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Real Estate Finance (MSc)

Course Description

The MSc Real Estate Finance programme will help you understand real estate in the context of the international financial markets. It is designed to prepare you for a career in finance or investment management where you will be required to evaluate property investments against equity, fixed income and other financial derivative products. The flexibility of this programme also prepares you to pursue a more general career within the finance and real estate sectors.

This programme provides the key applied, quantitative and conceptual skills sets needed to make the complex decisions required in the modern real estate finance and investment sectors.

The programme is offered jointly by the School of Real Estate & Planning and the ICMA Centre, with core modules providing coverage of the key underlying skills in both real estate and finance. The elective modules allow students to deepen that knowledge and to focus their studies on areas of particular interest. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the application of finance and investment in the context of real estate through a programme that combines academic rigour and commercial relevance.

See the website http://www.henley.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/msc-real-estate-finance/

Modules include:

• Real Estate Investment Analysis
• Securities, Futures and Options
• Fixed Income and Equity Investments
• Quantitative Techniques
• Finance and Investment Project.

Why Henley?

- Programme:
The University of Reading’s long standing reputation in real estate ensures that students on our MSc Real Estate Finance programme have exposure to leading thinking in both academia and industry. You will have modules led by some of the world’s leading real estate finance academics. Guest speakers from industry will further enhance that experience. The main field trip will be to a major global city. In the past it has visited New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Toronto. In addition, students will also visit a European city during the year.

- Real Estate & Planning:
Our School is the largest in the UK for teaching and research in real estate and planning. Established in 1968 at the University of Reading, we are the only major UK real estate and planning centre to be located within a business school. Being part of the Henley Business School reflects our close and longstanding collaborative relationship with industry.
We enjoy a worldwide reputation for excellence in both teaching and research and we are consistently highly ranked in all major league tables. We undertake internationally recognised, leading edge research into real estate, planning and land and we offer a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, all of which are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Our planning courses are also fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Our programmes are held in high regard by leading employers, many of whom come to us each year to recruit our 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 us.

- Henley Business School:
Consistently maintain highest standards: Henley is in top 1% of business schools worldwide to hold accreditation from all three bodies in the UK, Europe and US

Excellent networking potential : 70,000 Henley alumni in 150 countries

High calibre students: always oversubscribed, 1,000 ambitious new Masters students join Henley each year

Award winning campus: beautiful, green, 134 hectares, with state of the art facilities

World-leading faculty: widely published, frequently asked for expert comment by media and to speak at events

Part of world top 1% ranked university: Reading has a global reputation for its learning experience and employability potential.

How we teach you

Our programmes are designed and delivered by internationally-renowned experts, with a wealth of academic and professional experience. All of our programmes are regularly updated to maintain their relevance in a rapidly changing industry.

Our teaching received an excellent score in the most recent independent Teaching Quality Assessment (TQA), highlighting our commitment to maintaining a world-class learning environment. You will enjoy access to our cutting-edge research, both academic and industry, ensuring that you remain at the forefront of the field.

We believe that our students should have access to good quality resources and, in addition to the facilities offered by the University, we fund a professionally staffed Resource Centre. MSc Real Estate Finance students have access to a variety of databases, from both Real Estate & Planning and ICMA, including Bloomberg; SNL Financial; Thomson Reuters; Datastream and Costar.

Most of the modules on the programme are specifically dedicated to the MSc Real Estate Finance. Students therefore obtain the benefit of both highly focused modules and small group teaching.

We aim to 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.


Real Estate and Planning at the University of Reading offers world-class, internationally renowned postgraduate courses spanning real estate, spatial planning and rural land management.

We are recognised as a global leader in the provision of executive education to the real estate and related professions. Our courses combine first-class research with cutting-edge practical insights.

With courses of a high academic and professional standard, we educate the future leaders of the real estate and planning professions. All our lectures are given by academic members of staff or by visiting speakers from senior positions in relevant professions. You will be taught by some of the leading players in the field, both academic and practitioner.

We undertake research funded by the research councils, charitable foundations, industry and government. Our research is internationally renowned as academically rigorous and policy relevant. As a postgraduate student you will have access to our cutting-edge research, ensuring that you are at the forefront of the field.

Real Estate and Planning is a key component of Henley Business School. We are the only major UK real estate centre to be located within a business school, reflecting our close and long-standing collaborative relationship with industry.

Visit the Real Estate Finance (MSc) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Clare Blenkarne

"The MSc Real Estate course at Reading provided me with an excellent grounding in the technical knowledge needed to embark on a career in surveying, a brilliant network of people working within the industry and was great fun too. I made some really great friends while I was there and I am convinced that being at Reading was a key factor in securing my place on the CBRE graduate scheme."

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Greg Mansell

"I really enjoyed my time at Reading and felt privileged to be part of a course held in the highest regard by the property industry. The core modules gave me a wide range of essential real estate knowledge and the finance and investment options gave me the opportunity to narrow my focus and go on to pursue a career as an investment analyst."

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Holly Franklin

"The MSc in Real Estate at the University of Reading was the obvious choice for me due to the unprecedented reputation of the department and its staff within the real estate network. The ability and drive to keep the course current and the exposure to the big players from Day one of the course definitely contributes to that. When I arrived in industry I felt well prepared from an academic perspective, but equally from a business perspective. I would, and do, recommend the MSc in Real Estate as the number one course for anyone wanting to pursue a career in Real Estate."

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Dean Harrison

"The MSc at Reading has enabled me to gain the understanding and acumen necessary to be propelled into the Real Estate industry. Moreover, many of the people I met upon the course were like minded and will remain close friends for the rest of my life."


Entry Requirements

Applicants for our full time Real Estate programmes are generally expected to have obtained an upper second class honours degree or equivalent. The academic requirement for mature students may be relaxed in light of relevant professional experience.

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