The REIF programme has been designed to be studied flexibly via distance learning (online). The PG Diploma can be completed within a minimum period of one year, or spread out to a maximum of two years. The MSc can be completed within a minimum period of 18 months, or extended to a maximum period of five years.
The programme consists of four core modules with two additional modules for the MSc REIF. Each core module has been designed around six learning packages and is a ‘stand-alone’ module to enable you to start the programme at any point.
The Real Estate Investment Market
This module aims to provide an understanding of the fundamentals and principles of the real estate investment market via six learning packages:
- Real estate assets, drivers and cycles
- Investment strategies and models
- Real estate lifecycles
- Real estate sectors and risks
- Real estate management – asset, fund and portfolio
- Real estate stakeholders.
Applied Real Estate Valuation
Looking at the valuation of real estate from two perspectives – real estate valuer and capital market valuation, this module compares and contrasts those perspectives via the following learning packages:
- Valuation concepts and the appraisal process
- Valuation standards
- Valuation techniques
- Valuation modelling
- Sustainability and property valuations
- Due diligence.
Real Estate Finance and Investment
Real estate investment requires significant amounts of finance and this module provides the framework for developing understanding of the financial and business context in which a real estate organisation functions. The learning packages include:
- Financial reporting and the property business
- Sources and costs of capital
- Investment appraisal and management of risk
- The property market and the capital markets
- Property-backed securities
- Property taxation.
Legal and Regulatory Considerations
This module brings together a number of regulatory and tax principles and issues that are implicit in many of the topics covered in the other modules via the following learning packages:
- Business legal structures
- Property rights and land laws
- Financial services regulatory framework
- Regulating the raising of finance
- Regulation of foreign investment and unlisted real estate funds
- Corporate social responsibility and the control of money laundering and corrupt practices.
Applied Research Methods (10 credits)
Through the development of research skills, this module complements the overall MSc programme by providing students with the opportunity to draw on all of the core modules to inform and direct the choice of dissertation subject.
Dissertation (50 credits)
The aim of the dissertation is to enable students to carry out and write up an extended piece of research focused on their chosen area. Students are encouraged to undertake research in an area of interest to their employers where appropriate.
Please note: as our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules available may differ from those shown here.
Approach to assessment
There are no formal exams. Each module is assessed through a combination of online tests, coursework and presentations to reflect the practical nature of the REIF programme.
Innovative online learning and networking opportunities
The REIF programme has been specifically tailored to enhance students' online-learning. Alongside video podcasts and discussion boards, Webinars are held across each module offering students the opportunity to attend lectures on module topics, share work and study experiences, take part in presentations and receive feedback on assignments. Recordings of the Webinars are made available to all as part of each module.
We have also set up designated groups especially for REIF students on platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Whatsapp, to enable students to get to know each other and discuss their studies informally.
Online distance learning.
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