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UCAS code: N230
Start dates: September 2023 / September 2024
Full time: 3 years
Part time: 6 years
Department(s): School of the Built Environment
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.
Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
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.
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)
The Construction and Appraisal of Real Estate
Planning and Development Practice
Professional Practice – Development & Employability
Real Estate Accounting and Finance
Landlord and Tenant Law
Valuation and Investment
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)
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 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,
- 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.
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.
UCAS Tariff Points: 120
A Level: BBB
IB Points: 31
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
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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.
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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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.
Funding your studies
Financial support and scholarships
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