Approach

The REPR MSc Programmes are grounded in the strong belief that graduates can make a real and positive difference to the social, environmental and economic welfare of towns and cities if their education both enables them to become reflective and effective practitioners and is based on a thorough understanding of how urban areas function and develop as real estate markets interact with government processes.

We thus place a strong emphasis on encouraging students to think strategically and to challenge conventional wisdom by testing out new ideas and innovative concepts. Each student is advised individually on the particular options, degree and research project that best suits their intended career path.

The programmes take an explicit social science approach to real estate, planning and regeneration, in which we seek to explain how the market and policy decisions that shape towns, cities and regions are framed within a social, economic, political and legal context. This means that we aim to integrate relevant perspectives from such disciplines as economics, geography, law, politics and sociology in helping students to understand how people, businesses and governments relate to urban space and place and how this can be influenced by real estate, planning or regeneration strategies.

Locationally, the programmes seek to exploit the tremendous potential of Glasgow, its region and urban Scotland as a ready-made laboratory for real estate, planning and regeneration studies. This takes deliberate advantage of Scotland's place as a springboard to urban sustainability issues worldwide, while not containing students' horizons to a narrow Scottish agenda. Indeed, the strategic emphasis of the programme will appeal to students from across the UK and EU as well as attracting those from countries overseas whose urban experience suggests they could benefit from studying real estate and planning in a European context. Its structure and content are designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the core principles and competences that are essential for real estate, planning and regeneration professionals operating in developing, as well as established, real estate markets throughout the world. 

The programmes also recognise that established professional boundaries are breaking down and that graduates can no longer expect a rewarding and fulfilling career by retreating behind the apparent safety of clearly demarcated areas of professional knowledge. They are therefore designed to surmount barriers between real estate, planning and regeneration by creating a common learning base, promoting transferable skills that cross spatial and professional boundaries, and allowing students the opportunity to seek dual professional accreditation, if they so wish.