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Postgraduate research at Henley Business School

Real Estate and Planning PhD Opportunities

Join a PhD programme in the area of real estate or planning, conducive to the production of leading research.

At a glance

  • Teaching and research activities
  • Join a department which produces leading research
  • Formal research training
  • Student-staff interaction
  • Emphasis on timely completion of the degree
Level
PhD / DBA
Subject area(s)
Real Estate & Planning
Award
PhD
Duration
3 years (FT), 4 years (minimum, PT)
Attendance
Full-time , Part-time
Programme Director
Pat Mc Allister 75e5pfiod
Professor Pat McAllister

We offer PhD opportunities in a wide range of research areas in real estate and planning. The programme emphasises on flexibility to meet individual needs and learning in a quality research environment.

You will be equipped with skills to develop a successful career in academia and other organisations. This includes joining faculty positions in leading universities and key research roles in the public and private sectors.

Henley Business School holds triple-accreditation status and enjoys a reputation for high quality academic and applied research. It is part of the University of Reading, consistently rated among the UK's most research-intensive institutions.

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.

A PhD is usually taken on a full-time basis over 3 years. A part-time option, taking a minimum of four years, is also available. On a full time basis, the PhD Programme starts in September at the beginning of the academic year. However, if necessary for your training, you may be required to come to the University earlier to attend some preparatory courses.

Year 1

During your first year of studies, you will be required to:

  • Pass at least 60 credits from PhD/Masters level courses in Research Methods* and other modules required for your area of concentration (to be decided with your PhD supervisor and approved by the PhD Director);
  • Attend some short courses (2-3 hours each) required for the Reading Researcher Development Programme at the Graduate School;
  • Attend the Graduate School’s Preparing to Teach module (if recipient of one of the Studentships);
  • Participate in the weekly REP research seminars and other research seminars offered by other Schools/Departments and relevant to your research area;
  • organise periodical meetings with your supervisor(s).

Quantitative Path

Compulsory modules Credits

Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2013/4Module Convenor: Prof Charles Ward

Email: c.w.r.ward@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, it is expected that students will be able to
? Explain the steps involved in drafting a Masters or PhD thesis
? Determine the appropriate form and content for such a thesis
? Describe the types of research that are conducted in the social sciences
? Critically evaluate research in various sub-fields of management research
? Draft a review of an area of literature in their subject area
? Discuss various ethical issues that may arise when conducting research
? Present a seminal study and act as a discussant for an additional study

Additional outcomes:
? Develop presentation and communication skills including time management.

Outline content:
1 Searching for literature in a particular field.
2 Writing a dissertation or thesis.
3 Drafting a literature review.
4 Research ethics.
5 How to make research presentations
6 How to orally discuss other researchers’ presentations

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students will be expected to contribute to the discussion of the material which will be presented in a relatively informal format. For the first five weeks, the module convenor will present material and lead the discussion. In the second half, students will then present and discuss seminal studies in their sub-field, with the module convenor acting as a Chairman.

Contact hours:

AutumnSpringSummer
Seminars20
Guided independent study180
Total hours by term200.00
Total hours for module200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:

MethodPercentage
Written assignment including essay50
Oral assessment and presentation50

Other information on summative assessment:
Presentation of seminal study
Discussion of another study
Written literature review

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
50%

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of the research literature review.

Last updated: 7 June 2013

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module is the first of two modules intended to teach students advanced microeconometrics. The module considers how to select and apply econometric techniques for research. In addition students will develop their econometric software skills using Stata.

Academic authors
Dr Sarah Jewell
10 [5 ECTS credits]

This module is the second of two modules intended to teach students advanced microeconometrics and focuses on causality and treatment effects. The module will build on the first module ECM607A, and whilst ECM607A is not a pre-requisite, students will be expected to have knowledge of the topics taught in ECM607A. The module considers how to select and apply econometric techniques for research. In addition students will develop their econometric software skills using Stata.

Academic authors
Dr Sarah Jewell
10 [5 ECTS credits]

This module aims to introduce students to the understanding of qualitative research, (in social science and particularly in the area of business and management studies). It is designed for students mainly using quantitative methods in their PhD studies who wish to have an introductory class in qualitative research.

Academic authors
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Professor Kleio Akrivou
0 [0 ECTS credits]
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Qualitative Path

Optional modules Credits

The module aims to provide students in the Business School with an understanding of all the issues involved in researching, preparing, and writing a literature review for their thesis, together with the specific techniques and resources involved.

Academic authors
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Professor Peter Scott
20 [10 ECTS credits]

The module aims to deepen students’ understanding of qualitative research, particularly in the area of business, organisational, social and management studies.

Academic authors
Dr Evelyn Fenton
20 [10 ECTS credits]

The module aims to broaden students’ understanding of data analysis by providing an overview of key methods and particularly focusing on regression analysis.

Academic authors
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Dr Min Zou
0 [0 ECTS credits]
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Examples of advanced quantitative modules that can replace ECM607A-B as core module:

Optional modules Credits
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims:
Building on the material introduced in Quantitative Methods for Finance, this module covers a number of more advanced techniques that are relevant for financial applications, and in particular for modelling and forecasting financial time series. These include an introduction to maximum likelihood estimation and two-stage least squares, models of volatility, simulation techniques, and multivariate models. Case studies from the academic finance literature are employed to demonstrate potential uses of each approach. Extensive use is also made of financial econometrics software to demonstrate how the techniques are applied in practice.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Examples of other modules offered within the University of Reading (subject to changes):

Optional modules Credits

This course is intended for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. The course will help researchers to make full use of economic concepts in international business research.

Academic authors
Prof Mark Casson
10 [5 ECTS credits]

This course is intended for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. This is an advanced course focusing on the key academic debates with regard to the issues in managing human resources in the multinational enterprises (MNEs) with an understanding of cross-national differences in HRM.

Academic authors
Dr chul chung 397 3 Chul Chung 75e5pfi5f
Dr Chul Chung
10 [5 ECTS credits]

This course is intended for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. This is an advanced course focused on the theory of the multinational enterprise (MNE), and its implications for international strategic management.

Academic authors
Professor alain verbeke 397 3 Alain Verbeke 75e5pfi6g
Professor Alain Verbeke
10 [5 ECTS credits]

This module is intended for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. It will provide an introduction to the role multinational enterprises (MNEs) can play in development, and how governments are able to influence the positive and negative outcomes associated with this interaction. Delivery of this module will take two days.

Academic authors
Professor rajneesh narula 397 3 Rajneesh Narula 75e5pfi6j
Professor Rajneesh Narula
10 [5 ECTS credits]

This course is intended for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. It addresses the complex relations between innovation, IB and Economic Geography, by providing a state-of-the-art critical overview of conceptual and empirical research.

Academic authors
Davide castellani 397 3 Davide Castellani 75e5pfi5e
Professor Davide Castellani
10 [5 ECTS credits]

This course is intended for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. This is an advanced course focusing on the Economic Theory of IB. Delivery of this module will take over 2 days.

Academic authors
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Professor Lucy Newton
10 [5 ECTS credits]

At the end of your year, you will submit a research proposal that will be defended in front of the Faculty and will be assessed by an independent internal examiner. This process will coincide with your confirmation of registration and, if successful, it will grant you the status of PhD candidate.

Year 2

During your second year of studies you will:

  • Continue to work on your PhD dissertation;
  • Hold periodical meetings with your supervisor(s);
  • Attend some short courses (2-3 hours each) required for the Reading Researcher Development Programme at the Graduate School;
  • Participate in the weekly REP research seminars and other research seminars offered by other Schools/Departments and relevant to your research area;
  • Prepare a poster for the annual PhD day organised by the Department;
  • Present a poster/paper at a national/international conference;
  • Contribute to teaching and research activities (if recipient of a Studentship).

Year 3

During your third year of studies, you will:

  • Continue to work on your PhD dissertation to prepare the final submission;
  • Hold periodical meetings with your supervisor(s);
  • Attend some short courses (2-3 hours each) required for the Reading Researcher Development Programme at the Graduate School;
  • Participate in and present a paper at the weekly REP research seminars and other research seminars offered by other Schools/Departments and relevant to your research area;
  • Present a paper/chapter at the annual PhD day organised by the Department;
  • Present a poster/paper at one or more international conferences;
  • Contribute to teaching and research activities (if recipient of a Studentship).

* First year students are asked to attend a combination of at least 2 courses from the Graduate School (of 2/3 hours each) and to pass a total of 60 credits. In particular:

  • A 20 credit module focusing on literature review to be chosen between Understanding Management and Financial Research (quantitative stream) and Introduction to Thesis Literature Review (qualitative stream);
  • A 20 credit module in either Advanced Quantitative Research Methods or Advanced Qualitative Research Methods depending upon the stream (quantitative or qualitative respectively);
  • Other modules (level 7 or above, equivalent to 20 credits) in research methods or subjects relevant for the specific area of research (and chosen within Henley Business School or other Schools);
  • A no credit bearing module focusing on Basic Qualitative Research Methods or Basic Quantitative Research Methods depending upon the stream (quantitative or qualitative respectively).

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.

How can Henley Careers work with you?

We have an award-winning careers team here to support you through your time at Henley and 4 years after graduating.

Henley Careers and Professional Development run numerous events throughout the autumn and spring terms to help you gain industry experience. These events are aimed to enhance your professional development and network with employers. We also offer one-to-one career coaching appointments where you can talk to a Careers Consultant about your professional development. This may include planning your ideal career journey or building confidence in a particular area. It could also involve practicing for interviews or having your CV checked.

For more information please see our Careers page.

Continuing your career

A PhD in the area of Real Estate and Planning from Henley Business School can open doors to a highly successful career in academia, large multinationals, leading firms and governmental and non-governmental organisations worldwide.

Thinking of doing a PhD in Real Estate or Planning?

Renowned for being one of the world’s premier centres for teaching and research in Real Estate and Planning, our research interests span all major areas of real estate and land use. Our aim is to provide you with a first class environment, conducive to the production of the highest quality research.

Some ideas for research topics of our interest are reported below. However, this list is not exhaustive of the broad spectrum of topics our members of staff are currently working on. Consequently, we suggest you to access individual academic staff web profiles to understand the willingness and suitability of our faculty to supervise in your intended area of research. Should you wish to discuss your proposal or have any questions, please feel free to contact a member of staff directly or alternatively you can email: phd.rep@reading.ac.uk

Research Areas

Environment, Sustainability and Participation

We have a strong and long standing interest in sustainability, and community involvement and the environment in its widest sense.

Housing economics and finance

As the overall economy is struggling to recover from a deep financial and economic crisis and governments face issues related to housing affordability, we intend to build on the strength and research interests of our existing staff. We study issues related to the relationship and functioning of housing and mortgage markets and their role in a wider national and international economy.

Real Estate Investment and Finance

Alongside pricing in private real estate markets, we conduct research in corporate finance and asset pricing applied to real estate investment trusts (REITs), unlisted funds, mortgage-backed securities and other real estate-based financial products. Finally we have an interest in investment, portfolio management (incl. performance measurement) and the impact of behaviour on pricing.

Valuation, Leasing and Market Practice

Being the largest cluster of academics in Europe, we develop an interest in the valuation of buildings, developments and land real options. We also carry out high quality and objective research into core policy and practice issues facing the real estate industry and their occupiers.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of the broad spectrum of topics our members of staff are currently working on. We suggest you view individual academic web profiles, as well as a list of currently advertised themes to understand the willingness and suitability of our staff to supervise your intended area of research.

Current Research Degrees

Visit our Real Estate & Planning Current PhD Students page for information on students and topics.

Professor Pat McAllister

Professor of Real Estate

Professor Michael Ball

Professor of Urban and Property Economics

Professor Angelique Chettiparambil Rajan

Professor of Urban Planning and Governance

Angela Cropley

Associate Professor

Professor Neil Crosby

Professor of Real Estate

Professor Eamonn D'Arcy

Professor of International Real Estate

Dr Steven Devaney

Associate Professor in Real Estate Appraisal

Dr Catherine Hughes

Head of Real Estate & Planning

Dr Pin-Te Lin

Lecturer in Real Estate Finance and Investment

Professor Gianluca Marcato

Professor of Finance and Real Estate

Dr Masaki Mori

Associate Professor in Real Estate Finance and Investment

Sylvia Osborn

Associate Professor

Professor Kathy Pain

Professor of Real Estate Development

Professor Gavin Parker

Professor of Planning Studies

Professor Sarah Sayce

Professor of Sustainable Real Estate

Dr Edward Shepherd

Associate Professor of Planning and Development

Dr Emma Street

Associate Professor in Planning and Urban Governance

Dr Jorn van de Wetering

Lecturer in Real Estate Appraisal

Professor Peter Wyatt

Professor of Real Estate Appraisal

Dr Yi Wu

Lecturer in Real Estate Economics

Dr Chen Zheng

Lecturer in Real Estate Finance and Economics

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact our PhD Administrator Helen Clark via email or by phone.

Email: phd.rep@reading.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 118 378 6037

History, location and triple-accreditation led me to choose Henley to pursue my PhD. Grounded in the Thames Valley, I had the opportunity to acquire valuable knowledge being in contact with a dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem of both academics & practitioners

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