Course overview

This is a planning course with a difference. The programme matches the BSc Real Estate course for the first two years in order to build your foundation knowledge. In the third year, you will specialise in development and planning and complete your undergraduate studies. In year four, you will be able to choose between an MSc or Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Planning & Development. Both of these will give you Royal Town Planning Institute accreditation.

By taking this programme you will develop a unique combination of skills and an edge over others in the market. You will gain the ability to see the financial potential of development opportunities and will cultivate an awareness of the environmental and social issues involved in contemporary urban planning. This distinctive combination will give you a strong competitive advantage.

This programme has full accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Royal Town Planning Institute.

COVID-19 update

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

Teaching and assessment

The programme is divided into four parts, each one lasting one academic year. 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. Students taking the MSc route have to complete a dissertation.

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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:
K400 (degree programme)
READG R12 (University)

Four 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

Summary module description:

This module examines the methods used to appraise the financial viability of development projects. Specifically, this module will critically examine the inherent value systems of various development viability appraisal techniques in an economic, social and environmental context. An understanding of the way in which land value is created and distributed underpins the content of this module. It then builds on this understanding in order to investigate the way in which financial risk and reward associated with development activity might be shared.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Summary module description:

This module provides a course of study that focuses on the property development process. The module aims to provide students with an understanding of:

  • the factors which influence the development process and its outcomes;
  • the activities, agents, events, relationships, skills and tasks involved; and
  • current trends in UK residential and commercial development.

The content of the module is focused on the practicalities of real estate development, as well as on the broader political context in which development takes place. There is an emphasis on applying and linking concepts from economics, political economy, and finance in order to help students to develop their understanding of property development as a multidisciplinary and social process.

10 [5 ECTS credits]


This module aims to provide students with an understanding of key aspects of the built and natural environment. In particular, it examines the nature, role and contemporary relevance of sustainable urban design and development. It covers the dimensions and constituents of urban design and planning approaches to the creation and maintenance of good places, with regard to the interests involved and the nature of the urban design and development planning processes. It aims to promote awareness of, and sensitivity to urban design, and strategic and local planning issues with implications for more socially and environmentally just development outcomes.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Summary module description:
A multi project based module that introduces new skills whilst drawing together existing knowledge in 'Real world' development and planning scenarios. The module consists of two projects, that cover the different aspects of development and planning practice. In addition students will be required to undertake group work.

30 [15 ECTS credits]
Part 3 Optional Modules Credits

Optional modules including:

A modern foreign language

Summary module description:

This module builds on your knowledge of both valuation and investment appraisal methods. It will deepen your critical understanding and knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the valuer and how they apply these to residential and commercial property valuations. It will enhance your knowledge of the application of valuation theory to current practice problems and challenges in residential and commercial property markets. It is taught by lecture and assessed by examination only.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

Summary module description:
The study of the decay of buildings.

To provide the knowledge and understanding of the types of condition appraisal used for buildings and the primary causes of building decay through an examination of a variety of building defects. To provide students with basic skills for the assessment of building condition.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

Summary module description:

The appreciation of issues and approaches to spatial planning in different countries, regions or provinces is an important part of learning and understanding the different contexts in which planning has evolved and has shaped the different tools, techniques and impacts of planning. This module provides such an opportunity at undergraduate level. The module also introduces different themes that planning is often concerned with and discusses how planning might make a difference in particular thematic areas.

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]

Summary module description:

An introduction to the built heritage of England; to building conservation principles; to legislation, procedures, policy and guidance relating to heritage assets; and to the management of change affecting the historic built environment. The module entails a significant amount of reading, project work and visits to buildings and areas of interest. Such visits may be accompanied or may be undertaken independently as directed by the module convenor.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

Summary module description:

This module examines the main concepts, principles and contemporary practices that are part of the management of work and people in organisations.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

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 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:

An understanding of rural property law and valuation is key for rural surveyors. This module is designed to help prepare students for providing advice on rural law and valuation issues in professional practice. It is largely based on the law as applied to property in England and Wales.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Summary module description:

This is an interactive and practical module aiming to give students a comprehensive introduction to the social enterprise sector.

20 [10 ECTS credits]
Part 4 Credits

This module provides students with an in-depth understanding of various conceptions of planning intervention in theoretical terms and relates this to the politics of planning in practice. The unique aspect of the module is the integration of theory and practice looking to apply different theoretical perspectives directly into practice-based examples, culminating in a debate and essay (50%). To ensure learning coverage is achieved in depth the module is also assessed through examination (50%).

20 [10 ECTS credits]

The aim of this module is to develop the students’ understanding of core business and professional values and to illustrate the relevance of such value sets to professional practice in the real estate sector.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

This module includes independent student research on a group work and an individual basis. During the module, students will study the ways in which the strategic planning and governance of cities and regions in England has developed. This will include studying the concepts upon which it has been based, and the ways in which strategies have been restructured in relation to a changing local and global operating environment. The module comprises two assessed elements - one group PowerPoint presentation, and one individual research paper.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module provides a practical yet reflective set of skills-based projects and exercises of varying lengths and foci. The module integrates a range of knowledge and skills important for practicing planners and puts them into effect through group study, reports, presentations and role-play. Some of the project work is oriented around field visits, whilst other tasks focus on planning and development processes and sites (e.g. deliberating over planning proposals, visioning, contesting proposals, policy formulation, site planning and/or project funding). The module integrates practical skills with concepts and creative thinking abilities.

30 [15 ECTS credits]

This Spatial Planning Dissertation module provides a vehicle for an independent study of a chosen area of planning practice. Depending on the student's interest, this study requires students to select a relevant topic or issue in their programme area for further research and analysis. They will also be specifically required to agree a research programme with their allocated supervisor, applying skills and knowledge acquired on the programme to their project in an integrated manner. Students will be expected to present the findings of their research in a fully referenced dissertation that is supported by appropriate statistical, qualitative and/or illustrative data.

30 [15 ECTS credits]

In addition to the above core modules you will have the opportunity to do a range of optional modules.

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

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 with MSc/Dip Urban Planning & Development

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 Real Estate with MSc/Dip Urban Planning & Development

Sam Oliver

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

BSc Real Estate with MSc/Dip Urban Planning & Development

Fred Drabble
BSc Real Estate with MSc/Dip Urban Planning & Development, now at GVA,

The BSc Real Estate course gave me a fantastic grounding across the property disciplines and the Masters gave me a more in depth understanding of planning and development issues. Looking back, I think the Masters gave me additional flexibility to shape a more varied career. When I started my career, I began training as a Planning and Development Surveyor and became a Chartered Member of the RICS in 2007. With the Masters as well though, I was able to gain more core planning experience, which led to dual qualification with the RTPI in 2008. Planning has become more interdisciplinary in recent years, with issues such as development viability key in negotiations. To be a good planner therefore you need a good understanding across a number of fields and that is why I would encourage people to gain as varied qualifications and experience as possible. I know that it has helped me a lot.