University of Aberdeen

Degree level: Postgraduate

Finance and Real Estate (with CFA Level 1 Examination) (Taught)

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Course summary

The Finance and Real Estate MSc is focused on the real needs of business and will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in this sector. With two leading industry qualifications built-in, this course is your foundation in the highest standards of the real estate world. This programme bridges the gap between undergraduate studies and employment – combining the study of two complementary subject areas with leading industry accreditation and professional training to ensure you are industry-ready. The programme is designed to extend your capabilities in all financial aspects of real estate and property development with a particular focus on international real estate markets and commercial property valuation and investment. This programme holds accreditation from Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which allows graduates to go on to the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence. It also runs in parallel with the globally recognised qualification CFA Level 1, so you’ll have the opportunity to complete this leading professional qualification too. Not only that, the Investment Property Forum has included this programme on its selected list of graduate programmes that they consider to provide the relevant skills necessary for those operating in the property investment market. Finally, the Business School is also home to the internationally recognised Centre for Real Estate Research, which acts as a focus for interdisciplinary research in the area of Real Estate Investment and Property Market Analysis.

Course details


You’ll gain a deep understanding of the latest theoretical thinking, leaving with essential knowledge on the economics of land markets, commercial property valuation and development, portfolio investment and finance.

Assessment method

By course work, group work, presentations, by written examination or by a combination of those, as prescribed for each course.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chartered Surveyors, Royal Institution of

How to apply

International applicants

When you are thinking about studying overseas, it is important that you understand all the costs involved and budget accordingly. It is essential to budget for your studies prior to leaving your home country and to arrange all your funding for BOTH your tuition fees and your living costs.

Entry requirements

This programme is open to graduates from any discipline, and does not require business or management study to be completed at undergraduate level. Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a degree at 2:2 (lower second class) UK Honours level (or a degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth).

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5Listening - 5.5 or above; Reading - 6.0 or above; Speaking - 5.5 or above; Writing - 6.0 or above.
TOEFL (iBT)90TOEFL DI code is 0818: Listening - 17 or above; Reading - 21 or above; Speaking - 20 or above; Writing - 21 or above.
PTE Academic62Listening - 59 or above; Reading - 59 or above; Speaking - 59 or above; Writing - 59 or above.
Institution's Own TestAcademic English Pre-sessional Programmes - Pass (valid for one year) OR Academic English Preparation Programme - Pass at Level Four (valid for one year).

To study for a postgraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write academic English fluently. These skills will allow you to understand lectures, produce high standards of written work, and perform well in examinations. We can assess your English language proficiency through a variety of means: through your nationality, through the qualifications you gained in high school, through the degree you undertook or are undertaking at university, or through a recognised English language test. Postgraduate Higher requirements are used by the Schools of Business; Divinity, History and Philosophy; Education; Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture; Law; and Social Sciences. The MSc in Oil and Gas Enterprise Management and the MSc in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience also make use of the Postgraduate Higher requirements. Please note certification must be within the two years prior to commencement of your degree programme, unless otherwise stated.

Please use the checklist at the following webpage to determine how you can meet our English language requirements:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £15200 Year 1
EU £25100 Year 1
England £15200 Year 1
Northern Ireland £15200 Year 1
Scotland £15200 Year 1
Wales £15200 Year 1
Channel Islands £15200 Year 1
International £25100 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees given are at the full-time rate. The part-time fee rate for taught postgraduate programmes is 50% of the relevant full-time fee rate.

Sponsorship information

View the University of Aberdeen Online Prospectus programme page to find out about any scholarships and funding you may be eligible to apply for.

Finance and Real Estate (with CFA Level 1 Examination) at University of Aberdeen - UCAS