Summary module description:

This module is designed to help students develop a conceptual understanding of the legal environment in which real estate operates in the UK.


Students will gain a systematic appreciation of how English law shapes the rights and obligations which attach to owners and occupiers of real property. It also aims to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the legal principles governing the use, enjoyment and transfer of leasehold land and to set these in their practical and commercial context.

Assessable learning outcomes:

- a practical understanding of the basic principles of the law governing estates and interests in land and their acquisition;

- a critical awareness of how these principles impact on the ownership and occupation of real estate. 

enumerate and understand the principal liabilities undertaken between landlords and tenants;

- explain and appreciate the legal parameters set for the review of rents in commercial leases;

 - explain and evaluate the way in which statute protects the occupation of tenants of business premises;

 - identify and analyse potential legal rights and liabilities arising out of complex hypothetical scenarios;

- organise and deploy legal material concisely and effectively in writing;

- demonstrate self direction in tackling and solving problems;

- act autonomously in formulating legal advice on property law issues

Additional outcomes:

Students will be encouraged, through guided discussion, further to develop their oral communication skills and their effectiveness in group situations.

Outline content:

- Estates and interests in land and their acquisition

- leases, licences and the enforceability of leasehold covenants

- the principal lease covenants

- remedies for breach of lease covenants

- termination of leases

- rent reviews

- statutory protection of business tenants

- relevant rules of contract and tort relating to any or all of the above

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

3 hours per week comprising a mixture of lectures and practical classes and workshops.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Report 40
Set exercise 10

Other information on summative assessment:


- A complex real life scenario looking at a detailed aspect of property law from the viewpoint of a chartered surveyor offering initial advice on a specific topic or topics

- 2000 words


Set exercise:  

- an online test 

- 10 multiple choice questions


Written examination:

- 2 hours

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: 


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:

Length of examination:

2 hours.

Requirements for a pass:

The pass-mark for this module is 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment will be by written exam, subject to variation by the examination board as appropriate.

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