Course overview

This is a planning course with a difference. After four years you will have both an undergraduate and a postgraduate qualification and accreditation from two professional bodies. You will have a unique combination of skills and an edge over others in the market, with an ability to see the financial potential of any development opportunities. Additionally, you will be aware of the environmental and social issues crucial to the success of contemporary urban planning. This distinctive combination gives you a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

This degree builds on the BSc Real Estate course with the first two years being shared. In the third year, you will specialise in development and planning and complete your undergraduate studies at that point. During the fourth year, you will take a twelve month MSc Urban Planning and Development course which will give you Royal Town Planning Institute accreditation.

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

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

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 Academic Resource Centre (ARC). 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 Windows XP Pro, Office 2007 and 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

When are they?

Saturday 6 and Saturday 13 October 2018

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.

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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
GCSE - Mathematics and English grade B or above
IB - Pass Diploma and achieve 35 points

UCAS code:
K400 (degree programme)
READG R12 (University)

Duration:
Four years full time

Course modules

The module descriptions set out on this page are correct for modules being taught in the 2017/18 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 to bond, loan and real estate pricing. Following some introductory material on the nature of commercial property as an asset class, there is emphasis on the application of financial mathematics to the appraisal of a range of real estate assets such as commercial assets, land and going concerns on different bases.

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 aims to provide students with an understanding of the key themes and issues in management and to apply them to property as a resource and to the real estate sector.

Aims:
The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the key themes and issues in management and to apply them to property as a resource and to the real estate sector.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
- Explain what managers do and the management process;
- Recognise and evaluate organizational structures;
- Outline key management theories and assess their relevance to current organisations;
- Identify factors in the internal and external environment and analyse how they may impact on an organisation.
- Assess how managers might respond to environmental factors and incorporate these into their strategic planning processes;
- Review the way services and products are designed, delivered and promoted in order to meet an organisation’s target market.
- Relate the above to the property resource and property industry.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Key aspects of management, organisation and change will be covered such as:
- The role of a manager in different situations and organisations;
- The development of management theory and current trends;
- The management process - planning, leading/motivating, organising and controlling;
- Environmental influences - how managers respond to them, and plan for change;
- The marketing of product and services to meet customer/client requirements;
- Business organisations and corporate governance.
- Business planning and evaluation

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be weekly one/two hour lectures with designated reading. Web-support will encourage students to undertake wider reading, discuss issues and to self-test. There will be practical event each term related to the coursework.

Contact hours:

 AutumnSpringSummer
Lectures18142
Practicals classes and workshops 2 
Guided independent study626240
    
Total hours by term80.0078.0042.00
    
Total hours for module200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:

MethodPercentage
Written exam80
Oral assessment and presentation20

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims: 

The module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the main legal principles which apply to planning law and the planning powers, resources and special organisational arrangements used to regulate, mediate and facilitate the management and development of land.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Aims: 

The module provides students with an opportunity to apply the subject specific knowledge developed in the programme. It enables students to apply and integrate knowledge of a specialism in the property sector, and underpins their chosen package of studies in Part 3. The module will also develop research and information gathering skills and independent learning.

 

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module the students will be able to:
- conduct a literature review with citations;
- select the appropriate research methodology;
- present results, support an argument and formulate defensible conclusions;
- apply appraisal skills to the assessment of worth to the ownership of property and related assets;
- demonstrate a knowledge of a specialism within the property sector;
- apply the key skills required of professionals in the property sector;
- demonstrate the application of professional codes of conduct to practice;
- use financial, appraisal, management and / or legal knowledge in the solution of property market problems.

 

Additional outcomes:
Study of a relevant subject in greater depth than is normally possible elsewhere in the degree programme;
- Apply knowledge gained through other part 2 modules to a range of problems and situations;
- Develop IT and software skills relevant to the project work;
- Develop team working skills;
- Be able to reflect on skills development.

 

Outline content:
The module content will typically cover the following areas:

- Research and information gathering and organisation, culminating in a research paper;
- Property and investment appraisal and valuation;
- Specialist area study.

 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The teaching and learning methods will include:
- Project workshops;
- Tooling up lectures;
- Project surgeries;
- Online support and related activities;
- Feedback sessions.

Contact hours:

 AutumnSpringSummer
Lectures816 
Seminars4  
Tutorials 1 
Practicals classes and workshops 8 
Guided independent study138125 
    
Total hours by term150.00150.00 
    
Total hours for module300.00

 

Summative Assessment Methods:

MethodPercentage
Written assignment including essay100

 

Other information on summative assessment:
Each project is worth ten credits and is likely to be assessed using the following methods and elements:

1. Individual research report: indicative length 3,000 words;
2. Appraisal and valuation presentation and report: indicative length 2,500 words;
3. Project or presentation and test (as appropriate to the chosen specialism):

 

Formative assessment methods:

 

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.


You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

Length of examination:
None.

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of at least 40% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment will be by the same method as for the module’s original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.

Last updated: 23 April 2013

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.

Assessable learning outcomes:
The module emphasises knowledge and understanding of the economic and investment principles underlying property markets. Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:

    • Discuss and explain the main economic concepts and models relating to the economics of property and land;
    • Discuss and explain the economic principles underlying investment decision making;
    • Identify different concepts of market efficiency and indicate their applicability in real estate markets;
    • Analyse the occupation, use of and investment in real estate assets using economic models;
    • Discuss and explain the principal determinants of the demand for, the supply of, and the location of commercial, industrial and residential property;
    • Identify the different adjustment mechanisms in each property sector.

Additional outcomes: 

The module will assist students in developing an overall awareness of economic conditions and macro-economic policy and their significance on business decisions and outcomes. The module will enhance students’ quantitative and analytical skills.

Outline content:
The module consists of two main thematic areas.

The first is real estate economics – the application of economic and urban economic principles to commercial property markets. The main topics will come from:

• Demand for real estate
• Supply of real estate
• Rental and capital value adjustment processes
• The economic geography of real estate
• Urban Economic Theory
• Housing Economics

The second focuses on analytical approaches to investment and capital markets. Topics covered may include:

• The investment environment
• Market efficiency
• The nature and structure of capital markets
• Real estate as an investment asset
• Risk and return in asset markets (diversification and the CAPM)
• Property and the macro economy (including cycles)

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be primarily lecture based with directed supplementary reading and the use of Blackboard. For each area, on-line materials will be posted to aid students in developing their understanding of the linkages between the lecture topics. The directed reading will consist both of academic material on the theoretical concepts/models relating to the lectures and material relating to contemporary market, economic and political conditions.

Contact hours:


 AutumnSpringSummer
Lectures20182
Tutorials  0
Guided independent study666628
    
Total hours by term86.0084.0030.00
    
Total hours for module200.00

 

Summative Assessment Methods:


MethodPercentage
Written exam80
Written assignment including essay20

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

 

Length of examination:

One three-hour examination.

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of at least 40%.

Reassessment arrangements:
One three-hour examination.

Last updated: 5 September 2013

20 [10 ECTS credits]
Part 3 Credits

Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2013/4Module Convenor: Dr Peter Wyatt

Email: p.wyatt@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
The 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.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:

- Apply different development appraisal techniques and evaluate their relative strengths
- Critically evaluate methodologies involved in the appraisal of development projects
- Identify potential development sites, propose an optimum development strategy and evaluate its financial viability
- Appreciate the nature of the key inputs into development appraisals
- Use appropriate software and computer techniques to price development opportunities
- Understand the nature and distribution of development risk and reward
- Appreciate the problems of risk identification, measurement, management and control in real estate development projects

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
1 Recap and critique of simple residual valuation
2 Cash-flow residual valuation (100% debt finance) – period-by-period and DCF
3 Development finance structures (guest speaker)
4 Cash-flow residual valuation (debt and equity finance)
5 Modelling and software (IT lab)
6 Risk analysis I – forecasting, sensitivity analysis and scenario modelling
7 Risk analysis II – simulation
8 DVA
9 Development appraisal issues
10 Recap and revision

 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures supported by seminars.

Contact hours:

 AutumnSpringSummer
Lectures10  
Seminars12  
Practicals classes and workshops2  
Guided independent study76  
    
Total hours by term100.00  
    
Total hours for module100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:

MethodPercentage
Report100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Seminar questions and IT sessions.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    (Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

     

     

    Length of examination:
    None

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of at least 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    A 2,500 word (or equivalent) project.

    Last updated: 23 April 2013

10 [5 ECTS credits]

Level:6
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2013/4Module Convenor: Mr Chris Lloyd

Email: c.lloyd@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module provides a course of study that focuses on the property development process. The module aims to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the nature of the development process, including: the activities, agents, events, relationships, skills and tasks involved; the factors which influence the process and its outcomes; and the characteristics, quality and performance of different types of property development. Emphasis will be placed on linking and applying economic concepts and planning instruments to development decision-making in Britain. It will develop an understanding of economic and other relationships between markets, the key actors in development, as well as fiscal and planning policies. In so doing this module will also integrate concepts and techniques learnt previously and taken concurrently so as to provide a thorough understanding of the property development process.

Aims:
- To make students aware of the environment within which development takes place
- To encourage students to critically analyse relevant [economic] theories and concepts as applied to the property development process, and practical approaches to development as an economic activity
- To highlight the different stakeholders in the property development process, the means by which they achieve their goals under constraints of scarce resources and understand their perceptions of value
- To critically appraise planning, fiscal and finance systems as they apply to the development process in Britain
- To appreciate the impact of development on the economy, society and the environment

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will:

- Understand the economics of land value creation through development activity and recognise the economic constraints under which development decisions and are taken
- Be able to articulate and assess the potential risks, rewards and possible losses associated with development activity, and recognise the competing demands of developers and the planning system
- Discuss different conceptual models of the development process
- Critically appraise the varied facets of the development process including the activities, elements, skills and participants involved
- Outline the nature and influence of property markets and real-estate cycles on the property development
- Appreciate the nature and role of marketing and market research in property development
- Discuss the trends in the development and design of different types of development
- Understand the interrelationship of planning and the development processes
- Be able to analyse, interpret and present property and market information, research and intelligence in ways suitable for development decision-making
- Appreciate the need for accurate, reliable and verifiable evidence in market research and professional consultancy

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
- Development process and economics
- Land issues
- Property development activity & scheme development
- The role of the public sector and town planning
- Construction and sustainability
- Marketing, market research and analysis
- Development finance
- Trends in office, retail and/or mixed-use development

 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:

 AutumnSpringSummer
Lectures 202
Guided independent study 5325
    
Total hours by term 73.0027.00
    
Total hours for module100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:

MethodPercentage
Written exam100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    (Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

     

     

    Length of examination:
    One two-hour examination.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of at least 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    One two-hour examination paper in August/September following finals.

    Last updated: 23 April 2013

10 [5 ECTS credits]

Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2013/4Module Convenor: Dr Richard Nunes

Email: r.j.nunes@henley.reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The module brings together a blend of teaching and learning methods. It provides an understanding of the interrelated design, planning and real estate roles in delivering sustainable development and its associated challenges, whilst equipping students with the wherewithal to critically identify both the causes of environmental concern, as well as the proactive methods and mechanisms sought to address these issues and concerns.

Aims:
The module aims to provide students with an understanding of sustainability, natural resource management, urban design and place-making. It provides students with an introduction to the concept of sustainable development as it relates to planning and real estate practice, emphasising the role that planning and real estate can play in conserving and managing natural resources and environmental assets for the benefit of future generations. It also covers the dimensions and constituents of urban design quality and promotes awareness of, and sensitivity to, design considerations in order to enable students to critically evaluate urban spaces and places.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
- Define the concept of sustainability and be aware of the different viewpoints which underpin it;
- Critically evaluate the role of planning and real estate in managing natural resource use;
- Explore and evaluate the role of planning and development in delivering selected aspects of sustainable development;
- Utilise learning technologies (e.g. discussion boards, social bookmarking; on-line learning objects; wikis) to communicate, evaluate and present ideas and proposals;
- Discuss the main concepts and principles of urban design;
- Discuss the functional, environmental, visual and social use aspects of urban design;
- Illustrate the evolution of urban form and composition and of approaches to environmental improvement;
- Recognise the social and cultural heritage considerations and values in urban design;
- Outline the equal opportunity considerations in urban design including issues of disability and gender;
- Use an appropriate design vocabulary; and
- Identify, describe, appraise and communicate - verbally and graphically - the design characteristics and qualities of places and spaces.

Additional outcomes:
- Develop graphic communication skills including the use of maps, plans and other illustrations through the module requirement to produce a well illustrated report describing and analysing the form, features, character and use of a place; and
- Develop Web-based learning skills, involving literature searching, research and case study exercises.

Outline content:
Content is re-examined each year in light of current topical issues. Broad thematic lines of inquiry include urban design in history and in the development planning process, planning and natural resource management, and greening the development process.

 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module is delivered using a combination of web-based learning and review tutorials (during autumn and spring terms, for sustainability and the natural environment) and illustrated lectures (during autumn term, for urban design and place-making).

Contact hours:

 AutumnSpringSummer
Lectures46 
Seminars8  
Practicals classes and workshops44 
Supervised time in studio/workshop4  
Work-based learning8090 
    
Total hours by term100.00100.00 
    
Total hours for module200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:

MethodPercentage
Written assignment including essay37.5
Report35
Practical skills assessment15
Set exercise12.5

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Online discussion boards, seminars.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    (Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

     

     

    Length of examination:
    None

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of at least 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment will be by the same method as for the module’s original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.

    Last updated: 23 April 2013

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. In addition students will be required to undertake group work.

30

Plus optional modules such as:

A modern language

Summary module description:

The module aims to provide the student with a comprehensive introduction to key issues in and approaches to the analysis of international commercial real estate markets and in particular to examine the functioning and principal characteristics of Europe''s major commercial real estate markets and the European real estate sector.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

Summary module description: 

This module aims to introduce students to regeneration practice and theory, and to develop their critical thinking about the assumptions, models, policies that underpin contemporary regeneration processes.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

Summary module description: 

This module provides the student with an opportunity to apply their knowledge and learning gained in their first two years in a business context, enhancing understanding and skills of working in a business environment reflecting on this experience to enhance awareness of the graduate employment market.

10 [5 ECTS credits]


Summary module description: 

The theory and practice of housing economics and finance will be surveyed from international, national and sub-national perspectives. Housing markets will be studied in a dynamic context, with emphasis placed on demand-side and supply-side drivers. The role of finance in the housing market will be explored as will the impact of regulation. The roles of market search, estate agents, developers and financial institutions will be considered from an economic perspective and the links between the housing market, the macro-economy and business cycles will be investigated. The merits and demerits of the various methodologies to derive house price indices will be analysed. Empirical analysis will be undertaken in appropriate sections.

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]
Part 4 Credits

Development Planning

Planning Theory

Politics & Practice Planning

Projects Strategic Planning

Optional modules, plus:

Research Methods and Dissertation for MSc students

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 or ABBb from 3 A Levels and 1 AS Level, excluding Key Skills and General Studies

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 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 2016 and have accepted the ‘University of Reading’ as your Firm Choice by 30th June 2018.
  • 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 2018-19.
  • 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 2018

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 2018. 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 2018 (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 2018.

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 2018. 

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 4192.

Duration

3 years

End date information

5pm on 6 April 2018


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.