University of Glasgow: International Real Estate and Management

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Social and Political Sciences View department profile
Study type Taught


This programme provides you with a detailed understanding of the global real estate industry and modern business principles, techniques and contextual conditions. The programme is tailored for those who anticipate a career with international professional real estate service advisers or corporate real estate management.

**Academic contact:
Admissions enquiries:
September start
MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time : up to 60 months on modular basis**


If you want to establish a career as a chartered surveyor, primarily as a member of the Management Consultancy Professional Group of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), this programme is designed for you.

You will understand how real estate can support the core activities of any organisation and enable you to make informed financial decisions through the application of real estate valuation and appraisal techniques.

There is significant input from industry in shaping our programme, including teaching on some courses, guest lectures and seminars. There are also informal opportunities to meet people from industry at open events and recruitment presentations. We will also support you in arranging professional work placements.

The programme is professionally accredited by the RICS.

An optional field trip to London will provide you with an insight into the complex socio-economic dynamics of city building and design through visits to high profile real estate, planning and regeneration projects. You will have the opportunity to both meet and speak with senior industry professionals and policy-makers involved in the delivery of major urban developments. Past trips have included visits to The Shard, Olympic Park, Crossrail, Battersea Power Station.


You will take a series of core courses and optional courses, and undertake a dissertation in real estate. Core courses in semester 1 are multi-disciplinary in nature and use lectures, seminars, tutorials and cases studies to focus on urban development and management theories, principles and policies. These are necessary for you to build a thorough understanding of how urban areas function and organisations make decisions. In addition, you will gain an appreciation of real estate values, and apply valuation and appraisal principles and techniques in practice-based activities. In semester 2, you will develop your understanding of how real estate markets operate. Activities and assessments, field and team work, in addition to project and IT lab skills will further develop your core real estate and management skills.

**Core courses**
- Development appraisal for real estate surveyors

- Development process

- International real estate analysis

- Managing strategic change

- Professional practice, ethics and management

- Project management

- Real estate valuation and appraisal

- Real estate markets

- Strategic real estate management

- Urban studies researching and the dissertation.

**Optional courses may include**
- Advanced real estate valuation and appraisal

- Marketing management

- Operations management

- Principles and application of GIS

- Real estate finance and investment.

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

There is a high demand for corporate real estate managers who can act on their own initiative, make decisive financial decisions, show leadership potential and adapt to changing circumstances. As a graduate of this programme, these are the kind of attributes we would expect you to possess.


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The University of Glasgow’s School of Social & Political Sciences links core social science disciplines to deliver high-quality teaching and cutting-edge research. We offer a wide variety of programmes for those interested in the development and impact of economies and societies globally.

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. The University has a history of changing the world and the School of Social & Political Sciences is committed to nurturing the people who make it happen.

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