REMB22- Real Estate Portfolio Management

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mr Pin-Te Lin


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module examines investment strategy, portfolio selection and performance measurement for real estate investment markets, with particular reference to private/direct real estate investment.


This module aims to introduce students to concepts of investment strategy, portfolio selection and performance measurement, and to develop and apply these concepts in the context of real estate investment markets. Upon completion of the module, students should be able to understand key theoretical concepts in investment strategy, undertake basic modelling for portfolio decision making, critically appraise published work in the real estate investment field, and apply this knowledge to the analysis of real estate portfolio investment problems.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Upon completion of the module, a student should be able to:


  • identify and explain key theoretical concepts from finance and economics relating to investment strategy, portfolio selection and performance measurement;

  • evaluate the application of such concepts to real estate investment markets;

  • apply investment strategy and portfolio management principles to practical real estate investment problems;

  • analyse data using quantitative techniques in order to identify theoretically optimal portfolio strategies and to assess manager performance;

  • interpret and discuss professional and academic literature on investment strategy, portfolio selection and performance measurement in real estate investment markets.

Additional outcomes:

In addition, students will:

  • develop their business report writing skills through the coursework;

  • develop their IT and quantitative analysis skills through the computer-based exercises;

Outline content:

The module will cover risk and return, and investors’ investment preferences; models of portfolio selection and pricing (mean-variance portfolio theory, the capital asset pricing model); the place of real estate in mixed asset class investment strategies; structuring the property portfolio through sector and geographical mix; performance measurement, attribution analysis and the analysis of manager performance; the nature of real estate indexes and benchmarks; indirect real estate investment options in a portfolio context. The module will draw on both academic and professional literature, utilising published performance data to illustrate the conceptual points.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The course will be delivered as a block release with online support after the module has ended. The block release teaching will comprise lectures supported by class tutorials and workshops, with an individual assignment acting as a consolidating and integrating vehicle for the taught material.

The block release taught element will be supported by the use of Blackboard. The course information, handouts, presentations and assignment will be supplemented by use of discussion boards on technical aspects of the assignment and other material.

Contact hours:
Lectures 20
Tutorials/seminars 10
Other contact (eg study visits)  
Total hours 30
Number of essays or assignments 1
Other (eg major seminar paper)  

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

3rd June 2019 – Term 3 – Week 7

One piece of project-based coursework that will involve statistical analysis, interpretation of results and production of a report (4,000 words, taking into account the spreadsheet work which will need to be done for the assignment).

As this is a core Module of Special Significance, students joining the MSc Real Estate Investment & Finance programme from September 2012 will have to achieve a mark of at least 40 in order to be awarded the MSc.


Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

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.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

No Additional Costs

Last updated: 13 August 2018


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