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Real Estate

BSc (Hons) - single

School of the Built Environment

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Property is a dynamic, multi-faceted asset and, with in excess of 50% of the global population now living in cities, the ownership and management of urban real estate is an ever growing business. 

What will you study

This course provides the knowledge and skills required to develop, own and manage real estate assets. The course covers development, investment, management, planning, construction and valuation plus the economics and law that underpin the property market. You will learn to apply it to real world problems and you’ll have a residential field trip in your final year to study a chosen city.

What next?

Our graduates are regularly employed by leading advisory firms, including global, national and niche practices, property development and investment companies, house builders and housing associations. Many of these companies attend the annual careers fair. A mentoring scheme run with our alumni society provides excellent networking opportunities, study support and careers advice. We also provide help with internship opportunities and graduate roles.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 120 - 128

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years
  • Part time: 6 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • This three-year BSc (Hons) course prepares you for a career as a chartered surveyor. 
  • It is accredited by the leading professional body for land and property, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). As part of our partnership agreement with the RICS, successful graduates can undertake the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to qualify for membership of the institution.
  • You’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, to help equip you for professional practice.
  • Your final year includes a unique Professional Practice Test, in which you will apply your learning to real-life development projects in a city away from Oxford for a week.
  • The real estate management course has an excellent employment record for its graduates and strong links with leading property development and investment companies, niche practices, house-builders and housing associations, who regularly recruit our students.
  • The course also provides you with a solid foundation for those intending to take up roles in general management in other industries.
  • In the most recent National Student Survey statistics (source: Unistats), 92% of our students were satisfied with the quality of the course.

There are six core subject areas, all of which are studied in Year 1:

  • 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 of the course. In each year you will take an intensive integrative module which aims to rehearse and build on the skills and theories you have developed to date in the other modules. Project work is an important part of the course, and 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, as students graduating on the RICS-accredited courses can progress on to postgraduate RTPI-accredited courses in planning, available in the faculty.

Study modules

As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules available may vary from that shown here. All the modules are compulsory.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Building Design and Construction
  • Economics of Built Environment
  • Foundation Real Estate Law I (Contract)
  • Foundation Real Estate Law II (Tort)
  • Introduction to Property, Management and Professional Practice
  • Introduction to Spatial Planning
  • Introduction to Valuation
  • Integrative Project I.

Years 2 and 3

  • The Construction and Appraisal of Real Estate
  • Real Estate Economics and Finance
  • Valuation and Investment
  • Land Law
  • Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Town Planning Practice
  • Integrative Project II
  • Research Methods
  • Property Management
  • Management of Corporate Real Estate
  • Applied Valuation
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Commercial and Residential Development
  • Integrative Project III (Professional Practice Test)
  • Dissertation (double module).

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.

Your course tuition fee covers the cost of all mandatory field trips.

Study abroad

Great opportunities to study or work 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.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.

While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.

We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

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.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Sample lecture/work

Second-year Integrative Project video:


Third-year Development Project website:


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.

Teaching and learning

Our teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, group sessions, a virtual learning environment and individual study. The course's strong academic base is complemented by direct teaching input from practising property professionals from a range of organisations. A variety of textbooks, workbooks and related material support the teaching programme, including web-based learning resources (Brookes Virtual). Specialist staff are on hand 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, a final-year module. This involves a week's project work away from Oxford where you will study the chosen city and development projects within it, completing group and individual tasks, as well as oral examinations. The tasks test your ability to integrate your expertise in different subject areas and apply it to real-world problems. Past locations have included Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol, Southampton, Cardiff and Liverpool. The module will give you a flavour of the Assessment of Professional Competence which graduate surveyors must pass if they are to be admitted to membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and which is usually taken after about two years in practice.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 17%83%0%
2 18%82%0%
3 18%82%0%

Approach to assessment

Assessment methods include coursework assignments, essays, class tests, oral presentations, group work and examinations. Online assessment, via Brookes Virtual, may include online quizzes, and also uploading essay-style coursework on to the virtual system.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 31%0%69%
2 31%0%69%
3 19%3%78%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,150 2019/20: £13,410

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU 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 and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 120 - 128

A-Level: ABB - BBB or equivalent

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

IB Diploma: 32 - 33 points


Applications are welcomed from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics and English at grade C / 4

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 pre-offer assessment day. These take place from late November until mid-March. If invited to one of the pre-offer days, we usually do not make offers without meeting you. However, in exceptional circumstances a meeting by phone or Skype may be arranged.

If you cannot attend the first suggested date offered to you, there will be provision to attend alternatives - please be communicative with the Faculty Programme Administrator.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard 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.

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.

How to apply

International applicants

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

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

As a student in Oxford you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region and in a centre for leading industries which will provide you with a host of work placement and other learning opportunities.

One of the world's great academic cities, Oxford is a key centre of debate, with conferences, seminars and forums taking place across education, science, the arts and many other subjects. It is a vibrant city with plenty of attractions for its large student population, from theatres and cinemas to museums, art galleries and music venues.

Specialist facilities

Oxford Brookes has first-class facilities, helping you get the very best from your studies. As a built environment student you'll have access to superb facilities and resources to prepare you for professional practice. From the state-of-the-art three-dimensional printer and rendering computers with specialist programs like ArchiCAD in our digital studios, to libraries and IT suites, you'll find everything you need, and we're constantly investing in our services.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Professional accreditation

Oxford Brookes, in partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), provides the accredited BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management degree. On completion, graduates of the course are able to register for the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) of the RICS. This is a two-year training period which, if passed, leads to membership of RICS. The BSc REM course content generally prepares students for the Commercial Property, Facilities Management, Property Finance and Investment,  Planning and Development, Residential and Valuation routes of the APC.

Career prospects

The Real Estate Management 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.