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Masters in Real Estate and Planning

Masters in Rural Land and Business Management

At a glance

  • Develop specialist knowledge and skills in planning and development
  • Accredited by RICS and recognised by the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers
  • Gain strategic decision-making skills needed to undertake a career in rural land and business management 
  • Obtain critical awareness of issues and challenges affecting the rural sector
  • Take part in a Rural field trip in the summer term
Subject area(s)
Real Estate & Planning
12 months
Programme Director
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Angela Cropley


The MSc Rural Land and Business Management course will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in professional practice. This includes advising the owners and occupiers of rural land and property on their assets and businesses. This Masters course will prepare you for membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

Through this programme, you’ll have the specialist skills to deal with the challenges facing rural businesses in the current and post-Brexit environment. We blend theory and practice to deliver a challenging programme, relevant to the changing demands of businesses in the sector. You’ll be encouraged to develop a critical awareness and learn to apply an analytical and strategic approach to rural practice.

Many of the UK’s most successful rural land managers began their careers with us. The programme is recognised by the UK’s top employers as an excellent preparation for a career in rural surveying. You will be taught by experts in the field (both academics and current practitioners). You will undertake real-life case studies, and visits to farms, estates and other rural businesses. All while working within the busy, vibrant society of one of the UK’s leading universities.

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 have 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). The MSc Rural Land and Business Management programme has an excellent employment record – 100% for the last four years. We have long-standing links with the major firms in the sector who regularly recruit from the University.

Core modules

  • Business and Professional Values - 10 credits
  • Dissertation - 40 credits
  • Introduction to Agriculture and Rural Industries - 20 credits
  • Management Case Studies in Rural Surveying - 20 credits
  • Real Estate Economics - 10 credits
  • Rural Field Trip - 10 credits
  • Rural Policy and Planning - 10 credits
  • Rural Property Law and Valuation - 20 credits
  • Strategic Rural Asset Management - 20 credits

Plus elective modules from a range offered by the School of Agriculture and Henley Business School, which may include: Advanced Marketing, Appraisal of Agricultural and Rural Development Projects, Business Planning and Control, Ecosystem Services, Human Resource Management, Environmental Economics, Rural Diversification, Sustainability and Real Estate, Real Estate Asset Management.

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 and Professional Development 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 and Professional Development 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 and Professional Development 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

We have long-standing links with the major firms in the sector who regularly recruit from the University. Recent graduates have gone on to work for multi-disciplinary rural consultancy firms. This includes Bidwells, Carter Jonas, CKD Galbraith, Fisher German, Knight Frank, Savills and Strutt & Parker. Plus specialist firms such as Dalcour Maclaren, as well as for regional firms throughout the country. They have also taken jobs with rural estate owners as trainee land agents, and organisations such as the National Trust and RSPB.

Our graduates tell us the content of the course is highly relevant to the profession, training them to be analytical thinkers and leaders. They have frequently progressed to become directors of landed estates or surveying firms. Some have secured posts in environmental organisations, government agencies, planning consultancies, or in academia. Others find this higher degree pathway an ideal entry qualification into wider management careers.

Most graduates complete the two years’ professional training and experience required to become members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and many also become members of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

Our alumni association, the Reading Real Estate Foundation, organises career development and recruitment events for students throughout the year. These include an evening lectures series with key industry speakers, an annual Careers Fair and a highly successful mentoring programme – unique in the sector – which pairs individual students with industry professionals. We also have a professional Careers Development Advisor who helps our students with every aspect of the career process, including identifying work placements, internships and permanent career opportunities.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

This Masters programme will prepare you for membership of the RICS and the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

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