Real Estate with or without Applied Research

Ulster University - Belfast

Real Estate with or without Applied Research

Presented with an international perspective to reflect real estate’s role in today’s global business economy, this course focuses on development, investment, and pricing, enabling you to appreciate the dynamics of real estate and capital markets. You will explore the key areas of real estate appraisal, portfolio management, investment risk, and market analysis, relevant to the commercial real estate industry, banks, and institutional investors.

Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of investment and development appraisals, market analysis, cash flow modelling, and appreciation of the increasingly important sustainability and ESG green mandate. Career paths include traditional residential/commercial agency, property development, property asset management and valuation roles, as well as applying real estate skills in the banking, accountancy, and investment sectors.

For further course details please see "Course Web Page".

Subjects taught

Urban Development and Regeneration

Real Estate Investment Analysis

Real Estate Economics and Analysis

Real Estate Valuation

Real Estate Asset Management

International Real Estate Portfolio Analysis

Professional Practice and Ethics

Sustainable Real Estate

Applied Research (Land and Property)

Entry requirements

Standard entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

(a) Applicants must have gained:

a second class honours degree or better from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard;


an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification;


(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).

In exceptional circumstances, as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b), where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

Application dates

Your Application

Application is through the University's online application system (see "Application Weblink").


Full-Time/Part-Time. Applied Research available full-time only.


The MSc Real Estate (Applied Research) programme is only available on a full time mode and offers one point of entry in each academic year: September. The degree will normally be completed across two academic year.

Students take four 15-credit modules per semester and each module equates to a student effort of 150 hours, made up of direct contact hours (i.e. that delivered in the classroom) and the remainder as independent study time which would involve reading books, journals and researching for coursework etc. Students also undertake a 120-credit applied research dissertation module in semester 1 and 2 of the next academic year, which has limited direct teaching but has a staff supervisory process to support you.

On average the contact time per week for each module will be 4-5 hours (with a mix of lectures and tutorials). This varies in some modules but will not be more than 5 hours per week per module. Usually these contact hours are spread across a minimum of 3-4 days in the full time mode across 12 weeks per semester. There will also be a couple of practical sessions/site visits which are connected to a measurement exercise/assessment etc and this will be scheduled on the timetable and communicated at the beginning of the semester. Other than the scheduled contact time, there is an expectation that students are using the rest of the week for independent study/research.

The applied research dissertation takes place in the final two semesters of the course separately.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: September 2024

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Career options

Real estate professionals have a key role to play in advising multi-national companies, major financial institutions, property companies, banks, governments and other public sector organisations around the world. This may be transactional business advice on the purchase, sale, leasing and acquisition of commercial real estate or it may be professional advisory services including management of real estate portfolios to maximise the value of real estate as an asset class. Real estate players are able to creatively apply technical, legal and economic knowledge to deliver on a stakeholder’s property objectives and meet current business needs and future strategy.

Our MSc graduates enter a wide variety of employment including development and investment firms, banks and financial institutions, consultancy, agency, asset management, real estate research, education, housing management and the public sector.

The course also offers the opportunity to deepen student knowledge and developing research skills in the area of land and property with the support of the research expertise in the School. Graduates from the course also have opportunity to embark on further research at the Ph.D. level.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    MSc with Applied Research/MSc/PGDip/PGCert

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma at UK Level 7,Degree - Masters at UK Level 7,Postgraduate Certificate at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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