What will I learn?


This is a potential research degree area, subject to the approval of the University. If you are interested in undertaking a research degree in this area.

The economics of providing high-quality accommodation has become a global issue in the 21st Century. Owner-occupation is declining and governments around the world are withdrawing from the housing sector as private sector involvement continues to grow. In the UK, Labour/Conservative governments alike have addressed the need for institutional investment with measures/structures aimed at encouraging investment within real estate. However, institutional investment remains comparatively low, with buy-to-let being a fractured/cottage industry. Real Estate Investment Trust is a specialist area within Abertay, with academic staff having considerable professional experience within the asset management industry. Industry links are vital for relevant research within the sector, and Abertay is fortunate to employ staff who are active members of both the Society of Property Forecasters and are CFA charter holders.

Abertay’s vibrant research culture encourages areas of cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary working, and draws from accountancy, economics and law. We are a member of the SGSSS network, a collaboration of Scottish Universities whose goal it is to provide world-leading postgraduate education and research.

Our research programmes will prepare you for a rewarding career as an academic and researcher, as well as opening up opportunities for a diverse range of careers outside of academia.

Our research degrees

You have the option of studying an MSc by Research, an MPhil or a PhD.

When deciding which degree is right for you, you should consider the level of commitment required, the duration, cost and your career aspirations.

That being said, our research degrees are flexible. You can begin an MSc or an MPhil and then seek to transfer to a PhD without having to start your project all over again. You can also switch from full-time to part-time study, and vice versa.

Which department am I in?

Abertary University

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
Continuation Fee for Masters by Research (additional 2 months) £150.
Application deadline

Expected March, July 2022

Start date

October 2021


Abertay University

Bell Street,


Dundee, City Of,

DD1 1HG, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students should have a Bachelor’s degree (BA/BSc) with a GPA of 3.0-3.33 corresponds to a UK 2:1 (Upper Second) and a GPA of 2.7-3.0 is compares to a UK 2:2 (Lower Second) degree.

For international students

The minimum entry requirement for all our research degrees is an Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) at undergraduate level in an appropriate discipline and/or a Master’s degree. In some cases, appropriate professional or experiential learning may be considered in combination with a lower classification of Honours degree. Students should have IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 and TOEFL 80 with no band less than 18.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.