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Programme Details

A new MSc programme, giving students both a thorough grounding in real estate and finance.

MSc 12 months full-time

This programme builds on many years of experience in running finance and real estate MSc’s at the University of Aberdeen. This new course brings together these two complementary disciplines and offers the student both RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) accreditation and the opportunity to take the leading professional finance qualification, CFA level 1, during the course. Equipped with not only an MSc from a prestigious university but with recognised professional accreditation/qualifications in both disciplines should put students in an excellent position when looking at job and career opportunities. Those students who do not wish to take the CFA exam have an alternative research-based programme whilst their colleagues are working on the CFA material.

 The academic programme is up-to-date and provides a high level of understanding of both theoretical and numerical material. The university has market-leading financial databases (the Thomson-Reuters Eikon suite) to support both the teaching and the individual study of students. All students finish their programme with a dissertation, giving them the opportunity to show their ability to address and answer a research issue under the supervision of academic staff.

You may also be interested in our MSc Real Estate programme, details of which can be found at:

This degree is recognised by the Investment Property Forum (IPF).


Bringing together faculty interests, knowledge, experiences and a strong commitment to graduate employability prospects, the programme consists of eight modules and a dissertation/project which is designed to enable you to prosper in what is a complex and competitive and continually changing market place or to prepare for further study if that is your career aim. The Professional Finance module includes preparation by professional finance trainers (Fitch 7City Learning - ) for the CFA level 1 exam. More information about the CFA Institute and the CFA program can be found at .

Teaching includes traditional methods as well as computer lab based time, including our ThompsonReuters Eikon room with market leading financial database coverage and other up-to-date teaching and learning styles.

Contact Information

Clare McIntyre, Recruitment & Admissions Co-ordinator 

Graduate Business School

email: or tel: + 44 (0) 1224 273235


Semester One

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Accountancy
  • Valuation and Finance
  • Real Estate Economics

Semester Two

  • Portfolio Analysis
  • Real Estate Developement and Appraisal
  • Financial Analysis and Markets
  • Professional Finance (CFA study and exam)

 or Studies in Accounting (academic-led research skills course).

Summer Term

  • Dissertation


  • Asian Cities - Hong Kong
  • Asian Cities - Seoul/Tokyo
  • Asian Cities - Singapore
  • Asian Cities - Shanghai/Beijing

(Please note extra costs are involved for this option - see the University's main Tuition Fee database).



Our programme employs a variety of assessment methods which are designed to assess knowledge, competencies and skills that are required in the modern financial world. This means you will be required to prepare reports, group and individual presentation etc as well as traditional exams and academic essays.


This unique programme provides a strong platform for both finance and real estate career choices. In particular it can prepare students for careers in real estate finance or real estate portfolio management.

An Alumni profile of one of our previous year's students can be seen at:

They are happy for any prospective student to contact them and ask any questions they may have about the programme.

A video testamonial of another Alumni, Tiezheng Li can also be seen at:


The minimum requirement is a good first degree (equivalent to a British second-class Honours degree) or above in any discipline. For more detailed information on entry requirements, please contact

References are not required in order for applicants to submit an application. They are not usually required in order for a decision to be made but in certain cases applicants may be asked to provide a single academic reference at the request of the academic selector. 

The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent PTE or Cambridge Advanced or Cambridge Proficiency. TOEFL iBT can be submitted for EU/non Tier 4 applicants only).  For more information see  

Please note, students who accept an offer of a place will be asked to pay a deposit to secure their place. This deposit is later deducted from the tuition fees payable at registration. See for further details.


For further information on tuition fees please visit


All applicants will be considered for Graduate Business School and Kings College Scholarships.  See:

Prospective students should visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database

University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen.  More Information can be found here.


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General Information

Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
The Hub
King's College

Tel: +44 (0)1224 272090 / +44 (0)1224 272091
Fax: +44 (0)1224 272576

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