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Real Estate

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024



Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: 6 years


Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

UCAS Tariff Points


  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors


With 50% of the global population now living in cities, the ownership and management of urban real estate is an ever growing business. Our Real Estate degree prepares you for a career as a chartered surveyor. 

You will acquire the knowledge and skills required to develop, own and manage real estate assets. You will study:

  • development
  • investment
  • management
  • planning
  • construction  
  • valuation 
  • the economics and law that underpin the property market.

You will learn to apply this knowledge to real world problems. In your final year you’ll have a residential field trip to study a chosen city. 

Our alumni society provides mentoring and networking opportunities. We have an excellent employment record for our graduates, and strong links with leading property development and investment companies.

Our graduates are regularly employed by leading advisory firms, including: 

  • global, national and niche practices
  • property development and investment companies
  • house builders
  • housing associations.
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How to apply

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.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics at grade 4/C; English at grade 4/C normally required

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

We value the personal statement. In this we are looking for evidence of motivation and commitment: what interests you about the subject and why you want to study it. Evidence of relevant work experience is particularly useful, and let us know what you do in your spare time.

After reading personal statements and considering predicted grades, we decide who to invite to the interview day. These take place from late November until mid-March. We usually do not make offers without an interview. If you cannot attend the first date offered to you there will be alternatives. 

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

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.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

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?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

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

International full time

2023 / 24
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. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

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.

Learning and assessment

In Year 1 you’ll study six core subject areas :

  • valuation, finance and investment
  • property management
  • planning and development
  • design, construction and appraisal of buildings
  • economics
  • law.

These subject areas continue in Years 2 and 3.

In each year you will take an intensive module which aims to build on the skills and theories you have developed in the other modules. 

Project work is an important part of the course. In your final year you will complete a supervised dissertation on an approved property-related subject of your choice.

The School also provides the opportunity for students to gain dual Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)/Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) professional body accreditation. Students graduating on the RICS-accredited courses can progress on to postgraduate RTPI-accredited courses in planning, available in the faculty.

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Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Economics of Built Environment (15 credits)

Introduction to Spatial Planning (15 credits)

Introduction to Valuation (15 credits)

Foundation Real Estate Law I (Contract) (15 credits)

Foundation Real Estate Law II (Tort) (15 credits)

Professional Practice – Skills & Employability (15 credits)

Introduction to Property, Management and Professional Practice (15 credits)

Introduction to Building Design and Appraisal (15 credits)

Year 2

Compulsory modules

The Construction and Appraisal of Real Estate

Planning and Development Practice

Professional Practice – Development & Employability

Real Estate Accounting and Finance

Research Methods

Land Law

Landlord and Tenant Law

Valuation and Investment

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Applied Valuation (15 credits)

Dissertation (double module) (30 credits)

Development Process and Appraisal (15 credits)

Management of Property and Corporate Real Estate (15 credits)

Professional Practice Test (15 credits)

Optional modules

Advanced Corporate Real Estate (15 credits)

Advanced Development (15 credits)

Property Technology (15 credits)

Real Estate Investment (15 credits)

Residential Property (15 credits)

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

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.

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. 


Assessment methods used on this course

Assessment methods include: 

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

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.

After you graduate

Career prospects

The Real Estate course has an outstanding employment record for its graduates. Most of the leading property consultancies, development and investment companies, house-builders and housing associations regularly recruit our graduates.

Many of these companies visit the department to meet and interview students during our milkround process. Other areas of employment include financial services, town planning and law. Our graduates are recognised as having an excellent level of communication, presentation and problem-solving skills.

A senior human resources manager at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) said: “JLL has been recruiting undergraduates from Oxford Brookes University for many years and will continue to do so. We are always very impressed with the high standard of teaching at Brookes and with the camaraderie that all the students seem to have with each other.”

Similarly, the human resources manager at Cushman & Wakefield said: “Cushman & Wakefield regularly recruit Oxford Brookes graduates for our Summer, Business Placement and Graduate Programmes. The course focuses on theory but also encompasses practical elements of surveying which helps the students to formulate a well-rounded knowledge of the subject. The students are always highly enthusiastic and committed to get started in their careers in the property industry.”

Although most of our graduates go on to work in the property industry, the course also provides a solid foundation for careers in related areas, such as investment, housing, the public sector or management. You will also be prepared for work with a major property owner, such as a government organisation, university, hospital, or a charity such as the National Trust.

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.

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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.