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Residential Sessions in detail

"The residential requirement excelled this course above others as not only do you experience the incredible learning environment of Cambridge, you get to do this with a fantastic cohort of like-minded industry professionals" Theo, MSt student cohort 2017-19

The Residential Sessions

The residential sessions are held in Cambridge where students stay in one of Cambridge University's famous colleges and teaching is held in a variety of locations within the University departments and beyond.

They 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 are also required to participate in field trips to do site or property visits during each residential,  and these are an important aspect of the course. Previous locations have included London, Birmingham, Leeds, Edinburgh and most recently Madrid.

COVID-19 and its impact on MSt teaching delivery

"The course is designed to be highly interactive and this naturally works better in a face to face setting"

As a consequence we are amending the dates of residential sessions to improve the chances of in person delivery, with the first residential of the 2020 programme starting in late November.   

We will work within the guidance of the authorities and University policy but to be clear whilst the University has a policy that large non-participatory lectures are delivered online in the next academic year this does not apply to interactive smaller group teaching of the type we do for the real estate masters programme. 

We will ensure that sessions are accessible to any students that are not able to attend in person.   Online delivery of teaching is a back up plan and our experience with this over the past few months suggests this can work well (albeit with challenges of time zones for an international cohort) and we will use this to reduce dependence on face-to-face deliver.  We will also use this to help students be better equipped for the first session.   

We know it is the interaction that students value most from their time in Cambridge and we are fully committed to making the course as interactive as possible - ideally in person but also online.

Madrid field trip 2019

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.

Timetable for the Residential Sessions

There are five sessions, totalling seven weeks, over the two academic years (which take place over three calendar years: 2020, 2021 and 2022).

  • Two 2-week and one 1-week residential sessions during year 1
  • Two 1 week residential sessions during year 2





1 (2 weeks)

Sunday 13th September
Friday 25th September 2020


2 (1 week)

Sunday 21st March
Sunday 28th March 2021


3 (2 weeks)

Sunday 4th July
Friday 16th July 2021


4 (1 week)

Sunday 5th December
Friday 10th December 2021


5 (1 week)

Sunday 3rd April
Saturday 9th April 2022

* dates subject to final confirmation