Real Estate

BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: N230

Start dates: September 2023 / September 2024

Full time: 3 years

Part time: 6 years

Location: Headington

Department(s): School of the Built Environment

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Some people love developing buildings, seeing a concept turn into reality. Some like to be on site, working to build something from nothing. Others like to manage a portfolio, handling problems and looking after investments. On our Real Estate course, you can explore every aspect of a building’s life, from planning through to demolition.

You'll meet with professionals and work on live case studies. Our residential field trips let you explore the great estates of London or potentially even properties abroad. You’ll meet with professionals and work on a project during your visit. Our forward-looking modules like Property Technology look into everything from automated valuations to virtual reality viewings.

Development. Lettings. Sales. Valuations. Investment. Construction. Utilities. Whichever area of property you’re interested in, we’ll help you develop the skills for a fulfilling career in residential or commercial real estate.

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Why Oxford Brookes University?

  • Learn through doing

    We’ve made the course as practical as possible so you’ll learn through real-life projects and professional practice.

  • Residentials with top firms

    You’ll experience field trips to exciting sites where you can work on a project and gain insight from the professionals working there.

  • Great links with industry

    We bring in alumni and other professionals for guest talks and panel debates, so you’ll always be on top of the latest developments.

  • Experienced teachers

    Many staff are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and have previously been in practice.

  • Active community

    Join our friendly real estate student society or get involved in the student’s property monthly publication, with a circulation of 8,000.

  • Free language courses

    Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

  • Study abroad

    You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

  • Accreditation(s)

    Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

    • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Course details

Course structure

You’ll start the course studying core subjects like valuation, planning and development, and property management. We’ll build up your knowledge of these subjects throughout the course and your lessons will get more advanced as you progress.

Your second year includes more specialist modules like Landlord and Tenant Law. By Year 3, you’ll have a strong understanding of a wide range of topics. 

Your dissertation in Year 3 is your chance to research a subject that you’re interested in and apply the skills you’ve learned throughout the course. Your third year also includes optional modules so you can specialise in an area that appeals to you.

It’s a very practical course so we’ll always provide lots of opportunities for you to apply your learning in real life. Many of our modules are sponsored by businesses so you’ll have multiple opportunities each year to win internships.

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Learning and teaching

Teaching methods include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • group sessions
  • a virtual learning environment
  • individual study. 

We also invite practising property professionals from a range of organisations to give guest lectures.

Textbooks, workbooks and related materials support our teaching, including web-based learning resources. Staff will help you to develop your skills in specialist software as an integral part of the course.

A special feature of the course is the unique Professional Practice Test in your final year. You will complete a week's project work away from Oxford. You will study your chosen city and development projects within it. This tests your ability to apply your knowledge to real-world problems. 

This also gives you an insight to the Assessment of Professional Competence. Graduate surveyors must pass this to gain membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. It is usually taken after about two years in practice.


Assessment methods include: 

  • coursework assignments
  • essays
  • class tests
  • oral presentations
  • group work
  • examinations
  • online assessment, for example online quizzes.

Field Trips

There is a four day field trip in the final year as part of the Professional Practice module to assimilate and apply the knowledge required to be a practising chartered surveyor.

Mandatory field trips come at no additional cost. 

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Introduction to Property, Management and Professional Practice

Foundation Real Estate Law I (Contract)

Economics of Built Environment

Professional Practice – Skills and Employability

Foundation Real Estate Law II (Tort)

Introduction to Valuation

Introduction to Building Design and Appraisal

Introduction to Spatial Planning

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Land Law

Real Estate Accounting and Finance

The Construction and Appraisal of Real Estate

Planning and Development Practice

Landlord and Tenant Law

Valuation and Investment

Professional Practice – Development and Employability

Research Methods

Year 3

Compulsory modules


Professional Practice Test

Management of Property and Corporate Real Estate

Development Process and Appraisal

Applied Valuation

Optional modules

Property Technology

ESG in the Built Environment

Real Estate Investment

Leading and Managing Change

Residential Property

Advanced Development

Project Management for Development

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.


We like to think of this as a business degree with a property angle. So whatever life throws your way, you’ll have the skills to thrive. From day 1 we will help you build the skills and confidence you need to stand out from the crowd and maximise your employability. We will also bring out the entrepreneur in you if that's what you want. 

Most of our graduates decide to work at property businesses like:

  • Knight Frank
  • CBRE
  • Savills
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • JLL
  • Montagu Evans.

Some students choose to find roles in utilities or at niche players, at house builders like Berkeley Group, or in the public sector with organisations like Network Rail. Some even start their own businesses.

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors so you can work towards qualified status. We’ll help you prepare throughout your time here. You can also choose to study one of our Royal Town Planning Institute or Chartered Institute of Building postgraduate courses to gain accreditation from two professional bodies. 

The Oxford Real Estate Management Society (OBREMS) is very involved in the course. Many of our alumni act as mentors to students, so you could gain useful contacts within the industry who can help with job applications and building your network. The mentoring scheme is particularly beneficial for those who have no or few existing contacts in the property industry.

Entry requirements

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 120

A Level: BBB

IB Points: 31


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 96

A Level: CCC

IB Points: 28


Further offer details

We welcome applications from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

International qualifications and equivalences

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

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Tuition fees

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

2024 / 25
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students. 

The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support. 

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

  • For information on payment methods please see our Make a Payment page.
  • For information about refunds please visit our Refund policy page

Additional costs

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.

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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.