MSc Real Estate and MSc Property Development and Planning

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jshayward
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I was wondering if anyone could tell me the main differences between these programmes?

I did a BA undergraduate so maths isn't particularly my strongest suit - although I did a business studies A level and Economics As so its not awful. But it seems like the MSc Property Dev is more math heavy?

Any details would be great, thanks.
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The Real Estate industry can be quite confusing so I am going to run through the different main courses on offer and associated careers to make it more understandable.

1. MSc Real Estate (e.g. University of Reading) - this type of degree will cover all aspects of real estate and will allow you to specialise in a particular pathway such as development, fund management and asset management.
- This is a RICS accredited course and will lead to a career as a RICS Chartered Surveyor working for real estate firms. Due to the generic nature of the course, you can usually work in most real estate roles

2. MSc Property Development and Planning (e.g. Nottingham Trent University) - this type of degree is a specialism of real estate in development and planning.
- This is a RICS accredited course and will lead to a career as a RICS Chartered Surveyor working for real estate firms or for developers (albeit it is not RTPI accredited so it is difficult to go into planning)

3. MSc Real Estate Finance and Investment (e.g. UWE Bristol) - this type of degree is a specialism of real estate in finance and investment.
- This is a RICS accredited course and will lead to a career as a RICS Chartered Surveyor working for real estate firms or for investment banks.

4. MSc Urban and Regional Planning (e.g. University of Sheffield) - this type of degree will cover the main aspects of planning (and typically does not cover real estate)
- This is a RTPI accredited course and will lead to a career as a RTPI Chartered Planner working in the public or private sector.

5. MSc Spatial Planning and Development (e.g. University of Reading) - this type of degree will cover planning and real estate development.
- This is RICS and RTPI accredited course and will lead to a career as a dual accredited RTPI Chartered Planner and RICS Chartered Surveyor, working in real estate firms, the public/private sector of planning and/or for developers.

If you want to become a RICS Chartered Surveyor then you need to do a RICS accredited course. Same for planning, if you want to become a RTPI Chartered Planner then you need to do a RTPI accredited course.

In terms of maths, it depends on the course, but expect Real Estate Finance to have more maths than Real Estate, and Real Estate to have more maths than Planning. Typically most universities only require a B at GCSE because they are aware that students are coming from diverse academic backgrounds. The maths in any Real Estate discipline usually involve calculators or Excel.
- In regards to your specific question, Property Development and Planning might seem more maths based than Real Estate because you will have to do development viability appraisals but these are done on Excel. Also, if you have done A-Level Economics, then that would be very helpful for the modules in Real Estate Economics.
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(Original post by Mullhouse)
The Real Estate industry can be quite confusing so I am going to run through the different main courses on offer and associated careers to make it more understandable.

1. MSc Real Estate (e.g. University of Reading) - this type of degree will cover all aspects of real estate and will allow you to specialise in a particular pathway such as development, fund management and asset management.
- This is a RICS accredited course and will lead to a career as a RICS Chartered Surveyor working for real estate firms. Due to the generic nature of the course, you can usually work in most real estate roles

2. MSc Property Development and Planning (e.g. Nottingham Trent University) - this type of degree is a specialism of real estate in development and planning.
- This is a RICS accredited course and will lead to a career as a RICS Chartered Surveyor working for real estate firms or for developers (albeit it is not RTPI accredited so it is difficult to go into planning)

3. MSc Real Estate Finance and Investment (e.g. UWE Bristol) - this type of degree is a specialism of real estate in finance and investment.
- This is a RICS accredited course and will lead to a career as a RICS Chartered Surveyor working for real estate firms or for investment banks.

4. MSc Urban and Regional Planning (e.g. University of Sheffield) - this type of degree will cover the main aspects of planning (and typically does not cover real estate)
- This is a RTPI accredited course and will lead to a career as a RTPI Chartered Planner working in the public or private sector.

5. MSc Spatial Planning and Development (e.g. University of Reading) - this type of degree will cover planning and real estate development.
- This is RICS and RTPI accredited course and will lead to a career as a dual accredited RTPI Chartered Planner and RICS Chartered Surveyor, working in real estate firms, the public/private sector of planning and/or for developers.

If you want to become a RICS Chartered Surveyor then you need to do a RICS accredited course. Same for planning, if you want to become a RTPI Chartered Planner then you need to do a RTPI accredited course.

In terms of maths, it depends on the course, but expect Real Estate Finance to have more maths than Real Estate, and Real Estate to have more maths than Planning. Typically most universities only require a B at GCSE because they are aware that students are coming from diverse academic backgrounds. The maths in any Real Estate discipline usually involve calculators or Excel.
- In regards to your specific question, Property Development and Planning might seem more maths based than Real Estate because you will have to do development viability appraisals but these are done on Excel. Also, if you have done A-Level Economics, then that would be very helpful for the modules in Real Estate Economics.
What about the MSc Real Estate Development course at the University of Manchester? How is it different from the MSc Real Estate of the University of Reading? Which university would be better for me in terms of exposure and future job opportunities.
Sorry but I am an international student and I am very confused between the MSc Real Estate course of the University of Reading, the University of Glasgow, and the University of manchester.
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