a chartered surveyor, primarily as a member of the Planning and Development Professional Group of the RICS.

"These degree programmes recognise that the real estate sector is now an integral part of a sophisticated and diverse business community and will ensure that the best talent, with the right skills, is available to the property industry." Douglas Smith, Chairman of CB Richard Ellis Scotland

The MSc in Real Estate & Regeneration is now one of eight MSc degrees taught within the Real Estate, Planning and Regeneration (REPR) MSc Programme. These innovative programmes were initially launched in September 2006 by Urban Studies, which is widely recognised as one of Europe's leading centres of urban research, following close consultation with the relevant professional, policy and business communities and has been widely welcomed by leading professions in the field. It is intended to provide an intensive fast-track entry to professional qualifications for well-motivated, high-quality postgraduate students.

Alongside the main programme we also offer a Postgraduate Certificate in Real Estate and Postgraduate Certificate in Spatial Planning, primarily for CPD students. 

What our students say

Alina Greshake, Germany (2013-14)

'Having completed my undergraduate degree in International Real Estate Management in Germany, I wanted to deepen my knowledge of the field and improve my English vocabulary. I chose the University of Glasgow, because of its good reputation and size. After I checked the testimonials on the University’s website, I felt like Glasgow would be a good choice. The best part of the programme was definitely the broad variety of international people from all over the world and that we always had the opportunity to ask our professors questions, either via email or in person. The course sizes were not too big or too small, which created a comfortable atmosphere, especially during workshops. The professors always explained everything very well, so I had no problems in understand something.

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As for Glasgow, I liked that it is a big city with a lot of pubs, bars and clubs. There is always something to do. Many attractions and events are free and as a student you get a lot of discounts in restaurants, clubs or shops. Glasgow put a lot of emphasis on events like festivals or cultural attractions, which made the city very vibrant. Apart from that, Glasgow is a great city for shopping.

I would recommend the University of Glasgow. I think it is very important to get help when you don’t understand something and the teaching staff were always very helpful. Furthermore, there are a lot of opportunities to join sport clubs of all kinds and a lot of events, seminars etc.

In the Real Estate business it is necessary to speak English. The year in Glasgow helped me to improve my English a lot. Apart from German companies, who are always keen to employ people who studied in English, opportunities to work all over the world have arisen. Besides this, the course is accredited by RICS. I feel like I am more confident after this year, both in my knowledge and personally.'

Ben Carpenter (2012-13)

‘Having studied at the University of Edinburgh as an undergraduate, Glasgow was a city for which I had  a degree of familiarity and somewhere where I already had friends living, so it certainly represented a convenient choice. That said, I also looked and applied at a few universities in London.  What really made the difference was, whereas I didn’t hear anything from the London universities  once I had expressed an interest, Glasgow remained in constant contact with me, sending me regular updates on the programme and information on why I should study there. This helped give me the impression that they were committed to gaining me as a student, and in turn, if I decided to accept their offer, would be committed to giving me the best possible education. 

Like many people who end up in real estate it seems, my interest in the subject stems from an undergraduate degree in human geography. I focussed on disadvantaged neighbourhoods and the  efforts made to address their social and economic challenges, which drew me towards the ‘regeneration’ aspect of the programme. 

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Though initially sparked by my undergraduate degree, my interest in real estate was made more concrete, however, by two Internships with Savills in London. Indeed, I would recommend to anyone unsure whether or not to take the programme to pursue such an Internship, even if it’s just for a few weeks.  Not only will it look great on your CV, but it’s also surprising just how much you can learn over such a short space of time in the industry.  Personally, it convinced me that a career in real estate was the right way forward, and so led directly to me taking this programme of study. 

I think one of the things the programme does very successfully is provide you with a holistic understanding of real estate and its overall significance to society in an everyday context.  Thus, where people I have spoken on other real estate programmes had the core processes, competencies and techniques ingrained into them, we got the opportunity to also understand why they were being applied.  I think this makes for far more well-rounded practitioners who don’t lose sight of their overall role or value they can potentially bring. 

Another positive feature of the programme is the high staff-to-student ratio, which enabled you to really get to know your lecturers and supervisors. In turn, it seemed as though the staff had a genuine interest in providing you with a high-quality education. I think this was especially important during the dissertation process and I felt in very capable hands with a supervisor willing to give me a great deal of his time, continually offering very sound advice. 

I can’t really recommend Glasgow highly enough.  Having studied in Edinburgh, I had been before, but only for a few short stays.  I was surprised by how different to Edinburgh it is. It’s much bigger, much busier, and I would say there is a lot more to see and do.  Despite its size, though, most students tend to live in very close proximity, so you get the best of both worlds – a place with a lot going on and a place where the majority of your friends still live within walking distance.  

In addition, make the effort to get to know your course mates, as you will be spending a lot of time in their company.  Personally, I came to Glasgow knowing just a couple of people, and left with a network of friends not just in the city, but dotted in various places around the world. During the programme, especially in the harder weeks, I think it was vital to be able to draw on the mutual support of that friendship group.

Overall, I would certainly recommend both the course and the city to anyone thinking of doing a postgraduate degree.  Although there were weeks where the workload was tough and the deadlines were demanding, I look back on the year with a great fondness and many happy memories. 

I am now employed as the Business Development Manager of a property brokerage based in Singapore, working with clients who wish to invest in real estate overseas. Therefore, the competencies I developed during the programme are relevant to me on a daily basis.  In particular, the ‘Real estate markets’ course has proved to be vital, and I now apply the market fundamentals learned to assess the credentials of global property, including in the UK, USA, Australia and throughout Asia, subsequently creating an investment strategy to assist clients with their purchases.’

Stacey Somerville (2010-11)

Stacey Somerville'I was working in Commercial Property Management and in order for me to undertake my RICS, I required a degree in Property and the Masters in Real Estate and Regeneration was the best solution. I chose the University of Glasgow as it is a recognised institution with a great reputation - great to have on your CV.  The course was flexible and fitted in with me working full time.

The programmeis varied and provides you with a full scope of different career options within the property sector. The classes had a number of international students and therefore I came to understand how property works overseas.  One of the things I liked best was the course work provided you with opportunities to explore how the theory works in practice. I enjoyed meeting new friends - the surrounding bars and restaurants allowed us to socialise with other students.

The programme allowed me to go on and complete my RICS and gain promotion.'

Accreditations

Professional accreditation is important because it means that graduates need complete only the Assessment of Professional Competence for the relevant profession in order to obtain chartered status as MRICS and/or MRTPI.

We are pleased to announce that this programme is professionally accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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Entry requirements

for entry in 2015

You should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant degree. Students will be considered from a variety of backgrounds such as social sciences, arts and humanities in addition to more quantitative subjects (e.g. engineering and maths).  Applicants with a lower second Honours degree may be accepted, if warranted by strong references and/or relevant work experience.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2015-16 (subject to change and for guidance only)

MSc

Home and EU
Full time fee£7000
Part time 20 credits£778
International
Full time fee£14500

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

As a graduate you will be in possession of an MSc degree recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and can develop your career as a chartered surveyor. Opportunities exist in property developers, housebuilders, local authorities, real estate agencies and consultancies, regeneration and development agencies and the civil service.

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk. See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU) 24 July 2015
  • UK and EU applications 28 August 2015
    (with the exception of those programmes offering SFC funded places)

Classes start September 2015 for most programmes and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

Please note: applications for SFC funded places are open for entry in September 2015.

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