MA Real Estate Planning and Development

Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Faculty of Social Sciences

Planning and investing in the spaces where we live and work has never been so important. An accredited MA from one of the UK's top planning schools can help you make a positive impact.

Our masters can prepare you for a rewarding career in planning, real estate, development and/or GIS.

As an introduction to the profession, an accredited MA from Sheffield is hard to beat. Our teaching and research are internationally recognised. Our graduates work all over the world.

We organise work placements with planning agencies. Professionals teach on our courses and collaborate with our students on projects. Each year for this course we run a field trip to London.

About the course

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

This course is designed to prepare you for a career in real estate. It provides graduate-level entry into the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Focusing on the challenges of new developments, it will enhance your understanding of real estate and its role in the wider economy.

There are lectures, seminars, computer workshops and tutorials. You'll take part in group work and exercises that simulate real-world challenges.

Your study will give you the analytical skills necessary for successful property investment, development and management. You'll also learn research skills and find out how research applies to real estate and real estate markets.

Core modules

Autumn semester:

  • Real Estate Economics
  • Spatial Planning Systems
  • Applied Real Estate Valuation
  • Research Methods

Spring semester:

  • Integrated Project specialising in Real Estate Development and Planning Law

Optional modules

These include:

  • International Market Analysis
  • Sustainable Development in Practice
  • Sustainable Development: a critical perspective
  • Issues in Housing
  • Investment Valuation
  • Law of Business Leases
  • Local and Regional Economic Policy


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Computer workshops
  • Tutorials


  • Coursework
  • Dissertation

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Town and Regional Planning student

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent qualification at undergraduate level and/or relevant practical experience.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your career

Sheffield graduates have the skills to make it to the top in their chosen professions. Our graduates work in planning, real estate and related professions with private sector planning and real estate consultants, local authorities, policy analysts and international development and design agencies.

About us

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) says that we're the best RTPI-accredited planning school in the UK - 85 per cent of our research is classed as 'world leading' 'internationally excellent' with 'outstanding impacts'.

How we teach

Nothing is more important to us than your career. We work closely with industry to make sure our courses are up-to-the-minute and relevant so you'll learn the skills you need to make it the top in your chosen profession.

You'll go on site visits and and take part in exercises that simulate real global challenges. We run field trips to London, Istanbul and Seoul. We also organise work placements with planning agencies.

Dr Cath Jackson, Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Our MA Real Estate Planning and Development offers a unique opportunity to combine thoughtful planning skills with practical financial application and help shape the built environment. It is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, enabling entry into a profession that is in demand around the world. Its diverse content encourages you to view developments holistically, while developing employability skills. Recent data show a 100% employment record in graduate surveying positions.

Dr Cath Jackson

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 6180