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MSc Real Estate Economics and Finance

About the MSc programme

This programme is based in the Department of Geography and Environment but involves collaboration with the Departments of Accounting, Finance and Economics and offers the following benefits:

  • Study in a Department with a strong group of applied urban and real estate economists and land use specialists situated in the only UK university devoted solely to the social sciences.
  • Our master's programme focuses on developing graduates' ability to integrate theoretical developments with practical experience.
  • Master's students are drawn from a range of disciplinary and national backgrounds and join a vibrant community of over 200 graduate students studying graduate courses within the Department.
  • This is an academic programme but it benefits from a partnership agreement with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, RICS,  conferring professional recognition. In addition, the Investment Property Forum, IPF, has included the programme on their selected list of graduate courses that the forum considers to provide the relevant skills necessary for those operating in the property investment market. This recognition comes with a number of benefits for our master's graduates. Graduates of the MSc REEF will be offered a fast-track membership to the forum.

This MSc will appeal if you wish to work, or are already working, in a specialised area relating to property and urban analysis (including research), real estate finance or investment analysis. You should have good analytical, quantitative and technical skills. A thorough grounding in economic analysis, at a level equivalent to a joint degree at least, is a normal requirement for entry.

If you do not hold an honours degree from a UK university you should submit a GRE General Test score with your application that has been taken within the last five years and include your test scores on your application form. (You may also submit a GMAT score, but GRE is preferred). Please see lse.ac.uk/admissionsEnquiries for more information. We do not require a specific mark but we do typically expect candidates to score in the top ten percentile in the overall test. However, other qualifications and relevant work experience will be taken into consideration. We recognise that if your first language is not English the test will present special difficulties and we view your score on that basis.

Programme details

The programme integrates current academic analysis and research with an applied study of real estate markets and finance. This is done mainly in a European and North American institutional setting. Minimum teaching contact for a full unit course is usually 40 hours, and 20 hours for a half unit.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Real Property Market Practice* provides an examination of how real property markets operate in practice and of the analytical techniques and data available for analysts and practitioners.
  • Applied Urban and Regional Economics provides a theoretical and empirical understanding of urban economic processes and price determination in land and real property markets within an institutional context.
  • Real Estate Finance* examines concepts and techniques for analysing financial decisions in real estate development and investment.
  • Either Asset Markets A* covers the fundamental concepts and tools underlying the asset markets side of modern finance or Finance I* is a first course in financial analysis for students with a basic knowledge of management.
  • Dissertation.

Students will be expected to choose a relevant half unit course from a range of options, subject to regulations and agreement of the programme director.

Students may also choose Corporate Finance and Asset Markets instead of one of the following two combinations: (optional) MSc level half unit course plus Asset Markets A* or (optional) MSc level half unit course plus Finance I*. The half unit course Asset Markets A* cannot be combined with the half unit course Finance I*.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

Our MSc graduates enter a wide variety of employment including professional firms, finance, real estate research, consultancy, the public sector and education.


Application code: L8U3 (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2013: 37/302

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 with background in economic analysis, and good analytical, quantitative and technical skills (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: All graduates of non-UK institutions must submit a GRE score (preferred) or GMAT score

Fee level: £19,944

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support). MSc Real Estate Economics and Finance is accredited for ESRC funding as part of a four year award

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions. For consideration for ESRC funding 12 January 2015

Note: Offers fast-track membership to the Investment Property Forum, and accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

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