At a glance
- Understand the workings of real estate markets and appropriate techniques
- Experience practical learning via ‘real-world’ case studies, field trips and an industry challenge
- Fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Pair up with an industry mentor through the mentoring scheme of the Reading Real Estate Foundation (RREF)
- Join a school which is the largest in the UK for teaching and research in real estate
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 industry.
Core areas covered include investment appraisal, economics, real estate finance, valuation, international real estate, development, fund management, law, and sustainability. By choosing appropriate modules you might specialise in Fund management, Development or Valuation and asset management.
This Masters programme is especially suitable if you have a non-property- related degree and wish to develop skills and knowledge in the real estate sector. These skills will open up employment opportunities across the sector.
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. Our 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. We offer a comprehensive range of courses, all of which are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
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. More than 95% of our students enter graduate-level jobs within 6-months of leaving us. We produce graduates who will ultimately form the thought leaders and practice innovators of the future.
Find out about how we'll be delivering our courses in 2020.
EU student fees
With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government’s guidance for EU students.
For 2021 entry, all eligible EU candidates will automatically be allocated a bursary of up to £6,000, applied as a fee reduction. More information can be found on the University of Reading's EU bursaries web page.
In addition, all EU candidates are also eligible to apply for our European Scholarship and, if successful, would further reduce their tuition fee by £2,000 - £8,000.
|Undergraduate degree||Minimum 2:1 or the equivalent from an Internationally recognised university|
|Degree discipline||Any discipline|
The academic requirement for mature students may be relaxed in light of relevant professional experience.
English Language Requirements
Studying in a second language can be challenging. If your English language ability is below the minimum requirement, we may ask for evidence of proficiency. Alternatively, we may ask you to attend an English language course before you begin your studies with us.
|IELTS||6.5 with no component below 6.0|
|IELTS with pre-sessional English||6.5 with no component below 5.5|
For information on other English language qualifications, please visit our English requirement equivalent page.
If you require specific advice on your qualification please contact admissions directly by email or telephone on +44 118-378-5289.
Pre-sessional English language programme
UK visa requirements
If you are not a national of the European Union (EU), you may need to obtain a UK visa. This visa will allow to live and study in the UK. See the UK Border Agency website. Contact the University's International Office with any questions: email@example.com.
New Graduate Route
From the summer of 2021, the UK's new Graduate Route post-study work visa allows you to apply to stay in the UK for up to two years after you graduate, with the opportunity to undertake skilled work. Visit the University website for the latest information.
How can Henley Careers work with you?
We have an award-winning careers team that will support you through your postgraduate studies and four years after graduation.
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 CV advice, practicing for an interview, providing feedback if applications aren't successful or support planning your career goals. We are 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. Additionally, 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 graduating we’re here to 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 learn about the graduate recruitment cycle in the UK. As well as where to look and how to start applying to jobs, and the different 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, you will be 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 (RREF), organise career development and recruitment events for real estate students throughout the year. These include an evening lectures series with key industry speakers and an annual Careers Fair. To support your career development and interpersonal skills, you will also be assigned an industry mentor through the RREF mentoring scheme.
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
Barclays Capital, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley
Institutional Investors and Investment Funds:
Aviva, Invesco, Legal & General
Accenture, Ernst & Young, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Property Portfolio Research
Investment and Development Companies:
British Land, Grosvenor, Hines, Land Securities and SEGRO
Apply for 2021 entry now
Apply online now through the University of Reading’s online application service.
The online application service allows you to complete your application information, attach electronic copies of your academic transcripts, certificates and other supporting information. It also provides a facility for an email request to be sent to your referees. This enables the referees to send your supporting references directly to us.
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 us time to process your application we recommend that you apply by the following dates:
|UK/Home applicants||International applicants|
|1 August||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. If successful, you will receive a formal offer letter outlining any necessary entry criteria you will need to meet. You'll then be asked to confirm your acceptance of this offer.
If you require a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for your visa, details will be sent by email once all conditions of the offer have been met.
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.
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- Business and Professional Values - 10 credits
- Investment Appraisal and Valuation - 20 credits
- Introduction to Real Estate Finance - 10 credits
- Real Estate Economics - 20 credits
- Real Estate Opportunities (including European Field Trip) - 20 credits
- Final Project in Real Estate - 20 credits
- or Dissertation - 40 credits
Valuation and Asset Management
- Real Estate Valuation - 20 credits
- Real Estate Asset Management - 20 credits
- Development Processes, Practices and Appraisal - 20 credits
- Planning Policy and Practice - 10 credits
- Understanding Construction: Procurement and Project Delivery - 10 credits
- 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
The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change.
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.