About the programme


In an ever-changing and competitive environment, this MBA programme is designed for ambitious and experienced real estate and construction professionals seeking an accelerated route to senior management.

This MBA combines the theoretical and real-world knowledge of our industry experts with practical applied learning and attracts built environment professionals from across the globe, offering virtual networking and exchanges of experiences in different international contexts.

This is an industry-recognised MBA that focuses on business and management principles within the local and international construction and real estate sectors. It is a fully supported online programme with great flexibility to earn while you learn, giving you the ability to study anywhere in the world.


  1. You are already an experienced real estate and construction professional
  2. You want to access an extensive industry network
  3. You are seeking an accelerated route to senior management
  4. You want to fulfil your ambitions and achieve your goals.
  5. You want to become professional members of RICS, HKIS, CIOB and CABE* and CMI
  • This postgraduate degree programme comprises eight modules including a postgraduate project.
  • All modules are worth 20 credits, except the project module which is worth 40 credits.
  • Our programmes are flexible and can be started in either Autumn or Spring.
  • Graduates of this programme can apply for the Probationer Membership of the following professional bodies: RICS, HKIS, CIOB and CABE* and CMI

*Please note that CABE Accreditation is available only when the following electives are chosen: CON7CMC Management of Construction and QSP7SPT Procurement and Tendering

How you’ll learn

Study methods

Studying online means taking control of when and where you study, so you can study at your own pace, no matter where you are in the word. It means being able to balance your home and work life with your education, so you can earn while you learn.

When you study at UCEM, you will be using our state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), a specialised resource which provides you with everything you need to keep on top of your studies and succeed.

You will be guided through your learning with weekly study schedules and course guides, which you can adapt to suit your needs, pace and lifestyle. Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone, as you will also be fully supported by tutors and fellow students throughout your studies.

The online learning experience

Your learning experience with UCEM will be fully supported through a range of activities on our state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).You will also have access to UCEM’s valuable and comprehensive e-Library service, providing you with a wealth of subject-specific information to support you throughout your studies.

Your learning will be broken down into the following (on average):

Directed Study Time (30%)

Participating in web classes and online discussion forums
Watching video material and voice-over presentations

Undertaking exercises and quizzes linked to programme materials.

Self-directed Study Time (35%)

Reading textbooks and study papers to develop your knowledge of the subject matter

Assessment Study Time (35%)

Planning and writing coursework

Each 20-credit module equates to a total of 200 study hours broken down between directed online learning, self-directed learning and assessment.

The types of assessments used on this programme will include coursework (such as essays, reports, portfolios, reflections, problem or short questions or video presentations), computer based assessments, and computer marked assessments (CMAs). The exact combinations of assessment will vary from module to module.


The expected time commitment is around 15-20 hours per week (based upon studying two modules per six-month semester).


How you’ll be supported during your studies

While studying with UCEM, you’ll be fully supported on your programme by our friendly and informative academic and support teams, who will be there to guide you from the moment you enrol until the day you graduate. They’ll assist you with your online learning experience, provide you with academic support, and be there for you if you have any disability or well-being support needs.


Support Tutor in HK

The HK-based Support Tutor will help you navigate the world of online learning. Whether you need help using the VLE or managing your workload, these tutors are here throughout your studies.

Student Engagement Team

Your first point of contact as a student. They will support you in your studies and queries, ensuring you’re put in touch with all of the right teams and services within UCEM.

Academic Support

Our Academic staff are experts in their fields and are here to make your studies with UCEM both stimulating and inspiring, whilst offering vital support and guidance along the way.

Module Team

Your module leader is assisted by a team of module tutors to provide support via discussion forums and webinars.

Disability & Well-being

This friendly team is here to listen and provide expert guidance, support and assistance at any time throughout your studies.

"The programme equipped me to progress from a professional quantity surveyor into a business entrepreneur. I fully utilised the knowledge I gained from the UCEM MBA in my start-up company from setting up business strategies and team-building to marketing, accounting and financial control. I obtained useful knowledge and extended my network to other countries as well. Since graduating, I have set up a company. It seems to me that the UCEM MBA programme was tailor-made for me to acquire all the necessary skills and knowledge for overcoming the difficulties encountered during the start-up process. My studies provided the perfect opportunity for me to rehearse my company start-up before actually doing it."

Annie Chu MBA Construction and Real Estate
Co-Founder QnS Consultancy Limited, Hong Kong

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Standard entry requirements

A Bachelor’s Degree with honours at lower second standard (2:2), or equivalent, and be employed in a relevant role

Alternative entry requirements

  • A Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent, plus 3 years’ experience in a relevant field
  • A professional qualification plus 5 years’ relevant experience, two of which should be at appropriate senior management level
English language requirements

All UCEM programmes are taught and assessed in English. In addition to the programme entry requirements listed above, all applicants will therefore be required to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language before being admitted to a programme.

You should have:

  • Grade 6.0 or above, with at least 6.0 in the reading and writing modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • HKDSE Grade 3 in English Language, or equivalent
  • A cognate sub-degree (Level 5) qualification taught and assessed in English from the University of Hong Kong or City University of Hong Kong.

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree that has been taught and examined in the English medium can be considered for entry in the absence of the qualifications detailed above.

Don’t meet the entry requirements listed above?

Applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who wish to be considered for this programme, should still apply. Such applications will be considered on merit in each case. Please contact us for further enquiry.

Applications are assessed in accordance with the UCEM Code of Practice on Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning.


2024/25 academic year
£1,325 per module x 7 plus the postgraduate project £2,650 (usually students undertake two modules per semester).

Total programme fee £11,925

Bursaries and financial support

We have a number of bursaries and scholarships to help you with your studies.

"Our online MBA Construction and Real Estate programme combines quality and international excellence with the flexibility to enhance your ability to successfully perform within various business environments. The programmes will help you sharpen your existing skills and acquire new knowledge and fresh perspectives into your professional goals. You can manage your studies around other personal and professional commitments, with support from our student services’ teams and our body of experienced academic tutors and practitioners"

Marios Konstantinidis
Programme Leader MBA Construction and Real Estate

Application process

It’s time to apply

Choose your semester and take the first steps towards your future

Autumn 2024

Apply by 12 August 2024 to start on 30 September 2024

Spring 2025

Apply by 10 February 2025 to start on 31 March 2025




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