Real Estate and Planning PhD Opportunities

Course overview

Whether you are looking to undertake a PhD in a real estate or planning topic area, we provide an outstanding research environment, conducive to the production of world-class research and to the education of academics who will take up faculty positions in leading universities and key research roles in the public and private sectors.

The programme emphasises:

  • Formal research training;
  • Flexibility to meet individual needs;
  • Student-staff interaction;
  • Timely completion of the degree.

As part of your contract, starting from your second year of studies, you will contribute to teaching and research activities within Real Estate & Planning. This opportunity will also equip you with further skills useful for future academic positions.

Key people

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How to apply

Our aim is to support you to produce the best PhD thesis that you can. We seek to match high quality PhD candidates with high quality supervisory teams.

If you have an idea or a draft proposal for PhD research, you should feel free to contact the PhD Programme Director who will try to find out whether there is interest amongst potential supervisors in the topic. If you have a specific potential supervisor or supervisors in mind, you are encouraged to let the PhD Programme Director know. The PhD Programme Director will then contact them on your behalf. The potential supervisor can then support you in developing your proposal prior to a formal (and hopefully successful) application.

To be clear, the process is as follows:

  • Candidate sends details of initial idea to PhD Programme Director.
  • PhD Programme Director assesses interest in proposal among appropriate academic staff.
  • If appropriate, PhD Programme Director contacts candidate to direct them towards potential supervisors.
  • Candidate submits formal application.

Once you have submitted your application:

  • Shortlisting will take place based on the documents you uploaded on your application.
  • If you are shortlisted, then you will be invited to a formal interview to assess your suitability to pursue a PhD at Henley Business School.

The key requirements for a successful application are:

  • Top grades in your Masters degree (minimum requirement is Merit or equivalent, but we prefer Distinction).
  • Top grade in your Masters Dissertation (or equivalent research-based piece of work) because this may show your research attitude and skills.
  • A well-developed research proposal. Guidance on writing the research proposal can be found here.
  • A reasonable intended timeline reflecting issues you may encounter in the study as presented above (for example, if you have to collect primary data, the time spent on data collection will be much longer than the one you would spend if you intend to use secondary data sources).


The deadline for applying for September 2020 entry is 31st May 2020.


Research Areas

Thinking of doing a PhD in Real Estate or Planning?

Renowned for being one of the world’s premier centres for teaching and research in Real Estate and Planning, our research interests span all major areas of real estate and land use. Our aim is to provide you with a first class environment, conducive to the production of the highest quality research.

Some ideas for research topics of our interest are reported below. However, this list is not exhaustive of the broad spectrum of topics our members of staff are currently working on. Consequently, we suggest you to access individual academic staff web profiles to understand the willingness and suitability of our faculty to supervise in your intended area of research. Should you wish to discuss your proposal or have any questions, please feel free to contact a member of staff directly or alternatively you can email: phd.rep@reading.ac.uk

Research Areas

Environment, Sustainability and Participation

We have a strong and long standing interest in sustainability, and community involvement and the environment in its widest sense.

Housing economics and finance

As the overall economy is struggling to recover from a deep financial and economic crisis and governments face issues related to housing affordability, we intend to build on the strength and research interests of our existing staff. We study issues related to the relationship and functioning of housing and mortgage markets and their role in a wider national and international economy.

Real Estate Investment and Finance

Alongside pricing in private real estate markets, we conduct research in corporate finance and asset pricing applied to real estate investment trusts (REITs), unlisted funds, mortgage-backed securities and other real estate-based financial products. Finally we have an interest in investment, portfolio management (incl. performance measurement) and the impact of behaviour on pricing.

Valuation, Leasing and Market Practice

Being the largest cluster of academics in Europe, we develop an interest in the valuation of buildings, developments and land real options. We also carry out high quality and objective research into core policy and practice issues facing the real estate industry and their occupiers.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of the broad spectrum of topics our members of staff are currently working on. We suggest you view individual academic web profiles, as well as a list of currently advertised themes to understand the willingness and suitability of our staff to supervise your intended area of research.

Current Research Degrees

Visit our Real Estate & Planning Current PhD Students page for information on students and topics.

Faculty & Staff

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at phd.rep@reading.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0) 118 378 6037.

Important Information

Application Deadline:

Applications for September 2020 entry are now open. The deadline for applying is 31st May 2020.

Scholarships

Here at Henley we have a number of scholarships awarded for our PhD research areas, Real Estate and Planning have 6 scholarships to award each year.

Scholarship Deadline:

Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, applications for September 2020 entry are now open.The deadline for applying is 31st May 2020. Students only need to indicate on their application form that they wish to be considered for a Henley studentship.

**The fees for September 2020 entry are to be confirmed**

Fees 2019:

Full-TimePart-Time
UK (Home) and EU Based at Reading £4,327 £2,164
PhD by Distance £2,164 £1,082
International Band 1* Based at Reading £16,475# £8,238
PhD by Distance £8,238 £4,119

* International fees vary depending on the subject being studied: Band 1 subjects generally do not involve laboratory work, whereas Band 2 subjects generally involve significant laboratory study or workshop content. Contact the Admissions Office via pgadmissions@reading.ac.uk to find out more.

#Fixed for three years (i.e. international applicants who start a full-time programme based in Reading during 2019/20 will pay the same annual rate for each of the three years of their programme).

For more information on fees, please visit the Graduate School website. Overseas applicants should refer to the non-laboratory based fees listed in the tables (International Band 1 for non UK/EU students).

Course modules

The module descriptions set out on this page are correct for modules being taught in the current academic year. Optional module listings are indicative and may be subject to change

A PhD is usually taken on a full-time basis over 3 years. A part-time option, taking a minimum of four years, is also available. On a full time basis, the PhD Programme starts in September at the beginning of the academic year. However, if necessary for your training, you may be required to come to the University earlier to attend some preparatory courses.

Year 1

During your first year of studies, you will be required to:

  • Pass at least 60 credits from PhD/Masters level courses in Research Methods* and other modules required for your area of concentration (to be decided with your PhD supervisor and approved by the PhD Director);
  • Attend some short courses (2-3 hours each) required for the Reading Researcher Development Programme at the Graduate School;
  • Attend the Graduate School’s Preparing to Teach module (if recipient of one of the Studentships);
  • Participate in the weekly REP research seminars and other research seminars offered by other Schools/Departments and relevant to your research area;
  • organise periodical meetings with your supervisor(s).

Quantitative Path

Course/Module

Code

Credits

Term

Understanding Management and Financial Research

ICM116

20

Autumn

Microeconometrics 1

ECM607A

10

Autumn

Microeconometrics 2

ECM607B

10

Spring

Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

MMD003

No

Autumn

Any other relevant course/module

TBD

20

Autumn

/Spring

Qualitative Path

Course/Module

Code

Credits

Term

Introduction to Thesis Literature Review

MMD001

20

Autumn

Advanced Qualitative Research Methods

MMD002

20

Spring

Data Analysis: Finding Patterns With Regressions

MMD010

No

Autumn

Any other relevant course/module

TBD

20

Autumn

Examples of advanced quantitative modules that can replace ECM607A-B as core module:

  • Advanced Finance Theory with Empirical Applications (ICM289, Summer term, 20 credits)
  • Financial Econometrics (ICM024, Spring term, 20 credits)

Examples of other modules offered within the University of Reading (subject to changes):

  • Economics of International Business (MMD003, Autumn, 10)
  • International Business and International Human Resource Management (MMD004, Summer, 10)
  • Strategy and International Business (MMD005, Autumn, 10)
  • International Business, Development and Policy (MMD006, Summer, 10)
  • International Business, Innovation and Geography – (MMD007, Summer, 10)
  • Long Run Developments of International Business Theory (MMD008, Summer, 10)

At the end of your year, you will submit a research proposal that will be defended in front of the Faculty and will be assessed by an independent internal examiner. This process will coincide with your confirmation of registration and, if successful, it will grant you the status of PhD candidate.

Year 2

During your second year of studies you will:

  • Continue to work on your PhD dissertation;
  • Hold periodical meetings with your supervisor(s);
  • Attend some short courses (2-3 hours each) required for the Reading Researcher Development Programme at the Graduate School;
  • Participate in the weekly REP research seminars and other research seminars offered by other Schools/Departments and relevant to your research area;
  • Prepare a poster for the annual PhD day organised by the Department;
  • Present a poster/paper at a national/international conference;
  • Contribute to teaching and research activities (if recipient of a Studentship).

Year 3

During your third year of studies, you will:

  • Continue to work on your PhD dissertation to prepare the final submission;
  • Hold periodical meetings with your supervisor(s);
  • Attend some short courses (2-3 hours each) required for the Reading Researcher Development Programme at the Graduate School;
  • Participate in and present a paper at the weekly REP research seminars and other research seminars offered by other Schools/Departments and relevant to your research area;
  • Present a paper/chapter at the annual PhD day organised by the Department;
  • Present a poster/paper at one or more international conferences;
  • Contribute to teaching and research activities (if recipient of a Studentship).

* First year students are asked to attend a combination of at least 2 courses from the Graduate School (of 2/3 hours each) and to pass a total of 60 credits. In particular:

  • A 20 credit module focusing on literature review to be chosen between Understanding Management and Financial Research (quantitative stream) and Introduction to Thesis Literature Review (qualitative stream);
  • A 20 credit module in either Advanced Quantitative Research Methods or Advanced Qualitative Research Methods depending upon the stream (quantitative or qualitative respectively);
  • Other modules (level 7 or above, equivalent to 20 credits) in research methods or subjects relevant for the specific area of research (and chosen within Henley Business School or other Schools);
  • A no credit bearing module focusing on Basic Qualitative Research Methods or Basic Quantitative Research Methods depending upon the stream (quantitative or qualitative respectively).
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Entry requirements

What is our expectation

As part of your application process you must submit:

  • Masters degree certificate and transcript. This must be at distinction or merit level from an internationally recognised university, and an equally strong undergraduate degree;
  • Research proposal (see below);
  • Proof of English language proficiency (overall IELTS result of 7.0 with no individual elements scoring below 6.0);
  • Two references, at least one of which must be academic.

Please note that your application will only be considered once you have submitted all the above documents.

Research Proposal

Prospective students are also required to provide a fully worked-out Research Proposal that includes:

  • An introduction; including the reasons why your studies may be relevant;
  • A thorough literature review, evidence of awareness of theoretical and empirical work relevant to the research question - with the theoretical component being extremely important, because a PhD must demonstrate that it advances the body of knowledge;
  • A clearly worked-out research question which is justified in terms of intellectual and, where appropriate, policy making or market relevance;
  • A research design that is intended to answer the research question posed and its feasibility within the assigned timescale (i.e. 3 years).

Click here for further University information on how to apply.

Please remember that you have to make a formal application.

We have an established PhD Programme, with students active across our areas of research interest. See: Research ideas for more details

Discussing your PhD research proposal

If you are interested in pursuing your PhD studies in our School and want to discuss your research proposal, please contact one of our members of staff active in the research area of your interest. To help you find the right person please see our academic staff web profiles.

Fees & funding

Fees 2019:

**Please note that applications for September 2019 entry are now closed.


Full-TimePart-Time
UK (Home) and EU Based at Reading £4,327 £2,164
PhD by Distance £2,164 £1,082
International Band 1* Based at Reading £16,475# £8,238
PhD by Distance £8,238 £4,119

* International fees vary depending on the subject being studied: Band 1 subjects generally do not involve laboratory work, whereas Band 2 subjects generally involve significant laboratory study or workshop content. Contact the Admissions Office via pgadmissions@reading.ac.uk to find out more.

#Fixed for three years (i.e. international applicants who start a full-time programme based in Reading during 2019/20 will pay the same annual rate for each of the three years of their programme).

For more information on fees, please visit the Graduate School website. Overseas applicants should refer to the non-laboratory based fees listed in the tables (International Band 1 for non UK/EU students).

Scholarships

We offer PhD scholarships covering fees and stipend for 3 years and awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit.

Funding from REP and RREF

Each year we offer a number of studentships sponsored by the School of Real Estate & Planning (REP) and our Alumni Association RREF (Reading Real Estate Foundation) covering both fees and living expenses for the first year of study and renewable for a further two years subject to progress.

If you wish to be considered for a studentship, please indicate it on your application form. Studentships are assigned on a competitive basis after the interview for admission (see application process) is completed and an offer is granted. Since these studentships are highly competitive, we strongly recommend candidate to seek for other sources of funding (see above).

If you become a recipient of one of our PhD studentships, you will contribute to teaching and research activities within the School starting from your second year of study.

Further PhD funding

The University allocates over £8 million each year in postgraduate research studentships and bursaries, so there are many opportunities to access funding. And, as an outstanding applicant, you may be eligible for one of around 150 entry awards allocated each year.

Details of the costs of your research programme and the funding available to you can be found on the Graduate School website. This also includes information on loans and other means of supplementing your income while you undertake your doctorate.

Careers

How Henley careers can help you

Henley Careers run numerous events throughout the autumn and spring terms to help you gain industry experience, enhance your professional development and network with employers. We also offer one-to-one career coaching appointments where you can talk to a Careers Consultant about anything related to your professional development – whether it’s planning your ideal career journey, building confidence in a particular area, practicing for interviews or having your CV checked.

Here at Henley we have an award winning careers team here to support you through your time here and 4 years after graduating from us. For more information please see our dedicated Real Estate and Planning Careers page.

Continuing your career

A PhD in the area of Real Estate and Planning from Henley Business School can open doors to a highly successful career in academia, large multinationals, leading firms and governmental and non-governmental organisations worldwide.