REMB38-Real Estate Funding

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

Module Convenor: Dr Masaki Mori


Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module reviews the main sources of debt and equity funding available in real estate investment markets, presenting the implications for ownership, cash flows and rates of return.


The module will present and analyse several sources of funding and their pricing. The process of raising equity for private real estate investment will be introduced and examined. As far as debt funding is concerned, alongside traditional methods (e.g. private lending and mortgages), the course will review structured products and hybrid forms of financing. Particular emphasis will be given to the implications of different funding structures on returns achieved/achievable by equity investors.

Assessable learning outcomes:

The module aims to provide students with the core knowledge required to appreciate the unique characteristics of financing decisions in the context of commercial real estate. After the module completion, students will be able to:

- Apply finance theory to the funding decision process

- Be familiar with the different sources of funding available for real estate investments

- Critically analyse the structure and pricing of each funding opportunity

- Embed the funding choice within an investment decision process.

- Construct financing cash flows to enrich valuation models.

- Be able to analyse the return implications of funding choices for equity investors

Additional outcomes:

Cash flow modelling of project appraisal with different funding structures will enhance students’ analytical skills.

Outline content:

- Private lending and mortgages

- Structured finance

- Capital market products

- Hybrid finance

- Regulatory environment

- Implications of funding structures for risk and return

Global context:

The literature and datasets that are referred to throughout the module provide a mixture of UK and international examples.

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, seminars and problem solving 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:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 10
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

No exam for this module

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The assessment will be based on written assignments through which the student will examine several aspects of the course related to the funding decision process. In terms of total written work, a guide of 5000 words is suggested. Submission date - 14th January 2019 – Term 2 – Week 1

As this is a core Module of Special Significance, students joining the MSc Real Estate Investment & Finance programme from September 2017 will have to achieve a mark of at least 40 in order to be awarded the MSc.


Formative assessment methods:

Informal feedback is accessible via seminars/tutorials during the teaching block week where key theoretical and empirical concepts are applied and tested. Communication via email and blackboard is also a useful learning tool during the period after the teaching week.

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):

Last updated: 5 September 2018


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