This programme offers a unique focus on the relationship between real estate, the property development process and the planning systems of Europe and beyond. It explores the systems through which urban development operates and considers market mechanisms from the standpoint of investors, developers and occupiers of buildings, and the relationship of markets and policy at various geographical levels.

About this degree

The programme equips students with theoretical and practical preparation to practise across international boundaries in real estate fields (including property market analysis, property investment and development) and planning and urban policy.

Study Details:

MSc Full-time: 1 year Part-time: 2 years Flexible: 2-5 years Options: PG Dip

Module Details:

Compulsory modules

  • Planning Practices in Europe (15 credits)
  • Real Estate Appraisal (15 credits)
  • Real Estate Development (15 credits)
  • Real Estate Investment (15 credits)
  • Comparative Urban Projects (15 credits)
  • Critical Debates in Real Estate and Planning (15 credits)
  • Dissertation in Planning (60 credits)

Optional modules

Students may choose any elective modules from across UCL, subject to availability and the approval of the home department.

Students wishing to attain RTPI accreditation and who do not hold an accredited undergraduate degree, must take Planning Practice (15 credits) and either Spatial Planning: Concepts and Context (15 credits) or Comparative Planning Systems and Cultures (15 credits).


All MSc students submit a 10,000-word dissertation.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

For further and the most up-to-date information about the programme structure please visit the UCL Prospectus website.

Programme Funding

UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

Student Destinations

Graduates of the programme who were not already employed have taken jobs in private and public organisations in the field of real estate and planning in the UK and abroad.


Graduates of the International Real Estate and Planning MSc have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment, and at present there is a growing demand for our Master’s graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers. This programme prepares students both theoretically and practically to practise across international boundaries in the fields of urban policy, real estate market analysis and property development. Students will develop the necessary skills, knowledge and aptitudes to become creative, problem-solving professionals and to co-operate and engage creatively with others as both team members and team leaders. Graduates will also be equipped to engage in research, policy and regulatory activities relating to the field. Many pursue careers as commercial real estate surveyors, or planning consultants.


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Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of equivalent standing is required. There is no particular subject requirement as the MSc provides an ‘initial’ planning and real estate education for graduates with cognate or non-cognate degrees. Applicants who do not hold an upper second-class degree may, in exceptional cases, be admitted to the programme if they are able to demonstrate considerable senior-level professional experience in planning real estate or a related field.

International equivalent qualifications are considered, they can be found by selecting the relevant country from a drop down list in the entry requirements section of each programme page in the UCL Graduate Prospectus.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

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