University of Manchester launches new master’s degree for Middle East professionals

New programme is the latest in a growing portfolio of blended Masters degrees for working professionals offered in the region

The University of Manchester has launched a new part-time master’s degree in the Middle East. It is designed for people working in the real estate industry and associated professional services or working professionals with an interest in building a career in real estate.

As per a statement, the MSc Real Estate programme is delivered in a part-time blended learning format, suitable for working professionals, with the opportunity to join face-to-face course conferences with faculty and peers, in Dubai. The new programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and is taught by a team of leading academics experienced in the global real estate industry, the university states.

The programme is said to be designed to meet the needs of professionals in a dynamic global industry, which is facing a range of issues such as rapid urbanisation and the challenge to urban planning; climate change and energy sustainability; digital transformation (prop-tech) and changing end-user lifestyles and expectations.

“The real estate sector is at the heart of many local and regional economies and is one of the world’s largest industries, attracting investment and talent, and creating wealth and career opportunities. The built environment is also at the core of the quality of life for all communities but is being challenged. Recent research has highlighted the need for real estate professionals to add value by providing leadership in providing solutions rather than just traditional technical skills. The changing nature of real estate requires new skills, from hospitality to data analytics,” explained Professor Selma Carson FRICS FCIArb FHEA, programme director for the MSc Real Estate at The University of Manchester.

The MSc Real Estate programme is said to encompass academic excellence with the development of transferable skills that are essential for a career in real estate in the private or public sector, internationally. It is designed as an intensive fast-track conversion course for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The key themes are commercial awareness, globalisation, and sustainability, understanding the role of real estate in society, business, and the end-user. Students in the Middle East are likely to be working in real estate or a related field, such as banking, real estate finance, or development, the educational institution said.

Carson added, “This is the essence of our MSc in Real Estate and we aim to help our students develop the necessary skills, knowledge and professionalism to compete effectively in a challenging regional and global market. The programme is designed as an intensive fast-track conversion course and combines academic excellence with the development of the transferable skills that are essential for a successful career in real estate.”

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