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Real Estate and Planning MSc/Diploma, M.Sc.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #301 (WUR) Online
This programme provides the foundation, knowledge and skills needed to work as a development surveyor or planner. On completion, graduates will be able to work either in the public or private sectors, advising on the complexities of property development to occupiers, investors, developers and planning authorities.

About

The programme is designed to build understanding of the complex interactions and uncertainties of the development process. It provides students with the essential knowledge components of economics, valuation, planning, law, and regeneration and sustainability principles. It also develops an appreciation of the skills and tasks inherent in development projects, including community participation, satisfying the statutory planning considerations, undertaking the necessary financial appraisals, and achieving funding to make it happen.

Our students

This programme is suitable for students with an interest in pursuing a career either as a chartered development surveyor or as a planner with a specialism in land and property markets. Such opportunities are available in a range of employers in the private and public sector, including local development and regeneration agencies.

Career opportunities

With strong professional links and a focus on up-to-date industry-relevant content, our Real Estate programmes equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to quickly and effectively contribute to the success of their working environment.

On completion of this programme graduates will be able to have a comprehensive and integrated understanding of the property market context and the nature and theory of spatial planning and sustainable development. Our Real Estate and Planning graduates have gone on to work in a variety of roles in the private and public sectors, both in the UK and abroad.

We also have a proven track record in research, and a number of our graduates continue in research to complete PhD study.

Professional Recognition

Heriot-Watt’s School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure & Society is a leading education centre for planning and surveyor professionals in the UK. The MSc has full recognition from the educational requirements of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and has professional accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Part-time and Distance Learning study options

This programme can be studied full-time, part-time or via Independent Distance Learning (IDL), ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family. As an IDL student you will not be required to attend any lectures, tutorials or other events at any of Heriot-Watt University’s campuses.

Accreditation

Heriot-Watt’s School of the Built Environment is a leading education centre for planning and surveyor professionals in the UK. The MSc has full recognition from the educational requirements of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has professional accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Spatial Planning
  • Sustainable Design and Development
  • Real Estate Appraisal and Valuation 
  • Real Estate Economics
  • Strategic Spatial Vision Project
  • Governance Participation and Community Planning
  • Real Estate Investment Analysis
  • Real Estate Development
  • Spatial Planning

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description
      Independent Distance Learning (IDL)-2-7 years*
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance, Exams and graduation only, Regular optional meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    90

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    6.5

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

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  • Minimum required score:

    58

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in cognate and semi-cognate subject area. For PG conversion programmes, non-cognate degrees will be considered. Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1185 GBP/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1185 GBP per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1185 GBP/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1185 GBP per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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*per course

Funding

Scholarships & bursaries

Alumni Scholarship Scheme

Heriot-Watt Alumni

Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursaries

Applicants must be Scottish by birth, have at least one parent born in Scotland or have been continuously resident in Scotland for a period of three years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education.

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

International (Commonwealth citizens)

Department for International Development (DFID) Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme(SBE)

International (Commonwealth citizens)

Department for International Development (DFID) Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

Commonwealth citizens

East Lothian Educational Trust

Applicants must be a resident of the old county of East Lothian (ie excluding Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.)

India Scholarship(SBE)

Students who have applied via the Heriot-Watt India office. Please note that this award is available for study at our Edinburgh campus only.

Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

Restricted to residents of the UK who are a son, daughter, spouse, widow or widower of a commercial traveller, chemist or grocer.

Local Education Authority Awards

Various

Mexican Scholarships

Mexican applicants

Music Scholarships

All students

Part-time Fee Grant (SAAS)

See SAAS residence conditions.

Postgraduate Student Allowance Scheme (SAAS)

EU and UK applicants who meet the SAAS criteria on eligible courses

Remission of Fees (families of staff)

Spouses/civil partners and children of members of staff, also retired members of staff of the University

Royal Caledonian Schools Trust

Applicants must be of Scots parentage (conditions apply - see below)

SFC Key Skills Funded Places (SBE)(SBE)

Applicants resident in Scotland who accept an offer for an eligible Programme

Scotland's Saltire Scholarships

Citizens of Canada, the People's Republic of China, India or USA (2 awards for each country)

Sports Scholarships

All students

Staff Scholarships

Employees of Heriot-Watt University

The Consumer Affairs UK Scholarship Programme

All currently enrolled students

West Lothian Educational Trust

Individuals must have originated in West Lothian or have lived there for the last 3 years.

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