Master of Property Practice offers flexible new pathway to career success
The new programme offers students an exciting opportunity to advance their careers in property.
The all-new MPropPrac degree launched in Quarter Two this year, offering an accelerated path into the industry.
Programme director Dr Michael Rehm says the MPropPrac is designed to give graduates the skills they need to advance into professional property roles, without having to take the time out to complete a bachelors degree.
“Prior to the MPropPrac, individuals holding a non-property undergraduate degree looking to enter the property industry or climb through the ranks as a property professional were faced with the unappealing option to return to university to pursue yet another bachelor programme,” he says.
“The MPropPrac not only provides a master’s degree to enter or progress in property but it does so in an online-only format thereby allowing students to work while completing their studies.
“Not only is the MPropPrac concentrated in half the timeframe as the BProp, 18 months full-time versus three years, it also features a 30-point supervised capstone enabling masters students to undertake a tailored research or professional study project to help meet their individual goals,” he says.
For MPropPrac student Justine Went, the flexible nature of the online programme was exactly what she was looking for.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University in the 1990s, she went on to work in a variety of roles including project management, operations, business analysis, network planning and real estate. It was in this last role that she developed a burgeoning interest in property.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the property work and wanted to consolidate what I had learnt on the job. The content offered in the Master of Property Practice was exactly what I was looking for and the fact that it was a non-cognate, online masters course suited me perfectly.”
Justine has enjoyed the practical focus of the programme and the opportunity to connect with her fellow students.
“My favourite part of the programme has been learning the practical but challenging programme content while meeting people, albeit mostly online, from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. The papers include group assignments and collaborative spaces where we have been able to share our real-life property experiences. And this has been supported by university and industry lecturers who are up to date with what is happening in the property market today.”
Michael says student feedback so far has been positive.
“Given its compressed nature, students must learn at a rapid pace but as they are mature, capable and highly motivated they are performing very well. In many ways it is a pleasure teaching such motivated and engaged students and it will be fulfilling to guide this first cohort through their respective capstone experiences.”