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ricsMSc Real Estate Planning and Development

Overview

This 12 month course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and focuses on providing you with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in this important area of surveying.

It combines both property valuation/management knowledge with skills in planning and regeneration to allow you to gain a full perspective not only on the physical aspects of the built environment, but the social and environmental aspects as well. It is aimed at students from a wide-range of backgrounds, who wish to specialise in this important and growing area.

You will be taught by dedicated staff, experienced in academic and professional real estate practice. They will help you to gain knowledge of this complex and inter-disciplinary area, allowing you to understand its functioning by blending theoretical concepts with practical issues, to challenge and drive forward the profession.

Course Structure

Please note, this is an indicative selection of our option modules and availability varies each year.

Autumn Semester

The focus of the first semester is on the acquisition and understanding of core knowledge and skills. Details of the individual modules to be taken by students are set out below:

TRP625 Applied Real Estate Valuation (15 credits)

This provides you with an introduction to the principles underlying real estate valuation and covers the different methods of valuation. It provides an appreciation of the professional requirements of valuation and valuation report writing as defined by the RICS and, further, the importance of professional rules of conduct and the complexities of dealing with difficult situations in an ethically appropriate and defensible manner.

TRP6410 Real Estate Economics (15 credits)

This module sets out and explores the economic characteristics of real estate and the way in which these impact on the structure and operation of property markets. The use, development and investment sectors of the market and their interactions are covered and real estate within the local, regional and macro economies and real estate cycles are investigated.

TRP6404 Research Methods (15 credits)

Develops your core skills essential to undertaking and understanding research across different relevant fields within real estate. Includes grounding in quantitative and qualitative research methods as well as helping understand the types of research carried out and used in professional practice.

TRP6401 Spatial Planning System (15 credits)

The nature of spatial planning is explored in this module, including the development, mechanisms and effectiveness of spatial planning systems at different scales (from UK, European and other international perspectives). The political structures and processes in which spatial planning systems are embedded to enable you to develop a sound appreciation of the structures within which a planning and development surveyor operates.

Spring Semester

The second semester focuses on the development, application and integration of knowledge and skills. Students will take the following module:

TRP6427 Integrated Project for Real Estate Planning and Development (30 credits)

This module explores some of the basic concepts of valuation introduced in the Autumn Semester and critically evaluates their use and the consequent optimality of professional practice. Focusing on the residual method of valuation and through the development of skills in bespoke spreadsheet analysis, students develop skills in critical thinking and the ability to suggest and apply appropriate solutions to client-based problem-solving. The module builds further on broader skills and knowledge introduced in the Autumn Semester, exploring issues and concepts within the regulatory context provided by planning law in decision-making.

The project consists of two elements:

Real Estate Development

Covers the development process; the structure and behaviour of the development industry; development appraisal and its application in practice; forms of and access to development finance; the influence of the planning system on property development and investment

Planning Law

Covers the legal basis for town planning in Britain; the arrangements for the control of development within the planning system; policy attitudes to the system and the effect of policy and legislative change; environmental assessment; the concept of planning gain.

AND

A choice of two option modules (15 credits each) from:

TRP617 Sustainable Development: A Critical Investigation
TRP618 Transport Planning
TRP621 Advanced GIS Methods
TRP6211 Issues in Housing*
TRP624 International Real Estate Market Analysis
TRP627 GIS for Built Environment Professionals
TRP6416 Investment Valuation
TRP6421 Law of Business Leases

*This module has been validated by The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and counts as credit towards Chartered membership (CIHCM).

Summer

TRP6406 Dissertation (60 credits)

The Dissertation runs throughout the whole academic year, with the main part of the work culminating in the summer. The Dissertation focuses on the development of specialist knowledge and high level research skills in an area of your choice to reflect your interests. It is a substantial, planned programme of research that help you to develop your employability skills to a high level, to include: transferable business skills; research skills; and specialist knowledge and understanding of a selected subject area. Prepared under the individual guidance and supervision of a member of staff.

Work Experience

Many of our students also undertake work experience during their course.

Find out more

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of changes the University will consult and inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Admissions Criteria

All applications are treated individually. The usual entry requirement is a 2:1 degree or evidence of equivalent achievement (for example, a professional qualification combined with work experience). Applications are also welcomed from candidates with a 2:2 degree, although evidence of relevant work experience or other activity is generally expected.

The programme is suitable for those from a wide range of backgrounds, including but not restricted to subject areas such as architecture, geography, urban studies, planning, economics, construction, law or other similar subjects, as well as non-cognate disciplines such as history, sciences and politics, for example.

English Language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

How to apply

The Department is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity in the application process and wishes to ensure a diversity of students on its courses. It therefore particularly welcomes applications from people from non-standard academic backgrounds, from people with relevant employment experience, from minority ethnic students, from women, from mature students and from disabled students.

Your masters is an investment in your future. It's a chance to capitalise on your talents and put yourself ahead in today's global careers market. It's also a chance to explore further, to discover more about the world and how you can help to make it better.


International Pathway Programmes

Our International College provides international students with pathway programmes for progression to degree study at the University.

Pre-Masters

Your Career

The development of skills, understanding and personal attributes that enhance your employability underpins our course design. The employability of our graduates is of paramount importance to us and we have our own dedicated Employability Manager, Amy Woolley.  We'll prepare you for employment after graduation. 

There are a number of Careers Fairs throughout the year, attended by a wide range of local, national and international employers offering a range of opportunities in areas such as:

  • Development and Asset Management
  • Valuation; Planning and Development
  • Estates Management
  • Strategy and Planning
  • Portfolio Management
  • Global Business Consulting
  • Corporate Real Estate
  • Development and Occupier Services
  • Project Management and Consultancy
  • Corporate Recovery

There are also Panel Discussions, where employers talk about how to secure your graduate job in a highly competitive market and recent graduates share their experiences of the recruitment process and working life. There are also opportunities to ask questions and to circulate and chat to employers informally.

The London field trip also gives students the opportunity to meet employers and recruitment specialists.

Work Experience

Work experience is a vital part of your learning, helping you to be sure of your chosen career path. Many employers offer work experience and the Summer Schemes offered by some are available before you begin the course. While we don't necessarily require you to have work experience to be offered a place on the course, we strongly recommend it and many employers see it as a requirement in the competitive job market. Work experience is offered by both large international firms and smaller employers alike.

Graduate Profiles

Graduate Destinations

Our graduates work with a wide range of real estate employers, including:

Some students also choose to pursue further study and we welcome enquiries about PhD study.

London Field Trip

Each year we run a field trip to London.

Meet employers and recruitment specialists

The field trip takes place in November, in the run up to the deadlines for job applications to the major industry employers. We meet Graduate Recruitment and HR representatives, to find out more about what it is like to work for them and to ask questions about the application process.

Contributors have included: JP Morgan, AEG Europe, Allsop, BNP Paribas, CBRE, Drivers Jonas Deloitte - tour of King's Cross Development Scheme, Fidelity Investments, Gerald Eve, Grosvenor, INVESCO, MSCI, KASPAR Associates, Land Securities, PPR (Property Portfolio Research, CoStar), PruPIM (Prudential Property Investment Managers), RBS, RICS, and Savills.

Learn valuable information from industry professionals

The field trip provides students with:

  • Access to senior figures able to help with the preparation of assignments and dissertations;
  • Exposure to industry practices and working environments;
  • Up-to-date information and the latest thinking by industry leaders;
  • First hand experience of the industry, vital in gaining competitive advantage in securing employment; and
  •  The opportunity to ask questions to people working in the industry.

The field trip for this year’s students included:

  • A visit to the offices of Gerald Eve where we had presentations from surveyors and HR representatives and got to chat to them informally over lunch.
  • A visit to Savills’ offices where we had presentations from HR and recent graduates. We also heard from commercial research analysts about the London office, retail and residential markets, offering a really useful insight for assignments and dissertations. A Q&A session gave students the opportunity to find out more about work and areas that they were interested in and what it would be like to work for Savills.
  • Insights into alternative and innovative approaches to investment risk management with M&G Real Estate in their city centre offices.
  • A visit to the offices of MSCI. There we learned about the intricate and detailed property and portfolio analysis carried out by MSCI and heard useful insights into market performance trends and forecasts for the future. This data analysis was incredibly useful for informing coursework and dissertation topics.
  • Lunch at JP Morgan’s city offices, where we heard about investment strategies, development finance and valuation that covered a huge range of crucial issues in today’s market. We also got to hear from the Chair for the Society of Property Researchers, giving us another chance to find out information and ask questions for coursework, dissertation topics and future career paths.
  • A guided tour of the Kings Cross Redevelopment Project by Argent LLP, where the new Google UK headquarters will be based. After that, we headed back to their offices, where we received first hand insights into the planning and development issues that have faced the project team since its initial inception.

Please note, although all accommodation and some food costs are covered, students are required to cover travel costs to and from London, as well as travel around the city.