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MSc/Dip International Real Estate and Planning

The MSc/Dip International Real Estate and Planning focuses on the relationship between the property development process and the planning systems of Europe and beyond.

About the course

The MSc/PGDip explores the systems through which urban planning and property development operate:

  • market mechanisms
  • ownership frameworks
  • taxation and subsidy
  • land use
  • policy planning

It also considers market mechanisms from the perspective of investors, developers and occupiers of buildings, and the relationship between markets and policy at various geographical levels.

The programme consists of lectures and seminars, project work and a dissertation. It aims to give you an understanding of the range of variation across national boundaries, and theoretical and practical knowledge that can be applied internationally.

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Who should apply?

People who wish to practise internationally and to break the boundaries between built environment professions.


Accreditation

The MSc IREP programme is fully accredited by both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Further information on accreditation and routes to membership can be obtained from the RTPI and RICS websites.


Why choose the Bartlett?

We offer:

  • a programme that draws on UCL's position as a leading research-led university
  • an opportunity to acquire a broad range of skills and knowledge, while setting foot on the path towards specialisation
  • a principle- and theory-driven programme giving both conceptual understanding and the skills needed to tackle practical problems

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Structure

The programme offers two different routes to the MSc/PGDip in International Real Estate and Planning: one-year full-time or two years and up to five years through accumulation of programme modules for part-time students.

Individual modules may be taken as free-standing training elements, and accumulated towards intermediate certificate and postgraduate diploma qualifications, as well as the full master's degree.

Further details of these modules can be found in the UCL Module Catalogue.

IREP Structure Diagram

The MSc/PGDip degree requires the student to take and pass 180 credits of core and elective modules. The programme consists of six 15-credit modules of core studies and another 30 credits of elective courses. Those taking the MSc degree then write a 60-credit dissertation. A 'research support' module runs in Term 3, which is scheduled to coincide with the early stages of the production of an MSc Dissertation.

Compulsory Modules

Further details of these modules can be found in the UCL Module Catalogue.

BPLN0013 Planning Practices in Europe
Credits: 15
Assessment: Coursework
Term 1

BPLN0014 Critical Debates in Real Estate and Planning
Credits: 15
Assessment: Coursework
Term 1

BPLN0010 Real Estate Appraisal 
Credits: 15
Assessment: Coursework
Term 1

BPLN0015 Comparative Urban Projects
Credits: 15
Assessment: Coursework
Term 2

BPLN0011 Real Estate Investment
Credits: 15
Assessment: Exam
Term 2

BPLN0017 Real Estate Development
Credits: 15
Assessment: Coursework
Term 1

Dissertation

Further details of these modules can be found in the UCL Module Catalogue.

BPLN0039 Dissertation in Planning
Credits: 60
Assessment: Dissertation
Term 3 and Summer

Elective Modules

Further details of these modules can be found in the UCL Module Catalogue.

Students should chose 30 credits of elective modules (normally two 15-credit modules, preferably one in Term 1, the other in Term 2). The choice is open to relevant modules in any UCL postgraduate programme.

Students seeking RTPI accreditation do not take elective modules, but instead have to take and pass two extra core courses:

BPLN0055 Planning Practice
Credits: 15
Assessment: Coursework
Term 2

And a choice of one of the following two modules:

BPLN0037 Spatial Planning: Concepts and Context
Credits: 15
Assessment: Exam
Term 1

BPLN0038 Comparative Planning Systems and Cultures
Credits: 15
Assessment: Exam
Term 1

Elective Modules

You can select electives from a wide range of modules taught in the Bartlett School of Planning, in the Faculty of the Built Environment or throughout UCL. Further details of these modules can be found in the Module Catalogue.

If you want to seek RTPI accreditation you must take and pass the following electives:

BPLN0055 Planning Practice
And a choice of one of the following two modules:

BPLN0037 Spatial Planning: Concepts and Context
BPLN0038 Comparative Planning Systems and Cultures

Delivery in 2022-23

For the 2021-22 academic year, we have been delivering this programme through ‘blended’ delivery, incorporating some elements face-to-face and some elements online, allowing us to respond to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, for example in case we need to have social distancing in place on the UCL Campus. Elements delivered in person have not been replicated online. Delivery in 2022-23 may also be impacted by the pandemic, however applicants should not expect to be able to complete the programme remotely. Given the practical nature of the programmes we deliver at the Bartlett School of Planning, we do expect the delivery and achievement of core learning outcomes on this degree course to require students to attend in person teaching activity in London.

Field trips

We are hoping to run field trips as part of the programme in 2022-23, however these may be subject to restriction due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, for example we might be able to offer a UK field trip more readily than one to elsewhere in Europe albeit this would normally be our intended destination. Offer holders / enrolled students will be kept updated on our plans.

This trip would usually be based in a European city outside the UK and will cover a range of real estate and planning themes, linking directly to the master's programme.

Staff

Programme Director:

Dr Nicola Livingstone
Lecturer in Real Estate
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Staff teaching on the programme currently

Dr Kwame Addae-Dapaah
Senior Lecturer in Real Estate
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Dr Claire Colomb
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Dr Claudio de Magalhães
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Michael Edwards
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Dr Jessica Ferm
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Dr Tommaso Gabrieli
Lecturer in Real Estate
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Dr Nikos Karadimitriou
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Dr Qiulin Ke
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Dr Susan Moore
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Professor Yvonne Rydin
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Dr Danielle Sanderson
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Prof Fulong Wu
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Careers and employability

Graduates of the MSc International Real Estate and Planning programme at the Bartlett who were not already employed have taken jobs in real estate and planning in public and private offices in the UK and abroad. Among the employers of MSc IREP graduates are:

  • Hammerson SA, Paris
  • DTZ, Paris
  • Matthews and Goodman, Paris
  • King and Co, Barcelona
  • OECD Urban and Environmental Directorate, Paris
  • IAURIF, Paris
  • Kolpron, Berlin
  • Savills, Greece
  • SEB Asset Management, Frankfurt
  • Investment Property Databank, London
  • Tarmac, London
  • Jones Lang Lasalle, London
  • URBED, London
  • BNP Paribas, London
  • Tibbalds Monro, London

Still can't find what you're looking for? Get in touch with Programme Director and Admissions Tutor Dr Nicola Livingstone, or Programme Administrator Judith Hillmore.

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