School of the Built Environment


    The MSc Real Estate programmes, which is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), is designed to prepare you for the challenges of entering professional practice within the property industry. 



    The programme will provide education and training in real estate at Masters’ degree level for non-property-based first-degree holders. We recognise that by embarking on this programme you are making a significant personal and financial investment and we are committed to ensuring that we provide you with an exemplary product. 

  • The MSc Real Estate (Commercial/ Residential, International and Hotel & Hospitality) prepares graduates for the challenges of entering professional practice and completing the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to become a chartered surveyor. The RICS tests the competence of potential chartered surveyors by requiring students, holding an accredited degree, to undertake a two year post degree training period. The APC, when passed, will lead to full membership of the RICS. The APC has a number of different pathways of entry including “commercial property”, “residential property‟ and “valuation”. There is also an “international” pathway for graduates who work outside the UK.

    The philosophy of the degree is to cover foundation subjects in the early modules that feed into the more applied modules in the latter stages of the programme with practical, real life examples and case studies. The programme provides all the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in the real estate profession. After a common first semester, there are three pathways allowing for specialisation in the second semester. The pathways are: Commercial/Residential, International and Hotel & Hospitality. This gives students the advantage of being equipped to follow a specific RICS APC pathway upon graduation whilst at the same time giving them the breadth of skills and knowledge necessary to adapt to a different RICS pathway if the job market dictates. The taught MSc pathways map onto the requisite attributes for the RICS' APC pathways seamlessly, so the training period can be viewed as commencing with the MSc.

    There is an identifiable need for such quality programmes. This has been acknowledged both by the major employers and by the RICS. The programme is sponsored by seven of the major property firms with worldwide interests. These are: CBRE, Cluttons, Cushman & Wakefield, GVA, Jones Lang LaSalle, Knight Frank, Savills.

    On this page you will find the following documents:

    Programme Handbook
    Important Dates
    Postgraduate Timetable Semester Dates
    MSc Real Estate Programme Structure
    Reading List

    • Semester 1 - Induction Timetable Week 0
    • Semester 1 - Timetable Weeks 1-12
    • Semester 2 - Timetable Weeks 1-12

    Programme folder

    One of the most important elements of the MSc Real Estate programme is the field trip schedule, which helps you to build on your learning in the classroom by giving you the opportunity to see how things are done in practice. The field trips start in the induction week with visits to Oxford and London. Later in the semester, there are further day trips to London and a three-day residential field trip to another major city in the UK. In the spring we have further day trips, and in the summer we have a five-day residential trip to a major European city.

    In each case, the intent of the field trips is to 'add flesh to the bones'. In the classroom, we can talk about how things should be done; it is only when on these trips that a student can appreciate how things are done in practice.

    The cost of field trips is included in the programme fees.

    Our graduates are highly sought after by employers and many hold senior management positions in the leading property firms. The School provides significant support for all MSc Real Estate students in preparing them for job applications and interviews and, the programme has an excellent track record of 100% employability for our students. The majority of the MSc Real Estate cohort secure graduate positions in major UK and international real estate consultancy practices before leaving the programme.

    Work Experience - Introduction

    It is becoming increasingly important in the job market to have relevant work experience as part of your Curriculum Vitae (CV). All work experience is useful as any work shows motivation and work in shops and restaurants indicates that you can work well with the general public. However, many firms are now seeking "property specific" work as part of your work experiences to show both a motivation for, and an understanding of, the profession that you seeking to join.

    Work Experience - Types

    Work experience can fall into two categories.The first is "Shadowing" , where you don't undertake any work yourself but shadow a qualified surveyor to see the type of work that he or she undertakes on a daily basis. These placements are generally short and unpaid.The second type is "Internships" where you are encouraged to contribute, at an appropriate level and with supervision, to the work being undertaken. These are normally of a longer duration and, under European law, must be paid.Both types of work experience can be undertaken in local firms (at home or in Oxford) as well as with the large Real Estate Consultancies in London and the major cities. The latter have begun developing a number of structured work experience schemes (see below) but it is equally worthwhile contacting any local firm to request work over the summer period.

    Work Experience - Summer Internships

    The majority of the large Real Estate Consultancies in London have established work experiences schemes: The list below gives the links for companies that have historically contacted Brookes directly but you should check all the other big firms by looking at their respective websites. NB. Most of the 2016 schemes will open in March or April.

    There is an identifiable need for such quality programmes. This has been acknowledged both by the major employers and by the RICS. The programme is sponsored by seven of the major property firms with worldwide interests. These are:

    CBRE Cluttons Cushman & Wakefield GVA JLL Knight Frank Savills

    Deadline to Apply

    Technically, there is no deadline to apply for the MSc Real Estate programme but as we make offers on a rolling basis you are advised to apply as early as possible. 

    Personal Statement

    As for your personal statement, we are looking for you to demonstrate your understanding and enthusiasm for working in Real Estate; details of what you have learnt when on work experience; your aspirations; your hobbies and pastimes etc. We want to know about you as a person.Your personal statement should concentrate upon your motivation for the course and a career in real estate.The MSc Real Estate programme is a very focussed and intensive course and we want to be sure that you have the motivation to succeed both with us and latterly in employment.


    You will need two reference letters. Ideally two academic references but failing this we will accept one academic and one from your latest work experience. If they are included with the application, then it speeds the process. Alternatively, you can ask the referees to send the reference direct to the Admissions Office ( after you have sent in your application via UCAS Postgraduate. In regards to the content of the reference; we would expect your academic tutor to note their relationship to yourself whether it be an academic tutor or a lecturer for a particular module. If they are your academic tutor then we would expect them to make reference to your overall degree study, how you applied yourself on the course, your contribution to the course and also making reference to your overall achievement. Of course if your referee is a lecturer that you only associated with for one or two modules then we would expect the reference to be more localised, rather than referring to your overall degree, rather just to the modules you were both associated.

    Criteria to enter

    The MSc Real Estate programme is designed for "non-cognates" (students who do not have a property related first degree). The MSc Real Estate Programme requires candidate to have a good first degree in a non-cognate subject. If you have first degree in property related you would be better served by seeking out an "enhancement" degree that builds upon your BSc. We don't run such a programme at Brookes but you may find an appropriate programme on the RICS courses website.

    Estate Agent

    For becoming an "Estate Agent", it will depend upon your aspirations. Generally, people undertaking Residential Estate Agency do not need a degree, a postgraduate degree or a professional qualification. However, if you want to work in the more complex areas of Residential or Commercial real estate, which include valuation, management and investment, then you will need to be a Chartered Surveyor and the MSc RE programme will help you achieve that goal.

    Programme timetable, deadline and accommodation

    We always recommend to our students to leave nearby. The teaching for the MSc Real Estate is normally spread across 4 days in each week. Students normally have one day "off" for private study but the intensity of the programme means that this should be viewed as a work day. It is also possible for the non-teaching day to be used for field trips and extra presentations. So, you should view it as a full commitment each week. In addition, assignments are set each week to be handed in on the Monday morning, so you will normally have to work weekends as well. Please check the Programme folder to find the timetable for the academic year.

    Summer Timetable – Applied project

    The MSc Real Estate is a class based full-time 1 year programme. The programmes are designed so you can undertake the final project away from Oxford. The last day that you need to be at Oxford is normally the first Tuesday of June. Thereafter, assuming that you don't have Semester 2 resit exams, you don't need to be based in Oxford. Most Halls of Residence contracts end in the beginning of June. The programme has been designed for those of you in Halls to vacate by the due date. 

    Internships and Work experience

    Whilst having work experience or an internship is not a requirement for applying to the MSc, many of the firms look for work experience on your CV before considering your job application, so we encourage you to obtain as much real estate related work experience as possible before embarking upon the MSc.

    Which Pathway?

    The question of pathway should be made based on what you want to do as a career, not on where you might get work. So far, ALL our MSc students get employment before the end of the programme so determining your pathway by that criterion isn't really necessary. The better question is "What interests you most?"

    Please refer to the following link for our scholarships.

    Postgraduate scholarships

    If you have any questions regarding the MSc Real Estate programme, please contact

    Andressa Minogue
    Programme Administrator
    Oxford Brookes University
    Headington Campus
    Oxford, UK
    OX3 0BP 
    + 44 (0)1865 483904