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  PhD in Real Estate & Planning at Henley Business School

  Henley Business School

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About the Programme

About the Programme

Join high calibre, doctoral candidates, from more than 25 countries in the world, and study at a triple-accredited global business school. Henley Business School is ideally located, set on a beautiful campus, just 25 minutes by train from London. During your studies, you will benefit from dedicated supervision, impressive facilities and high-quality support.

We have one of the three biggest PhD programmes worldwide with approximately 25 real estate and planning students (130 in the whole business school), supervised by more than 20 faculty members engaged in related research. Renowned for being one of the world’s premier centres for teaching and research in Real Estate and Planning, and for having the largest Real Estate department in the UK, our research interests span all major areas of real estate and land use. Our aim is to provide you with a first-class environment, conducive to the production of the highest quality research.

We offer PhD opportunities in a wide range of research areas in real estate and planning.

The programme emphasises:

• Formal research training (PhD/Masters level courses in year 1)

• Flexibility to meet individual needs

• Student-staff interaction

• Timely completion of the degree

As part of your personal development, you will be encouraged to engage in teaching (formal training also provided), research activities, conferences and events within the Business School and around the world.

Research Areas

Within Real Estate and Planning we work in several research areas that you can access through our webpage:

• Environment, sustainability, and participation

• Housing economics and finance

• Real estate investment and finance

• Valuation, leasing and market practice.

As this is not an exhaustive and detailed list of the broad spectrum of topics our faculty members are currently working on, we suggest you access individual academic web profiles to align your interest and identify your fit within the departmental research agenda.

Entry Requirements

You should normally have obtained a Masters degree at distinction or merit level in a relevant area from an internationally recognised university. Relevant research and/or industry experience may be considered for those with exceptional strengths.

As part of the application process, you will also be asked to submit a research proposal. Prior to your submission, you may wish to discuss your proposal with an individual faculty member working in the area. Please avoid contacting multiple faculty members.

How to Apply for a PhD

Please visit our website for full details on how to apply

The application process normally consists of these main steps: 

1. Formal application (incl. research proposal, CV, transcripts and reference letters) 

2. If accepted and supported by a potential supervisor (s), you can be put forward for a HBS Studentship and will receive an offer 

For fees (covered if fully funded), please visit the Graduate School website.

Contact Us

Please visit our website for full details. If you have any further questions, please contact us by email at

Funding Notes

There are fully-funded scholarships available, covering tuition and maintenance. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for scholarships applications is on 20 February 2023. After this date, applications may still be considered if all scholarships have not been awarded. For more funding opportunities, please visit the Graduate School website: