REMB36-Real Estate Law

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: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Miss Joanne Stringer

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module provides students with knowledge of the legal principles of property law relevant to a real estate professional. It covers the foundational concepts of land law, including the rules relating to the transfer of land. It also deals with the rights and obligations arising from leasehold ownership. 


This module aims to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the legal framework for freehold and leasehold ownership and with a sound grasp of how the rules governing the use, enjoyment and transfer of leasehold property operate in a practical and commercial context. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

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

  • demonstrate a critical awareness of how these principles impact on the ownership and occupation of real estate; 

  • enumerate and understand the principal liabilities, obl igations and rights between landlords and tenants and the remedies for breaches of covenant; 

  • explain and evaluate the way in which the law 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 m aterial concisely and effectively in writing. 

Additional outcomes:

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

Outline content:

  • foundational legal principles including an introduction to the English legal system; 

  • the key principles of English land law; 

  • leases, licences and the enforceability of leasehold covenants; 

  • the principal lease covenants; 

  • remedies for breach of lease covenants; 

  • termination of leases; 

  • rent reviews; and 

  • statutory protection of business tenants. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will be delivered as a block release with on-line module support. The block release teaching will comprise 4 days of lectures and problem solving workshops. Two individual project assignments will serve to consolidate and integrate the taught material. 

The block release taught element will be supported by the use of Blackboard. The course information, handouts, presentations and assignments will be posted h ere. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 10
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 15
    Wider reading (directed) 30
    Preparation of practical report 50
    Essay preparation 45
    Reflection 30
Total hours by term 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:


Assignment 1 - weight of 40% 

Assignment 2 - weight of 60% 

The module will be assessed by way of two assignments. These will require students to consider a hypothetical scenario or scenarios, to identify the legal issues arising therefrom, and to suggest possible legal outcomes. A word guide of 2,000 words applies to the first assignment and one of 3,000 to the second. The first assignment is weighted at 40% of the module mark; the second assignment is weighted at 60% of the module mark. 

Assignment 1 Submission deadline: Week 20? 

Assignment 2 Submission deadline: Week 28

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:
50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment will be by a single written assignment (to which a word guide of 5,000 words will apply), subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 20 May 2021


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