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Masters in Real Estate and Planning

Masters in Real Estate

This RICS accredited Masters course is constructed  to be industry-facing, preparing you for a wide range of careers in the global real estate sector.

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
Level
Masters
Subject area(s)
Real Estate & Planning
Award
MSc
Duration
12 months
Attendance
Full-time
Programme Director
Eamonn D Arcy 75e5pfioc
Professor Eamonn D'Arcy

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.

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Core modules

  • 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
  • Either:
    • Final Project in Real Estate - 20 credits
    • or Dissertation - 40 credits
Optional modules

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

Optional modules

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.

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

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

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

RICS-accreditation demonstrates a globally-recognised standard of surveying education.

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

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Our students and alumni are always keen to share their Henley experience. Whether you are a prospective applicant or already applied to a Masters programme at Henley Business School. You can ask questions to a current student by clicking the “Chat to our students” button below.

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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.

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The programme is in line with the trend of future property market development. You are able to benefit from top educational and industry resources which is a rare opportunity to understand the real estate financial market.

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The program was very interesting and useful for building a professional career in human resources. The professors were creating activities to better understand the theories and this was a small simulation of a professional environment.

Olga Maria Vrochopoulou MSc International Human Resource Management Masters in International Human Resource Management
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A mix of theory and practical classes helped apply what I had learnt into real business scenarios was something I had not experienced before in my previous education.

Jiwan Guron MSc Business Technology Consulting Masters in Business Technology Consulting