The Department of Real Estate is one of four disciplines that make up the Business School. It organises research activity in Real Estateand coordinates undergraduate teaching in Economics. There are 7 full-time faculty members in Real Estate (as of May 2012). The Head of Accountancy, Finance and Real Estate is Dr Mark Whittington.
The Department of Real Estate has a strong track record of interdisciplinary research in the area of property investment and property market analysis. During the most recent RAE assessment period, staff engaged in Real Estate research published a total of 126 refereed journal papers, 6 edited books, 9 book chapters, 32 commissioned reports and policy articles and presented 120 international conference papers. Overall in RAE 2008, 20% of the groups research was ranked as 4* (world-leading): 40% 3* (internationally excellent) and 30% 2* (recognised internationally). These ratings give the property a weighted average score of 2.70, in the top 25% in the UK.
The Department of Real Estate coordinates the teaching of students on the four-year Scottish undergraduate MA Real Estate programme. In the first two years, students study introductory and intermediate courses in Real Estate, Finance, Statistics and Economics alongside courses chosen from other disciplines within the MA programme. In the final two years students are able to choose from a wide range of honours courses from Real Estate and related disciplines, and write a dissertation on a topic of their choice. The Real Estate degree is an excellent preparation for careers in surveying, commercial real estate, investment, management, valuation and development.