Course overview

The MSc Real Estate programme will enable you to understand the workings of real estate markets and appropriate techniques applied in them. You will gain the key skills necessary to embark on a wide range of careers in the global real estate sector. Core areas covered include: investment appraisal, economics, real estate finance, valuation, international real estate, development, fund management, law, and sustainability. This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

The programme is designed to be industry-facing, incorporating ‘real-world’ case studies, field trips and an industry challenge. By choosing appropriate modules you might specialise in Fund management, Development or Valuation and asset management.

This programme is especially suitable for those graduates with a non-property- related degree who wish to develop skills and knowledge in the real estate sector. These skills will open up employment opportunities across the sector.


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How we teach you

Our Real Estate & Planning postgraduate programmes are designed and delivered by internationally-renowned experts, with a wealth of academic and professional experience. All of our programmes are regularly updated to maintain their relevance in a rapidly changing industry.

Our programmes adhere to the highest academic and professional standards, with lectures given by academic members of staff and visiting speakers from senior positions in relevant professions. They are well supported by leading industry organisations who provide our students with valuable professional insight and feedback.

All our Masters programmes feature a mix of core and optional modules, allowing you to tailor your degree towards your individual interests and career ambitions. Teaching methods will vary depending on your chosen programme; they include lectures, workshops, tutorials, individual and group assignments, case studies and site visits. All our full-time postgraduate programmes include a residential study tour.

Our research is internationally renowned as academically rigorous and policy relevant. It has a major influence on our programmes and is fully integrated into our teaching. As a postgraduate student you will have access to this cutting-edge research, a vital resource that will keep you at the forefront of the latest thinking.

We aim to create a stimulating academic environment; you will be encouraged to develop individual interests and general skills as a basis for a career in the property industry, a related field or for further study.

How to apply

Apply for 2019 entry now

There are two different application processes: apply online and apply by post.

The quickest and easiest way to apply for Postgraduate study at Henley Business School, at the University of Reading is through the University’s online application service.

This allows you to complete your application information, attach electronic copies of your academic transcripts, certificates and other supporting information and also provides a facility for an email request to be sent to your referees enabling them to send your supporting references directly to us.

Apply online

Apply online now using the University of Reading's online application system.

Apply by post

If you are unable to apply online you can request a paper application form by telephoning +44(0) 118 378 5289 or writing to the Admissions Office, University of Reading, Miller Building, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AB, UK.

When to apply

We operate a rolling admissions system and it is recommended that you apply early to secure your place. There is no specific deadline and applications will be considered until the programme is full. However, to allow time for us to process your application we recommend that you apply by the following dates for admission in October:

  • UK/EU applicants: by 1 August
  • International applicants: by 1 June

After you apply

You will receive a confirmation email when we receive your application form. Your application is then reviewed by a member of staff. Successful applicants will receive a formal offer letter outlining any necessary entry cri­teria you will need to meet and you will be asked to confirm your acceptance of this offer.

A (non refundable) deposit of between £500 and £1,000 (depending on the programme you have applied for) is payable upon acceptance of an offer of a place. International applicants requiring a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for a visa will be sent the CAS details by email once all conditions of the offer have been met, and the relevant deposit has been paid.

Throughout the admissions process we will keep you updated with key information via email. We also provide opportunities to interact with faculty and staff online.

You can find us on Facebook and keep up-to-date with news and events in the School or ask us a question. In addition, you can speak to a current student; our students and alumni are always happy to share their Henley experience.

Meet Us

If you are unable to attend a postgraduate event please get in touch with our team. We will be happy to speak to you by telephone, Skype or through our Live Chat system (during UK office hours: 9 - 5 pm).

Our contact details are: postgraduate@henley.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0) 118 378 7593.

Please see our list of world fairs below where you can meet a Henley representative.

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Faculty & Staff

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at postgraduate@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0) 118 378 7593.

Important Information

Programme: We have been delivering postgraduate Real Estate education for more than 40 years and our MSc Real Estate programme is held in the highest regard by employers and past students alike. We produce graduates who will ultimately form the thought leaders and practice innovators of the future. The programme is designed to ensure that you are equipped to deal with the full spectrum of real estate activities from the direct to the indirect, the national to the international. Global relevance is a key driving principle of curriculum design. Programmes have a clear focus on employability at their core.

Real Estate & Planning: Our School is the largest in the UK for teaching and research in real estate and planning. Established in 1968 at the University of Reading, we are the only major UK real estate and planning centre to be located within a business school. Being part of the Henley Business School reflects our close and longstanding collaborative relationship with industry. We enjoy a worldwide reputation for excellence in both teaching and research and we are consistently highly ranked in all major league tables. We undertake internationally recognised, leading edge research into real estate, planning and land and we offer a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, all of which are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Our planning courses are also fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute. Our programmes are held in high regard by leading employers, many of whom come to us each year to recruit our graduates. We are proud of our outstanding employment record, with more than 95% of our students entering graduate level jobs within 6 months of leaving us.

Henley Business School:

Henley's Reputation:

  • Consistently maintain highest standards and with an excellent networking potential of over 80,000 Henley alumni members in 150 countries
  • High calibre students: always oversubscribed, 1,000 ambitious new Master's students join Henley each year
  • Award winning campus: beautiful, green, 134 hectares, with state of the art facilities
  • World-leading faculty: widely published, frequently asked for expert comment by media and to speak at events

Henley is proud to be part of the University of Reading. The University is ranked within the top 250 universities worldwide*. Additionally, 98% of the research is rated as being of international standard.

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2018.

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

PROGRAMME CONTENT 2020-2021 Credits

Core modules

  • Investment Appraisal and Valuation - 20 credits
  • Introduction to Real Estate Finance - 10 credits
  • Real Estate Economics - 20 credits
  • Business and Professional Values - 10 credits
  • Real Estate Opportunities (including European Field Trip) - 20 credits
  • Either:
    • Final Project in Real Estate - 20 credits
    • or Dissertation - 40 credits

Specialisms:

Valuation and Asset Management

  • Real Estate Valuation - 20 credits
  • Real Estate Asset Management - 20 credits

Development

  • Development Processes, Practices and Appraisal - 20 credits
  • Planning Policy and Practice - 10 credits
  • Understanding Construction: Procurement and Project Delivery - 10 credits

Fund Management

  • Real Estate Securities - 20 credits
  • Portfolio Management - 20 credits

Plus elective modules from a range that may include: Real Estate Asset Management, International Real Estate Markets, Property Law, Housing Markets and Policy, Cities-Regions and Strategic Governance, Land, Property Rights and Institutions, Sustainability and Real Estate

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Fees & funding

Home (UK/EU)Overseas (non EU)
2020 Entry£18,400£22,550
Information on Scholarships for Real Estate & Planning Postgraduate students

UK/European Union Postgraduate Loans

Loans of up to £10,000 are available to eligible students studying for postgraduate Master's courses from the 2019-2020 Academic year. In general, students need to be domiciled in England. EU students, and individuals falling within certain specified categories, may also be eligible.

You can apply for a loan through the UK Government website. You can read more about the scheme on the Student Loans Company website or on these two UK Government sites: Introduction of loans for postgraduate students and Government response to the Consultation on Support for Postgraduate Study.

Entry requirements

Applicants for our full time Real Estate programmes are generally expected to have obtained an upper second class honours degree or equivalent. The academic requirement for mature students may be relaxed in light of relevant professional experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide evidence of proficiency*.

For the programme in Real Estate Finance it is expected that the first degree will be in one of the following areas of study: business and finance, accounting, economics, mathematics, statistics, sciences or engineering.

Applications for both programmes are accepted from 1 November each year. Please note that applications are considered as they are received and you are strongly advised to apply as early as possible. Our programmes require a £1000 deposit from successful applicants. This should be paid within one month of receipt of the offer to confirm your place.

Not quite at the required level of English language proficiency for your chosen programme?

  • Applicants to Henley Business School, whose first language is not English, will be required to attain the International English Language Test Scores (IELTS), or equivalent acceptable qualification accepted by the University, as defined below, to enter a programme.
  • We now accept Duolingo scores for 2020 entry. Students are required to have a score of 120 with no subscore less than 95 (with recommendation to take 2 week pre-enrolment support course). With a Pre-sessional English Course we offer: 115 plus 6 week Course, or 110 plus 9 week Course.


Following a review, and in response to English language testing disruption caused by Covid-19 in a number of countries, we have made some changes to our English language criteria for September 2020 entry for Henley Business School master’s applicants.

For master's programmes that previously required an IELTS score of 7.0 overall, with scores of no less than 6.0 in each of the four sub-skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening), we have with immediate effect, set a revised requirement of 6.5 overall with scores of no less than 6.0 in each of the four sub-skills.

To confirm, for 2020 entry, Henley Business School requires a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element below 6.0) to enter all programmes except Information Management. Information Management programmes require an IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element below 5.5).

Our International Study and Language Institute (ISLI) offers a comprehensive range of Pre-sessional English (PSE) courses. We encourage all students who have not lived or studied in an English-speaking country before to register for one.Students completing the above mentioned pre-sessional courses would be allowed entry onto their chosen programme after achieving an overall score of 6.5 with scores of no less than 5.5 in each of the four sub-skills

This is a change to the previous half-band discount, which will not apply for 2020 entry.

Equivalent English Language Qualifications will also be accepted. If you require specific advice on your qualification please contact our admissions office directly either by e-mail at pgadmissions@reading.ac.uk or by telephone on +44 118 378 5289.

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Careers

How can Henley Careers work with you?

Here at Henley we have an award-winning careers team here to support you through your time here and four years after graduating from us.

Here is how Henley Careers can help you:

  • Careers Consultant appointments - Our Careers Consultant are here to help and support you with any careers related concern that you might have. Whether it’s advice on your CV, practicing for an interview, looking at possible reasons why applications aren't being successful or support planning your career goals, we’re here to help empower you to progress in your career.
  • Events - Henley Careers organise numerous events aimed to help you build your confidence, develop the skills employers are looking for, network with employers and expand your industry knowledge.
  • Alumni support - You can continue to book one-to-one appointments with your Careers Consultant and use our online resources for up to four years after you graduate to get help and support in your career.
  • Career Smart - Get a head start in securing a graduate job by taking part in our online course, Career Smart. You can expect to learning about the graduate recruitment cycle in the UK, where to look and how to start applying to jobs, and the different types of roles available to you.

For more information please see our Careers page.

Continuing your career

This programme has enjoyed an employment record of close to 100% since its inception. Extensive bespoke careers support is provided, including an industry-led mock assessment day. Graduates from the programme have been regularly employed by the largest and most prestigious global real estate service firms. Additionally graduates find employment within the wider real estate sector.

To support their career development and interpersonal skills, all students on the programme are assigned an industry mentor through the mentoring scheme of our alumni association – the Reading Real Estate Foundation (RREF).

The School of Real Estate & Planning has a worldwide reputation and a long history of providing postgraduate education in real estate. All our postgraduate programmes open up many options for employment in the real estate industry around the world.

Our alumni association, The Reading Real Estate Foundation, organise career development and recruitment events for real estate students throughout the year. These include an evening lectures series with key industry speakers, an annual Careers Fair and our highly successful Mentoring Programme which pairs students with professionals in the real estate industry.

We have a professional Careers Development Advisor, Jane Batchelor, who helps our students with every aspect of the career development process, including identifying work placement, internships and permanent career opportunities.

On graduation our students are employed by the largest and most prestigious firms including:

Real Estate Service Firms:

CBRE, Cluttons, Cushman & Wakefield, Drivers Jonas Deloitte, DTZ, Jones Lang LaSalle, KingSturge, Knight Frank and Savills

Investment Banks:

Barclays Capital, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley

Institutional Investors and Investment Funds:

Aviva, Invesco, Legal & General

Consultancy Firms:

Accenture, Ernst & Young, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Property Portfolio Research

Investment and Development Companies:

British Land, Grosvenor, Hines, Land Securities and SEGRO

Accreditation Information

The programme is fully accredited within the University of Reading - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) partnership arrangement

"The MSc at Reading has given me the understanding and acumen necessary to be propelled into the Real Estate industry. Moreover, many of the people I met on the course will remain close friends for life."
Dean Harrison
InfraRed Capital Partners
"The MSc in Real Estate at the University of Reading was the obvious choice for me due to the unprecedented reputation of the department and its staff within the real estate network. The ability and drive to keep the course current and the exposure to the big players from Day One of the course definitely contributes to that."
Holly Franklin
Interim Head of Retail PMO, Dyson
"A structured well organized course that provides the perfect stepping stone into a profession within the property industry. A challenging but rewarding and fun year at the same time."
Ed Priestley
Head of Development at Berkeley Homes

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Our students and alumni are always keen to share their Henley experience, whether you are a prospective applicant or you've already applied for a place on a Master's programme at Henley Business School. For a unique insight into every aspect of life in the School and on campus, you can contact any of our students and alumni members below, via email, Skype or social media.

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