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International real estate is a fast paced industry where you’ll be expected to use your decision-making, problem solving and negotiation skills to ensure the smooth running of properties globally. Clients include multinational corporations and residential property owners all over the world.

On this commercially orientated course you will network with industry contacts and learn from sector experts through live projects and field trips. You will benefit from the professional knowledge and experience of RICS chartered lecturers as you develop the skills to acquire, develop, manage, value and dispose of property and land for clients across the globe.

With a long history, well established links in the property industry excellent graduate employment (DLHE Survey 2014), this RICS-accredited MSc is perfectly placed to help launch your career.

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Course Information

Level of Study

Mode of Study
1 year full-time
1 other options available

Architecture and Built Environment

City Campus, Northumbria University


September 2019

Fee Information

Module Information

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Designed to incorporate theoretical learning into practical scenarios wherever possible, this postgraduate degree develops the skills you will need to succeed in the rapidly evolving international property market. You will have many opportunities to engage with industry through project work, real world case studies, study visits, problem solving tasks, plus an opportunity to spend three days on site.

Internationally focused modules cover key concepts in real estate. They include planning and development, property valuation, investment, management, sustainability and legal processes. Some modules are assessed via traditional assignments and project reports, but where appropriate we use methods relevant to industry such as presentations, report-writing and mock client meetings. The course culminates in a 20,000 word dissertation in a related specialist area of your choice. There are no examinations for this course.

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You will learn in a vibrant and dynamic environment, supported by a team of research-active academics whose diverse backgrounds in the sector span planning and development surveying, the Civil Service, research in the Centre for Regional Economic Development, commercial property market analysis and international heritage consultancy.

Lecturers balance their teaching and research with external industry-related projects and they use this knowledge to inform your learning. This approach creates a research-rich, practice-based environment which will develop your critical abilities, problem solving skills and lay a firm foundation for a career in the property industry.

Our strong links with industry give you the opportunity to work on live projects as part of your course. We also invite industry professionals to deliver guest lectures and share their experiences. Learn from RICS chartered lecturers with extensive professional experience.

Teaching Staff / Profiles

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You’ll find the latest technologies to support you in our specialist laboratories and studios. You will also benefit from dedicated project space and study areas for group and individual work.

The programme team have developed a coherent approach to technology enabled learning (TEL) which you can use on and off campus. This includes specialist software and online access to module information, key texts, podcasts and a range of teaching-related materials to support active learning.


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We take a research-led approach to all aspects of teaching. As practicing researchers, our lecturers pass on the latest techniques from their ongoing work to ensure your learning is current and relevant.

We are a top 30 research department, with 50% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK wide Research Excellence Framework (REF2014, UoA16) and the department is ranked 21st in the UK for the reach and significance of our research impact. This means we are well placed to support you to develop your own research skills.

Specialist research includes the mechanics of regeneration, office to residential conversions, sub-national development, urban land economics, sustainable urban development, commercial and industrial property market modelling, redevelopment of brownfield land and property development appraisal.


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You will graduate from this RICS-accredited course with all of the academic requirements for graduate membership, ready to undertake the two years’ professional experience you need to become fully chartered.

We have long established relationships with employers in both national and international organisations, including Cushman & Wakefield, CBRE, JLL, Savills, Knight Frank and GVA. Working with these employers throughout your course will give you invaluable sector knowledge and connections that could benefit your career enormously.

You will also have the opportunity to network with industry professionals through organisations such as the RICS Matrics who run networking events for students and recently qualified and graduate surveyors.

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Current skills shortages in the sector mean that real estate graduates are in demand. With the Northumbria MSc, personal development is considered as important as academic progress which means you enter the job market with awareness of critical evaluation, problem solving, negotiation, communication and decision-making; essential for effective collaboration with clients and associates. As a result, prospects for Northumbria graduates are excellent.

Our graduates work for corporate financial institutions, government organisations, multinationals and private clients all over the world in roles such as surveying, investment, property valuation, planning and development, and property management.

Current Students / Profiles

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Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree.

International qualifications

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit

English Language requirements

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £9,000

Full EU Fee: £9,000

Full International Fee: £15,000


There are no Additional Costs

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However, there are some courses where the application method is not directly to the University. These are:


Postgraduate Research
If you wish to apply for postgraduate research then please submit a research enquiry.

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Whilst most of our courses do not set an exact deadline for applications, you are advised to apply early to secure your place and organise any sponsorship or funding. Overseas students should submit applications to us by no later than 31 July for courses starting in early September or 1 December for courses that commence in January. This allows sufficient time to process our decision, for you to obtain visas and to organise your accommodation and travel arrangements.

Graduate Teacher Training Courses
Equal consideration is given to all applications received by UCAS Teacher Training by the main application deadline, details of all deadlines can be found on the UTT website.

Law professional courses
For details about the selection and allocation process for the full-time Law Professional courses please see the relevant website. For the Legal Practice Course (LPC)/Common Professional Examination and the Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE/GDL) courses, and for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC and BPTC LLM)

 Master of Fine Art (MFA)

Master of Fine Art (MFA) We encourage all applications to the MFA programme for entry in September 2017 to apply prior to our guaranteed application review date of 1st June 2017. After this date, we will review applications subject to there being remaining spaces on the programme.


Decision Making Process

Most courses require at least one reference, but some may need two. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure Northumbria receives a satisfactory academic reference. If you have not been in education for a number of years, then a reference from your employer may be acceptable.

We try to reply to applicants as soon as possible but you should receive a response within 10 working days, and this will be one of the following.

  • Conditional offer which will normally be upon the completion of your undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification and achieving a particular classification or grade. You will be required to send us a confirmation that you have passed your current degree course as soon as you receive notification to enable us to confirm your offer. 
  • Unconditional offer is made if you have already met the entry requirements of your chosen course 
  • Reject your application 

You will be asked to confirm your acceptance in writing of any offer made.

Fairness and Transparency
The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

Tuition Fee Assessment
Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process 

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening
Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire. They may be required to attend for doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning their programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from their own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, they may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background
To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled 'Criminal Convictions'. You must disclose any criminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet 'How to Apply'. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must inform the university immediately. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks
Please note that the University follows anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.


Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
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Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
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International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
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Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

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The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

Modules Overview 2019/20


Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA7009 -

Commercial Property Valuation (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the valuation of commercial property and develop a systematic understanding of the valuation process so that you are able to evaluate the valuation methods available and use them in complex situations, undertake valuations for commercial property for a variety of purposes and critically appraise their outcomes in accordance with latest academic and practice based research.

Within Commercial Property Valuation you will study a range of topics including:-

• The valuation process and the role of a valuer
• Analysis of market data and its application to valuation
• Valuation methodology and applying to different scenarios
• Secured lending valuation
• RICS reporting and advising clients
• Asset valuation
• Statutory valuation
• Modern methods of valuation and appraisal
• Using IT software for Real Estate appraisal

Throughout this module you will develop academic and professional skills relating to the use and analysis of data, understand real estate markets and the impact on appraisal, effective communication and be able to advice clients/stakeholders in accordance with RICS governance.

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KA7010 -

Property Markets, Investment and Finance (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about and examine the global economics of real property in the context of markets, cities, investment and finance. The module aims to evaluate concepts of global property market economics, investment and finance and analyse their application to inter-related markets in real estate. These will include the behaviour of occupiers, investors, financiers, developers and contractors. You will be introduced to a range of economic principles relevant to global commercial real estate markets, and develop an understanding of real estate investment finance. You will appraise global real estate investment assets and their performance from the perspective of a range of stakeholders and investor types. The module will enable you to recognise the crucial role of the investment sub-market within the wider property market, and how it influences real estate activity, development, and values.
Indicative syllabus
• Global Real estate markets and interaction with the economy
• Property cycles and demographics
• Urbanisation and the future city
• Lives of buildings, occupier markets and new ways of working
• Real estate investment markets
• New property technology and market disruption
• Infrastructure and real estate
• Regulating property markets
• Real estate investment yields, measuring returns and risk
• Real estate compared to other investment asset classes
• International investment and capital markets
• Financialisation
• Direct and indirect real estate investment vehicles
• Real estate portfolio diversification and Modern Portfolio Theory
• Real estate finance, real estate as collateral for debt
• The features of property secured lending and gearing effects
• Future trends in real estate investment and finance

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KA7032 -

Dissertation (Core,60 Credits)

In this module you will design and implement a substantive research based investigation in order to address a self-selected, authentic work based or professional/practice related problem within your discipline area. This student-led, independent study allows you to synthesize and apply previous learning and experience, and build upon existing academic, research and personal skills.

You will learn how to effectively engage with the research process in an applied context. Aspects will include:
• Application of appropriate research questions
• Critical evaluation of existing literature and other sources to develop conceptual and theoretical frameworks for analysis
• Critical awareness of research theory, approaches, methods and ethics, to inform effective research design
• Implementation of research in practice, including gathering empirical data
• Application of frameworks to provide an integrated critical analysis of theory and data to identify evidence based conclusions and recommendations
• Project management

You will develop your skills as autonomous, reflective learners in the process of completing the dissertation.

An in-depth and complex understanding of the chosen area of your professional discipline, and the skills developed in this module, will be demonstrated in a scholarly, academically rigorous dissertation. The advanced knowledge gained through original data collection and analysis, and theoretically informed critical evaluation, will have the potential to contribute to the relevant disciplinary community of practice.

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KA7035 -

Real Estate Concepts and Research Methods (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about some of the threshold concepts and key skills that are essential for Real Estate students to grasp before embarking on specialised property research and prepare and promote your employability as a graduate surveyor. The second half of the module is designed to develop your understanding, deployment and critical evaluation of research methods and to prepare you for conducting your own research project.

In the first semester you will undertake an initial project based on a building/site in Newcastle. The learning activities will include lectures to introduce key concepts; seminars to develop your understanding of these key concepts; workshops to apply your knowledge and practice skills; site visits to learn site inspection and measurement skills; guest speakers to provide insight to real estate markets. In the second semester you will learn about research methods and data analysis techniques in two hour workshop sessions in which a research resources will be signposted, research philosophies explored, data collection techniques evaluated and your own research skills and development reflected upon.

An indicative outline syllabus is as follows:
• Real Estate sectors and the role and professionalism of surveyors in global real estate markets
• Real Estate research and resources
• Property appraisal, professional report writing and presentation
• Individual skills audit and developing an action plan
• IT skills for Real Estate
• Philosophies of research and research ethics
• The research process: developing and implementing effective research strategies for data collection
• Quantitative and qualitative data analysis
• The reflective researcher: evaluating research processes and outcomes

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KA7038 -

International Real Estate Law & Practice (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the key areas of law which are relevant to the surveying profession and examine the nature of relationships between commercial landlords and tenants. You will compare and evaluate the different approaches that countries take to the same legal issues. You will also explore current methods utilised for the marketing of real estate. Topics include:

• Types of legal system, in particular, Common Law jurisdictions and Civil/Roman law
• Professional standards and the regulation of surveyors.
• Ownership of land.
• Land reform and compulsory purchase
• Third party and public rights affecting land.
• Rights, obligations and liabilities of land owners and occupiers.
• Contract law.
• Marketing of property and heads of terms.
• Laws affecting the work of surveyors, in particular professional negligence and regulations affecting the sale of land.
• The process of the sale of land.
• Commercial Property leases including key landlord and tenant obligations.
• Methods of adding value to real estate including re-gearing leases, rent reviews and tenant mix strategy
• Green Leases and Corporate Social Responsibility

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KA7039 -

International Urban Planning and Development (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the planning and development process in an international context focusing on the management of pre-construction decision-making and the evaluation of projects including planning, viability assessment and financial appraisal. The module aims to help you understand the complex social, economic and physical environment and market conditions within which real estate development take place around the globe, develop your knowledge of the management of the development process, acquisition of development sites and sources of finance for development and allow you to recognise the crucial role of the surveyor in the real estate development process.
You will be introduced to industry standard development appraisal software (Argus Developer), which you will use to produce a realistic appraisal of a mixed-use, brownfield development opportunity of your choosing.
Indicative syllabus:
• Planning and development process – international theory and practice
• Urban development, master-planning, place shaping, development control and management
• International Planning policies: case studies from around Europe, Asia, Australasia and the Americas
• Negotiating planning and viability: planning conditions, obligations and levies
• Development appraisal and viability modelling
• Site evaluation, acquisition and disposal
• Urban regeneration, renewal, heritage and conservation
• Real estate development finance and funding
• Construction procurement, project management and risk

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KA7040 -

Sustainable Construction and Technology (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn the fundamentals of construction technology in the context of a society’s aim of mitigating climate change. The syllabus includes the processes and technology of commercial and domestic construction, both current and of the recent past to equip graduates with the knowledge to manage the construction, maintenance and development of property assets. The importance of the environmental impact of materials and the use of life cycle costing to enhance sustainability will supplement the teaching of low carbon construction technology and energy sources.

Within each of these areas you will study a range of topics to support this:

• Construction technology
o The structural elements, finishes and services found in typical low rise domestic construction.
o The structural elements, finishes and services found in commercial and industrial property.
• Low carbon design
o Site selection and building orientation
o Passive low carbon design in the domestic and commercial field
o Water conservation
o Green roof and wall applications
o Sustainable urban drainage
• Renewable energy applications
o Photovoltaic applications
o Biomass heating
o Ground and air source heat pumps
o Solar water heating
o Wind energy

On completion of this module the knowledge and understanding acquired forms part of the broader contextual framework for the study of your academic programme.

You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to the use and evaluation of data; effective communication; self-direction and personal responsibility.

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KA7056 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home institution can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject area in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’.
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Discussing ethical issues in research, and analysing results.
• Describing bias and limitations of research.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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