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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.
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.
Many staff are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and have previously been in practice.
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.
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.
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.
Learning and teaching
Teaching methods include:
- 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
- class tests
- oral presentations
- group work
- online assessment, for example online quizzes.
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.
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
- Cushman & Wakefield
- 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.
Specific entry requirements
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.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
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Questions about fees?
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.
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It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.