Course overview

This is a leading and comprehensive course in real estate. In the first two foundation years you will build a strong understanding of the core subject areas of economics, finance, business management, planning, building, law and valuation which you can then apply to complex problems in the real world. In year three, you will develop a deeper understanding in a specialist area, such as development and planning, investment or valuation. You can also tailor your degree by choosing from a range of elective modules including housing or rural options.

Throughout this programme you will apply your knowledge to real-life projects and case studies. This will develop your understanding of the links between subjects and, equally importantly, your presentation, writing and team-working skills.

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

Case study

Who better to talk about life at Henley Business School, than one of our students! See what Sarah has to say about her experience so far.

Case Study- Sarah Katherine Thorley, Real Estate (Development and Planning pathway)

COVID-19 update

Find out about how we'll be delivering our courses in 2020.

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?

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As part of the School of Real Estate & Planning you will belong to a diverse and friendly community, working alongside and making friends with a fascinating group of people from across the UK and all around the world.

We are proud of our determined and highly successful approach. Through the provision of high quality degree programmes, world-class facilities and the expertise and support of our staff we will inspire you to share our ambitious ethos and maximise your potential.

Our staff are on-hand to offer help and support. They are easily contactable during regular office hours, by telephone or email.


Networking and social interaction are vital business skills. Our current students are members of a wide range of student 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 and planning students throughout the year, these include an evening lectures series, an annual student ball and regular sporting fixtures.

Facilities and Resources

students_in_HBSsmallIn 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. Our Henley Business School building is fully wi-fi enabled so you can use your laptop in classrooms, the ARC and the informal study areas throughout building.

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....

Why not come along to one the University of Reading Open Days to see what we have to offer?

As a School, we are also very keen to develop closer relations with students, teachers and advisors in secondary schools and colleges. If you would like to find out more about the Business School, our areas of study and what we can do for you, we would be happy to hear from you.

Please contact us for further information.

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

Coronavirus update

Due to current government advice regarding the coronavirus pandemic, we are sadly unable to run on-campus events. However, we are working hard to provide a range of online resources and virtual events in place of these, so please do register your interest for our Open Days and we will stay in touch with updates as well as other opportunities to find out more.

When are they?

  • Friday 19 June 2020 (virtual event)
  • Saturday 20 June 2020 (virtual event)
  • Saturday 3 October
  • Saturday 10 October

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 £20 when applying for just one course, or £25 for multiple courses.

UCAS contact details

Tel +44 (0)871 468 0471


When to apply

Whether you are a UK, EU or overseas student, you should aim to apply between 1 September and the middle of January for admission in September of that year.

If you miss the January deadline, you are still welcome to apply but should note that some programmes may be full 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 and middle of January even if you intend to start your degree programme in the September of the following year. 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 or by phone on +44 (0)118 378 8175.

Important Information

Entry requirements:
A Level: ABB from 3 A Levels (excluding Key Skills and General Studies)
IB: Pass Diploma and achieve 32 points
GCSE: Mathematics and English grade B (5) or above

UCAS code:
N231 (degree programme)
READG R12 (University)

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

Summary module description:

This is a ten week course which provides students with an introduction to 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. The module aims to provide an introduction to both microeconomics and macroeconomics sufficient to help students of business and finance understand the economic forces at play and economic framework that underpins their specific field.

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. Firstly, 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 provides students with the opportunity to apply and develop knowledge gained through the study of the co-requisite modules, so demonstrating the complexity and dynamics of the ‘business’ of real estate in an academic and relevant context.

30 [15 ECTS credits]

The module presents an introduction to statistical concepts within the context of real estate analysis. It will enable students to interpret, display and explore data, understand the concept of probabilities and conduct simple hypothesis testing. Students will learn to apply these concepts to the analysis of real estate data.

10 [5 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]

Summary module description:

This module explores the operation of the UK planning system in practice, and its inter-relationship with real estate development processes. It examines the role and implementation of policy and strategy, through a range of powers, resources and special organisational arrangements. 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]

Summary module description:

The module provides students with an opportunity to apply during part 2, subject knowledge gained during part 1, and to obtain and apply new real estate sector knowledge, helping to inform their choice of subject specialism in part 3. The module develops research and information gathering, analytical and academic skills, as well as encouraging independent learning and the development of reflective and personal 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, including which ones are appropriate for which role, and examines the limitations of these methods and the results.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Summary module description:

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

A specialism in one of the following:

Appraisal and Asset Management

Development and Planning

Investment and Finance

Plus optional modules such as:

A modern language

Summary module description:

This 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:

This module aims to provide students with the necessary skills and understanding to be able to take strategic decisions about diversification at the estate, farm and enterprise level. Diversification is seen by policy makers and many rural practitioners as a key mechanism for improving the income streams and resilience of farms and rural estates in the light of proposed changes to agricultural support and other issues affecting the business environment in which farms and estates operate.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

Summary module description:

This module will introduce students to regeneration policy and process via case study examples of urban regeneration practice and policy. Critical understanding of ‘real world’ practices will be developed by the exploration of theory and research drawn from the urban studies literature.

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]

Fees & funding

Fees 2020/21


Our full-time undergraduate Home/EU course fees are currently £9,250 per year for students starting their course in the 2020/21 academic year.

Currently, students from the UK and the rest of the EU pay the same fees. The situation for students starting from 2020 onwards is not yet known and may be affected by UK Government policy following the outcome of any negotiations regarding the UK’s exit from the European Union. The UK Government will confirm future arrangements for EU students in due course.


Fees for students from outside the EU are 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 2020-21

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

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 Level: ABB from 3 A Levels (excluding Key Skills and General Studies)
IB: Pass Diploma and achieve 32 points
GCSE: Mathematics and English grade B (5) or above

Deferred entry: Yes

Subject: There are no required subjects at A level but Economics, Geography, Business Studies and Mathematics are all relevant.

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
  • 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).


Click on the headings below for more information on our undergraduate scholarships.

RREF Scholarships for Real Estate & Planning Undergraduate Courses


Reading Real Estate Foundation provides a range of undergraduate and postgraduate bursaries and hardship grants to students who will not be able to complete the course without financial assistance, as well as offering PhD studentships and graduation awards. These bursaries, grants and awards are funded each year by our generous alumni, corporate donors and fundraising events, and are administered by the RREF Disbursements Committee.

Henley Business School Bursary 2020/21


Henley Business School are offering two bursaries of up to £15,000 each over three years for undergraduate programme students starting at Henley Business School in 2020. The bursaries are enabled by philanthropic support and by funds set aside by Henley Business School.

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.

We accept applications from international students.


To be considered for the bursary, you will need:

  • A firm accepted offer of a place on a full-time undergraduate degree programme at Henley Business School commencing September 2020 (excluding Real Estate & Planning courses)
  • To demonstrate that you are facing financial hardship and that without support you will struggle to, or will not be able to complete the course
  • You must show evidence that you are dedicated to your studies

To apply, please complete our Application Form and Income and Expenditure spreadsheet.

The Henley Business School Disbursements Panel will review all bursary applications and you will be informed of their decision in May 2020.


Two bursaries of up to £15,000 over three years are available for Henley Business School undergraduate students commencing their course in September 2020.


3 years

End date information

3 April 2020

Case Study – Amy Randall, Real Estate & Planning

Case Study – Sam Oliver, Real Estate & Planning

Case Study - Sarah Katherine Thorley, Real Estate & Planning

Amy Randall

I’m definitely a lot more confident now, and much more independent. I feel as if I’ve become much more driven towards achieving my own goals.

BSc Real Estate

Sam Oliver

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

BSc Real Estate

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 Real Estate

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!