Why study this course?

If you’re looking to become a well-versed real estate surveyor, then look no further than our Real Estate MSc. Embarking on a career in property can be highly rewarding, offering plenty of exciting opportunities for you to explore.

Here at London Met, our School of the Built Environment has designed this conversion course to develop you into a top-level, highly-valued real estate professional, with the ability to tackle challenges head on. What’s more, you don’t need to have studied an undergraduate degree in real estate to apply, our MSc can be an entry route into this dynamic industry.

This MSc course will not only exercise your skills in communication and negotiation, but will also expand upon your business, critical thinking and technical skills. You’ll become an expert in all things real estate, from the development of commercial real estate, and valuation of commercial property, to acquisition, management and disposal of buildings across the globe.

Developed alongside industry partners, this course will ensure that you’re at the forefront of innovation and best practice. You’ll also gain invaluable experience on real-world projects and industry scenarios, engaging in authentic learning and assessment. You’ll have the chance to use industry standard technology and software, advancing your career prospects. All this while you study at our welcoming Holloway campus, with excellent transport links to the City and the West End.

More about this course

The market for qualified commercial real estate professionals is on the rise globally. Today’s organisations within the sector seek postgraduates with industry-focused degrees and the relevant skills to match. On completion of this MSc, you’ll be in a fantastic position to hit the ground running in your career.

Through visiting national and international organisations operating within the industry, you’ll be encouraged to step out of your comfort zone. You’ll discover first-hand the types of opportunities, challenges and excitement a career within the sector has to offer as you flourish into a next generation science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professional.

Our School of the Built Environment is committed to developing you into a highly employable postgraduate. All of our built environment courses are strategically embedded with career development skills, setting you apart from the competition.
You’ll study the design, financing, planning, construction and operation of organisations, products, infrastructure, buildings and places in which human activity takes place. You’ll learn the skills to contribute to a more accessible, usable and sustainable environment.

We have strong links with employers active in all aspects of the built environment and have involved them in the production of our curriculum design, career education and guidance provision. Teaching will be carried out by a combination of expert academics and practitioners to ensure that you graduate with the necessary skills sought by employers. This course has also been designed in line with the University’s Education for Social Justice Framework, so you’ll contribute towards the need for a diverse, socially aware, technologically able, global community of real estate professionals.
Our location within London provides us with unparalleled exposure to some of the UK and world’s most influential real estate organisations, multidisciplinary consultancies and industry professional bodies, which we collaborate with.

Right here, on our doorstep, we have major urban redevelopment projects and landmark buildings. You’ll take part in various projects, site visits, and guest lectures. In fact, working on live industry projects will inform your course assessment.

In addition, you’ll engage with real estate professionals involved in developing property, maintaining the value of property and acquiring and disposing of property.


Our assessment style promotes accessibility, inclusion, decolonisation, and diversification. The aim of this format is to aid your critical thinking and increase your self awareness on matters around diversity, nationality, ethnicity and culture. We’ll also emphasise the impact that these issues can have on the real estate industry.

This assessment style is achieved twofold:

  • Case study analysis – by reviewing case studies from across the globe, you’ll stay ahead of the curve, reflecting on the challenges that real estate surveyors face when working in and with different countries and cultures.
  • Project choices – you’ll have the benefit of project choice, allowing you to choose where around the world you would like your project to be located. This format is perfect for incorporating lived experiences and personalisation into projects.

This course also offers a range of assignment methods. Assessment of your modules will rely on various assessment types. Though assessments are mainly coursework based, some modules have been designed to confirm proper understanding and knowledge of core concepts using testing methods. Modules with enquiry-based learning will rely on industry style scenarios.

Portfolios, essays, reports and presentations will form the basis of your coursework. Additionally, you will be required to submit an individual piece of research or a work-based project. This will be a graded piece of work.

Assessment for this course? has been designed in accordance with the University’s new tariff guidelines and policy.

Professional accreditation

We intend to apply for professional body accreditations for our Real Estate MSc from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as soon as possible.

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Entry requirements

In addition to the University’s standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • A minimum of lower second-class honours degree (2:2) in any subject


  • Membership of a recognised professional body whose entry requirements are equivalent to graduate level, and some relevant practical experience

If you’re applying with non-standard qualifications and/or relevant experience you will be considered on an individual basis. Assessment of your experience will confirm that you have achieved the necessary skills.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa (previously Tier 4) you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet our standard requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2023/24 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

The module will provide students with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a subject which is of personal and subject interest in the field of the built environment. Students may focus their research upon a topic or problem relevant to their current programme of study and based upon an academic subject of interest, their current work practice or recent work experience or placement. The submission will take the form of a dissertation.

Students are encouraged to develop their critical thinking and undertake rigorous and theoretically informed research. The module will develop the student’s understanding of the linkages between conceptual issues, subject area, and research methods.

The module will introduce students to research methods and strategies which are appropriate to their area of study. It will provide the student with experience in the planning and implementation of a research project and the subsequent writing up of research findings in a dissertation and encourage students to undertake critical thinking.

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

This module looks at how real estate surveyors optimise the value of real estate, firstly through the effective management of property on a day-to-day basis, maintaining landlord and tenant relationships; and then more strategically by the management of property as a financial investment and maximising returns.
Property management of commercial real estate covers issues relating to planned maintenance, health and safety, landlord and tenant relationships, and service charges. In general, any matter associated with the smooth running of a property.
Asset management of commercial real estate considers property from an investment point of view, to maximise financial returns and includes the management of portfolios of property. You will look at matters such as lease restructuring, valuation, refurbishment programmes, obsolescence, redevelopment and adaption. You will learn about data collection and analysis and the importance of a dynamic management strategy identifying risks and future trends, to retain asset values.
Approaches to sustainability and environmental reporting will also be examined and the influence of such reporting on real estate investment.

This module examines the built environment sector, markets, and organisations at a local, national, and international level and the impact of government economic policy and globalisation on the sector. It examines the principles underlying the relationship between economic theory and the built environment sector. You will study how the sector makes effective use of resources and how, in the move towards decarbonising our economies, the environment can be afforded protection through embedding sustainable principles in our practice.

The relationship between business planning activities and corporate objectives will be explored to gain an understanding of the essential elements of a business plan and methods for financial benchmarking. Following on from this the module will explore accounting concepts and principles and you will gain an understanding of the format of management and company accounts and how they are prepared including balance sheets, profit, and loss and cashflow statements.

Throughout the module you will consider how we can leverage big data for businesses decision making in the built environment. With the abundance of available data and analytical tools, organisations recognise the importance of effectively using it to gain a competitive edge. Through utilising data analytics and data visualisation tools, you will develop solutions to scenario-based problems and present them effectively.

This module brings together your knowledge of economics, valuation, and development. You will consider property as an investment, study approaches to risk and returns, and explore various financial models for property development and ownership. You will compare property against other investment classes and appreciate the types of property investors, including the role of institutional investors in the market.
You will examine global property markets and reflect upon global financial events which have influenced or been influenced by real estate investment.
Throughout the module sustainable investment and finance will be considered. Future trends and the influence of big data and proptech will form part of the module discourse. You will be required to contribute to discussion drawing upon your own experience, research and it is important that you keep abreast of current economic issues including the performance of financial markets. The module will require you to develop strong analytical skills to apply to practical industry scenarios and to critically evaluate the investment performance of property assets. These are valuable skills which will be of benefit to your career and are competencies required for professional body membership.

This module is about the process of commercial real estate development and its commercial drivers.
An understanding of planning and development is essential to those working in the commercial real estate sector and increasingly growing into a specialist area of practice. Surveyors can play a vital role in promoting effective land use as a primary driver of sustainable development.
Assessing the potential to secure planning consent is a starting point in the development process, drawing together relevant policies, site history and local context for consideration. This module will provide you with the skills to understand the planning process and the influence of planning policy on development.
Using these skills, you will then examine the development process, including development aims and objectives and appraisal of the development potential of a site or the refurbishment of a building. You will gather market data in considering costs and values and employ industry standard software and datasets to appraise developments.
In considering the feasibility of a development you will examine the whole project cycle, from initial feasibility proposals, to detailed design and the construction phase, handover of the development, and ongoing asset management.
Throughout the module, social value and the environmental impact of developments will be considered and your learning will be enhanced through studying real life case studies, both within and outside of the classroom.

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Monday morning

Valuation is an essential skill for commercial real estate professionals and forms the basis of financing decisions, transactional and development advice, dispute resolution and statutory applications. This module develops students’ skills in valuing commercial property applying traditional and contemporary methods of valuation over a range of contexts. The module focuses on the drivers of real estate value, the standard methods of valuation and the appropriate situations for their use, together with introducing innovations in valuation methods. You will learn the importance of market data in valuation, the sources of this data and how to validate and interpret it. Throughout the module there is an emphasis on the importance of following professional standards in this area of work and of ethical behaviour. You will be presented with authentic scenarios and examples to help with your understanding.

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Monday afternoon

The module aims to develop a critical awareness of the background and drivers for sustainable development. It will explore the development of the sustainability agenda, different approaches to sustainable development and the key trends in society that affect, and are affected by, the built environment. It will consider how climate change, urbanisation and other factors are placing pressure on the built environment across the globe to deliver agile and appropriate responses to challenges such as accelerated climate change, extreme weather and societal change.

The knowledge gained will enable the student to understand the impact of the built environment sector on the sustainability agenda.

By the end of the module students should be able to critically evaluate the following:

  • the background behind the sustainability in the built environment agenda
  • drivers for change and appropriate responses
  • the role of development in maintaining and sustaining the wider environment
  • techniques that can be adopted to reduce our built environment operational energy demand
  • the different types of infrastructure and their role in achieving sustainable built environments
  • strategies to ensure energy security positioned within a low carbon energy mix

Where this course can take you

As a real estate postgraduate, your technical, property management and social skills will be extremely valued by lots of employers in various sectors.

The public and private sector make up a large pool of employment within the field.

Typical employers include:

  • Property development and investor companies
  • Commercial real estate consultants
  • Landed estates
  • The Valuation Office
  • Government organisations
  • Local authorities

Many of the skills gained during your studies are extremely transferable and therefore highly-valued by employers in a range of other sectors too!

Who is this course for?

If you’re a detail-oriented person with the communication skills to match, then a career in valuing, investing in and developing commercial real estate could be perfect for you. Whether you’re already established within the field or a complete beginner in this area, London Met welcomes you.

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How to apply

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When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.
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Our built environment courses can provide you with fantastic employment and career prospects, both in the UK and across the world.
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Become industry ready, working on real world and live construction projects.

Gain invaluable experience as you become familiar with industry standard project planning and management software.

Located in London, our Holloway campus is within easy access to some of the UK’s highest profile construction projects and employers.
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Highly skilled and packed with industry experience, our academics and practitioners are ready to help you unlock your full potential within the industry.
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