Skip to Content


Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

The course introduces students to concepts of portfolio management and recent developments regarding real estate investment vehicles. The course takes a financial economics viewpoint and places real estate investments within this context. The course covers such important aspects as securitization of initially illiquid real estate assets, the management of building portfolios and the use of index swap contracts for risk management purposes. The course discusses also real option theory and applies it to land development and the pricing of lease contracts.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Rainer Schulz

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course examines theories and issues relevant to both mixed-asset and real estate portfolios. Themes include: institutional background; investor motives; risk and return; the application of modern portfolio theory (including the Capital Asset Pricing Model); information and market efficiency; securitization; market modelling; index construction and derivatives. Drawing these themes together, benchmarking and real estate portfolio strategy and management are examined in the context of practical examples. The course is a core module for those intending a career in Chartered Surveying, investment fund management, and related professional positions.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University week13
  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 7 - 17
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 12, 14 - 16

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Two pieces of written coursework, consisting of 1,500 words each (20% per coursework) and 1 two-hour written examination (60%).

Resit: 100% resit exam, normally during resit diet.

Formative Assessment

This will take place both through tutorial discussions and practical computer exercises.


Students will receive individual written feedback on their written coursework.

They will also receive model answers to numerical tutorial exercises as well as verbal feedback in the course of tutorial discussions.

Course Learning Outcomes


Compatibility Mode

We have detected that you are have compatibility mode enabled or are using an old version of Internet Explorer. You either need to switch off compatibility mode for this site or upgrade your browser.