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MSc/Dip International Real Estate & Planning


The MSc/PGDip in International Real Estate and Planning (IREP) offers a unique opportunity for students to focus on the relationship between the property development process and the planning systems of Europe and beyond. It 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 standpoint of investors, developers and occupiers of buildings and the relationship between markets and policy at various geographical levels.

Programme Objectives

The programme structure reflects the reality that although economic globalisation and international integration are premised on some degree of harmonisation, the field of real estate and property development confronts a diverse range of rules and practices, which are deeply embedded in their national contexts and change only slowly. The programme also reflects the strong need for educated professionals trained to practise effectively across national boundaries.

It is the Bartlett School of Planning’s belief that this objective can only be achieved if attention is paid simultaneously to the character of real-estate markets and to the particularities of planning and other regulatory mechanisms. This is an ambitious but not impossible aim. For this purpose, throughout the programme coursework focuses on methods of study and understanding, as well as on the range of variation in practice through national case studies.

The programme consists of lectures and seminars, project work and the preparation of a dissertation. It aims to equip students with an understanding of the range of variation to be found across national boundaries, and with the theoretical and practical apparatus to apply their knowledge internationally.


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 these bodies.

Contact details

Programme Director: Dr Claudio De Magalhães

Admissions Tutor: Dr Claudio De Magalhães

Programme Administrator: Anthony Grout


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 on our post-graduate modules page.

Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Planning Practices
in Europe
(15 credits)
Comparative Urban
(15 credits)
Planning Research Techniques
(0 credits)
(60 credits)

Real Estate Appraisal
(15 credits)
Development Projects
(15 credits)
Planning Research Techniques
(0 credits)
(60 credits)

Real Estate Investment
(15 credits)
BENVGEPB Critical Debates in Real Estate and Planning
(15 credits)


(60 credits)

Elective Courses Elective Courses
(60 credits)

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 on our post-graduate modules page

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

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

BENVGEP3 Real Estate Appraisal
Credits: 15
Assessment: Coursework
Term 1

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

BENVGEP4 Real Estate Investment
Credits: 15
Assessment: Exam
Term 2

BENVGUR2 Development Projects
Credits: 15
Assessment: Coursework
Term 2


Further details of these modules can be found on our post-graduate modules page

BENVGPL7 Dissertation in Planning
Credits: 60
Assessment: Dissertation
Term 3 and Summer

Planning Research Support Module
Credits: 0
Assessment: None (attendance only)
Term 3

Elective Modules

Further details of these modules can be found on our post-graduate modules page

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:

BENVGTC1 Planning Practice
Credits: 15
Assessment: Coursework
Term 2

And a choice of one of the following two modules:

BENVGPL5 Spatial Planning: Concepts and Context
Credits: 15
Assessment: Exam
Term 1

BENVGPL6 Comparative Planning Systems and Cultures
Credits: 15
Assessment: Exam
Term 1

Field trip

All students joining the MSc International Real Estate and Planning will participate in a short field trip in Term 1 of their first year. This trip will 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.


Compulsory Modules

Further details of these modules can be found on our post-graduate modules page

BENVGEPA Planning Practices in Europe looks at the importance of planning in property markets, alongside systems of law, tenure and economic activity. The module is not exhaustive either in subject matter or in coverage of European countries. It indicates the spheres in which significant variations exist and the main debates on local, national and supra-national planning practices.

BENVGEPB Critical Debates in Real Estate and Planning is a reading-based seminar introducing students to some of the key issues confronting planning and property development internationally. The aim is to encourage in-depth reading and discussion within a small group setting and to develop themes introduced and knowledge gained in other core modules.

BENVGEP3 Real Estate Appraisal enables students to gain an understanding of the bases, methods and applications of real estate appraisal in real estate markets. Students will learn about the concepts, tools and techniques for appraising individual real estate assets, Upon completion of the course, students should have a broad understanding of the nature of real estate as an asset, the financial mathematics required to perform real estate appraisal, the main approaches to real estate appraisal, the objectives and uses of real estate appraisals and techniques for estimating the value of real estate assets.

BENVGEPC Comparative Urban Projects focuses on projects, developments and episodes in the expansion of metropolitan regions in different countries. It analyses and compares the relationship between planning systems, institutions of land ownership, law, taxation and market conditions, seeking to develop frameworks for understanding the genesis and the outcomes of urban developments.

BENVGEP4 Real Estate Investment aims to introduce students to commercial real estate investment markets focussing on the qualities of real estate as an investment, the range of real estate investment vehicles, issues in cross-border real estate investment, the motives and attributes of different real estate investors, real estate portfolio construction, real estate performance measurement, real estate market forecasting inter alia.

BENVGUR2 Development Projects provides an understanding of the development process, with emphasis on urban regeneration projects. The module looks at the different thought processes, the considerations of risk and return, and the variety of risk management strategies employed by those engaged in the development process.

Dissertation Modules

Further details of these modules can be found on our post-graduate modules page

BENVGPL7 MSc International Real Estate and Planning Dissertation is a record of original work (approximately 10,000 words) linked to international real estate and planning.

BENVGPL3 Planning Research - Dissertation Support Module exposes students to the research process and to appropriate data collection methods for planning research. Students are also supported through this module in the early stages of planning their dissertation, and assisted with the development of appropriate research methods.

Elective Modules

Students can select up to 30 credits of elective modules from other UCL postgraduate programmes. Please look at the Postgraduate Modules webpage to view the options available. Recent elective options have included:

  • Spatial Planning
  • Urban Economics and Politics
  • Transport Policy and Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Urban Regeneration
  • Cities and the Environment
  • Housing Policies
  • Management

Instead of taking elective modules, students seeking RTPI accreditation have to take and pass two extra core courses:

BENVGTC1 Planning Practice promotes an understanding of planning and development practice in both private and public sector agencies, with extensive contributions from practitioners.

And a choice of one of the following two modules:

BENVGPL5 Spatial Planning examines the evolution of the planning system in the UK with particular reference to spatial planning policy and spatial plan development, from European to national, regional, local and community practices.

BENVGPL6 International Planning develops students' understanding of their own country's planning system by studying planning in a cross-national comparative context.


Programme Director:

Dr Claudio de Magalhães
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Staff teaching on the programme currently include:

Dr Claire Colomb
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Michael Edward
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Dr Jessica Ferm
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Dr Nikos Karadimitriou
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Dr Qiulin Ke
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Professor Patrick McAllister
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Dr Susan Moore
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Professor Nick Phelps
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Professor Yvonne Rydin
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Prof Fulong Wu
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International Real Estate and Planning MSc

Key Information

Modes and duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: 2-5 years
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
£12,200 (FT)
£22,380 (FT)
Application deadlines
All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2016/17 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.


Entry Requirements

Preferably 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. Where candidates fail to meet the standard requirement (i.e. they hold a degree of a lower classification), the department will take into account professional experience when considering the application. 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.

English Language Requirements

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: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for graduates from planning, architecture, pertinent social sciences (economics, geography, and history), real estate, estate management and related degrees. Many students have some post-degree professional experience. It is especially suitable for people who wish to practise internationally and to break the boundaries between built environment professions.

Application deadlines
All applicants
29 July 2016

International students who require a Tier 4 visa are strongly advised to submit their application before 15 June 2015.

What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study International Real Estate and Planning at graduate level
  • why you want to study International Real Estate and Planning at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

When to Apply

The UCL admissions procedure for all applications for postgraduate programmes (including MArch, MRes, MA, MSc and Postgraduate Diploma) normally takes between 4 and 12 weeks. Generally, applications are considered and decisions on offers of admission are arrived at in the order that applications are received. Therefore, applicants are advised to apply earlier rather than later.

If you have not yet met the academic or English language proficiency requirements then you can still apply. But if you are made an offer of a place, then it will be conditional on you meeting these requirements before the start of the academic year. 

If you require a visa to study in the UK, documentation to assist in your visa application cannot be produced until an unconditional offer of admission is made. A conditional offer will delay your Tier 4 visa application, so you should try and obtain your English certification and provide evidence of meeting any academic condition as early as possible. International applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK should also take into account that, as well as the time required to complete the UCL admissions procedure, obtaining entry clearance to the UK takes an additional amount of time. Therefore if you require a Tier 4 visa you are strongly advised to make your application to study at UCL before 15th June in the year in which you wish to study. 


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