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Real Estate

BSc (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

N230

Start dates

September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: 6 years

Department

School of the Built Environment

Accreditation(s)

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

UCAS Tariff Points

128

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Overview


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


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 128

A Level: ABB

IB Points: 32

BTEC: DDM

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.

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

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics and English at grade 4/C

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 meeting you. If you cannot attend the first date offered to you there will be alternatives. In exceptional circumstances a meeting by phone or Skype may be arranged.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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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 with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate 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.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

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 below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

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

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

Year 2

Compulsory modules

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)

Year 3

Optional modules

Choose from the modules listed in year 2.

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.

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 17%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 83%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 18%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 82%

Year 3

  • Lectures and seminars - 18%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 82%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

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.

Assessment

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.
  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 31%
  • Coursework - 69%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 31%
  • Coursework - 69%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3

  • Written exams - 19%
  • Coursework - 78%
  • Practical exams - 3%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

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.

Information from Discover Uni


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.