The Masters of Studies in Real Estate programme is of a modular design and delivered part-time over two years and through a combination of distance learning, e-learning through a Virtual Learning Environment [VLE] and attendance at five intensive residential blocks over the two year duration of the course.
The eight interdisciplinary modules are taught through a combination of:
- Taught sessions, lectures, interactive sessions by leading academics and practitioners.
- Group work including: working through case studies, dialogue, debate and presentations throughout the taught modules.
- Individual work including: working through course materials on the VLE, course reading, preparation of written work (primarily between the residential sessions).
- Residential sessions.
- Supervisions and support from the Land Economy faculty, tutors and supervisors from within the university.
The Residential Sessions
These are held in Cambridge where students stay in one of Cambridge University's famous colleges. There are five sessions, totalling 8 weeks, over the two years:
- Three 2 week residential sessions during year 1
- Two 1 week residential sessions during year 2
The residential sessions are intense and focus on taught sessions, practical applications, case studies and collaborative working, including presentation of project work and case studies, as well as individual supervisions. Students also participate in site or property visits during each residential, which are an important aspect of the course.
These residential sessions enable students to learn from one another, exchange experiences and network with as well as learn from the academic faculty staff and external speakers, which in total provides a rich learning experience.
Support and facilitation for students is provided by team of faculty, tutors and supervisors from within the University.
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Virtual Learning Environment [VLE]
The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is a valuable teaching and learning resource and also provides a means of communications between the course participants and the programme team. Course supplementary materials, such as slides used by presenters and links to useful websites, articles, and other resources are also made available through the VLE.
The VLE has been developed using Moodle. This robust and user-friendly open-source software is widely used by providers of online learning, including the UK’s Open University.