MSc Real Estate Management - University of Portsmouth

Real Estate Management

Part Time2yrs

Full Time 1yr

An accredited and hands-on course leading to Chartered Surveyor status

Course Overview

Why take this course?

This is a unique and progressive course in that it is specifically aimed at students interested in management careers related to land, property and the built and natural environments. We are one of the longest established Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)-accredited centres in the world and our aim is to develop graduates with integrative skills for managing diverse objectives, interdisciplinary topics and teams of professionals.

The management programme you will undertake is designed to teach you to merge the offerings of a wide spectrum of the different professions so that you can deliver more effective and efficient solutions. You will benefit from studying in the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, where sustainability is a central ethos. 

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Visit sites, study locally based case studies and undertake ‘real-life’ community practice projects that will introduce you to various facets of integrative real estate management
  • Attend and contribute to current debates by a range of visiting guest speakers
  • Gain a solid understanding of contemporary issues in the real estate sector 

What opportunities might it lead to?

RICS accredited professionals who can offer interdisciplinary management skills related to land, property and built and natural environments are increasingly sought after because these abilities are important, high-value business assets. Many of our graduates now hold senior positions in industry and the quality of this management course has been recognised by both the property profession and the national press.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • property development
  • planning permissions
  • valuation
  • building methods
  • project management
  • consultancy


Robert Leslie, MSc Real Estate Management student

I've really enjoyed the excellent sessions by visiting lecturers from different areas of the industry, which have brought the real world into the classroom.

Robert Leslie, MSc Real Estate Management student

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Structure & Teaching

You will be taught by staff from a wide range of professional practice including chartered surveyors, architects, civil engineers, economists, town planners, lawyers and environmentalists. Their hands-on experience is reflected in the modern, progressive and diverse nature of this course which provides you with a flexible degree programme that allows you to tailor the course to your own interests, whilst acquiring a range of skills and experiences that will be of direct benefit in the workplace.

The first part of the management course (October to May) requires you to study a number of themes central to real estate, property development and the built and natural environments. The second part of the course (completed the following Summer) is an independent dissertation / project, in a subject of your choice, that requires you to demonstrate an integrative approach. Some of the themes that you will study include:

  • Integrative Management Ethos and Professional Practice
  • Real Estate and Property Economics
  • Legal and Regulatory Environment of Real Estate
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Real Estate Valuation
  • Portfolio and Estate Management
  • Building Futures
  • Integrating Property Development Project (Community Practice Project)
  • Teamwork, Behaviour and Team Building
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Teaching and Assessment

Learning environments based on employability are central to this management course and will provide you with valuable skills and experiences through activities such as teamwork, presentations and professional report writing. Approaches to learning include site visits, fieldwork and other hands-on activities as well as guest speakers, teaching salons, studios and seminars. All teaching approaches are supported by online resources including electronic tutor-prepared study guides. 

How are you assessed?

This course is assessed in a variety of progressive ways including coursework, group work and presentations alongside the more traditional forms of assessment such as exams. You will also be expected to complete a dissertation or project, in a subject of your own choice, which will be developed and conducted with the advice and guidance of a personal tutor.

Tutor's view


Dr Tim Whitehead
Course Leader, Real Estate Management

There are sound reasons why students should choose Portsmouth’s course over others. First, there is a need today for integrative, value-added approaches to the built and natural environments and this course is designed to produce RICS accredited professionals who can offer the interprofessional management skills that are increasingly sought after. Second, I am also amazed at the number and range of employment contacts our academic staff have.

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Facilities & Features

Guest Speakers

We organise a stimulating real estate management lecture series giving you the chance to attend and contribute to topical debates that surround emerging property and business issues. Delivered by specially invited professional practitioners, the lecture series provides an opportunity for business updates and a first-hand perspective on both local and international property environments.

Maths Café

Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

Other costs to consider

We provide you with hard hats and Hi-Vis vests. However, you will need to buy your own safety boots which cost approximately £35.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

We have very strong links with a wide range of professionals working in real estate and property development and have been offering RICS accredited degree courses for over 35 years. Graduates of this course are very highly regarded and sought-after because the course provides the employability skills and knowledge for a wide range of professional roles in real estate, property development and the environment, both in the UK and internationally.

Importantly, this real estate management course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which offers an extraordinarily wide range of career opportunities related to land, property and the built and natural environments. Details of the profession can be read on the RICS website.

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.

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Booking will open soon but in the meantime, watch our Postgrad Live series to hear from our staff and students about what it's like studying at Portsmouth. 

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