Real Estate Economics and Finance online certificate course

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Course information

Registration Closes:
30 June 2020
Course Starts:
8 July 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
GBP £2,200
Payment Options
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


This online certificate course prepares you to critically evaluate real estate investment options and make informed decisions based on sound economic and financial theories and research. Through these lenses, you’ll explore the functioning of urban real estate markets with guidance from industry experts. You’ll also learn how to use different techniques to value property and how those valuations and portfolio considerations are used to make real estate investment decisions.

Over the course of eight weeks, you’ll explore sustainable real estate practices and their value, as well as how best to fund the purchase of a property. At the end of the course you will have completed a capstone project, demonstrating your ability to apply the theoretical frameworks you develop during the course to inform your assessment of real estate opportunities.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • Valuable insights from real estate experts and university faculty

  • A holistic overview of the real estate market with key takeaways encompassing both economic and finance perspectives

  • An understanding of the concept of sustainability in real estate and how it can contribute to investment returns

  • The ability to use theoretical frameworks to inform practical real estate investment decision-making

Is this course for you?

This course has wide, international application and will be valuable to professionals from a range of backgrounds who wish to better understand the real estate market – as an investor, developer, or real estate practitioner.

There are no formal prerequisites for this course, and no prior knowledge of real estate is required. However, good numeracy skills will be needed, as well as basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel. A financial calculator is not needed.

The CPD Certification Service logo This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 70 hours of learning.

Note: should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.

Course curriculum

Learn to assess a property based on its income-generating potential as you work through the weekly modules of this online certificate course.

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 The economies of cities
  • Module 2 Understanding the supply and demand for real estate markets
  • Module 3 Real estate cycles
  • Module 4 Pricing characteristics of properties
  • Module 5 Fundamentals of finance and property valuation
  • Module 6 Mortgages
  • Module 7 Real estate investments
  • Module 8 Sustainable real estate

Gain practical real estate investment skills underpinned by theoretical frameworks

This LSE online certificate course is delivered in collaboration with online education provider, GetSmarter. The design of this online course is led by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) faculty who, together with industry experts, will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Course Convenor

The design of this online course is led by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) faculty who, together with industry experts, will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.



Professor in Economic Geography

Henry Overman is Professor in Economic Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE and since September 2013, the director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth.

In 2006 he was awarded the August Loesch Prize for outstanding research in the field of Regional Science, and in 2009, he won the Geoffrey JD Hewings Award for distinguished contributions to Regional Science research by scholars who have recently completed doctoral studies.

His current research interests include the clustering of economic activity, the evolution of cities and the causes and consequences of urban sprawl. His research has been published in leading economics and economic geography journals.


Course Co-designers



Associate Professor of Urban Economics and Land Development

Gabriel is the director of the MSc Real Estate Economics and Finance at LSE and editor of Regional Science and Urban Economics, associate editor of the Journal of Regional Science, an Affiliate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), and the CESifo, network.

In his research, Gabriel is interested in how various agglomeration forces shape the spatial distribution of economic activity. His research also analyses the impact of various spatial policies on local house prices, labour markets, political preferences and urban structure.




Fellow in Economic Geography

Nikodem holds a PhD and an MPhil from Cambridge University where he also completed his post-doctoral work and taught Real Estate Finance before joining the LSE in 2017.

His research focuses on applied real estate economics and finance. He is particularly interested in empirical research of social and environmental sustainability of urban areas and their economic implications. His most recent work includes research of the financial value of sustainability in real estate markets, forecasting housing.

Course Contributors

This course features video guest lectures from industry pioneers and leading experts in their field, allowing you to learn from the wisdom and experience of global authorities, and to see the real-world applications of the theory covered in this course. The contributors to this course include:


Christian Hilber

Professor of Economic Geography, LSE


Paul Cheshire

Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography, LSE


Steve Gibbons

Professor of Economic Geography, LSE


Olmo Silva

Professor of Real Estate Economics and Finance; Director of Graduate Studies, LSE


Ruth Thompson

Associate Director in the Portfolio Asset Management team at Tristan Capital Partners


Thomas Wiegelmann

Managing Director at Schroder Real Estate, Hon. Adj. Professor at Bond University, Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board

Earn a certificate from LSE

Learn how to inform practical real estate investment decisions and earn a certificate of competence from the London School of Economics and Political Science – a world-leading social science university.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the online certificate course, as per the stipulated requirements.


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Our next available short course starts in 6 days. (Still accepting late registrations)

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