University of the West of England, Bristol

Real Estate Finance and Investment (Distance Learning) - MSc

University of the West of England, Bristol
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Typology Postgraduate
Location Bristol
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The MSc Real Estate Finance and Investment (Distance learning) concentrates on the financing and investment of property but also provides an overview of surveying and property issues. It leads to a career in surveying a well-respected profession with excellent earning potential and the opportunity to work anywhere in the world.
This course gives graduates of a non-associated degree a set of transferable skills that make you highly sought after in the job market, and provide the core technical knowledge and skills required for Chartered RICS membership. As a student on this course, you will be able to gain free student membership of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Investment Property Forum (IPF).
Tailored to enhance your employment opportunities
You are mainly taught online, but please note you're required to attend a one-week block of teaching at UWE Bristol during your second year. There is a wealth of teaching support to gain an advanced understanding of concepts in real estate finance and investment, supported by an exploration of valuation, appraisal, development and management. You will also learn how to apply theory to the real world, so you can pursue and develop your career in real estate. You'll also develop master's level research and analysis skills and complete a dissertation in a specific area of interest.
Your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) with RICS begins as soon as you are in relevant employment. It's the fastest route to RICS chartered status for graduates in other disciplines you could achieve your APC within three years (or less if you have existing professional experience). The course is so well-regarded in the industry that we're regularly approached by employers who want our graduates to come and work for them. And, as the course is developed with our partner employers, you can be sure we produce graduates of the calibre they wish to employ.

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Bristol (Avon)
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Coldharbour Lane, BS16 1QY


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Professional accreditation This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This means, once you have completed a period of qualifying practice in employment (usually 2 years) and finished your degree, you can take the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). If successful, you will become a fully qualified Chartered Surveyor. Study facilities UWE Bristol has invested significantly in online resources to support your study. We use the 'Blackboard Collaborate' online platform to deliver an integrated learning experience to you and you also have...

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What you'll learn on the course

Real Estate
IT Law
Property Investment

Course programme


With an online course you have the flexibility to fit your studies around personal and professional commitments and have access to our learning resources at any time, from anywhere in the world. Studying while you work provides valuable opportunities to apply what you have learnt directly to your role. We use the latest developments in online learning technology to make your distance learning experience as effective and rewarding as our traditionally taught courses.

You'll have access to over 100 hours of recorded lectures from leading academics in the real estate industry. And, as UWE Bristol is the largest university in the UK for degrees related to the built environment, you'll share in our success. This success comes from the importance we place on student contact through seminars and lectures. To replicate that experience for you as distance learning students, we've created an archive of lectures specifically for this degree, all accessible to you through our virtual learning platform.

Here are some examples:

  • Introduction to Property Appraisal: Review
  • Property Development Economics: Introduction to Valuation & Appraisal
  • Property Development: Contaminated Land
  • Property Investment Management: Property as Investment

Alongside these recorded lectures, you'll be able to attend regular live online webinar workshops via our Blackboard Collaborate. This comprehensive learning platform provides all your course content, and puts you in contact with your tutor and fellow students, so you're able to keep in constant touch with each other. If the time of the webinar isn't convenient you can easily view them as recordings at a time that suits.

The virtual learning platform allows you to:

  • Make video contact with your tutor
  • Participate in discussion groups
  • Access the UWE library and other resources
  • Get study and technical support
  • Submit coursework
  • Contact other students

The course comprises 180 credits 120 taught and a further 60 for the dissertation.

  • Real Estate Economics and Valuations - Develops your skills at reading property markets and understanding the related data and explores different methods of valuation.
  • Strategic Estate Management - Examines the role property plays in the economy, organisations and communities; the importance of a strategic approach to managing property; aligning real estate and business strategies; and the value property and facilities management can add to an organisation.
  • Real Estate Law - Covers the basic principles of real estate law, and explores in further detail the law in areas best suited to your ambitions.
  • Real Estate Investment and Development - An in-depth look at the key areas of commercial real estate investment at portfolio level, and innovations in real estate investment, and the financial, fiscal, planning and other regulatory issues when creating residential and commercial property.
  • Real Estate Finance and Investment - Created and delivered by industry partners leading property investment management firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) and the Royal Bank of Scotland this module uses case studies to discuss property in terms of investment, and discusses the financial instruments you can use to meet strategic objectives. Taught in a one-week block, so you'll need to attend the University.


This personal research project of 12,000 to 14,000 words is usually linked to an aspect of real estate that has a specific professional application or is of personal interest to you.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The experienced academics that teach this course are also accomplished professionals with many years in professional practice or research roles. Their knowledge and experience feeds straight into the course content along with the latest academic and business developments.

Teaching methods vary depending on the module. As with the traditionally delivered courses, lectures (recorded), project work and tutorials (delivered as online 'webinars') play a part.

For more details see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Study time

Part-time: September start: 26 months. January start: 27 months

You should spend a minimum of 14 hours a week studying. Students in suitable employment will also spend a further five hours a week in the workplace on Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)-related activities.

The taught portion of the programme is delivered over four semesters; each year the first Semester starts in September and ends in December with an assessment period in January, the second runs from January to April with an assessment period in May. You can start in either semester.

There is a requirement to attend for a one week block in year two.


We assess your work through a variety of coursework assignments, including essays, reports, surveys and presentations. We also encourage you to do 'formative work' to prepare for assessment. This does not count towards final marks, but the feedback you receive helps improve your performance.

For the dissertation you'll complete a 12,000 to 14,000-word research project.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

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