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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Real Estate Finance is no longer accepting new applications.


Candidates shall complete two pathway core modules, one research methods module and three optional modules; they must also submit a 12,000-word dissertation.

The modules offered for this course are confirmed on an annual basis but may include:

  • Research methods
  • Dissertation, research design, and structure
  • Corporate finance and real estate
  • Real estate finance and investment
  • Legal issues in land use and finance
  • The macroeconomy and housing
  • Property development

plus optional modules from other taught MPhil courses offered by the Department of Land Economy.

One to one supervision

Group supervisions are offered for most modules. Students can expect to receive up to 4 supervisions per core module, which equates to some 16 hours.  Other supervisions, classes and workshops may also be arranged. Students will meet individually with their dissertation supervisor on a regular basis.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

The Department offers a weekly seminar programme for all students during term time; postgraduate students are encouraged to attend. These seminars are typically one hour long, equating to eight hours per term.

A regular series of practitioner seminars takes place with presentations by senior professionals from the real estate, finance and investment communities.


Typically two hours per module per week. Students take four modules per term, equating to eight hours per week (128 hours per year).


The core module group supervisions and the research methods classes involve practical exercises to develop analytic techniques.

Posters and Presentations

A presentation is required as part of the module dissertation, research design and structure.


Feedback and guidance are given to assist students in developing and drafting the dissertation research project.  Feedback is also given on module essays that are not part of the formal assessment process. Feedback sessions are arranged by module leaders following examinations.


Thesis / Dissertation

A dissertation of between 10,000 and 12,000 words. As part of the dissertation module, students also submit an assessed dissertation proposal before submission of their final dissertation.


Assessment of subject modules varies and includes written examinations, essays, individual and group project work. Some modules may be assessed in more than one format.

Written examination

Assessment of subject modules varies. Written examinations are used for some modules; these will normally be two-hour papers.

Key Information

10 months full-time

Study Mode : Taught

Master of Philosophy

Department of Land Economy

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Jan. 31, 2024
Course Starts
Sept. 23, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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