Specialising in real estate and valuation and Investment, the functioning of commercial and residential real estate markets, and the institutions of the real estate investment industry.

The Real Estate discipline is part of the Business School. The discipline has attracted funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the EU, and a range of commercial and professional sponsors including the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Investment Property Forum (IPF). The research is organized in the Centre for Real Estate Research (CRER).

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification
MPhil or PhD

Our Research

Real Estate research is integrated across five distinct research themes in our Business School. These themes are carried through into our Research Centres and current research projects. Find out more about our staff research interests on our departmental pages.

            Research Interests

            Energy and Environment

            Advancing academic understanding of, and contribute to policy debates on, the major contemporary societal challenges in energy and the environment in the UK and worldwide

            Supervisors: Professor Euan Phimister (Theme Leader), Professor Catia Montagna, Dr Marc Gronwald, Dr Xin Jin, Dr Sola Kasim, Professor Alex Kemp, Dr Takahiko Kiso, Dr Agathe Rouaix, Dr Nikolaos Vlassis, Dr Mauro Papi, Professor Joe Swierzbinski, Dr Olga Klinkowska, Dr Nan Liu, Professor Deb Roberts, Dr Rainer Schulz, Dr Martin Wersing, Dr Jing Cai

            Energy and Environment

            Entry Requirements

            All applicants for a Real Estate research programme must have at least a good Honours degree in Real Estate, Economics, Finance, Spatial Planning or a related subject. If English is not their first language they must also show evidence of attaining standards in English. Details of English language criteria

            Applicants for the MPhil or PhD should also have prior training in research methods. Other applicants may instead be accepted for the MRes (Business) degree that may be taken over 1 year full-time or 2-years part-time.

            Applicants to the MPhil or PhD must provide a detailed research proposal and two academic references from their most recent academic institution.

            If you think a specific member of staff in Finance would be suited to your proposed area of research, you may find it helpful to contact that person directly to discuss your proposal so you can be guided through the application process in more detail.

            Details of our current staff and their research interests

            International Applicants


            The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

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            Business School 88 per cent

            In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 88% of research in the Business School was assessed as having ‘outstanding' or 'very considerable' impacts on society, organisations, and the economy. 

            Business School Research 71 per cent

            In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 71% of research in the Business School was graded as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent.


            Graduates have been successful in establishing careers in a wide range of industries and sectors. Graduates are to be found in many leading industrial and financial organisations as well as universities.

            Many of our overseas students return to senior positions in their own country.

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