The MSc in Real Estate Management is an interdisciplinary Master’s programme that fuses economic, social and environmental perspectives within a framework for identifying, assessing, designing, delivering and evaluating effective real estate interventions and responses.
What's covered in the course?
Our programme reflects synergies with the Master’s courses in Planning Built Environments and Environmental Surveying in order to create a programme that works across the whole built environment profession and disciplines.
The programme focuses on the interaction between business and legal processes on property ownership and management. It integrates technological, financial, legal and management issues as they relate to property matters.
The theoretical underpinning of the course is rooted in real estate which stresses the need for interdisciplinary approaches and solutions.
This course will help you to connect the theory and practice of real estate to a range of real life case study challenges. It will give you a framework of knowledge, skills and tools to start understanding the complex world of property, whilst supporting you to become an independent learner and reflective practitioner.
Our programme builds on applied academic research and contemporary real estate practice. The course design and delivery utilises our expertise across real estate, sustainability and planning and also brings in external experts and practitioners to address key challenges and opportunities within practice.
Our courses are designed and developed with support from relevant professional bodies (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and local professional individuals and practices. Owing to the need to meet these professionally-set learning outcomes, there is little choice in modules within these programmes, although it is possible to begin to specialise with dissertation and project topics.
Why Choose Us?
-This course aims to develop the real estate professional of the future who is equipped with the knowledge, tools and skills to operate efficiently, effectively and confidently within an ever-changing environment. -The programme focuses on the interaction between business and legal processes on property ownership and management. The course integrates technological, financial, legal and management issues as they relate to property matters. -The course design and delivery uses our expertise across the School to address key challenges and opportunities within practice.
Course in depth
Elements of the course are closely related to real-world scenarios. These build upon current practice issues identified through, for example, Parliamentary debates, revised planning documents and government guidance. We make significant use of professionals as Visiting Lecturers to ensure both continuing professional relevance and that you have direct access to people in current professional practice.
Every student on the programme is allocated a personal tutor and our students are invited to both group and individual meetings throughout the year. We provide set times (known as office hours) during the week where academic staff are available to see students, and staff also frequently arrange to see students by appointment outside these times if additional help or support is needed.
We invite you (normally by making individual appointments) to discuss assessment feedback/feedforward with the marking tutor to ensure that the detailed comments provided are supplemented verbally, and that they are understood, so that you can use comments to enhance future submissions. We collaborate closely with the Centre for Academic Success which offers workshops, individual advice sessions and small group tutorials to all University students on a variety of subjects including use of English, study skills, maths and other technical topics.
Staff from the professional bodies at local and regional levels visit on a regular basis to promote the professions, explain routes of access to full professional membership, and respond to your questions about employability.
Our long-standing links with the professions mean that we are informed about, and so able to advertise, details of relevant job opportunities, and ensure that you are well prepared for application and interview processes.
Key employment skills and career planning are embedded into modules through real life scenarios, local case studies, and a wide range of assessment methods that replicate typical workplace requirements, helping grow your skillset and confidence. The skills and attributes you develop throughout the course are highly transferable to the context of professional employment, helping you to set goals and to enhance your employability in a wide range of professional and business contexts.
The course also prepares you for professional membership APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) processes, which require individual reflection and personal development planning.
Birmingham City University programmes aim to provide graduates with a set of attributes which prepare them for their future careers. The BCU Graduate: -Is professional and work ready -Is a creative problem solver -Is enterprising -Has a global outlook
The University has introduced the Birmingham City University Graduate+ programme, which is an extra-curricular awards framework that is designed to augment the subject based skills that you develop through your programme with broader employability skills and techniques that will enhance your employment options when you leave university.
Recognised in Insider Media’s ‘42 under 42’ list, and Property Week’s ‘Hot 50’ and ‘Who’s Who in Britain’, Neil has played an integral role shaping the skyline of Birmingham as part of the team behind such iconic developments as Fort Dunlop, The Mailbox and The Cube. He is also a Trustee for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and a guest speaker for the West Midlands Centre for Constructing Excellence (WMCCE).
Degree in Town Planning
A keen interest in property, the built environment and spatial planning – or how towns and cities work – led Neil to study Town Planning at what was then the University of Central England. Deciding his future lay in commercial property, he secured his first job with surveyors Silk & Frazier (now Faithful+Gould, part of the WS Atkins group of companies), but later returned to the University part-time to undertake a Master’s degree in Construction Project Management.
He was approached to work in-house for Birmingham Mailbox Limited in 2000, joining the board of directors in 2003. Neil then went on to lead the business’s joint venture with Urban Splash on the Fort Dunlop project, another city landmark which had been empty for more than 20 years and was subsequently redeveloped into offices, retail space and a hotel. In 2004 he was a founder, director and shareholder of Birmingham Development Company, the company behind The Cube, adjacent to The Mailbox in the city centre. He went on to set up and subsequently lead the team’s in-house construction company in 2007, which at its peak employed over 500 people and turned over £1 million per week, to deliver the £86 million build for The Cube. Neil then started his own company, EDG Property – a development and consultancy firm – in 2010
Normally a good honours degree at 2:2 or higher.
Recipient: Birmingham City University
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