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BSc Real Estate

At a glance

Subject area(s)
Real Estate & Planning
Start Date
September 2024
3 year undergraduate (4 years with Study Abroad)
Programme Director
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Yi Wu


We are now pleased to announce our brand new undergraduate suite of programmes, including a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) fully accredited BSc Real Estate. This will give you the opportunity to study with us and be part of a world-leading department, business school and university. We adopt an applied research-led approach to teaching and problem-solving that will enable you to improve your knowledge and range of soft skills (e.g. writing, communication, negotiation, team-working) for a successful career in real estate.

In the first two years we will use a mix of lectures, small group tutorials and case studies to help you build a strong understanding of core subjects such as economics, finance, business management, planning, environmental, law and real estate valuation. In year three, you will develop a deeper understanding in real estate development, valuation and asset management. Choosing among several optional modules, you will also be able to form a concentration in areas such as: rural asset management, sustainability and resilience, data and technology, and business and financial management. Please see the course structure for a list of modules over the three years.

We also offer a BSc Real Estate with Foundation for those students who may require an additional year of study before commencing on the main BSc Real Estate programme. The Foundation Year prepares students through select modules in academic study skills, business management and data science.

Join us at Henley Business School (University of Reading) and we will help you shape your journey into a dynamic profession that is eager to welcome you.

As part of the suite of programmes, you may also be interested in exploring: BSc Real Estate Finance or BSc Real Estate Development and Planning.

Your three years of study with us will give you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in the subjects listed below and they will be structured as follows:

Year 1

You will complete 6 modules (120 credits), three in each semester:

  • RE1INTD - Introduction to Data Analysis (*NEW)
  • IC103 - Introductory Economics for Business and Finance
  • RE1PLRI - Property, Law, Rights and Institutions (*NEW)
  • RE1REV - Real Estate Valuation I (*NEW)
  • RE1ISS - Contemporary Issues in Real Estate and Planning
  • RE1ESD - Ethics and Sustainable Development (*NEW)

Year 2

You will complete 6 modules (120 credits), three in each semester, including one of your choice:

  • RE2ECON - Real Estate and Urban Economics (*NEW)
  • RE2REV - Real Estate Valuation II
  • RE2LAW - Real Estate and Planning Law
  • RE2ENT - Real Estate Entrepreneurship and Technology
  • RE2FIN - Real Estate Finance and Investment (*NEW)
  • Optional Module

Year 3

You will complete 6 modules (120 credits), three in each semester, including two of your choice:

  • RE3REV - Real Estate Valuation III (*NEW)
  • RE3DAF - Development Appraisal and Finance
  • RE3REAM - Real Estate Asset Management
  • RE3VALP - Project in Valuation and Asset Management
  • Optional Module
  • Optional Module

Among the three Optional Modules, you will be able to choose from a range of real estate and planning related subjects (e.g. housing, rural investment, rural valuation and law, urban regeneration, real estate securities, portfolio management, international real estate, planning theory and practice, …), as well as more broadly related topics (e.g. comparative int’l management, sustainable finance, climate risk and finance, management information systems, leadership, corporate social responsibility, …).

Tuition fees for undergraduates at University of Reading are:

  • £9,250 a year, for the full course duration, for UK if you started your undergraduate course in September 2020 onwards*.

*This fee capped for the full duration of your course.

Your fees will be fully covered by a loan from the Student Loan Company, in line with its published repayment terms and conditions.

Government Funding

UK students can get government loans to help towards their living costs, known as ‘maintenance loans’. If you choose to take out both a fees loan and a maintenance loan, these will be rolled together and repaid only after graduation through the tax system, as a proportion of your income. To find out when you will start repaying your student loan, visit the government website for the latest information.

UK/Republic of Ireland fee changes

UK/Republic of Ireland undergraduate tuition fees are regulated by the UK government. These fees are subject to parliamentary approval and any decision on raising the tuition fees cap for new UK students would require the formal approval of both Houses of Parliament before it becomes law.

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.

The International Undergraduate 2024/25 fee level for this programme is £27,650. There may be financial support available - consult your local British Council/Education Counselling Service.

Please see the University's financial pages for further information on international fees.

Typical offer

A Level: AAB

International Baccalaureate: 34 points overall

GCSE: Maths and English at grade B (5).


Contextual offer

A Level: BBB

For more information on contextual offers, please visit the University of Reading webpage


Please direct any questions to Dr Richard Nunes - Undergraduate Programme Area Director

You can apply online for all of our courses via the national admissions service, UCAS.

Find out more

James Latham
BSc Real Estate, now at Guildhouse UK ltd,

Enrolling on the BSc Real Estate and Planning degree course at the University of Reading was one of the best things I have ever done. Three years later, I find myself employed as an Assistant Development Manager in a commercial property development company in London.

In the first two years of the degree programme, you cover a vast range of subjects with everyone in the year group. This is a great foundation for any aspiring surveyor as it helps you to work out your strengths and weaknesses. I made the most amazing friends whilst working on a number of group projects and we all helped each other when the going got tough! Having discovered where my interests and strengths lay, I specialised in development and planning for my third and final year.

The property courses at the University of Reading open the doors to a number of opportunities, which I would never have thought possible. One such opportunity at the end of my second year was to work in Shanghai, China for 10 weeks. This was a joint Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) work placement opportunity and to date, this remains one of the highlights of my time at university.

Hannah Bennett
BSc Real Estate, now at Lambert Smith Hampton,

I really don't think you can go wrong with the Real Estate & Planning course at Reading - it's very highly regarded amongst industry professionals, you will be taught by lecturers who are at the top of their field, and the course itself is very practical. I was originally attracted to the REP course because it has a business focus, and covers a breadth of broader areas such as Economics and Law, as well as more technical, property-focused topics such as valuation and investment appraisal. Plus the support you get from the REP department is invaluable - the mentoring scheme and careers advice service make a big difference and really helped me when it came to applying for jobs.

Jason Turner
BSc Real Estate, now at Deloitte Real Estate,

The course is highly regarded within the industry and so you can’t go wrong when you graduate with a Real Estate and Planning degree from Reading. The course sets you up for a career in a fantastic industry which is sociable and there are so many pathways you can take with different service lines and sectors to suit almost every individual. I would thoroughly recommend it!

Our students

Recruitment of Graduates

The HESA Graduate outcome survey states that between 90 to 98% of our UK full-time BSc students are in graduate level employment 15 months after leaving university.

The most highly regarded firms in the industry continue to employ Reading graduates. The majority of our graduates have been able to secure employment before they finish their degree course.

As well as offering a direct route in to the property and planning professions, our programmes offer a solid foundation on which to build a career in a wide range of other fields such as finance, law, general management or consultancy.

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. She is available to help with the preparation of CVs and application letters and works with the Reading Real Estate Foundation to develop our evening lecture series delivered by key industry speakers and our annual Careers Fair which is attended by the major firms.

Jane also co-ordinates our new work-based learning module which enables students to gain credits towards their degree from relevant work experience undertaken while at University.

Connections with Industry

Our degree courses are very well supported by the industry. A number of important organisations actively participate in the teaching programme and supplement the resources available. These include the British Property Federation and the Investment Property Forum.

The Reading Network

The Reading degrees in property have been running for more than forty years and there are now almost five thousand graduates. Similarly, Reading has educated town planners for more than 20 years. Many of our alumni have reached influential positions within their industry. As much of the work in the property and planning fields is based on personal contacts, having a ready network to tap into is very valuable.

Our graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of leading UK and global employers including:

  • AXA Real Estate
  • Barton Willmore
  • Berkeley Homes
  • Bilfinger GVA
  • BNP Paribas Real Estate
  • CBRE
  • Colliers International
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Deloitte Real Estate
  • EC Harris
  • The Environment Agency
  • Gerald Eve
  • Grosvenor
  • Hammerson
  • JLL
  • Knight Frank
  • Land Securities
  • LSH
  • The National Trust
  • PwC
  • Savills
  • Strutt & Parker
  • TH Real Estate
  • Vail Williams
  • Valuation Office Agency

The University's award-winning Careers Advisory Service (CAS) also offers career advice for those wanting to pursue a career in academia or another field.


All our degree programmes have full accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and our Planning programmes offer dual accreditation from the RICS and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

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A thriving community

As part of the School of Real Estate & Planning you will belong to a diverse and friendly community, giving you the chance to work alongside and make friends with peers from around the world.

Through the expertise and support of our staff we hope to inspire you to share our ambitious ethos and maximise your potential. Staff are easily contactable during regular office hours, by telephone or email.


Networking and social interaction are vital business skills. We encourage our students to join a wide range of societies and groups. In addition to the sporting and social societies run by the University and the Students' Union, you can join those directly aligned to your degree course. These groups provide an ideal opportunity to meet like-minded students from various departments and a wide range of backgrounds.

The Reading Real Estate Foundation has a thriving Student Society which organises events for current Real Estate & Planning students throughout the year. These include an evening lectures series, an annual student ball, and regular sporting fixtures.

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Facilities and resources

In addition to the facilities offered by the University, we fund a professionally staffed Business Library. Here we keep copies of all course reading material together with key texts and current journals. We also have a comprehensive collection of property market reports and structure and development plans, and offer free access to relevant online databases.

Real Estate & Planning students have exclusive access to two computer labs which are equipped with more than 40 networked PCs running relevant specialist software packages.

Evening lectures

Working with the Reading Real Estate Foundation we host a series of evening lectures on campus. These are delivered by key industry people, often our alumni. These are not only an opportunity for students to hear up-to-the-minute debate on relevant issues but also a great chance to network, as free pizza is available after all the talks!

Beyond property...

As well as offering a direct route in to the property and planning professions, our programmes offer a solid foundation on which to build a career in a wide range of other fields such as finance, law, general management or consultancy.

Contact us

Undergraduate admissions

If you have any questions about admissions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Telephone: +44 (0)118 378 8372
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“The decision to study Real Estate in Reading was actually quite easy to make as Reading is one of the leading Universities in the industry, it has an outstanding reputation across the world”
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