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Real Estate MPhil or PhD

Key information

Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Estate Agency

Course type


Course Summary

Real Estate is researched within The Business School at University of Aberdeen. It is a long-established area which is known throughout the UK for the quality of research and teaching offered. The area specialises in valuation, investment, residential real estate and institutions of real estate in the investment industry. The area attracts funding from the ESRC, the EU, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Investment Property Forum and the Centre for Real Estate Research, formed in 1995.

It has matured into an established internationally recognised research group to provide international collaborative research and shape a rapidly changing international agenda in real estate.

The Centre offers The Aberdeen House Price Index which is based on data supplied by Aberdeen Solicitors Property Centre (ASPC). The index shows changes in the price of a ‘standard’ house over time and it informs many organisations throughout Scotland the UK. The group is supported internationally via international collaborations and editorship of the Journal of Property Research.

Our Research

Work, Health and Wellbeing
We research some of the most important public policy challenges of this century

Energy and Environment
We develop academic understanding of policy debates on major societal challenges in energy and environmental areas worldwide.

Finance, Organisation and Governance
We research theoretical and empirical research on risk and asset pricing.

Theory and Methods
We explore implications for methodological, theoretical, and empirical research and impacts for policy and practice

Property Market Analysis
We research real estate markets, regional and rural development issues. Our findings influence academic policy and professional debates in the UK and worldwide.

Projects include:

  • Constant Quality House Price Indices for Aberdeen
  • Depreciation of Office Investment Property in Europe
  • The Future of Built Environment Education in Scotland
  • Global Office Markets
  • The Treatment of Covenant Strength by the Property Industry
  • Aberdeen House Price Index

Research themes in the Business School include:

  • Property Market Analysis
  • Theory and Method
  • Finance, Organisation and Governance
  • Energy and Environment
  • Work, Health and Wellbeing

Property Market Analysis is led by Professor Norman Hutchison. The theme researches real estate markets, regional and rural development issues, academic, policy and professional debates in the UK and worldwide. Research is grounded in economic theory. The theme helps support disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research in commercial and residential property markets. Much research is policy driven and involves engagement with industry and government in the UK and Europe. Research has focused on three areas of property investment and market analysis, housing markets, and regional and rural development.

The University of Aberdeen and Kings College is the 5th oldest university in the UK. It was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495. It is “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” It provides progressive, innovative research. Initially aligned to the university models of Paris and Bologna, this progressive vision continues to attract international researchers and academics.

Different course options

Full time | University of Aberdeen | 36 months | NOV-19

Study mode

Full time


36 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students must have at least a good Honours degree in Real Estate, Economics, Finance, Spatial Planning or a related subject. Students should also have prior training in research methods. Other applicants may instead be accepted for the MRes Real Estate degree that may be taken over 1 year full-time or 2-years part-time in preparation for entry onto a Mphil programme. Also students must provide a detailed research proposal and two academic references from their most recent academic institution.