REMFPM-Real Estate Portfolio Management

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Pin-Te Lin

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module builds on the theoretical principles of portfolio management and asset pricing covered in previous modules. Selected portfolio optimisation models are presented and specific features of real estate assets are introduced to examine their impact on performance measurement and on portfolio construction. Indirect investment in real estate is also explored as a possibility to gain exposure in this asset class. 


This module enables students to enhance their understanding of the concepts of investment strategy, portfolio selection and performance measurement, applying them to the real estate asset class. It develops students’ analytical capacity. Students will have a detailed understanding of key theoretical concepts and will be able to inform their empirical application in a real estate context. They will also be able to use statistical toolboxes for portfolio decision making, critically examine published work in the field, and apply this knowledge to the analysis of real estate investment decisions within a portfolio context. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

  • identify, explain and apply key theoretical concepts of investment strategy, portfolio selection, and performance measurement in real estate markets; 

  • discuss relevant literature in international markets, including an ability to interpret and critically examine published results of empirical research in the field; 

  • understand portfolio optimisation models and issues related to their application using real estate data; 

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

  • analyse capital market data using quantitative techniques to identify theoretically optimal portfolio strategies, and assess managers& rsquo; performances; 

  • identify a suitable strategy to build a real estate portfolio using both direct and indirect investment. 

Additional outcomes:

In addition, students will: 

  • develop their business report writing skills through the coursework; 

  • develop their IT skills through the computer-based workshops; 

  • enhance their capacity to read complex published material in a critical fashion.

Outline content:

The module will cover risk and return and investors’ investment preferences; models of portfolio selection and pricing (portfolio theory, efficient frontier, capital asset pricing model, portfolio optimisation models); the place of real estate in mixed asset class investment strategies; structuring the property portfolio through a sector and geographical mix and/or through the use of indirect vehicles; performance measurement, attribution analysis, and the analysis of manager performance; benchmarking and the measurement of real estate market activity. The module will draw on both academic and professional literature and utilise data and examples from international markets. 

Global context:

The module will consist of a mix of formal lectures and tutorials. Additionally, students will be expected, on an independent basis, to read prescribed articles and prepare for class interaction.? 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Tutorials 5
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 40 5
    Exam revision/preparation 20 10
    Preparation for tutorials 10
Total hours by term 0
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

The module will be assessed through a two-hour exam.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

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:

The pass mark is 50%

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-assessment will be through a two-hour exam (100%) for the entire module, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1. Required text books: About £50

2. About £15 for a calculator (Casio FX-83GTPLUS or Casio FX-85GTPLUS)

Last updated: 8 April 2021


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