MSc in Real Estate Studies (RICS accredited)

General

Program Description

Do you want to understand how real estate markets function? The University of Groningen's Master of Science in Real Estate Studies offers a unique one-year educational program in real estate to prepare you to become a leader in the real estate industry.

Starting from September 1, 2019, Real Estate Studies is a selective master. See more about the procedure under 'Admission and Application'.

Real estate markets have become global, making the real estate profession an international enterprise. At the same time, global and commercial brokers report major differences among local real estate markets. That urges for real estate professionals who are trained in integrating financial, economic and geographic skills with knowledge of local institutions.

The Department of Economic Geography at UG is home to one of the leading Real Estate Centres in Continental Europe. It offers a unique one-year Master program that will enable you to understand the fundamentals of real estate markets by investigating every field that impacts the real estate industry (e.g. finance, land economics, planning, construction, development, management, law). This gives the program a multidisciplinary character. This allows us to provide you with research-based expertise to solve complex problems in contemporary real estate. This Master's program is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

We seek focused, committed applicants who recently finished their bachelor program and want to apply their intellectual gifts to contribute to the real estate industry. You will be joining a diverse group of students and professionals who all share a passion for scientific rigor applied to solve complex problems in real estate and other fields that impact the real estate industry.

As a result of our many years of experience, our graduates work as developers, consultants, financiers, local policymakers, real estate valuers, real estate managers, etcetera, throughout the domestic and international real estate industry, holding positions of leadership in the real estate industry worldwide.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • The Master of Science in Real Estate Studies is the most multidisciplinary research-based graduate degree in real estate in Continental Europe;
  • The strength of the program lies in the multidisciplinary focus and the cooperation between the faculties of spatial sciences, economics, and law;
  • The program is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors;
  • There is an open atmosphere and it is easy to contact other students and lecturers;
  • Groningen – a beautiful historic city.

Program

Year 1

Courses

  • Finance for Real Estate (5 EC)
  • Optional course (5 EC)
  • Real Estate and Land Supply (5 EC)
  • International Real Estate Markets (5 EC)
  • Real Estate Investment (5 EC)
  • Master's Thesis Real Estate Studies (20 EC)
  • Optional course (5 EC)
  • Real Estate Research (5 EC)
  • Real Estate Development (5 EC)

Curriculum

One-year intensive Master's program UG's Master of Science in Real Estate Studies (MSc. RES) offers a unique one-year intensive educational program in real estate to prepare you to become a leader in the real estate industry.

UG's MSc. RES offers 10 ECTS in optional courses where you are able to specialize in your field of interest (e.g. finance, economics, geography, planning, management, law).

Students have an option to pursue internships or other opportunities. However, there is little room in our program for intensive 3 or 6-months internships as the program is only one year. Therefore, we highly encourage our students to combine an internship with thesis writing at a renowned firm in the field of real estate or other related fields that impact the real estate industry. Students who want to pursue intensive internships during the Master's program without combining it with thesis writing extend their program, on average, with 6 months. Students also have an option to study abroad, but the same dilemmas often arise if one cannot combine it with thesis writing.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

Specific requirements More information
Language test
  • English on VWO level
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (A, B or C)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (A, B or C)
  • Minimum of 6,5 for the International English Language Testing System (Academic version) (IELTS). With a minimum of 6,5 on listening, reading, writing and speaking.
  • Minimum of 90 on the internet-based version of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Minimum of 580 on the written version of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Minimum of 237 on the interactive version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Exemptions: native speakers or students with education from the US, Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, United Kingdom or Ireland
Previous education

Real Estate Studies is a selective master and has a selective pre-master. There is a maximum of 45 students for the master and 12 students for the pre-master. The deadline for registration in Studielink is May 1st.

After the deadline the Admissions Board assesses each applicant as follows:

  • To what extent are courses of prior education (including the results) in line with the MSc. Real Estate Studies?
  • To what extent has the applicant the expected knowledge and experience in the field of Real Estate on the basis of prior education and the motivation letter?

The date you will receive notice if you are selected will be just before or on June 1st.

International diploma

Specific requirements More information
Language test
  • English on VWO level
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (A, B or C)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (A, B or C)
  • Minimum of 6,5 for the International English Language Testing System (Academic version) (IELTS). With a minimum of 6,5 on listening, reading, writing and speaking.
  • Minimum of 90 on the internet-based version of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Minimum of 580 on the written version of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Minimum of 237 on the interactive version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Exemptions: native speakers or students with education from the US, Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, United Kingdom or Ireland
Previous education

Starting from September 1, 2019, Real Estate Studies is a selective master and has a selective pre-master. There is a maximum of 45 students for the master and 12 students for the pre-master. The deadline for registration in Studielink will be announced soon. Please note: this selection procedure does not apply if you want to start February 1, 2018.

After the deadline the Admissions Board assesses each applicant as follows:

  • To what extent are courses of prior education (including the results) in line with the MSc. Real Estate Studies?
  • To what extent has the applicant the expected knowledge and experience in the field of Real Estate on the basis of prior education and the motivation letter?

The date you will receive notice if you are selected will be announced soon.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

01 May 2020

01 September 2020

EU/EEA students

01 May 2020

01 September 2020

non-EU/EEA students

01 May 2020

01 September 2020

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
IELTS overall band 6.5
IELTS listening 6.5
IELTS reading 6.5
IELTS writing 6.5
IELTS speaking 6.5
TOEFL paper-based 580
TOEFL computer-based 237
TOEFL internet-based 90

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 14650 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time

Job prospects

Many graduates find jobs as market researchers or real estate consultants in a company, consultancy or government agency, or become a concept or property developer at a real estate investor. Graduate students find work as a research manager or portfolio manager at a real estate investor. Several people opt for an academic career at the university. In practice, graduates mostly do policy work, both in the private sector as well as at the local, regional and national governments.

During the program at the University of Groningen, we offer support for your career preparation.

Research

The program of the master in Real Estate Studies is related to the major research sub-disciplines in spatial sciences. Interim results of the research projects are integrated into the course.

Research in geography & planning focuses on the interrelationship between property and spatial environment. Geographical and planning literature provides insight into how location decisions are made and the role of institutions. These aspects are reflected in courses like 'property and land markets' or 'real estate development'. The research in economic geography focuses on a deeper understanding of the choice of locations. This choice is based on economic and financial motives. In the research in real estate development, the interests of various economic actors are important; the landowner, the developer, the builder, the investor and the owner/user. The spatial economic and financial-economic research provides insight into the considerations. The business and management-oriented studies contribute to understanding the value chain and processes in real estate development. These aspects are reflected in subjects like 'finance', 'property investment' and 'property development'.

Researchers

  • Prof. Dr. Arno van der Vlist – Real Estate Economics
  • Dr. Mark van Duijn – Housing
  • Dr. Frans Sijtsma – Land Use
  • Dr. Xiaolong Liu – Real Estate Finance
Last updated Apr 2020

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