Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Chen Zheng

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module permits a student to conduct a substantial research study on a relevant topic in either real estate or real estate investment and finance that is selected by the student in consultation with the module convenor and a specific supervisor.


The dissertation module provides a vehicle for an in-depth understanding of a chosen area of real estate or real estate investment and finance. Depending on the student’s interest, this requires students to select a relevant topic or issue in their programme area for further research and analysis. They will be specifically required to display academic rigour in carrying out an agreed research programme, in presenting findings, and in producing a high quality, fully referenced dissertation that is supported by appropriate statistical, qualitative and/or illustrative data. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, it is expected that the student will be able to: 

  • provide an introduction setting out a topic, motivation and approach and guiding the reader as to the content of the substantive chapters to come; 

  • establish a conceptual/theoretical context and provide a review of the work already done in the particular field; 

  • set ou t a presentation and analysis of the research material including, if appropriate, the relevant quantitative and statistical data; and 

  • put forward a generalisation of the findings leading to conclusions and implications for policy or research. 

Additional outcomes:

Students will develop their written communication and presentation skills. 

Outline content:

  • Introductory liaison with the Dissertation Co-ordinator; 

  • Appropriate on-line research methods material;

  • Preparation of research proposal and methodology; 

  • Submission of research proposal/allocation of supervisor; 

  • Main empirical work on dissertation; 

  • Meetings with supervisor; 

  • Submission of final dissertation 

  • Global context:

    The dissertation can have a local, national, regional or global reach and significance.

    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

    There is no formal class contact time and no attendance requirement for the dissertation.  Supervision and research methods training will be the subject of a student needs assessment at the beginning of the dissertation.  Students will be able to draw off the research methods material developed for the REMDISS40 module via voluntary attendance at research methods workshops and seminars within that module, on-line access to material based on those workshops and other multi- media material available through Blackboard. There are no specific entry points for the dissertation, the student will be given one year from registration to complete the study. 

    Contact hours:
      Autumn Spring Summer
    Project Supervision 3 3 4
    Guided independent study:      
        Dissertation writing 130 130 130
    Total hours by term 133 133 134
    Total hours for module 400

    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Method Percentage
    Dissertation 100

    Summative assessment- Examinations:

    Not applicable

    Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

    The main output of this module is a dissertation with a word guide of 10,000 words. 

    As this is a capping module for the programme, bringing together students’ learning from all other modules, before submitting the dissertation students must have: 

    1) Completed the core modules for their programme; 

    2) In the case of MSc Real Estate students, completed an additional two elective modules; 

    3) Been enrolled for two further elective modules. 


    Formative assessment methods:

    Regular supervisory contact

    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: 8 April 2021


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