Course overview

If you are interested in managing property investments, working with or on behalf of major financial institutions, then this is the course for you. It develops your understanding of property from an investment perspective by demonstrating how real estate can be compared to other forms of investment such as shares and gilts. You will develop strong financial expertise, which will enable you to work not only in the property sector but also in a wider financial role.

This programme builds on the BSc Real Estate course with foundation studies (the first two years) being shared. In the final year your modules are focused on investment and finance subjects and addresses both the theoretical and practical aspects of real estate markets. You will undertake a number of applied investment and finance projects to develop analytical and key employment skills.

This programme has full accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Teaching and assessment

The programme is divided into three parts, each one lasting one academic year and totalling 120 credits. Teaching and continuous assessment take place in the Autumn and Spring terms. Examinations are held in the Summer term following a period for revision. The method of assessment varies depending on the aims, content and style of each module. Modules may be assessed by coursework, class tests, examinations or a mixture of these methods.

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Why Henley?

Henley is part of the University of Reading, ranked among the top 200 universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2018). We are understandably proud of our beautiful parkland campus, voted one of the best open spaces in the UK and awarded the prestigious Green Flag for seven consecutive years. Campus is at the heart of university life and provides a special sense of community. Campus offers:

  • A main library, home to more than 1 million items
  • 24 hour PC and wireless internet access and the latest e-learning tools
  • Award-winning catering facilities
  • A sports centre, home to state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor facilities
  • A thriving Students' Union (RUSU), housing cafés, bars, shops and amenities
  • An opportunity to join over 150 sports clubs and societies

Henley Business School

In 1947 the University of Reading purchased its main Whiteknights campus, the former country estate of the Marquis of Blandford. A peaceful 130 hectare country estate, with its conservation meadows, rare tree collection and large lake, is an exceptional place to study, live and work. It provides a natural habitat for many varieties of birds, animals, insects and plants.

Several listed buildings are features of the campus. One of the most attractive is Foxhill House, built in 1869 by architect Alfred Waterhouse, designer of the Natural History Museum.

Henley Business School's undergraduate, postgraduate taught masters, professional management and PhD programmes are delivered from our Whiteknights campus. Our building, opened in 2009, represents the largest single construction project in the University of Reading's history and provides a visually impressive hub at the heart of campus. Its designers, BDP, boast impressive credentials having previously master planned projects including a redevelopment of the Royal Albert Hall and the construction of the Channel Tunnel Terminal.

The School houses lecture theatres and seminar rooms equipped with the latest technology, easily accessible academic and support staff, a popular cafe and visitor area and a dedicated Academic Resource Centre (ARC). The ARC is exclusively for the use of students in the School and provides an ideal place for private and group study and easy access to specialist online and offline resources and services.

The adjacent ICMA Centre is home to our degree programmes in finance and provides three state-of-the-art dealing rooms featuring more than 100 terminals. We were the first business school in Europe to introduce dealing rooms and remain the only university with a facility on such a scale.

A home away from home

At Reading we pride ourselves on being a residential university where the majority of undergraduates as well as many postgraduates live in halls of residence, which provide over 4,000 rooms.

All halls are located on or within easy walking distance of campus and close to local bus routes and facilities. Each hall is a vibrant community offering you a safe and inclusive environment in which to study and relax. Halls vary in style and size so you can choose between a wide range of study, domestic and social facilities.

Around 95% of those who apply for accommodation receive a place. If you are a new undergraduate student, Reading is your firm choice, and you apply for accommodation by 1 August, the University will guarantee to offer you a single study bedroom in halls. If Reading is your insurance choice we will usually be able to offer you accommodation, although this is not guaranteed.

Our outstanding location

The term 'campus university' often conjures up an image of being based miles from anywhere, but the University's Whiteknights campus is located close to the centre of Reading, which is just an easy bus ride or short walk away.

Reading is easily accessible for both UK and international students and has excellent rail and road links with direct routes to Heathrow and Gatwick airports. You couldn't be better situated when looking to return home, to visit friends around the UK or to explore the capital and surrounding region.

Reading itself offers some of the best retail and entertainment experiences in the UK. The Oracle Centre, set by the river around a mile from campus, features shops, bars and restaurants and a large multiplex cinema, while the town's popular nightlife includes everything from global music to the theatre. Our local amenities include the concert hall, traditional and outdoor theatres and the Madejski Stadium, home to Reading Football Club and the London Irish rugby team. Reading also has a vibrant live music scene and hosts the world famous rock festival. With so much going on, you are guaranteed a great time.

Please see our Undergraduate Experience' photo collection (Flickr). You can also engage with our students via our Facebook page.

How we teach you

We expect yosmall_CBRE_investment_gameu to work hard while you are with us but we hope that you will find our teaching stimulating and rewarding.

Right from the start of your degree you will be involved in "real world" projects and we will give you the tools to become an independent and active learner.

Our project based work is designed to develop your research skills and introduce you to group working. This is a great way to meet the other people on the course, to share ideas and to work together to solve problems.

There is plenty of traditional class room based teaching and lectures to help re-enforce what you are learning through your own work. You will also have smaller group tutorials which will give you the opportunity to discuss issues in more depth. 

Our staff are world leaders in their fields and you can expect to be taught by internationally renowned experts, with a wealth of academic and professional experience. All our lectures are given by academic membesmall_students_revisingrs of staff or by visiting speakers from senior positions in the relevant professions.

As well as the core modules we offer additional career related activities. Our alumni association - the Reading Real Estate Foundation (RREF) - organises a series of evening lectures delivered by key industry people. These are not only an opportunity 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!

RREF maintains excellent links with our graduates in the industry and we offer all second and third year students the chance to have an industry mentor. This gives you a real insight into the world of work and is a great opportunity for one-to-one advice from someone already in work.

Above all, we 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.

Open days

Thinking of applying to a Henley Business School programme at the University of Reading? Our open days will give you the opportunity to experience Henley Business School at the University for yourself and find out about the courses you are interested in - find out more

When are they?

  • Friday 21 June 2019
  • Saturday 22 June 2019
  • Saturday 5 October 2019
  • Saturday 12 October 2019

Register your interest here

If you have already applied to study at Henley, make sure you sign up for a visit day to get a feel for what life would be like as an undergraduate student here.

How to apply

Application to all of our undergraduate programmes is through the national admissions service UCAS. Applications are made online through the UCAS website.  There is no longer a paper application form.

The number of courses you can apply for at all UK universities is a maximum of five courses.

You do have to pay to apply for undergraduate programmes (the money goes to UCAS and not the University).The cost of making an application is £11 for 2012 entry and £12 for 2013 entry if you only apply to one course at a single university or college, or £22 for 2012 entry and £23 for 2013 entry for two to five course applications.

UCAS contact details

Tel +44 (0)871 468 0471

Email: enquiries@ucas.com

When to apply

If you are a UK or EU student, you should aim to apply between 1 September 2012 and 15 January 2013 for admission in October 2013.

If you miss the January deadline, you are still welcome to apply but should note that some programmes may be full by this point.

If you are living outside the EU you may apply between 1 September 2011 and 30 June 2012 for admission in October 2012. For entry in October 2013 you may apply between 1 September 2012. and 30 June 2013.  However you should still try and apply by 15 January as courses may fill up by this point.

UCAS code

Our UCAS code is READG R12.

There is no campus code for our courses (except the foundation degrees offered by our Partner Colleges - visit the Foundation degrees course information page for more information)

Gap year/deferred entry

We welcome deferred entry applications. You can apply between 1 September 2011 and 15 January 2012 even if you intend to start your degree programme in October 2013.  You will need to show on your UCAS application that you want deferred admission. If your plans change during the year we can usually change our offer accordingly – so do keep us informed.

Information for Teachers and Advisors

For dedicated information to support teachers and advisors when advising their students on University applications.

Information for teachers and advisors

Faculty & Staff

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at rep@henley.reading.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0)118 378 8175.

Important Information

Entry requirements:
A Level: AAB from 3 A Levels (excluding Key Skills and General Studies)
or ABB if the applicant lists the University of Reading as their first choice on the UCAS form.
GCSE: Mathematics and English grade B or above
IB: Pass Diploma and achieve 35 points

UCAS code:
N380 (degree programme)
READG R12 (University)

Duration:
Three years full time

Course modules

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

Part 1 Credits

Aims: 
To provide students with an introduction to the foundations of English law: the English legal system, the law of contract and some aspects of the law of tort.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

Summary module description:

Introductory module covering the principles of construction and the principles and key concepts underpinning modern town planning.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Summary module description:

This module is designed as an introductory course for students who are enrolled on property related degree programmes. It also provides a foundation for those who are required to undertake further and more specialist property law studies as part of their studies. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the basic legal principles governing the ownership, use and enjoyment of land.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

Summary module description:
An introduction to economics for students of business and finance.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Summary module description:

This module introduces students to basic financial mathematics and their application for the pricing of equities, bonds, mortgages and real estate assets. Following some introductory material on asset classes and performance measurement, the students will apply models to assess investment decisions. The first part of the module focuses on assets different from real estate, while the second part builds on previous knowledge and it is entirely dedicated to the valuation of property.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Summary module description

The purpose of this module is twofold. First it aims to develop a range of key skills to help students make the transition from school to university and on to work; in pursuit of this there will be a strong emphasis on independent learning. Second, the module will provide students with the opportunity to apply and develop knowledge gained through the study of the co-requisite modules. It aims to demonstrate the complexity and dynamics of the ‘business’ of real estate in an academic, and relevant, context.

40 [20 ECTS credits]
Part 2 Credits

Summary module description:

This module introduces the main aspects of landlord and tenant law including types of leases, covenants and the processes encountered by surveyors in relation to landlord and tenant legal interaction.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

Summary module description:

The module provides students with an understanding of the key themes and issues in management as they relate to the real estate sector. It is designed to provide students with the basic management skills that they will need to succeed in delivering real estate solutions in a business environment.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims:

This module explores the implementation of selected planning policies and their inter-relationship with real estate development processes. It examines the role of policy guidance and other powers, resources and special organisational arrangements in planning policy implementation. It also provides an introduction to the legal principles underpinning policy implementation, using case studies and case law to illustrate the issues involved.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims:

The module provides students with an opportunity to apply subject knowledge developed in the programme during part 2, building on part 1, and to obtain and apply new knowledge in the real estate sector, informing their choice of pathway in part 3. The module develops research and information gathering and analytical skills as well as encouraging independent learning. It also incorporates exercises in career management skills.

30 [15 ECTS credits]

Summary module description:

This module identifies the processes, procedures and practices necessary to value real estate, particularly commercial property investments. It examines the valuation process including regulatory framework, role of the valuation and different concepts of value. It examines in detail various methods of valuation and which ones are appropriate for which role and examines the limitations of these methods and the results.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims:

The module aims to provide an insight into the application of economic and financial principles and models to property and land use, building on relevant material from Part 1, and to provide a solid basis for more specialised analytical work in Part 3.

20 [10 ECTS credits]
Part 3 Credits

Summary module description:

After introducing the main concepts of corporate finance and their application to real estate markets, the module presents and analyzes the structuring, functioning and pricing of main financial products, such as REITs, derivatives and mortgage-backed securities.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Summary module description:

This module aims to enable students to develop their understanding of the concepts of investment strategy, portfolio selection and performance measurement and their application to property markets. It should help to develop further students'' analytic capacity. Upon completion of the module, students should have an understanding of key theoretical concepts in investment strategy, be able to appraise critically published work in the field and apply this knowledge to the analysis of practical real estate problems.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims:
The module covers core statistical and econometric topics and introduce quantitative concepts relevant to investment decisions. The aims of this module are to give student an understanding of quantitative methods and their application in the context of real estate.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

Aims:
The investment and finance projects allow and encourage students to develop depth of understanding and analytic skills by researching, modelling, presenting and reporting upon a series of independent or linked research topics. The module aims to provide an application of the various concepts learned in RE3ISM and RE3FM to real-world investment decisions.

30 [15 ECTS credits]

Plus optional modules such as:

A modern language

Summary module description:

The module is about understanding how commercial real estate markets work in an international context. It covers three distinct, but interrelated areas - topics in international market analysis - analysis of European real estate markets - introduction to global market analysis.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

Summary module description:

The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to: reflect on professional practice while extending the knowledge gained in the first two years of the programme; understand the business context related to your specialism; enhance your understanding, skills and employability and allow identification of individual strengths, areas of improvement within the work environment.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

Summary module description:

The aim of this module is to permit a student to conduct a substantial, and in parts original, research study on a relevant topic selected by the student in consultation with the module convenor and a specific supervisor.

40 [20 ECTS credits]

This module will develop your understanding of the roles, methods and limitations of residential and commercial property valuations, and enhance your knowledge of the application of valuation theory to current practice problems and challenges in residential and commercial property markets.

10 [5 ECTS credits]


Summary module description:

The module will provide students with an awareness of the economic principles that underpin residential property markets and relevant government policies. Students will be able to assess the impact of different policy interventions in the housing market.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Fees & funding

Fees 2018-19

UK/EU

Our full-time undergraduate Home/EU course fees are currently £9,250 per year for students starting their course in the 2018/19 academic year. Tuition fees for 2019/20 entry have not yet been confirmed by the UK government, but at this time we do not expect an increase in fees to occur. Please check back here for updates.

Currently, students from the UK and the rest of the EU pay the same fees. Arrangements for students applying for entry from 2019 onwards may be subject to change on the advice of the UK government.

International

Fees for students from outside the EU are slightly higher and set by the University on an annual basis. Please see the University's student finance pages for further information.

Work placement year or university study abroad

Students completing a 4 year degree programme with a 1 year work placement will be charged 15% of the full fee during their placement year. For students taking BA Accounting and Business, which contains placements in years 2, 3 and 4, the fee level will be set at 80% of the full fee in these years.

Living costs

Please note that tuition fees do not include accommodation and other living costs. Students are advised to budget for between £160 and £240 per week depending on their accommodation charges.

International students, who often need to allow for additional accommodation and living costs during three vacations are advised to budget for at least £12,000 per year excluding tuition fees.

Financial support 2018-19

University sources of funding

We believe that fees must not be a disincentive for talented young people applying to university and have a strong record in providing financial support to students from all over the world and a wide range of backgrounds through scholarships, bursaries and other awards.

Please see further information on student finance or contact helpdesk@reading.ac.uk.

External sources of funding

This information applies to students who normally live in England. Please see further information provided by the UK government on student finance. If you normally live in another UK region or outside the UK, different rules will usually apply. Please see alternative information for students from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the EU and overseas.

Tuition Fee (Student) Loan

Students who have not studied a higher education programme before can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of their tuition fees. This loan is paid directly to the University. Graduates only start to pay back this loan once they are working and their salary is above the minimum threshold. EU students from outside the UK who meet certain conditions are also eligible to apply.

Maintenance (Student) Loan

Students can apply for an annual maintenance loan. Loans will be assessed on household income. The amount of maintenance loan available is reduced if a student is receiving a maintenance grant. Repayments will be made in the same way as for a tuition fee loan.

Entry requirements

We offer three undergraduate programmes which all carry the same tariff. There is flexibility to move between programmes during the early stages of your study and so you only need to apply for one of our programmes on your UCAS form.

UCAS Tariff:

A Levels: AAB from 3 A Levels (excluding Key Skills and General Studies) or ABB if the applicant lists the University of Reading as their first choice on the UCAS form.

IB: 35 points

Deferred entry: Yes

Subject: There are no required subjects though Economics, Geography, Business Studies and Mathematics are all relevant.

GCSE: Mathematics and English Language grade B or above.

Careers & accreditations

Recruitment of Graduates

We are proud of our outstanding employment record, with more than 95% of our students entering graduate level jobs within 6 months of leaving.

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
  • SEGRO
  • 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.

Accreditations

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).

Scholarships

Available Scholarships for all Undergraduate Programmes

The Henley Business School Academic Excellence Scholarship

Subject

Henley Business School is keen to attract students who are expected to achieve academic excellence in their A level results but may find it challenging, for whatever reason, to undertake a university degree.

We are offering two scholarships to home/EU students who have committed to enrol on any of our undergraduate programmes in Business, Accounting, Finance or Real Estate and Planning. (Details of these can be found on our undergraduate page)

Criteria

To apply for this scholarship you must complete and submit your application, paying particular attention to your personal statement. This statement should set out your academic and extra-curricular activities, along with a brief explanation as to why this scholarship would make a difference to you. There is no formal application form, send your personal statement in an email or as a word document attachment. This submission will be considered alongside your entry qualifications in determining the award recipients. In the event of a tie you may be invited to participate in an interview in front of a judging panel. Submit your application via email to: j.fletcher@henley.ac.uk

Contact us

If you have any queries relating to the Undergraduate Academic Excellence Award then please contact Ms Jacqui Fletcher at the Henley Business School. Telephone +44 (0) 118 378 6063 or email j.fletcher@henley.ac.uk

  • You must be a Home or EU student to apply for this award.
  • You must be applying through UCAS as a new student, entering a full time Undergraduate programme led by the Henley Business School starting 2019 and have accepted the ‘University of Reading’ as your Firm Choice by 30th June 2019.
  • You must be entering year 1 of study and be new to the Henley Business School, UoR.
  • You should be expected to achieve academic excellence in your A level results, and
  • You should be able to demonstrate that the additional financial support would remove a barrier to further education.
Finance

The scholarship is £9000 in total. It provides £5,000 in the first year and £2000 in year 2 and the final year.

  • This money can be used towards local travel, books or accommodation.
  • The money will be paid directly into your bank account.
  • There are two scholarships available in 2019-20.
  • Payment will only be activated once you have successfully enrolled onto your chosen degree.
Duration

First, Second and Final year of Undergraduate study.

End date information

31st August 2019

More information

The Henley Alumni Bursary

Subject

Henley Alumni Bursary

The philanthropic support of the Henley Business School alumni community has enabled us to create a new bursary of up to £15,000 over three years for Undergraduate Programme students starting at Henley Business School in 2019. This will be awarded from income raised for the Henley Alumni Fund.

The Bursary will be awarded to applicants who can demonstrate significant financial need and who will contribute to the diversity and experience of their programme. A consideration of the wider impact of your Undergraduate degree on graduating will also be taken into account.

Criteria

To be considered for this Bursary, you will need:

  • A firm accepted offer of a place on a full-time Undergraduate degree programme at Henley Business School commencing September 2019 (excluding Real Estate & Planning courses)
  • You should demonstrate evidence that you are facing financial hardship and that without help you will not be able to complete the course
  • You must show evidence that you are dedicated to your studies

To apply, please download a Henley Alumni Bursary Application Form.

The Henley Alumni Fund's Disbursements Panel will review all bursary applications and you will be informed of their decision at the beginning of May 2019.

Finance

One bursary of up to £15,000 over three years is available for a Henley Business School undergraduate student commencing their course in September 2019.

Bursaries cannot be transferred to another intake or mode of study.

Should you have any queries relating to the Henley Alumni Bursary then please contact development@henley.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 118 378 4197.

Duration

3 years

End date information

5pm on 5 April 2019

The Henley Business School Bursary 2019/20

Subject

Henley Business School Bursary

Henley Business School Bursary has set aside funds to create two new bursaries of up to £15,000 over three years for Undergraduate Programme home/EU students starting at Henley Business School in 2019.

The Bursaries will be awarded to applicants who can demonstrate significant financial need and who will contribute to the diversity and experience of their programme. A consideration of the wider impact of your Undergraduate degree on graduating will also be taken into account.

Criteria

The Henley Business School Bursary offers financial support to students based on a demonstration of financial need.

Before you apply for a Henley Business School Bursary, please read the criteria below to ensure you meet all the required points. Only in exceptional circumstances will those who do not meet all the desired criteria be considered:

  • This bursary cannot provide the main financial support for your studies
  • You should demonstrate evidence that you are facing financial hardship and that without help you will not be able to complete the course
  • You must show evidence that you are dedicated to your studies

To apply, please download a Henley Business School Bursary Application Form.

On receipt of your application, you will be contacted via the email address provided to confirm that your application has been received. You will be informed of the Henley Business School’s Bursary Panel’s decision by the beginning of September 2019.

Please note funds will be awarded to the recipient once they have enrolled at Henley Business School, University of Reading in October 2019, and therefore the applicant must meet admissions criteria to receive the funds.


Finance

Two bursaries of up to £15,000 over three years is available for a Henley Business School Undergraduate Programme student commencing their course in September 2019.

Bursaries cannot be transferred to another intake or mode of study.

Should you have any queries relating to the Henley Business School Bursary then please contact j.fletcher@henley.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 118 378 6063.

Duration

3 years

End date information

31 August 2019

How to apply

Answer all questions on the application form fully and electronically. If any areas of the form are not applicable, please detail this with n/a. If you would like to give further details then please expand relevant boxes.

You must also complete the income & expenditure spreadsheet available from j.fletcher@henley.ac.uk.

Please note, only supply copies as no documents will be returned to you.

When you have completed your application, please submit the completed Henley Business School Bursary Undergraduate Application Form 2019/20 by email to j.fletcher@henley.ac.uk for the attention of the Disbursements Panel.

Incomplete application forms or application forms with no Personal Statement will be declined.

Joelle Allotey

"Reading definitely offers experiences and opportunities that lead to its students having a prosperous future, so I’d say anyone studying Real Estate at Reading is in very good hands."

BSc Investment and Finance in Property

Hilton Wong

"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."

BSc Investment and Finance in Property

Sam Oliver

''I was drawn to the high ranking of the business school and its connections with major businesses.’

BSc Investment and Finance in Property


Jo-Ann Ciorra
BSc Investment & Finance in Property, now at CB Richard Ellis,

To sum up my experience at Reading; Real Estate students work as a team, have a great social life and know that what we learn is completely relevant to the industry we hope to join.


Emily Strong
BSc Investment and Finance in Property,

Having spent three years at Reading it is evident how it gained its strong reputation as one of the leading institutions in the country to study Real Estate and Planning. The course teaches a wide variety of subjects over its duration starting with a good theoretical grounding and becoming more applied in later years. Students are also given the opportunity to learn many vital vocational skills which are crucial in today's competitive work place. The strong participation of staff in cutting edge research ensures that students are always kept at the forefront of new industry developments. The staff are also friendly and approachable and although the students are not spoon fed, lecturers are always willing to help and point you in the right direction.


Fiona Cohen
BSc Investment & Finance in Property, now at Jones Lang LaSalle,

I have recently graduated from the three year BSc Real Estate and Planning course at Reading University. I chose to study this degree because it encompasses a variety of subjects, including law, economics and valuation - there is something for everyone! The diverse and vocational nature of the course also meant that there was a broad range of jobs where I could seek employment. The university was invaluable in helping me to secure my ideal job through the annual Real Estate Careers Fair, RREF evening lectures from leading experts in the industry and partnering with surveyors from all different firms. The course has also provided me with a great social life through group work and the Reading Real Estate Society. As a result, I have made life-long friends and have truly enjoyed my time at the university.


George Minns
BSc Investment & Finance in Property followed by MPhil Real Estate Finance, Cambridge and now at DTZ,

I chose Reading because of the reputation the Real Estate department has in providing the best education and career prospects in real estate. I wanted to do the course because it mixed different disciplines including economics and law, and because it was unapologetically 'about the real world', not abstract or irrelevant to people, places and the economy. In my 3rd year the sub-prime crisis happened and suddenly property finance took centre stage in the global recession. We got to see just how relevant the subject really is! The course was hard work, but genuinely really interesting. I got involved in the Reading Real Estate Foundation and we put on a ball and some other stuff including casual evenings with guest speakers. I was offered a job at DTZ in my third year, but deferred it to be a student for one more year, this time doing the same subject at Masters level at Cambridge University. I now work in corporate recovery for DTZ in London which is a great place to be.


Martin Moriarty
BSc Investment & Finance in Property, deferred employment one year and now with Montagu Evans,

After three years of study I can honestly state that the outstanding reputation entrenched with the Reading name is justified. The course consistently challenges and develops students academically whilst enhancing important interpersonal characteristics such as communication and team working skills. The professionalism and exceptional support of the teaching staff provides great inspiration; furthermore the institution's sustained link with the industry keeps the department in touch whilst creating strong prospects for graduates. My time was most certainly a worthwhile experience.