Masters Degree in Real Estate PgCert/PgDip/MSc

MSc Property Development

1. Overview

This course will enhance your property development skills and knowledge, thus helping you to pursue a career as a property developer. It aims to provide a greater understanding of the development process, and correspondingly adds depth to the understanding of the broad economic and business context within which the industry operates.

Course material has a strong commercial focus and a practical orientation, and provides you with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to formulate and evaluate development proposals, and to finance and manage the development process.

The course is appropriate if you wish to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the subject and seek the skills to engage in development activities.

2. What you will study

3. How you will learn

Our supported distance learning mode of delivery allows you to study online from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments. You will be taught and supported by experienced industry professionals who will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses for those studying at a distance.

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers students flexibility of where and when they can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. Students have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides students with lectures and course materials and it also includes:

  • Virtual tutorials
  • Live chat
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material
  • Access to our online library

As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process. If you would like to find out more about our online learning environment get in touch to access our pre-enrolment Campus Moodle area where you will be able to see how the system works and take a look at sample teaching materials.

4. Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a degree from any subject, not necessarily related to a Built Environment or Engineering background.

Applicants who do not hold an honours degree but who have relevant professional membership of a recognised professional body or relevant industry experience, will normally be considered favourably for recruitment subject to interview.

For international students 6.5 IELTS or its equivalent in TOEFL is required.

English Language Requirements

5. Placements and accreditations

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). The course is also accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and can lead to full corporate membership after completion of the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

6. Student Funding


Applicants to this course may be eligible for a Merit Scholarship. More information can be found on the Architecture, Construction & Surveying Merit Scholarships page.

Payment Plan – Distance Learning

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

  • £2,215 Stage 1
  • £2,215 Stage 2
  • £1,470 Stage 3

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

  • £2,100 Stage 1
  • £2,100 Stage 2
  • £1,400 Stage 3

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

  • £2,025 Stage 1
  • £2,025 Stage 2
  • £1,350 Stage 3

For Academic Year 2011/2012

All Students

  • £1,970 Stage 1
  • £1,970 Stage 2
  • £1,315 MSc Dissertation stage

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

Applications for admission to taught postgraduate courses should be made online directly to the University's Admissions Office at

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:

9. Prospects

Those completing this course have the opportunity to work in commercial roles within the building environment, either working privately and undertaking development projects or working within a large structure.  

10. Assessment

All our Modules on this MSc course are assessed entirely by coursework. The main assessment is normally by means of one significant piece of integrative coursework (which may include a combination of individual and group work) which would be submitted electronically via the Moodle Dropbox facility. This coursework will be graded in accordance with our procedures.

In addition to this significant piece of coursework, you will be asked to undertake a minimum of 2 activities or tests within the teaching programme which will be short concise submissions as determined by the Module tutors; these will be graded pass/fail but you must pass these short activities in order to be awarded the Module credits.

11. Meet your course leader

Amar is the course leader for Property Development, his full profile can be found here

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Start date
September or January
Course length
3 years
Mode of Attendance
Distance Learning
Academic school
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment
Accredited By
RICS Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  1. Rayan Abdul Jabbar

    Rayan Abdul Jabbar - Property Development

    The broad variety of skills and attributes Rayan gained from the course at RGU helped him to understand the process of design, construction; environmental design, client needs and market trends.

    Rayan Abdul Jabbar Masters Degree in Real Estate PgCert/PgDip/MSc

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