School of the Built Environment

  • Certificate of Real Estate Investment Finance (CREIF)

    Since 2014, The School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University has delivered the Certificate of Real Estate Investment Finance (CREIF) in association with Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA)..

    MSc Real Estate Investment Finance

    The Certificate in Real Estate Investment Finance (CREIF) was developed in response to industry demand for a practical and applied CPD programme that gives real estate professionals across all sectors the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the real estate investment market. Previous students have included asset managers, fund managers, investment bankers, project managers, valuers, developers and analysts.


    Course Structure

    CREIF has been designed to be studied flexibly via distance learning (online) and the following 4 ‘stand alone’ module enable students to start the programme at any point. the whole programme can be completed within a minimum period of 1 year or spread out to a maximum of 2 years.


    Real Estate Investment Market

    Starting in January each year

    Providing students with an understanding of the fundamentals and principles of the real estate investment market, including: 

    • real estate assets, drivers and cycles
    • investment strategies and models
    • real estate lifecycles
    • real estate sectors and risks
    • real estate management – asset, fund and portfolio
    • real estate stakeholders

    Applied Real Estate Valuation

    Starting in April each year

    Looking at the valuation of real estate from two perspectives – real estate and capital market valuations:

    • valuation concepts and the appraisal process
    • valuation standards
    • valuation technique
    • salutation modelling
    • sustainability and property valuations
    • due diligence

    Real Estate Finance and Investment

    Starting in July each year

    Provides the framework for understanding the financial and business context in which a real estate organisation functions:

    • financial reporting and the property business
    • sources and costs of capital
    • investment appraisal and management of risk
    • the property market and the capital markets
    • property-backed securities
    • property taxation

    Legal and Regulatory Considerations

    Starting in September each year

    Bringing together a number of regulatory and tax principles and issues:

    • business legal structures
    • property rights and land laws
    • financial services regulatory framework
    • regulating the raising of finance
    • regulation of foreign investment and unlisted real estate funds
    • corporate social responsibility and the control of money laundering and corrupt practices

    There are no formal exams. Each module is assessed through a combination of online tests, workbooks, problem-solving, analysis and report writing. This allows students to work at their own pace and keep track of what they have learned. In order to pass the OBU CREIF, students need to achieve a mark of 50% overall (averaged over the 4 core modules).


    Why choose this course?

    • The CREIF programme is delivered purely online, offering students a flexible and innovative way to study.
    • The four 'stand-alone’ core modules enable students to start the programme at any of the four entry points throughout the year.
    • Learning is supported via a series of online webinars, video podcasts, audio recordings and virtual quizzes. The regular webinars give students the opportunity to virtually attend lectures led by module leaders, take part in presentations, as well as network and share study experiences with fellow students from across the world. Recordings of the webinars are made available as part of each module.
    • Each module is organised around six learning packages allowing students to work at their own pace and keep track of their learning.
    • The CREIF programme is practically based and offers the opportunity to share knowledge and experience in real life situations.
    • CREIF students are part of a strong online community with access to discussion boards and chat rooms via the university’s online learning environment, as well as designated groups on various social media platforms.

    Support: How Brookes supports CREIF students

    Online Learning

    The CREIF programme makes extensive use of the Oxford Brookes Virtual Learning Environment – not just as a repository for study material, but as a web-based environment where students can access workbooks to keep track of their learning, watch podcasts from their module leaders, undertake assessments and work collaboratively within virtual groups. Students also have the opportunity to discuss issues with Module Leaders via a range of media.

    Importantly, students have the opportunity to attend Webinars throughout the programme, giving them the chance to experience lectures led by their module leaders, take part in presentations, as well as network and share work/study experiences with fellow students from across the world.

    Access to a worldwide community

    The programme provides an online community for students and module leaders to share knowledge and experience in real life situations. With access to discussion boards and chat rooms via the university’s Virtual Learning Environment, as well as designated groups set up especially for CREIF and REIF students on platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Whatsapp, students are able to socialise and network with fellow students from across the world. This is continued after students have completed the programme via the REIF Alumni Group.

    Support from the REIF team

    The REIF team are experienced in providing a high-standard of online learning resources specifically aimed at distance-learning students and provide dedicated support for CREIF students throughout their programme.


    Entry Requirements

    An honours degree or equivalent. It is also desirable to have at least two years relevant experience in the workplace.

    Fee

    £4,500

    *CPD students with the School of the Built Environment and are not enrolled in the central university systems and so do not have access to e-resources or the online OBU Library, but we will make sure that you have access to all the materials you need to complete the course.