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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


Land Economy MPhil in Real Estate Finance (REF) students have highly successful employment rate. In last 15 years, there has been virtually 100% employment rate regardless of the state of the market. A large number of property companies seek Real Estate Finance Master students. They are in high demand by employers by not only the property labour market but also companies who deal with law, banking, management consulting, hedge fund, private equity, insurance, finance and investment and the private sector respectively.

This might be due to the fact that the Land Economy REF degree prepares them for work in property management, but also equips them with highly-desirable, transferable commerce and business skills. The skills students gain on their master studies degree allow them to start contributing to the organisation quickly and effectively which results with immediate progression in the chosen career path.

In addition, REF students have relevant property-related experience often gained through a year out in industry or summer placements thorough their undergraduate studies.

Some students choose to continue their education to a PhD level and some go back to their family businesses. In some cases, students choose to found their own businesses and go in the route of entrepreneurship. 



Destinations by Area of Employment

Our alumni have followed varying career paths. Although classification is complicated, the figures below give some indication of the types of destination.

Management consultancy, property advisory etc.                      14%

Real estate investment and management: institutional              9%

Sovereign wealth funds                                                           4%

Private equity real estate                                                         13%

Property development and listed real estate                              10%

Banking and finance                                                                15%

Other financial services                                                            14%

Family offices and trusts                                                           4%

Public sector / Government and regulation                                 3%

Continuing education and research                                            5%

Other / unclassified                                                                  9%




Companies Employing our Graduates


Our Alumni have successful careers in all fields of real estate investment, property management and consultancy, property development, banking, finance, management consultancy, the public sector and many other areas. The following lists just a small sample of the firms who have recruited our graduates. 

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA)




Aviva Investors


Bain Capital LP

Bank of China International

Bank of England

Barclays Capital

Benson Elliot Capital Management


Blackstone Group LP

Bloomberg LP

BNP Paribas

Capgemini SE


China Development Bank

China Investment Corporation

China South City Holdings Ltd

Citibank plc


Credit Agricole CIB

Credit Suisse

Cushman & Wakefield

Daiwa Capital Markets

DBS Bank

Deloitte LLP

Deutsche Bank

Eastdil Secured

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Gaw Capital

GE Capital


Gingko Tree Investment Limited

Goldman Sachs


Grainger plc

Grosvenor Group

Heitman LLC

HM Treasury

Hong Kong Monetary Authority


InterContinental Hotels Group


JP Morgan Chase

Knight Frank


LaSalle Investment Management


M&G Investments

Macquarie Group

McKinsey & Co.

Merrill Lynch

Meyer Bergman

Moody's Investor Services

Morgan Stanley & Co.

MP Corporate Finance GmbH



Norges Bank

Ping An Insurance

Pramerica Real Estate Investors

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP


Qatari Diar

Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC)

RBC Capital Markets





Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken)

Standard Chartered Bank

Swire Group

Terra Firma Capital Partners

The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong

TIAA Henderson Real estate

TIAA Henderson Real Estate

Tishman Speyer


UBS Global Real Estate

Warburg Pincus

Wells Fargo Securities

William Pears Group