School of the Built Environment

About the school

The School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University produces high calibre graduates with the deep and broad range of skills necessary to succeed at the highest levels in the real estate, planning, urban design, and construction industry sectors. We offer highly innovative programmes of study with outstanding teaching, world-class research and strong industry links for long-lasting and rewarding careers.

By addressing the dynamic challenges that face the built environment from an interdisciplinary base, we give our graduates a deep understanding of their chosen field and a broad perspective on the issues involved in planning, designing, constructing, using, maintaining, investing in, and managing high performing built environments and delivering superior value to clients. Our graduates are highly sought after by industry both nationally and internationally - with many securing excellent jobs on graduating.

We also have a dynamic and thriving research programme within a research environment that is internationally recognised for its quality and impact.

A research student looking at their laptop


Our staff engage in a continuous stream of interdisciplinary cutting-edge research and scholarly activities designed to meet the current and anticipate future needs of the built environment.

Our research is organised and conducted through five research groups which are all part of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development. This gives us the ability to quickly assemble transdisciplinary research teams to tackle the major challenges affecting the built environment such as climate change, resilience, energy efficiency, resource scarcity, infrastructure, investment, and productivity.



The School of the Built Environment has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its teaching. We offer a comprehensive range of highly innovative programmes of study at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels including professional training developed in collaboration with industry to meet current and future professional, industry, and societal needs.

We have a highly talented, dedicated and diverse body of staff with a passion for teaching and giving our students a high quality learning experience. We draw on our experience of working with leading organisations and insights gained from our world-class research to educate the next generation of industry leaders.

All of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are accredited by at least one professional body. And our graduates leave with the deep and broad range of skills necessary to succeed at the highest levels in the real estate, planning, urban design and construction sectors. We have an international reputation for excellence in teaching, research and innovation. 


John Henry Brooks building

21 December 2021

£2 million for new state-of-the-art teaching facilities

Thousands of students at Oxford Brookes University are set to benefit from a £2 million investment into new technology-enhanced facilities and simulation equipment with a grant awarded from the Office for Students (OfS).