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

    CREIF has been developed in response to industry demand for a practical and applied programme that gives real estate professionals across all sectors the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the real estate investment market. CREIF students have included asset managers, fund managers, investment bankers, project managers, valuers, developers and analysts.

    The features that have made CREIF so successful have been maintained and enhanced:

    • Online, flexible distance-learning tailored to students who are also working full-time
    • a practically based course which makes extensive use of real-life examples
    • opportunities to share knowledge and experience across the world
     

    REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT MARKET


    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


    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
    • saluation modelling
    • sustainability and property valuations
    • due diligence

    REAL ESTATE FINANCE AND INVESTMENT


    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


    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

    Each module is organised around six learning packages and progress is assessed through a combination of online tests, workbooks, problem-solving, analysis and report writing. Course work, assessment and feedback take place throughout each module and reflect the practical nature of the programmes. There are no formal exams. This allows students to work at their own pace and keep track of what they have learned.

    Students can choose to study the REIF programme at one of three levels:

    • Oxford Brookes University Certificate (CREIF)
    • Postgraduate Diploma REIF
    • MSc REIF (accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors)

    Each level follows the 4 core modules. Students taking the MSc REIF will also take two additional research-based 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.