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Do you ever look at a building or an empty plot of land and wonder how it can be used more profitably? Can you imagine using your entrepreneurial passion to meet the property demands of investors, tenants, communities and global populations? If you enjoy using creativity to solve complex problems then this course is for you. We can help you graduate into a high earning career in real-estate. Accredited by the RICS, the Real Estate MSc provides all of the academic theory and professional knowledge you need to become a chartered surveyor and built environment professional.

Accredited by the RICS, the MSc Real Estate provides all of the academic theory and professional knowledge you need to become a built environment professional. We consistently ensure that over 95% of our students are employed within 6 months of the course ending and most before this. Of these students, 85% are employed within the top 20 recognised international real estate firms. A median starting salary for graduate surveyors working in the built environment is around £26,900, going up to £48,000 once fully qualified.

Developed and delivered in collaboration with world leading researchers, internationally recognised real estate firms, practitioners,  and professional bodies, the course offers a fast track route  into the surveying and built environment professions. You will work on real life assessments and projects to gain cutting edge knowledge and professional skills.

The practical based learning and hands-on experience ensures that you will be fully competent and ready for the world of work upon graduation. While the commercial and professional partnerships at the heart of this Master’s course gives you the opportunity to immediately network with industry contacts, learn from sector experts  and have access to the latest professional development opportunities. The Real Estate International MSc has close links with RICS Matrics, which is designed to support new members entering the surveying profession.  

You are welcome to join this conversion degree from any discipline or academic background. The course is geared towards professionals or graduates who are keen to gain Chartered Surveyor status, or pursue a fast track route into the property and construction industry.

In the second year, for one semester, you’ll undertake an Advanced Practice placement, study in another country or join a research group. This valuable experience will enhance your employability and further develop your theoretical and practical skills.

  • Advanced Practice Placement; This option offers the opportunity to spend three months working full-time to gain all-important work experience and employability skills. You may be able to extend this over more than one semester in cases where it is adjacent to a vacation period. We will endeavour to help those who prefer this option to source opportunities and to perfect their CV but ultimately the onus is on the student to secure the Advanced Practice placement position through a competitive application process.
  • Research; If you take this option, you will be assigned to our Architecture and Built Environment Research Group. There is every possibility that you may contribute to published research and therefore you may be named as part of the research team, which would be a great start to a research career.
  • Study Abroad; We have exchange agreements with universities all over the world, including partners in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Oceania. If you take the Study Abroad option you will spend a semester at one of these partners, continuing your studies in English but in a new cultural and learning environment. Please note that this option may require you to obtain a visa for study in the other country.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years full-time (with advanced practice in second year)
1 other options available

Department
Architecture and Built Environment

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

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The authentic learning model at the heart of the course is designed to incorporate theoretical learning into practical scenarios wherever possible. This is in order to develop the skills you will need to succeed in the rapidly evolving property market.

You will emerge well rounded and comfortable with physical buildings, how they are used, and how they are managed as a business. A variety of RICS competencies and professional pathways are embedded in all of our modules. This means that you can pursue professional accreditation in commercial real estate, valuation, corporate real estate, planning and development, investment and finance and project management.

Our commercially focused modules cover the key concepts in real estate. They include:

  • Planning and development,
  • Property valuation,
  • Investment and Finance,
  • Property Management,
  • Sustainability
  • Law.

We focus on the physical built environment (how it is constructed and adapted over time) and the business of the built environment e.g. how the built environment is utilised and how value is managed and derived.

We also embed core skills around critical evaluation, problem solving, project management, negotiation, communication and decision-making and collaboration. This means that you have the requirements to pursue any career associated with the built environment.

Technology driven Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Automated Valuation Models (AVM) are central pillars in our teaching.

We embed the latest technological innovations to make sure our graduates have the skills to plan, design, construct, manage and value buildings.  Whenever possible we use methods relevant to industry such as presentations, report-writing and mock client meetings to assess student work.

The course concludes in an independent dissertation in a related specialist area of your choice. There are no examinations for this course.

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You will learn in a vibrant and dynamic environment. The diverse professional experience of our staff ranges from real estate surveying, corporate real estate and development appraisal, residential and commercial property valuation, property investment and finance, to building and urban design, planning, construction, project management and law. This is combined with research-active academics whose expertise in the sector span planning and development surveying, urban regeneration, finance, design and architecture.

Lecturers balance their teaching and research with external industry-related projects to inform your learning. This approach creates a research-rich, practice-based environment which will develop your critical abilities, problem solving skills and lay a firm foundation for a career in the property industry.

Our strong links with industry give you the opportunity to work on live projects as part of your course. Industry professionals also regularly deliver guest lectures and share their experiences.

In addition, Building Futures is a student centred learning environment that conducts research and consultancy into built environment adaptation. Through innovative research and an authentic learning environment, the mission of Building Futures is to contribute to this stewardship of the built environment.

Building Futures offers free support to organisations looking to understand the financial viability and physical feasibility of adaptation, who want to explore the future direction of their assets, or who simply require a sounding board to discuss ideas. Building Futures is the home for Advanced Practice students, exchange students and visiting researchers.

Teaching Staff / Profiles

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All modules have at their heart experiential learning environments that use the built environment as an authentic lab to learn within. This takes place in the North East, where we are supported by the North East RICS board, nationally where we regularly visit landmark buildings and internationally on the week long residential field study visit to Barcelona. In Barcelona we will learn about global real estate markets, urban planning, smart cities and built environment adaptation.

You will find the latest technologies to support you in our specialist laboratories and studios. Throughout your time at Northumbria, you will be able to survey, visualise, model and take your ideas from the course, out into the world around you. You will also benefit from dedicated project space and study areas for group and individual work in the Built Environment Hub.

You will have access to Building Futures, a student centred learning environment that conducts research and consultancy into built environment adaptation. Student surveyors build their own futures through the refinement of essential skills demanded by the surveying and built environment professions.

The programme team have also developed an agile approach to technology enabled learning (TEL) which you can use on and off campus. This includes specialist software and online access to module information, key texts, podcasts and a range of teaching-related materials to support active learning.

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We take a research-led approach to all aspects of teaching. As practising researchers, our lecturers pass on the latest techniques from their ongoing work to ensure your learning is current and relevant

Specialist research areas include sub-national governance and spatial planning, professional access and inclusion, property taxation, property market modelling, adaptive re-use, design guidelines, automated valuation models, building information modelling. This research has gone on to have a real impact in society and practice. Recent highlights include contributions to Government Select Committee Enquires into the impact of business rates on business business rate retention and the future of offices for the British Council for Offices  

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With a long history, well established links in the property industry and excellent graduate employment rates, this RICS-accredited Real Estate MSc is perfectly placed to help launch your career. Graduates can expect to earn an average of £26,900 and if you go on to do your two years in industry and become fully RICS qualified this goes up to around £48,000.

An MSc in Real Estate at Northumbria has excellent rates of employment and opportunity, with 95% of our students being employed within 6 months of the course ending and most securing a job before this. This is undoubtedly due to our long established relationships with employers in the global real estate industry, including Cushman & Wakefield, CBRE, JLL, Savills, Knight Frank, Avison Young and Santander

Working with these employers throughout your course will give you invaluable sector knowledge and connections that will benefit your career in the future. A host of career paths will be available to you which will utilise the RICS competencies that you have gained throughout all of your modules. The kind of roles you can expect to be prepared for include; surveying roles in commercial real estate, valuation, corporate real estate, planning and development, investment and finance, urban planning, banking and investment sector, project management, construction and town and city management.

Our current graduates work for corporate financial institutions, government organisations, local authorities, government and private clients across the UK and further afield in roles such as surveying, investment, property valuation, planning and development, and property management.

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Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in any subject.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

Full UK Fee: £12,225

Full EU Fee: £12,225

Full International Fee: £18,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA7009 -

Commercial Property Valuation (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the valuation of commercial property and develop a systematic understanding of the valuation process so that you are able to evaluate the valuation methods available and use them in complex situations, undertake valuations for commercial property for a variety of purposes and critically appraise their outcomes in accordance with latest academic and practice based research.

Within Commercial Property Valuation you will study a range of topics including:-

• The valuation process and the role of a valuer
• Analysis of market data and its application to valuation
• Valuation methodology and applying to different scenarios
• Secured lending valuation
• RICS reporting and advising clients
• Asset valuation
• Statutory valuation
• Modern methods of valuation and appraisal
• Using IT software for Real Estate appraisal

Throughout this module you will develop academic and professional skills relating to the use and analysis of data, understand real estate markets and the impact on appraisal, effective communication and be able to advice clients/stakeholders in accordance with RICS governance.

More information

KA7010 -

Property Markets, Investment and Finance (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about and examine the global economics of real property in the context of markets, cities, investment and finance. The module aims to evaluate concepts of global property market economics, investment and finance and analyse their application to inter-related markets in real estate. These will include the behaviour of occupiers, investors, financiers, developers and contractors. You will be introduced to a range of economic principles relevant to global commercial real estate markets, and develop an understanding of real estate investment finance. You will appraise global real estate investment assets and their performance from the perspective of a range of stakeholders and investor types. The module will enable you to recognise the crucial role of the investment sub-market within the wider property market, and how it influences real estate activity, development, and values.
Indicative syllabus
• Global Real estate markets and interaction with the economy
• Property cycles and demographics
• Urbanisation and the future city
• Lives of buildings, occupier markets and new ways of working
• Real estate investment markets
• New property technology and market disruption
• Infrastructure and real estate
• Regulating property markets
• Real estate investment yields, measuring returns and risk
• Real estate compared to other investment asset classes
• International investment and capital markets
• Financialisation
• Direct and indirect real estate investment vehicles
• Real estate portfolio diversification and Modern Portfolio Theory
• Real estate finance, real estate as collateral for debt
• The features of property secured lending and gearing effects
• Future trends in real estate investment and finance

More information

KA7021 -

Urban Planning and Development (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the planning and development process in an urban context focusing on the management of pre-construction decision-making and the evaluation of projects including planning, viability assessment and financial appraisal. The module aims to help you understand the complex social, economic and physical environment and market conditions within which real estate development take place, develop your knowledge of the management of the development process, acquisition of development sites and sources of finance for development and allow you to recognise the crucial role of the surveyor in the real estate development process.
You will be introduced to industry standard development appraisal software (Argus Developer), which you will use to produce a realistic appraisal of a mixed-use, brownfield development opportunity of your choosing.
Indicative syllabus
• Planning and development process – theory and practice
• Urban development, master-planning, place shaping, development control and management
• Contemporary UK Planning policy: National Planning Policy Framework and Planning Guidance
• Negotiating planning and viability: planning conditions, obligations and levies
• Development appraisal and viability modelling
• Site evaluation, acquisition and disposal
• Urban regeneration, renewal, heritage and conservation
• Real estate development finance and funding
• Construction procurement, project management and risk

More information

KA7035 -

Real Estate Concepts and Research Methods (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about some of the threshold concepts and key skills that are essential for Real Estate students to grasp before embarking on specialised property research and prepare and promote your employability as a graduate surveyor. The second half of the module is designed to develop your understanding, deployment and critical evaluation of research methods and to prepare you for conducting your own research project.

In the first semester you will undertake an initial project based on a building/site in Newcastle. The learning activities will include lectures to introduce key concepts; seminars to develop your understanding of these key concepts; workshops to apply your knowledge and practice skills; site visits to learn site inspection and measurement skills; guest speakers to provide insight to real estate markets. In the second semester you will learn about research methods and data analysis techniques in two hour workshop sessions in which a research resources will be signposted, research philosophies explored, data collection techniques evaluated and your own research skills and development reflected upon.

An indicative outline syllabus is as follows:
• Real Estate sectors and the role and professionalism of surveyors in global real estate markets
• Real Estate research and resources
• Property appraisal, professional report writing and presentation
• Individual skills audit and developing an action plan
• IT skills for Real Estate
• Philosophies of research and research ethics
• The research process: developing and implementing effective research strategies for data collection
• Quantitative and qualitative data analysis
• The reflective researcher: evaluating research processes and outcomes

More information

KA7036 -

Real Estate Law & Asset Management (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the key areas of law, which are relevant to the surveying profession and examine the nature of relationships between commercial landlords and tenants. You will explore current methods utilised for the marketing of real estate including:
• The English Legal System, including legal research.
• Ownership of land.
• Third party and public rights affecting land.
• Rights, obligations and liabilities of land owners and occupiers.
• Contract law.
• Marketing of property and heads of terms.
• Laws affecting the work of surveyors, in particular professional negligence and regulations affecting the sale of land.
• The process of the sale of land.
• Commercial Property leases including key landlord and tenant obligations.
• Landlord and Tenant Law, including the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.
• Methods of adding value to real estate including re-gearing leases, rent reviews and tenant mix strategy.
• Leasehold exit strategies, including; surrender, break clauses, assignment and sub-letting.
• Corporate real estate strategies and markets.

More information

KA7040 -

Sustainable Construction and Technology (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn the fundamentals of construction technology in the context of a society’s aim of mitigating climate change. The syllabus includes the processes and technology of commercial and domestic construction, both current and of the recent past to equip graduates with the knowledge to manage the construction, maintenance and development of property assets. The importance of the environmental impact of materials and the use of life cycle costing to enhance sustainability will supplement the teaching of low carbon construction technology and energy sources.

Within each of these areas you will study a range of topics to support this:

• Construction technology
o The structural elements, finishes and services found in typical low rise domestic construction.
o The structural elements, finishes and services found in commercial and industrial property.
• Low carbon design
o Site selection and building orientation
o Passive low carbon design in the domestic and commercial field
o Water conservation
o Green roof and wall applications
o Sustainable urban drainage
• Renewable energy applications
o Photovoltaic applications
o Biomass heating
o Ground and air source heat pumps
o Solar water heating
o Wind energy

On completion of this module the knowledge and understanding acquired forms part of the broader contextual framework for the study of your academic programme.

You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to the use and evaluation of data; effective communication; self-direction and personal responsibility.

More information

KA7056 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home institution can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject area in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’.
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Discussing ethical issues in research, and analysing results.
• Describing bias and limitations of research.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

More information

KA7032 -

Dissertation (Real Estate) (Core,60 Credits)

This module is designed to support you in independently designing and conducting a substantive original research project on a built environment topic of your own choice and aims to provide you with an opportunity to design and conduct a substantive piece of investigative work that is directly related to your programme of study. You will consolidate and apply your independent research skills developed whilst studying your first degree and on the Real Estate Concepts and Research Methods module KA7035) to answer a research question or test a hypothesis of your choosing. You will assemble and review relevant scholarly literature and data to present a cogent, reasoned and objective critique of published scholarly work on your chosen topic, in order to define a precisely focus for your research. Ultimately you are required to submit an original 15,000 word dissertation that is analytical and demonstrates an accurate interpretation and clear presentation of original research findings.

In the course of the module you will develop expertise in the following:
• identifying an appropriate research topic
• critically reviewing relevant academic literature;
• formulating research questions/hypotheses and appropriate methods of inquiry;
• collecting your own data and/or using existing datasets and literature
• analysing and interpreting your results using appropriate quantitative, statistical and/or qualitative techniques,
• relating your findings to existing and up-to-date literature and theory;
• objectively appraising the ethical considerations of conducting research; and
• independently managing and implementing your own research project.

More information

KF7005 -

Engineering and Environment Advanced Practice (Core,60 Credits)

This 60 credit module is designed for all full-time postgraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to either study abroad, undertake a work placement or join a research group for one semester as part of your programme. This experience gives you the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge acquired during the taught part of your programme and to acquire new skills and knowledge in an alternative learning environment. Specific learning will be defined in a personal learning contract.

Your Advanced Practice semester will be assessed on a pass/fail basis and as such, it does not contribute to the classification of your degree. However when taken and passed it is recognised both in your transcript as a 60 credit Advanced Practice Module and in your degree title.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA7009 -

Commercial Property Valuation (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the valuation of commercial property and develop a systematic understanding of the valuation process so that you are able to evaluate the valuation methods available and use them in complex situations, undertake valuations for commercial property for a variety of purposes and critically appraise their outcomes in accordance with latest academic and practice based research.

Within Commercial Property Valuation you will study a range of topics including:-

• The valuation process and the role of a valuer
• Analysis of market data and its application to valuation
• Valuation methodology and applying to different scenarios
• Secured lending valuation
• RICS reporting and advising clients
• Asset valuation
• Statutory valuation
• Modern methods of valuation and appraisal
• Using IT software for Real Estate appraisal

Throughout this module you will develop academic and professional skills relating to the use and analysis of data, understand real estate markets and the impact on appraisal, effective communication and be able to advice clients/stakeholders in accordance with RICS governance.

More information

KA7010 -

Property Markets, Investment and Finance (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about and examine the global economics of real property in the context of markets, cities, investment and finance. The module aims to evaluate concepts of global property market economics, investment and finance and analyse their application to inter-related markets in real estate. These will include the behaviour of occupiers, investors, financiers, developers and contractors. You will be introduced to a range of economic principles relevant to global commercial real estate markets, and develop an understanding of real estate investment finance. You will appraise global real estate investment assets and their performance from the perspective of a range of stakeholders and investor types. The module will enable you to recognise the crucial role of the investment sub-market within the wider property market, and how it influences real estate activity, development, and values.
Indicative syllabus
• Global Real estate markets and interaction with the economy
• Property cycles and demographics
• Urbanisation and the future city
• Lives of buildings, occupier markets and new ways of working
• Real estate investment markets
• New property technology and market disruption
• Infrastructure and real estate
• Regulating property markets
• Real estate investment yields, measuring returns and risk
• Real estate compared to other investment asset classes
• International investment and capital markets
• Financialisation
• Direct and indirect real estate investment vehicles
• Real estate portfolio diversification and Modern Portfolio Theory
• Real estate finance, real estate as collateral for debt
• The features of property secured lending and gearing effects
• Future trends in real estate investment and finance

More information

KA7021 -

Urban Planning and Development (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the planning and development process in an urban context focusing on the management of pre-construction decision-making and the evaluation of projects including planning, viability assessment and financial appraisal. The module aims to help you understand the complex social, economic and physical environment and market conditions within which real estate development take place, develop your knowledge of the management of the development process, acquisition of development sites and sources of finance for development and allow you to recognise the crucial role of the surveyor in the real estate development process.
You will be introduced to industry standard development appraisal software (Argus Developer), which you will use to produce a realistic appraisal of a mixed-use, brownfield development opportunity of your choosing.
Indicative syllabus
• Planning and development process – theory and practice
• Urban development, master-planning, place shaping, development control and management
• Contemporary UK Planning policy: National Planning Policy Framework and Planning Guidance
• Negotiating planning and viability: planning conditions, obligations and levies
• Development appraisal and viability modelling
• Site evaluation, acquisition and disposal
• Urban regeneration, renewal, heritage and conservation
• Real estate development finance and funding
• Construction procurement, project management and risk

More information

KA7035 -

Real Estate Concepts and Research Methods (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about some of the threshold concepts and key skills that are essential for Real Estate students to grasp before embarking on specialised property research and prepare and promote your employability as a graduate surveyor. The second half of the module is designed to develop your understanding, deployment and critical evaluation of research methods and to prepare you for conducting your own research project.

In the first semester you will undertake an initial project based on a building/site in Newcastle. The learning activities will include lectures to introduce key concepts; seminars to develop your understanding of these key concepts; workshops to apply your knowledge and practice skills; site visits to learn site inspection and measurement skills; guest speakers to provide insight to real estate markets. In the second semester you will learn about research methods and data analysis techniques in two hour workshop sessions in which a research resources will be signposted, research philosophies explored, data collection techniques evaluated and your own research skills and development reflected upon.

An indicative outline syllabus is as follows:
• Real Estate sectors and the role and professionalism of surveyors in global real estate markets
• Real Estate research and resources
• Property appraisal, professional report writing and presentation
• Individual skills audit and developing an action plan
• IT skills for Real Estate
• Philosophies of research and research ethics
• The research process: developing and implementing effective research strategies for data collection
• Quantitative and qualitative data analysis
• The reflective researcher: evaluating research processes and outcomes

More information

KA7036 -

Real Estate Law & Asset Management (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the key areas of law, which are relevant to the surveying profession and examine the nature of relationships between commercial landlords and tenants. You will explore current methods utilised for the marketing of real estate including:
• The English Legal System, including legal research.
• Ownership of land.
• Third party and public rights affecting land.
• Rights, obligations and liabilities of land owners and occupiers.
• Contract law.
• Marketing of property and heads of terms.
• Laws affecting the work of surveyors, in particular professional negligence and regulations affecting the sale of land.
• The process of the sale of land.
• Commercial Property leases including key landlord and tenant obligations.
• Landlord and Tenant Law, including the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.
• Methods of adding value to real estate including re-gearing leases, rent reviews and tenant mix strategy.
• Leasehold exit strategies, including; surrender, break clauses, assignment and sub-letting.
• Corporate real estate strategies and markets.

More information

KA7040 -

Sustainable Construction and Technology (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn the fundamentals of construction technology in the context of a society’s aim of mitigating climate change. The syllabus includes the processes and technology of commercial and domestic construction, both current and of the recent past to equip graduates with the knowledge to manage the construction, maintenance and development of property assets. The importance of the environmental impact of materials and the use of life cycle costing to enhance sustainability will supplement the teaching of low carbon construction technology and energy sources.

Within each of these areas you will study a range of topics to support this:

• Construction technology
o The structural elements, finishes and services found in typical low rise domestic construction.
o The structural elements, finishes and services found in commercial and industrial property.
• Low carbon design
o Site selection and building orientation
o Passive low carbon design in the domestic and commercial field
o Water conservation
o Green roof and wall applications
o Sustainable urban drainage
• Renewable energy applications
o Photovoltaic applications
o Biomass heating
o Ground and air source heat pumps
o Solar water heating
o Wind energy

On completion of this module the knowledge and understanding acquired forms part of the broader contextual framework for the study of your academic programme.

You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to the use and evaluation of data; effective communication; self-direction and personal responsibility.

More information

KA7056 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home institution can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject area in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’.
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Discussing ethical issues in research, and analysing results.
• Describing bias and limitations of research.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

More information

KA7032 -

Dissertation (Real Estate) (Core,60 Credits)

This module is designed to support you in independently designing and conducting a substantive original research project on a built environment topic of your own choice and aims to provide you with an opportunity to design and conduct a substantive piece of investigative work that is directly related to your programme of study. You will consolidate and apply your independent research skills developed whilst studying your first degree and on the Real Estate Concepts and Research Methods module KA7035) to answer a research question or test a hypothesis of your choosing. You will assemble and review relevant scholarly literature and data to present a cogent, reasoned and objective critique of published scholarly work on your chosen topic, in order to define a precisely focus for your research. Ultimately you are required to submit an original 15,000 word dissertation that is analytical and demonstrates an accurate interpretation and clear presentation of original research findings.

In the course of the module you will develop expertise in the following:
• identifying an appropriate research topic
• critically reviewing relevant academic literature;
• formulating research questions/hypotheses and appropriate methods of inquiry;
• collecting your own data and/or using existing datasets and literature
• analysing and interpreting your results using appropriate quantitative, statistical and/or qualitative techniques,
• relating your findings to existing and up-to-date literature and theory;
• objectively appraising the ethical considerations of conducting research; and
• independently managing and implementing your own research project.

More information

KF7005 -

Engineering and Environment Advanced Practice (Core,60 Credits)

This 60 credit module is designed for all full-time postgraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to either study abroad, undertake a work placement or join a research group for one semester as part of your programme. This experience gives you the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge acquired during the taught part of your programme and to acquire new skills and knowledge in an alternative learning environment. Specific learning will be defined in a personal learning contract.

Your Advanced Practice semester will be assessed on a pass/fail basis and as such, it does not contribute to the classification of your degree. However when taken and passed it is recognised both in your transcript as a 60 credit Advanced Practice Module and in your degree title.

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