The Department of Real Estate and Planning at the University of Reading, in partnership with the Investment Property Forum (IPF), now offers a unique flexible route for those wishing to obtain the IPF Certificate, IPF Diploma or the MSc Real Estate Investment and Finance on a part-time basis. It comprises a series of professional development courses delivered by leading names in property investment and academia.
IPF Certificate in Property Investment
The Certificate consists of an introductory online course - Introduction to Property Investment - followed by two 4-5 day face-to-face courses; Corporate Finance and Real Estate Portfolio Management. These are delivered at the University of Reading Whiteknights Campus, in the Henley Business School.
The IPF Certificate is listed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as a Key 2 Appropriate Examination under the Managing Investments activity. Holders of the IPF Certificate will need to complete a Key 3 qualification, namely a UK regulatory examination, to meet the full examination requirements for this activity. For more information on the appropriate examinations, please see the FCA Handbook.
Students who obtain the Certificate are eligible to undertake the additional three modules (taught at Reading) to gain the IPF Diploma. The IPF Diploma can be achieved as a stand-alone qualification as outlined below.
Any of the modules can be attended on a CPD basis, subject to eligibility.
Students already holding an IPF Certificate - route to the IPF Diploma
Students who already hold the IPF Certificate (achieved prior to September 2016) are eligible to continue to the IPF Diploma, by attending the Real Estate Investment Appraisal, Real Estate Securities and Real Estate Funding Flexible MSc modules.
IPF Diploma in Property Investment
These specialist modules lead to an externally-accredited Diploma in Property Investment from the Investment Property Forum (IPF), recognised as the IPF Diploma. Students complete the Real Estate Portfolio Management, Corporate Finance, Real Estate Securities, Real Estate Investment Appraisal and Real Estate Funding modules to complete this qualification. Each 4-5 day, face-to-face IPF Diploma module is delivered at the University of Reading, Whiteknights campus and supported by Real Estate & Planning's Virtual Learning Environment.
Delegates taking the IPF Diploma are entitled to free student membership of the IPF for the duration of the course, to a maximum of three years. Those who have completed the Diploma are fast-tracked for full IPF membership.
Those who successfully achieve the IPF Diploma can use the designation DipIPF after their name.
- IPF Certificate and/or Diploma timetable 2018 - 2019
- IPF Certificate and/or Diploma timetable 2019 - 2020
- FAQs IPF Certificate, Diploma & MSc Real Estate Investment and Finance
MSc Real Estate Investment & Finance (IPF entry route)
Having successfully achieved the IPF Diploma, providing 100 credits towards the MSc degree, students are eligible to continue to our MSc Real Estate Investment & Finance programme (IPF entry route) In order to attain the MSc, students will need to take a further 80 credits delivered in Reading. Please see timetable above.
Students already holding an IPF Diploma - route to the MSc Real Estate Investment & Finance Flexible
Students who already hold the IPF Diploma (achieved prior to September 2016) are eligible to continue to the MSc Real Estate Investment & Finance Flexible. Please see timetable below for clarification on the routes through this programme.
- 2018 - 2019 timetable for advanced entry for IPF Diploma students who achieved their award prior to September 2016 converting to Flexible MSc Real Estate Investment & Finance
- 2019 - 2020 timetable for advanced entry for IPF Diploma students who achieved their award prior to September 2016 converting to Flexible MSc Real Estate Investment & Finance
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Each classroom module is assessed individually by means of coursework, completed after the module, and due for submission around 8 weeks after the module has taken place. Assessment is optional, if you are choosing to not follow either the Certificate or the Diploma (CPD attendance) Candidates who successfully complete the module assessments will be awarded the IPF Certificate.
Candidates who go on to successfully complete the whole programme of five modules will be awarded the IPF Diploma. The IPF Diploma will give fast track membership to the Forum where appropriate.
The non-assessed route gives CPD hours for attendance. Further guidance is available from the Programme Office.Read Less