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MA Real Estate Management and Finance

Key information

Delivery type
Full Time
Degree qualification
Mode of delivery
4 years
Start date

Our BA/MA (Hons) Real Estate Management and Finance degree is not about preparing you to be an estate agent. Although estate agents are the most commonly known occupation, they represent only a small part of the real estate profession. 

Real estate is everywhere - it is your home, it is your school, it is your shopping centre, it is where you go on holiday, and it is even the places we want to preserve for future generations. Real estate includes the land and any buildings or improvements built on it - thus the built environment. 

Think about who uses real estate, who owns real estate and who invests in real estate. All stakeholders involved use the knowledge of real estate professionals. In fact, the largest owners and users of real estate are governments. 

The Forbes Magazine 2019 Global Ranking identified Canadian company Brookfield Asset Management as the largest public real estate company with assets worth $256 billion, followed by American Tower which owns cell towers. Weyerhaeuser Corp, a timber company, was number six.  All these organisations need skilled and knowledgeable professional real estate staff to make strategic and operational decisions, such as when to buy, when to sell, whether they are getting enough income or whether expenses are too high, and how to negotiate rents and determine values. Banks, lenders and equity investors also are major investors in real estate and need the skillsets of real estate professionals.

Your student experience

Heriot-Watt University, Dubai was the first and has the most respected real estate degree programme with the largest graduate network in the GCC. Our new undergraduate degree has been designed in response to employer demand and recognition that the property sector is now a central part of wider financial markets.

The sector locally in Dubai (UAE) is developing and very much conforming to global best practices. Recent additions to International Valuation Standards (IVS) and International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS) are two examples where our students would benefit from studying a relevant programme. Furthermore, discussions with major firms also highlight the need for graduates to have a holistic range of business and finance skills alongside the technical knowledge relevant to property (for instance financial modelling). To this end, particular emphasis is placed on ensuring that students are familiar with the latest concepts in mixed-asset portfolio analysis, risk management, financial and valuation modelling.

Heriot-Watt property programmes have been ranked as one of the leading programmes in the UK. Heriot-Watt takes an applied focus, going beyond textbook and theory to explore real-world issues and solutions. Our programme combines real estate with business analytics, management, and finance; and graduates have sought-after transferable skills in writing, research and critical evaluation.  Our graduates will have career opportunities in business and property professions and are eligible for a broad range of postgraduate programmes across both disciplines. Students take part in a professional project that matches them with local practitioners and employers.

Go Global

There are currently no Go Global opportunities for this particular programme. However, other Go Global opportunities may be available. Please contact for more information.

Course content

September Intake - Dubai

Year 1 combines a number of relevant business and finance courses so that students are equipped with the relevant background of data analysis and analysis of financial markets. Core subjects include economics; management and business. Urban geography and the built environment components offer a linkage of the economy to property and construction markets. These courses provides an introduction to academic study, to the built environment professions, and to the nature of the work carried out by property surveyors.

Mandatory September

  • Academic Skills
  • Management in a Global Context
  • Shaping Tomorrow Together A
  • Real Estate and its Markets

Mandatory January

  • The Economy
  • Human Geography & The City
  • Shaping Tomorrow Together B

Optional January

  • Discovering Business
  • Cost Control Principles

Fees and funding

AED 68,686 per year

  • All tuition fees inclusive of VAT.

Entry requirements

We have standard entry requirements for all of our courses that you will have to meet.

  • GCE A-Level - CCD (or BBBB at AS-Level) 
  • CBSE/Other Indian Boards - 65%. 
  • American High School Diploma/SABIS - 70% + SAT I – 1000 (500 English and 500 Math)
  • Tawjihiyya - 80% or Elite/Advance - 75% + EmSAT (English 1400 and Math 700) 
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme - 24 points (3 HL and 3 SL). 
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma - MMM 
  • FBISE grade 12 or equivalent – 70% 
  • Russian/Kazakhstan (Attestat) - Grades of 5 in every subject + IELTS 6.0 
  • African WAEC/NECO/WASSCE - B2 
  • French Baccalaureate - 13/20 + IELTS 6.0 
  • Lebanese Baccalaureate - 80% or 13/20 + IELTS 6.0 
  • Foundation year Successful completion of Heriot-Watt University Degree Entry Programme (Engineering/Management) with a CCCC. 
  • Compulsory subjects to include English. 

To find out more about the specific entry requirements for your country, please refer to our International Entry Requirements.

To find out about the entry requirements for this programme, please send an email to

Why Heriot-Watt

We're the top university in Scotland for graduate outcomes which means that more of our graduates are employed or in postgraduate education than any other institution in the country and we ranked 5th in the UK.

We're also rated number one in the UK for CEO or MD roles, meaning more of our graduates go on to become CEOs or MDs than any other university in the whole of the UK. On top of that, we have beautiful campuses, across the globe, so you'll get a truly international education. Our Edinburgh Campus is home to Oriam, Scotland's National Sports Performance Centre combined with plenty of wellbeing resources, prioritising fitness and mental health for all students. Our Global Research Institutes look at solving real world issues such as climate change and saving our oceans as well as working on the next medical technological breakthrough and the future of AI and robots.


<p>Common career paths include&nbsp;real estate investment analyst, valuation, corporate real estate, market research analyst, property development, property management, asset portfolio management, and property advisory services.</p><p>Typical employers include real estate advisory companies, corporations, investment funds, property developers, pension and sovereign funds, financial institutions, and governments.</p>

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