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Full time | University of Aberdeen | 36 months | NOV-20

Study mode

Full time


36 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Estate Agency

Course type


Course Summary

The real estate group is part of the Business School and runs the Centre for Real Estate Research (CRER). Members of the group have attracted funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the EU, and a range of commercial and professional sponsors including the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Investment Property Forum (IPF). The group has industry links and publishes for instance the quarterly Aberdeen Housing Market Report.

The members of the real estate group conduct also research and research supervision with members of other groups within and outwith the Business School, for instance on the performance of investment funds and aspects of capital investments of universities (with members of the finance group of the Business School) and on GP business and location choices (with members of the health economics group of the Medical School).

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.

Graduates of the research programmes have been successful in establishing careers in a wide range of industries and sectors and can be found in many leading national and international industrial and financial organisations as well as universities.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

The research student fee rate for UK/EU/RUK students is set by the Research Council (UKRI). For 2019/20, the Research Council fee rate was £4,320 and the given fees subject to change for the entry 2020/21.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

All applicants for the research degree programmes must have at least an upper-second Honours degree in real estate, economics, finance, business management, spatial planning or a related subject. All applicants for the research degree programmes must have prior training in research methods, in particular if the research requires quantitative analysis. Applicants without such prior training may be accepted for the MRes (Business) degree first, which takes one year full-time or two years part-time.