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Certificate of Real Estate Investment Finance (CREIF)
April 2023 / July 2023 / September 2023 / January 2024
At least 6 weeks before the start date.
Part time: One year
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.
The CREIF programme is delivered purely online, offering students a flexible and innovative way to study.
You’ll develop and expand your knowledge of the practices that underpin the sector by studying:
- The Real Estate Investment Market
- Applied Real Estate Valuation
- Real Estate Investment and Finance
- Legal and Regulatory Considerations.
How to apply
- You should have an honours degree or equivalent.
- It is also desirable to have at least two years' relevant experience in the workplace.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
Financial support and scholarships
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.
Learning and assessment
- 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.
The four 'stand-alone’ core modules enable students to start the programme at any of the four entry points throughout the year.
Real Estate Investment Market
Starting in January each year.
This module provides 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.
This module looks 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.
This module 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.
This module brings 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
Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.
Learning and teaching
The CREIF programme has been specifically tailored to enhance your online learning. You can share work and study experiences, take part in presentations and receive feedback on assignments. Recordings of the Webinars will be available as part of each module. To enable you to get to know other students and discuss your studies informally, we have set up designated groups. Teaching methods include:
- Online webinars
- Virtual office hours
- Discussion board
- Virtual coffee
Assessment methods used on this course
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).
Programme Changes:On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.
Careers and professional development
Once you complete the CREIF programme, there might be a possibility for you to progress to our Real Estate Investment Finance MSc. Please contact our team at email@example.com for more information.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
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.