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Real Estate Studies

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 programme 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 programme 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 programme a multidisciplinary character. This allows us to provide you with research-based expertise to solve complex problems in contemporary real estate. This Master programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

We seek focused, committed applicants who recently finished their bachelor programme 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 rigour 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 policy makers, 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.

If you are looking to do a two year programme and are interested in doing research, you can combine the Master in Real Estate Studies with our top rated Research Master in Spatial Sciences

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Real Estate Studies
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60659
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Spatial Sciences
RICS
Why study this programme 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 programme lies in the multidisciplinary focus and the cooperation between the faculties of spatial sciences, economics and law
  • The programme 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
Programme
Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Finance for Real Estate (5 EC)
Real Estate and Land Supply (5 EC)
Master's Thesis in Real Estate Studies (20 EC)
Optional courses MSc Real Estate Studies (10 EC)
International Real Estate Markets (5 EC)
Real Estate Investment (5 EC)
Real Estate Research (5 EC)
Real Estate Development (5 EC)

Curriculum

For more information about the courses in this programme, please visit https://www.rug.nl/frw/education/master-info-frw/courses-master-real-estate-studies

One-year intensive Master programme UG's Master of Science in Real Estate Studies (MSc. RES) offers a unique one-year intensive educational programme 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 programme for intensive 3 or 6-months internships as the programme 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 programme without combining it with thesis writing extend their programme, 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
Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

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Voor kandidaten met een afgerond HBO-diploma van een aantal geselecteerde HBO-opleidingen zijn er elk jaar een beperkt aantal plaatsen beschikbaar voor het schakelprogramma van de masteropleiding Vastgoedkunde. De deadline voor aanmelden is 1 juni. Er vindt selectie plaats op basis van motivatie en studieresultaten. De schakelprogramma's hebben een omvang van 60 EC (1 jaar voltijd, geen deeltijd mogelijk) en starten alleen in september.

Je verzoek toelating dien je uiterlijk vóór 1 juni voorzien van cijferlijst, curriculum vitae en motivatie, op te sturen naar: Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen, t.a.v. M. Kuipers, Postbus 800, 9700 AV Groningen

other admission requirements

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. 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.

Please see the application and selection procedure here: https://www.rug.nl/frw/education/res-selection/

If you are interested in the pre-master please check the procedures here: https://www.rug.nl/frw/education/pre-master/pre-master-programme-real-estate-studies

The deadline for application 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 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.

Admission requirements

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. 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.

Please see the application and selection procedure here: https://www.rug.nl/frw/education/res-selection/

If you are interested in the pre-master please check the procedures here: https://www.rug.nl/frw/education/pre-master/pre-master-programme-real-estate-studies

The deadline for application 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 basis of prior education and the motivation letter?

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

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS listening6
IELTS reading6
IELTS writing6
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 January 202001 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 14350full-time
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14600full-time
After your studies

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 government.

During the programme we offer support for your career preparation. The Career Services are provided by the Careers Company and the UG Career Services.

More information about the Careers Company: http://www.rug.nl/frw/career
More information about the UG Career Services: http://www.rug.nl/careerservices

See where our alumni end up in this graphic !

Research

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 in to 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 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 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

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								Testimonial of Tim de Vries

    Real Estate Studies has provided a strong and stable basis for a successful career in the Real Estate business

    – Tim de Vries
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    I completed the master in Real Estate Studies at the University of Groningen in January of 2014. Before starting my master I studied Real Estate Management at the Hanzehogeschool. After my studies I started working at the international Real Estate consultancy Cushman & Wakefield, I've been employed here for the last five years.

    I completed the master in Real Estate Studies at the University of Groningen in January of 2014. Before starting my master I studied Real Estate Management at the Hanzehogeschool. After my studies I started working at the international Real Estate consultancy Cushman & Wakefield, I’ve been employed here for the last five years.

    During the master programme in Real Estate Studies you will learn to approach real estate and the environment from an academic perspective. What I found interesting was learning to approach the practice of real estate from a theoretical viewpoint. Doing this allows you to find explanations for how we deal with questions regarding real etate issues. As a result of this approach you can see that many topics can be reduced to a number of basic theories which are still very relevant in practice when entering the real estate work force as a professional.

    After graduating in January 2014, I immediately started working at the taxation department of Cushman & Wakefield in Amsterdam. I started out as a trainee to learn more about the necessary job skills. Next to this, personal development was an important aspect of the training. After 2,5 years I was ready to start at a more commercial function, so I switched to the Office Agency team at Cushman & Wakefield in which I advise occupants and owners when renting, buying and selling office real estate.

    Looking back at the previous five years, I can conclude that I have strongly developed myself as a real estate professional regarding both job specific as well as personal skills. A personal highlight was winning the Real Estate Young Talent Award 2018. This is a yearly award in which five young professionals are nominated by an expert jury. After participating in public debates, writing blogs and gathering online votes I was the happy winner of this prize.

    All in all this master programme has provided a strong and stable basis for a successful career in the Real Estate business.

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Study associations

Ibn Battuta

Faculty Association of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences from the University of Groningen
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Study support

Our project based work is designed to develop your research skills and introduce you to group working. If you encounter any problems or have questions, lecturers and fellow students are always close by to help you out.