Real Estate Economics and Finance Online Certificate Course


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Program Description


Develop your understanding of real estate economics, markets and finance. Guided by LSE experts, you’ll gain an understanding of what determines the price of properties, ways to finance investment, and how to think about the appropriate balance of assets in a portfolio to adjust for risk and return.

Upon completion of this eight-week online certificate course, you’ll walk away with:

  • An in-depth understanding of real estate economics and markets
  • The insight to make more informed real estate investment decisions
  • Knowledge of what drives real estate markets both within and across cities
  • An understanding of the importance of sustainability in a real estate context

You’ll also get the opportunity to engage with a diverse cohort online, and develop a global network of like-minded business- and real estate professionals.

Course structure

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is collaborating with GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc., to create a new class of learning experience – one that is engaging, collaborative, and accessible. Take advantage of the part-time learning model (7–10 hours per week) and the support of a Success Manager, as you earn an LSE certificate of competence.

Through a diverse collection of learning resources, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of real estate economics and markets. You’ll also develop practical real estate investment skills, set against theoretical frameworks. Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your learning, as you complete a research project that demonstrates your ability to use real estate economic theory to inform investment decisions.

Modules are released weekly, allowing a flexible but structured approach to learning.

Topics covered on the course include:

  • The economics of cities
  • Understanding supply and demand for real estate markets
  • Real estate cycles
  • Pricing characteristics of properties
  • Mortgages
  • Real estate investments
  • Sustainable real estate

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Who will benefit?

Whether you’re interested in the link between real estate markets and public policy, making development decisions around particular properties, or deciding how to structure an investment portfolio, this course will offer you the tools to improve the quality of the decisions you make and the advice you offer.

How to register

There are no registration fees or formal academic prerequisites for this online course. It is available to working professionals, regardless of location. In order to complete a course, you’ll need a current email account and access to a computer and the internet, as well as a PDF Reader. You may need to view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and read and create documents in Microsoft Word or Excel. No prior knowledge of real estate is essential. However, good numeracy skills will be required, as well as basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel. A financial calculator is not needed.

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This course is presented entirely online, in collaboration with the leader in online education GetSmarter. View the Real Estate Economics and Finance online certificate course to find out about upcoming course dates, the course price, and more.

Download your prospectus to find out more about this online certificate course.

Will I have the time?

GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course is broken up into weekly, manageable modules, with incremental deadlines, devised to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the flexibility to work when it suits you best. You also have access to your Success Manager, who will help you set goals, track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative enquiries you might have.

If you have any queries, please contact:

+44 2038 568 850

Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), one of the foremost social science universities in the world, seeks to improve society by addressing real-world issues and understanding the ... Read More

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), one of the foremost social science universities in the world, seeks to improve society by addressing real-world issues and understanding the causes of things. Using a dynamic and diverse approach to learning, LSE provides cutting-edge research and works with renowned academic experts. Read less
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