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There are three undergraduate courses run by Real Estate & Planning in the Henley Business School at the University of Reading, all of which are RICS accredited:

  • BSc Real Estate (with choice of rural modules in the final year)
  • BSc Investment and Finance in Property
  • BSc Real Estate with MSc or Diploma Urban Planning & Development

There is also a postgraduate MSc Rural Land and Business Management course (full time over one year/ part time over two years). The course aims to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding for a career in rural practice. Applicants for the course will need a good undergraduate degree in any subject (2:1 or above), although relevant work experience can be taken into account.

The full time course is a fast track route into the profession. It comprises the following modules:

  • Introduction to agriculture and rural industries
  • Rural property law and valuation
  • Strategic rural asset management
  • Management case studies in rural surveying
  • Rural policy and planning
  • Property economics
  • Business and professional values

Students will also choose 20 credits of optional modules from a range provided by Real Estate & Planning or the School of Agriculture. The course also includes a five-day field trip which takes place in the summer after the exams and a dissertation which is completed over the summer.

The part time course is aimed at those already working in the rural sector who want to improve their career prospects by further study on an RICS-accredited master’s course (contributing to their record for the RICS Rural APC) that will assist preparation for the CAAV examinations.

Those on the part-time course will study the same modules at the same time as the full-time students, but over two years instead of one. The dissertation is completed over the summer in Year 2. The course requires attendance at the University for one/two days during the 20 teaching weeks over the autumn and spring terms. That makes it particularly suitable for those within travelling distance of Reading.

For further details, contact Angela Cropley, Programme Director at: or visit the website at: