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Rural Surveying and Rural Property Management MLE

Rural Surveying and Rural Property Management MLE

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Land Economics Property: Surveying / Planning / Development Land & Sea Surveying

Course type


Course Summary

This programme gives you all the knowledge and skills you will need to work in land management, planning, public policy, economics and valuation. The programme combines a range of understanding across traditional land management, conservation, tourism, planning, countryside access, diversification, steading conversions, renewable energy and business skills to make decisions.

Courses include: Contemporary Environmental Challenges; Agricultural Principles and Practice; Forestry and Game Management; Planning, Land and Environmental Law; Rural Business Management; Research Methods; Valuation for Rural Surveyors; Rural Police in Practice and your dissertation.

  • RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) accredited
  • Field trips to the Scottish Highlands
  • The Master of Land Economy is the only RICS accredited programme of its kind in Scotland
  • You study in a beautiful medieval campus in the European energy capital and close to rural estates in Aberdeenshire, the Cairngorms National Park and the Highlands
  • Accountancy and Finance is ranked 10th in the UK and 3rd in Scotland (CUG 2020)

You gain practical land management skills, but you also gain the business understanding to manage finance, legal, planning and policy. The range of courses offered gives you not only a depth of knowledge but also a considerable range of specialisms to widen your career opportunities. You gain an additional accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) which is an internationally recognised symbol of professional status and knowledge in surveying.

You can work as a surveyor, land manager, rural surveyor or you can work in conservation organisations, planning in public authorities, national parks globally, and surveying internationally. The department work with land agents locally and you enjoy a visit to highland and lowland estates in Scotland. Graduates are offered employment in national rural surveying firms, planning, tourism and environmental projects amongst others. Teaching staff come from professional backgrounds and hold roles such as the president of the Central Association of Agriculture and Valuers and Head Planner in Aberdeen City Council

The Business School is internationally recognised for its excellence in world leading research and it was ranked 3rd in the UK for impact in Business Management Studies (Times Higher Education REF 2014). It offers internationally focused research and teaching from a truly international team of lecturing staff and in return it attracts over 45 nationalities due to the dual focus on academic and professional skills along with strong research.

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. Many of its subjects continue to progress societal, economic and new innovations to this day. Initially aligned to the university models of Paris and Bologna, this progressive vision continues to attract international research staff and international academics. The stunning contemporary blue glass Sir Duncan Rice library offers you panoramic views over the city, beach and beyond and excellent study facilities.

Aberdeen is one of the leading world energy hubs with over 900 related companies located in the city and over 20 FTSE companies many of whom are internationally recognised brands. The city is compact and architecturally very interesting due to its European trading past and silver granite opulence. It offers four shopping centres, restaurants for all tastes and budgets, museums, galleries, a beach, walks and plenty to do

Different course options

Full time | University of Aberdeen | 12 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



Contemporary Environmental Challenges - Core
Agricultural Principles and Practice - Core
Forestry and Game Management - Core
Planning, Land & Environmental Law - Core
Rural Business Management - Core
Research Methods - Core
Valuation for Rural Surveyors - Core
Rural Policy in Practice - Core
Case Study / Dissertation - Core
Case Study / Dissertation - Core

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

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University information

The University of Aberdeen is 5th oldest university in the UK and 3rd oldest university in Scotland. It was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495 to provide academic learning across many of the subjects it teaches and researches today. Aberdeen attracts over 3,500 postgraduate students internationally, studying on campus and online. There are 12 schools: Business School Divinity, History and Philosophy Education Language,...more