Education

Students interested in a professional career in real estate are offered a coherent set of courses and projects in the Bachelor (BSc) and Master (MSc) program. The BSc program of the faculty educates towards a broad engineer in the built environment who has basic knowledge of a broad range of disciplines including building physics, structural design, architecture, urban planning and management. On top of a major program students specialize and choose between a process, technique or design profile. The process profile finds the logical continuation in the MSc program of the USRE unit. This program consists of a core part and a set of free elective courses and projects. The core program offers a basis in urban planning, information systems and real estate. The free elective program allows students to further specialize in real estate.

The REMD group takes care of a range of courses and projects in the BSc program and the MSc program offering students the possibility to acquire a specialization in real estate. For the final master graduation project, REMD offers a graduation program which enables students to choose from a wide range of topics in real estate. The graduation program coincides with the research program of the REMD group. Students are encouraged to do their research in the context of an ongoing PhD-project in the group. Very often also a professional from the real estate field is part of the supervisory team; students may conduct the project within the organization of an external party in real estate.
The master program offers a multidisciplinary program in accordance to the interdisciplinary research approach of the group. Currently, 60-70 master students are doing the REMD specialization. The two-year program pays attention to demand and supply side aspects of real estate property and place. On the demand side this concerns the analysis and modeling of user needs and user behavior, and on the supply side this includes the management of real estate on urban, portfolio and asset levels, and area development processes. The program includes:

• lectures in housing systems and strategies;
• lectures in urban strategies and finance;
• lectures in corporate real estate management;
• lectures in neighborhood facilities and place making;
• research methods and decision analysis;
• projects in portfolio and asset management and mixed use real estate development;
• a thesis using an interdisciplinary approach focusing on specific problems facing the real estate market.

As a whole, the REMD education (and research) activities look at real estate as two sides of the same coin - property and place -, each of which are impacted by supply and demand. MSc thesis topics usually refer to user behavior, demands, or experience of the built environment, (sustainable) urban (re)development and transformation, strategic management and governance of the built environment, or healthy and social living environments. Topics from these areas are covered in lectures, projects and the MSc thesis.
Compared to other RE-education programs less attention is paid to practical operational and financial-economic aspects of real estate and more attention to strategic decision making and user behavior research. Students learn not only analytical and research skills but also become familiar with modeling and decision support techniques. Thus, students who have completed the program have a clearly recognizable profile as a multi-disciplinary real estate academic.