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Build upon your knowledge of building legislation, technical codes, and construction standards with a Graduate Certificate in Building Surveying. Read more

Build upon your knowledge of building legislation, technical codes, and construction standards with a Graduate Certificate in Building Surveying. Study in one of Australia's most environmentally friendly buildings. 

Intensive mode delivery

Intensive Mode Delivery is a compact and time efficient way to complete a postgraduate qualification with minimal impact on professional and personal lifestyles. Each subject is delivered over two weekends during the semester. There are two sets of three-day sessions per subject, scheduled Thursday to Saturday (approximately six to eight contact hours per day) with a break of four or five weeks between session one and session two of each subject.

Participants will receive 40 hours of combined lectures, discussion groups, case studies and workshops during contact hours. International students are required to be on campus every week.

About the program

The Graduate Certificate in Building Surveying at Bond University offers you the chance to increase your knowledge in the field of building surveying while studying with world-class academics and experienced practitioners in one of Australia’s most environmentally friendly buildings. The Building Surveying program has been designed in consultation with the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) to ensure that the material covered is in all respects appropriate for people engaged in this field. Through this consultation graduates are assured that their qualifications meet the requirements of the profession. The program comprises four specialist subjects which provide the core knowledge for buildings surveyors. This qualification allows students to articulate into the Master of Building Surveying degree and the Graduate Diploma in Building Surveying. 

Professional outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Building Surveying program will meet the requirements under the AIBS Framework for the accreditation of Building Surveyor Limited. The Building Professionals Board of NSW (BPB) will recognise graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Building Surveying as meeting the requirements of Levels A2, A3 and A4.

Bond’s building surveying programs have been accredited by both the AIBS and RICS thereby satisfying the educational requirements for accreditation at the level of Building Certifier Level 2 or 3 in Queensland. Upon gaining accreditation with the AIBS or RICS, graduates may be eligible for a licence as a building certifier with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission. When licensed, graduates may practise In Queensland as building certifiers for local government or as private certifiers.

Professional recognition

The Graduate Certificate in Building Surveying is recognised by:

  • The Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS)
  • The Royal Institutions of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • The Building Professionals Board of NSW (BPB)
  • The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC)

Structure and subjects

The Graduate Certificate in Building Surveying program comprises 4 subjects, as follows:

Teaching methodology

Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.



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Enhance your career potential. Building surveyors are in high demand both locally and nationally! The industry continues to grow as the need for infrastructure and construction heightens. Read more

Enhance your career potential

Building surveyors are in high demand both locally and nationally! The industry continues to grow as the need for infrastructure and construction heightens. The Master of Building Surveying equips graduates with the advanced knowledge of building legislation, technical codes, and construction standards, providing them the opportunity to work in the government or private sector.

Intensive mode delivery

Intensive Mode Delivery is a compact and time efficient way to complete a postgraduate qualification with minimal impact on professional and personal lifestyles. Each subject is delivered over two weekends during the semester. There are two sets of three-day sessions per subject, scheduled Thursday to Saturday (approximately six to eight contact hours per day) with a break of four or five weeks between session one and session two of each subject.

Participants will receive 40 hours of combined lectures, discussion groups, case studies and workshops during contact hours. International students are required to be on campus every week.

About the program

The Master of Building Surveying offers you the chance to increase your knowledge in the field of building surveying. You will study with world-class academics and experienced practitioners in one of Australia’s most environmentally friendly buildings. The program comprises two specialist subjects plus six shared core subjects. Completion of a further four postgraduate elective subjects, selected from the suite of programs offered by the Faculty of Society & Design will allow you to graduate with a Master of Building Surveying. 

Professional outcomes

Master of Building Surveying graduates will, with sufficient relevant experience, be able to practise as accredited building surveyors and certifiers. The program has been designed in consultation with the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) to ensure that the material covered is appropriate for people engaged in this field. Through this consultation graduates are assured that their qualifications meet the requirements of the profession. Graduates of the Master of Building Surveying program will meet the requirements under the AIBS Framework for accreditation as a Building Surveyor. The Building Professionals Board of New South Wales (BPB) will recognise graduates of the Master of Building Surveying program as meeting the requirements of Levels A1, 2, 3 and 4.

Bond University’s building surveying programs have been accredited by both the AIBS and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) thereby satisfying the educational requirements for accreditation at the level of Building Certifier Levels 1, 2 and 3 in Queensland. Upon gaining accreditation with the AIBS or RICS, graduates may be eligible for a licence as a building certifier with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). When licensed, graduates may practise in Queensland as building certifiers for local government or as private certifiers.

Professional recognition

This program is recognised internationally by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and nationally by the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS). The BPB in New South Wales and QBCC in Queensland recognise the AIBS accreditation.

Structure and subjects

View the Master of Building Surveying - Program Structure and Sequencing.

The Master of Building Surveying program comprises 12 subjects, as follows:

Required subjects (8)

Electives (4)

Four Electives of which two must be selected from the Faculty of Society and Design list of Postgraduate subjects. SDUP71-200 GIS in Natural & Built Environments is not compulsory but is recommended.



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Build upon your knowledge of building legislation, technical codes, and construction standards with a Graduate Certificate in Building Surveying. Read more

Build upon your knowledge of building legislation, technical codes, and construction standards with a Graduate Certificate in Building Surveying. Study in one of Australia's most environmentally friendly buildings. 

Intensive mode delivery

Intensive Mode Delivery is a compact and time efficient way to complete a postgraduate qualification with minimal impact on professional and personal lifestyles. Each subject is delivered over two weekends during the semester. There are two sets of three-day sessions per subject, scheduled Thursday to Saturday (approximately six to eight contact hours per day) with a break of four or five weeks between session one and session two of each subject.

Participants will receive 40 hours of combined lectures, discussion groups, case studies and workshops during contact hours. International students are required to be on campus every week.

About the program

The Graduate Diploma in Building Surveying at Bond University offers you the chance to increase your knowledge in the field of building surveying while studying with world-class academics and experienced practitioners in one of Australia’s most environmentally friendly buildings. The program has been designed in consultation with the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) to ensure that the material covered is in all respects appropriate for people engaged in this field. Through this consultation graduates are assured that their qualifications meet the requirements of the relevant professional bodies. The Graduate Diploma gives students the option of completing four additional elective subjects to be awarded the Masters qualification. 

Professional outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Building Surveying will be able to practise as accredited building surveyors and certifiers and will meet the requirements under the AIBS Framework for the accreditation of Building Surveyor. The Building Professionals Board of NSW (BPB) will recognise graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Building Surveying as meeting the requirements of Levels A1, A2, A3 and A4 subject to ministerial approval.

Bond’s building surveying programs have been accredited by both the AIBS and RICS thereby satisfying the educational requirements for accreditation at the level of Certifier Levels 1, 2 and 3 in Queensland. Upon gaining accreditation with the AIBS or RICS, graduates may be eligible for a licence as a building certifier with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission. When licensed, graduates may practise In Queensland as building certifiers for local government or as private certifiers.

Professional recognition

The Graduate Diploma in Building Surveying is recognised by:

  • The Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS).
  • The Royal Institutions of Chartered surveyors (RICS)
  • The Building Professionals Board of NSW (BPB)
  • The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBC)

Structure and subjects

The Graduate Diploma in Building Surveying comprises of 8 subjects, as follows:

Teaching methodology

Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.



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This postgraduate Building Surveying course is an innovative course for graduates who wish to follow an accredited route towards qualification as a Chartered Building Surveyor and/or Chartered Building Engineer. Read more
This postgraduate Building Surveying course is an innovative course for graduates who wish to follow an accredited route towards qualification as a Chartered Building Surveyor and/or Chartered Building Engineer. You can achieve this by completing the Graduate Diploma then continuing onto a full Masters by completing the dissertation, or directly enter at Masters level (please see 'Entry Requirements' for more information). Both qualifications are fully accredited as postgraduate route ways to the desired chartered status.

UWE Bristol developed both course routes through extensive consultation with local and national employers, to offer a comprehensive programme of study. Our links with the profession, locally and nationally, help us maintain a high employability record.

Course detail

The course's teaching staff includes Chartered Building Surveyors with many years' experience, and we have input from part-time visiting practitioners and speakers. The course also draws upon the research and consultancy carried out in the department.

You will have access to a coherent programme of study in building surveying, underpinned by staff research and consultancy that reflects and answers the needs of professional practice. You will be able to become an effective member of a building surveying team within a relatively short period.

We encourage you to examine the link between theoretical concepts, research outputs and the practice of building surveying, while developing your academic skills within a professionally defined framework. You will also develop an excellent understanding of the multi-disciplinary and multi-professional nature of building surveying.

Structure

For the Graduate Diploma you will study the following Level 2 and 3 modules over one year full-time, or over two years part-time by day-release. Upon completion of these you will then progress to the M level modules.

Modules

Level 2
• Analysis of Building Defect (15 credits)
• Building Surveys and Professional Consultancy (15 credits)
• Residential Refurbishment and Maintenance (30 credits)

Level 3
• Commercial Development (30 credits)
• Procurement and Contract Law (15 credits)
• Conserving Buildings and Places (15 credits)

Level M (Masters)
• Building Surveying Integrating Project (30 credits)
• Estates and Strategic Management (15 credits)
• Building Information Management in Operation & Maintenance (15 credits)
• Dissertation (60 credit)

Format

Teaching methods vary between modules, but include lectures, project work and tutorials.

We provide a friendly, supportive learning environment. Our teaching staff are all involved in research or professional practice, so you learn directly from the latest academic and business developments.

Assessment

Assessment is through a balance of coursework and examinations. Examinations are held in either January or May/June. Coursework comprises a variety of essays, reports, surveys, design projects, teamwork and progress tests.

We encourage you to undertake 'formative work' to prepare for assessment. This will not count towards your module marks, but the feedback you receive will help you improve your performance.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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Are you interested in gaining a master’s qualification that will equip you for a professional career in real estate surveying? This RICS accredited course includes a specialist pathway for becoming a building surveyor who provides professional advice on the design, development, repair and maintenance of all types of buildings. Read more
Are you interested in gaining a master’s qualification that will equip you for a professional career in real estate surveying? This RICS accredited course includes a specialist pathway for becoming a building surveyor who provides professional advice on the design, development, repair and maintenance of all types of buildings.

The first stage of this course will introduce you to key concepts and frameworks related to built environment disciplines. The second stage is specific to building surveying and will develop your ability to diagnose building defects, refurbish existing buildings, manage maintenance, facilities management and monitor contracts and procurement.

The final stage will be a master’s dissertation that investigates an aspect of how building surveyors assess and analyse property assets.

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which is a reflection of its relevance and quality and meets the academic requirements for membership.

You’ll study by flexible distance learning. Many of our students combine their studies with jobs in property, construction and a wide range of other industries. We welcome people from a variety of academic backgrounds, not just surveying.

Learn From The Best

You’ll be taught by tutors who have many years of experience in the building surveying sectors. Their professional experience, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The quality of their research has put Northumbria University among the UK’s top 30 universities for the percentage of research outputs in architecture and built environment that are ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. These collaborations and links help inform our curriculums and ensure input from practitioners.

Teaching And Assessment

This is a distance learning course and you’ll learn through expertly written learning materials that help you engage with topics in interactive ways. Like other master’s courses there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

The pace of the two-year course is controlled to make it easier for you to balance work, study and life commitments. We encourage online communities to flourish among all those taking the course, ensuring that you can interact with fellow students.

Assessments are designed to give you feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. You can expect both your tutors and your peers to provide useful comments and feedback throughout the course. Assessment is coursework based. There are no examinations.

Learning Environment

As a distance learner you’ll have full access to our eLearning Portal, ‘Blackboard Learn’, which includes web conferencing, study notes, discussion boards, virtual classrooms and communities. Blackboard Learn brings together all aspects of course management as well as assessment and feedback. You can contact tutors in other ways too, including by email and telephone.

You’ll also have online access to Northumbria’s library, which has half a million electronic books that you can read whenever or wherever you need them. Our library was ranked #2 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015 and, since 2010, it has been accredited by the UK Government for Customer Service Excellence.

Research-Rich Learning

As a master’s student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will help you submit a proposal for your master’s dissertation and then discuss its development through to completion in the final semester.

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Throughout the course your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research.

Our specialist interests include innovation in architectural design and urban design with an emphasis on place-making. Northumbria University is also known for Building Information Modelling and novel uses of computational modelling.

Give Your Career An Edge

The course meets a particular need for professional training for graduates who may not have studied building surveying at undergraduate level. During the course you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to work in building surveying. At the same time you’ll develop transferable key skills and personal attributes that promote employability and lifelong learning.

The dissertation in addition to the taught modules will promote personal development and a range of interpersonal, intellectual and technical skills.

The course has the additional credibility of being accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership.

When it comes to applying for jobs and promotions, our Careers and Employment Service offers a range of resources as well as support that’s available online and on a one-to-one basis.

Your Future

This course will open up new opportunities in areas such as building surveying, construction management, project management, property development, and commercial property management.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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This programme is intended for non-surveying graduates who are working, or intending to work, in this area of the construction industry. Read more
This programme is intended for non-surveying graduates who are working, or intending to work, in this area of the construction industry. The Building Surveying programme is for those involved in the maintenance, refurbishment, alteration and extension of existing buildings, or in project management and design for public bodies, commercial organisations and professional practice firms.

This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). By studying a combination of core and optional modules the course provides the skills required by the practicing building surveyor, and to equip you for both the profession and industry. In order to complete the MSc stage, you are required to take a Research Methods unit and undertake a dissertation on a topic approved by your supervisor.

Highlights

• RICS accredited award (PGDip) in 2 semesters for full-time students and 4 semesters for part time students.
• Emphasis on the business skills required in modern building surveying practice
• Contributions to programme from practitioners
• An expanding Alumni Association which provides you with excellent networking opportunities
• The department has recently set up a Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre to provide a research and enterprise facility linking the University with industry. It is designed to foster knowledge creation and exchange in BIM by connecting staff and students with practitioners in an increasingly inter-disciplinary world
• Fantastic London location affording access to major development areas and schemes to visits / study, the main offices of the country's leading consultancies and companies, RICS headquarters and library,as well as a wealth of social, cultural and recreational activity.

Excellent scholarship opportunity

Students who have accepted an offer for a place on this course are encouraged to apply for LSBU's Stuart A Johnson scholarship. Find out more about the Stuart A Johnson scholarship by clicking the link below

http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/scholarships/stuart-a-johnson-scholarship

Modules

Core:

Institutional and legal context for property
Construction
Valuations and surveying
Building pathology
Property and building law
Building surveying project
Use and performance of buildings
Property and asset management
Dissertation

Optional:

Please be aware that option selection is subject to availability.

Behavioural finance
Building control
Building Information Modelling and Collaborative Working
Health and safety management in construction
History of architecture and construction
International real estate and construction
Legal resolution of property and construction disputes

Surveying project

Our surveyors look at financing a project, procuring construction work, financial management and the entire construction process. We want our students to have 'real world' experiences while studying at LSBU, of field work is a major component. We create these situations by inviting guest speaks in to give up-to-date lectures, having great industry links and taking our students into situations where they would like to work. Most of our surveying and construction courses give our students the opportunity to carry out a construction project. Their work will take into account current construction technologies, energy efficiency solutions and environmental and sustainability issues. The project is very detailed and is carried out across site visits, analysing on-going construction projects and an appraisal of eco-technologies. These factors can be influenced by a construction's location so our field trips can take our students both overseas to expanding countries like Dubai or round the corner to building developments happening on our own campus.

Market report and case study analysis

Students on our MSc Surveying courses can choose to study International Real Estate & Construction as an optional. For this complex module students need to go on a study visit to an international city which has an emerging real estate and construction market.

Past students have gone abroad to take in either Dubai in the United Arab Emirates or Shanghai in the People's Republic of China. The field trip includes visits to real estate companies and construction firms, site visits and meetings with various professionals. From these briefings, students need to produce a country report that includes a detailed strategy including how they could break through in the real estate or construction market in these overseas destinations.

Professional links

Accreditation is a mark of quality assurance and professional relevance.

The MSc and the PgDip is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and is a recognised qualification for students to progress on to the Assessment of Professional Competence Graduate Training Programme.

Expertise and history

London South Bank University has a long history of educating professionals for the building-related industries. With roots in London Council School of Building (1904), Brixton School of Building (1940) we have been offering training for this sector for over 100 years.

Today we are expert at attracting property and construction students from the UK and around the world. Much of this is down to the highly successful links we have with major real estate consultancies, property companies, contractors, cost consultants and developers to ensure our courses are highly relevant for the current market.

Today, according to the Guardian PG subject tables 2013 we are the largest School of Building and Town Planning in the UK (combining full-time and part-time modes of study) and our building graduates have the best employment prospects in London (Complete University Guide 2014).

Our current students and alumni hold key positions in their organisation, often as senior managers and business owners.

Employability

Employment prospects for graduates of the MSc/PgDip Building Surveying programme are excellent, with nearly 100% employment of graduates from the course since its inception. Graduates work in a range of organisations including both small and large private practices, local authorities, housing associations and government organisations as well as property and construction companies.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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Building Surveying is a growing, international, professional discipline dealing with the inspection, maintenance and refurbishment of existing buildings. Read more

Building Surveying is a growing, international, professional discipline dealing with the inspection, maintenance and refurbishment of existing buildings. MSc Building Surveying is a supported online programme and a great way to obtain a RICS/CIOB accredited degree covering the core technical disciplines of the Building Surveying specialism and their role within the wider context of Built Environment professional disciplines.

The programme benefits from a range of contemporary, well-supported teaching and learning techniques, including practical project work to improve your career prospects in the public and commercial sectors throughout the UK and overseas.

This programme is delivered by supported online learning and can be studied in any location.

These courses are also registered with the Hong Kong Non-local Courses Registry (NCR registration number 252539). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which these courses may lead.

Why study this programme?

This is one of a suite of MSc conversion programmes designed to enable graduates from disciplines unrelated to Construction and Real Estate to obtain an RICS/CIOB accredited degree, giving access to professional membership. 

-Gain expertise in the core technical knowledge and skills required for the Building Surveying profession

-Develop your true leadership potential

-Achieve your ambitions for a Master’s Degree with a leading provider that allows you to work and study through a fully supported online programme of study

-After successfully completing your degree, you are able to proceed to RICS Assessment of Professional Competence to gain Chartered status.

Career & study progression

An RICS-accredited Master’s degree in Building Surveying from UCEM is recognised worldwide, leading to employment opportunities wherever you are or may wish to be. Access to the MSc course does not require an accredited construction-related degree; it will provide the additional knowledge and skills necessary for your progress to chartered status as a Building Surveyor.

The Careers Service at UCEM can assist with the wider career pathways available via an MSc, with organisations in both the public and private sector seeking qualified surveyors and project managers.

Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) and Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers (HKICM).



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This is a fast-track conversion course for graduates from unrelated disciplines who want to become chartered building surveyors. Read more

This is a fast-track conversion course for graduates from unrelated disciplines who want to become chartered building surveyors. The course is also suitable if you are a professional working in a property or surveying role and want to improve your skills and career prospects in residential and commercial building surveying, property management and development or building control.

Building surveying is an expanding professional discipline involved with new development and the inspection, maintenance and refurbishment of existing buildings. The course includes practical laboratory and project work to improve your career prospects in the public and commercial sectors throughout the UK and overseas.

There is a focus on practical, client-focused property projects involving completion of technical and professional tasks and applying creative solutions that draw on your developing knowledge. You study • property law • economics • planning • land development • construction and refurbishment • building regulations and controls• building technology • surveying techniques

One of our key teaching resources is a University-owned Georgian terraced house. This is used for practical teaching sessions in pathology, structural principles along with dilapidations and condition surveys as the property has been adapted to open up its structure for inspection purposes. Industry professionals also use this resource for training purposes with the support of our teaching staff.

You also have the opportunity to use the latest high-tech non-destructive testing equipment including flexible endoscopes, borescopes and thermal imaging cameras for detecting heat loss – all of which you can use in practical projects and the dissertation module.

You benefit from a range of teaching, learning and assessment techniques. Intensive study weeks allow you to work on complex, professional briefs with other students in multi-disciplinary practice. One of the modules is an international project which has taken place in various locations including Istanbul, Shanghai and Toronto with assistance from international surveying firms.

The majority of teaching takes place within a newly refurbished, dedicated buildings at our City Campus. The course is fully supported by online resources that allow students to learn flexibly in addition to face-to-face teaching.

This course is designed to be adapted and updated, so that you are as fully prepared as possible for a successful career ahead. The postgraduate construction, building and surveying courses were first established with the MSc Property Appraisal and Management in 1991 with many of our former students now in senior positions throughout the profession.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Course structure

Core modules

  • Economics and market context
  • Law and professional context
  • Evaluating building condition
  • Building surveying legal and commercial studies
  • Sustainable development and refurbishment
  • Sustainable building technology
  • Applied research methods and dissertation

Assessment

  • coursework
  • exams

Employability

Building surveyors are highly valued professionals who offer a variety of services across the whole of the built environment.

As well as gaining the skills and knowledge needed for professional accreditation (to become chartered), you gain knowledge essential for a successful career throughout the surveying profession, focusing on roles such as • residential and commercial building surveyor • property developer • building control officer • property manager.

Our graduates are found throughout the surveying profession from international surveying practices to sole traders in private practice. We welcome their continuing involvement with this course, from participation at our very successful employer fairs through to advising students during integrated projects.



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This course is ideal if you did not study building surveying at undergraduate level but would like to enter the profession and require a 'conversion' course (see entry requirements). Read more
This course is ideal if you did not study building surveying at undergraduate level but would like to enter the profession and require a 'conversion' course (see entry requirements). The course draws on the strength of project work, which is a particular speciality of the School, and on the developing sustainability agenda.

This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

What will you study?

You will gain knowledge of building materials, construction technology and pathology; specialist legal and regulatory issues; the design of simple structures; and the preparation of schemes for the rehabilitation of buildings. The course focuses on the core competencies of the building surveyor and professional builder operating at local, regional and national levels. It takes into account the developing sustainability agenda with which construction professionals must increasingly engage, together with multidisciplinary requirements specific to building surveying. While centred around the discipline requirements necessary for the UK-based building surveying professional, the course also contains European and global perspectives appropriate to the requirements of international consultancies.

Assessment

Exams, essays, projects, portfolio, dissertation.

Work placement scheme

Kingston University has set up a scheme that allows postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing to include a work placement element in their course starting from September 2017. The placement scheme is available for both international and home/EU students.

-The work placement, up to 12 months; is optional.
-The work placement takes place after postgraduate students have successfully completed the taught portion of their degree.
-The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student. We cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it.
-As the work placement is an assessed part of the course for international students, this is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Details on how to apply will be confirmed shortly.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Modules
-Building Appraisal Maintenance and Renewal
-Law and Practice for the Built Environment
-Sustainable Construction Technology
-Specification – Design and Analysis
-Research Principles and Application
-Research Project

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This course is designed for students looking to pursue a career in the building surveying and construction sectors, and develops the skills needed to pursue Chartered Surveyor, or Chartered Building Engineer status. Read more

This course is designed for students looking to pursue a career in the building surveying and construction sectors, and develops the skills needed to pursue Chartered Surveyor, or Chartered Building Engineer status. It's suitable for prospective students who don't necessarily have a background in property or construction, acting as a fast-track conversion course for those with an unrelated undergraduate degree (or professional qualification) to obtain an accredited route into the industry. In addition, this course is suitable for property and construction professionals working in industry, who wish to specialise in building surveying.

Why study on this course?

  • Study at one of the UK's largest and most established providers of property education; NTU is ranked 5th in the UK for Building, Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2018) and our network of alumni within the property profession is extensive and wide-ranging.
  • 97% of postgraduate property management and development students are in work or further study within six months of graduating, earning an average salary of £30,300 (DLHE, 2015-2016).
  • Our flexible study options support part-time learners, who wish to balance employment with further study.
  • Study trips to live sites in the UK and abroad are included in your course fees, designed to help develop your understanding of theory in practice. Previous study trip destinations have included Malta, Prague and Dublin.
  • Have the option of taking a professional or industrial internship, which counts towards your Masters qualification.
  • Learn from expert academic staff, who have established links to industry and significant industry experience.
  • Have the opportunity to work with an industry mentor - often an NTU alumnus. In previous years, these relationships have led to work experience and employment.
  • Hear from visiting industry and academic experts, some of whom are NTU alumni, who will be teaching parts of the modules, providing a ‘real life’ perspective on the topics you will be studying.
  • Benefit from modern facilities and inspiring learning spaces, in the heart of Nottingham's city centre.
  • Our location in the centre of the UK allows for easy travel to many major cities, enabling you to benefit from networking events and employability opportunities.

Accreditations

Our course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), meaning successful completion of the course will put you on the path to chartership in both of those routes.

Fees and funding

Take a look at our postgraduate fees and funding page for more information on scholarships, loans, and other funding opportunities.



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The MSc Building Surveying programme is designed to respond to the dynamic demands for sustainable management of the existing built environment and is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Read more
The MSc Building Surveying programme is designed to respond to the dynamic demands for sustainable management of the existing built environment and is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

What's covered in the course?

The course is founded on the principal that participants intend to attain membership of the RICS. The programme therefore embraces the values of the RICS and reflects the requirements of the professional body in terms of core technical and professional skills and attributes. All students are expected to be student or graduate members of the RICS.

The course content and delivery is underpinned by the need to respond to the RICS Strategic Foresight 2030 report, including incorporation of the seven strategic pillars for the future within learning, teaching and assessment.

The course will provide you with a broad but solid foundation in the fundamentals of organising, managing, and designing work to existing buildings. It seeks to provide you with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges presented by the globally evolving built environment marketplace.

The course focuses on developing and expanding the knowledge, understanding and ability of practitioners to respond to the challenges of the 21st century. You will receive a rigorous grounding in the advanced skills needed to operate at a high level in industry and become competent in the solving the problems and challenges you will face. You will also be able to add value to your decisions through a thorough analytical approach and be able to better implement them as a competent project manager.

The course encompasses the entirety of the property life cycle, allowing you to appreciate how decisions made in one aspect of a property’s development and use can have a significant impact later on in the life cycle.

Why choose us?

-This course is RICS accredited
-You can follow either the building surveying or facilities management pathway on completion of the course
-There is a mock Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) built into the assessment process
-This course is designed to respond to the challenges of the 21st century identified by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), including responding to increased use of BIM, smart cities and Big Data
-This course will give you the broad range of practical and theoretical skills needed to practice and develop your surveying career

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

The course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Successful completion of the course will lead to Professional Membership after the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Course in depth

Modules
-Commercial Surveys and Inspection 20 credits
-Facilities Management (Soft) 20 credits
-BIM for the Built Environment 20 credits
-Development Project 20 credits
-Facilities Management (Hard) 20 credits
-Professional Practice 20 credits
-Dissertation 60 credits

The course is delivered via a series of lectures, tutorials, case studies and project work. The assessment is by portfolio exercises, reports, presentations and a dissertation.

Each of the taught modules are designed to have a total study time of 200 hours. Approximately 36 hours of this is face to face teaching, tutorials and seminars, with the remainder a mixture of directed and self-study.

Enhancing your employability skills

Birmingham City University has the Graduate+ scheme, an extracurricular programme which has been designed to hone the subject-based skills you develop throughout the programme alongside broader employability skills. You’ll develop skills in CV writing, presentations, a portfolio and more.

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All Commercial Building Surveying professionals will benefit from this RICS accredited Masters course, providing direct entry to the RICS APC training programme. Read more
All Commercial Building Surveying professionals will benefit from this RICS accredited Masters course, providing direct entry to the RICS APC training programme.

•Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
•Internationally recognised research in our Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute
•Fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
•Designed as a conversion course for holders of non-cognate first degrees
•Part time option if you are already in employment
•Graduates eligible for direct entrance on to the RICS APC professional training programme
•Opportunity to network with people in the industry using our state-of-the-art learning technology

If you are interested in forging a career as a Chartered Building Surveyor, this programme will give you the knowledge, skills and experience needed for a wide range of career options in property and construction.

This course focuses on developing an awareness of technical, legal and management issues. You’ll also gain a professional and sound technical understanding of the issues to operate successfully in a strategic business environment.
You will complete an individual dissertation, providing the opportunity to focus on a subject that interests you.
The School of the Built Environment works in close partnership with industry and practice through scholarship, research, consultancy and providing lifelong learning. Our programmes are responsive to the changing needs of industry, government, local communities and professional practice.

In addition to the School’s extensive and long-standing links with the profession, this MSc course has its own direct links with industry through a special lectures programme, featuring a highly experienced team of practitioners from across the UK. This offers you great networking opportunities with key contacts along with the opportunity to engage with the latest thinking and practice in the sector.

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Level 7
Building Management
Building Technology
Design Management
Law And Contract
Collaborative BIM Project
Dilapidations
Research Methods
Dissertation

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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The role of the building surveyor is vital in today's construction industry as the sector strives to produce new, high-quality buildings while maintaining the historical structures that surround us. Read more

The role of the building surveyor is vital in today's construction industry as the sector strives to produce new, high-quality buildings while maintaining the historical structures that surround us. You will gain the skills needed to construct and refurbish residential and commercial buildings that will leave a lasting legacy.

Whether you are looking for a route into the construction industry or you want to progress your current career by becoming a chartered surveyor, your course will prepare you to progress to chartered building surveyor status with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)*. 

You will study building pathology, construction law and the technology behind building refurbishment. You will also develop the theoretical appreciation and practical skills to repurpose existing buildings and efficiently maintain them once they have been renovated. 

Issues from your own workplace can be used to contextualise your studies. The flexible nature of online learning will enable you to study anywhere in the world and will also help you to balance the demands of the course with your working life. Our Virtual Learning Environment, through which the course is delivered, can be accessed at a time that suits you and your professional commitments.

Course Benefits

Ideal if you are working in the construction industry, this online course will allow you to fit your studies around your work and home commitments. You will be able to access our Virtual Learning Environment in your own time and also benefit from the same support our onsite students receive. 

This course is all about interactive learning, so you will have the opportunity to share your experiences with your tutors and fellow students through group discussions. In this collaborative environment you will be exposed to new issues and ideas, giving you the ability to bring different solutions to your workplace.

The teaching team includes professional building surveyors with specialist knowledge, so you will have access to expert advice on a range of disciplines, from building pathology to thermal performance and insulation.

Our relationship with external professionals will feed into your learning and you will be able to attend guest lectures here at Leeds Beckett. Previous speakers have included Bryan Hindle, a preservation expert who specialises in timber and damp, and surveyors from firms Eddisons and EC Harris.

Core Modules

  • Construction Law Principles
  • Defects & Repairs
  • Design & Specification
  • Environment, Services & Maintenance Management
  • Major Project
  • Managing the Property Asset
  • Research Methods
  • Sustainable Construction

Job prospects

On successful completion of the course, your skills will be recognised across the construction industry and your academic studies will provide a sound base which will support your practical skills. The work-based projects you will be involved in will enable you to apply your learning to the workplace from the very start of the course.

  • Building Surveyor
  • Project Manager
  • Construction Professional
  • Commercial Manager


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Are you interested in gaining a master’s qualification that will equip you for a professional career in surveying? This RICS accredited course includes a specialist pathway for becoming a quantity surveyor, also known as a construction cost consultant. Read more
Are you interested in gaining a master’s qualification that will equip you for a professional career in surveying? This RICS accredited course includes a specialist pathway for becoming a quantity surveyor, also known as a construction cost consultant.

The first stage of this course will introduce you to key concepts and frameworks related to built environment disciplines. The second stage is specific to quantity surveying and will develop your knowledge of writing specifications, tendering, managing contracts and projects, procurement, construction law and dispute resolution.

The final stage will be a master’s dissertation that investigates an aspect of how quantity surveyors manage the costs of construction projects while ensuring the required standards and quality.

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which is a reflection of its relevance and quality and meets the academic requirements for membership.

You’ll study by flexible distance learning. Many of our students combine their studies with jobs in property, construction or a wide range of other industries. We welcome people from a variety of academic backgrounds, not just surveying.

Learn From The Best

You’ll be taught by tutors who have many years of experience in the property and construction sectors. Their professional experience, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The quality of their research has put Northumbria University among the UK’s top 30 universities for the percentage of research outputs in architecture and built environment that are ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. These collaborations and links help inform our curriculums and ensure input from practitioners.

Teaching And Assessment

This is a distance learning course and you’ll learn through expertly written learning materials that help you engage with topics in interactive ways. Like other master’s courses there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

The pace of the two-year course is controlled to make it easier for you to balance work, study and life commitments. We encourage online communities to flourish among all those taking the course, ensuring that you can interact with fellow students.

Assessments are designed to give you feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. You can expect both your tutors and your peers to provide useful comments and feedback throughout the course. Assessment is coursework based. There are no examinations.

Module Overview
Year One
KA7016 - Economics and Business Environment (Core, 20 Credits)
KA7050 - Law and Quantity Surveying Professional Practice (Core, 20 Credits)
KA7054 - Construction and Sustainable Technologies (Core, 20 Credits)
KA7055 - Dissertation Preparation Module (Core, 0 Credits)

Year Two
KA7018 - Quantity Surveying Practice and Management (Core, 20 Credits)
KA7032 - Dissertation (Core, 60 Credits)
KA7041 - Contract Administration and Practice (Core, 20 Credits)
KA7044 - Construction Economics (Core, 20 Credits)

Learning Environment

As a distance learner you’ll have full access to our eLearning Portal, ‘Blackboard Learn’, which includes web conferencing, study notes, discussion boards, virtual classrooms and communities. Blackboard Learn brings together all aspects of course management as well as assessment and feedback. You can contact tutors in other ways too, including by email and telephone.

You’ll also have online access to Northumbria’s library, which has half a million electronic books that you can read whenever or wherever you need them. Our library was ranked #2 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015 and, since 2010, it has been accredited by the UK Government for Customer Service Excellence.

Research-Rich Learning

As a master’s student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will help you submit a proposal for your master’s dissertation and then discuss its development through to completion in the final semester.

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Throughout the course your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research.

Our specialist interests include construction management and economics - including economic aspects of sustainability, innovation in architectural design and urban design with an emphasis on place-making. Northumbria University is also known for Building Information Modelling and novel uses of computational modelling.

Give Your Career An Edge

The course meets a particular need for professional training for graduates who may not have studied quantity surveying at undergraduate level. During the course you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to work in quantity surveying. At the same time you’ll develop transferable key skills and personal attributes that promote employability and lifelong learning.

The dissertation in addition to the taught modules will promote personal development and a range of interpersonal, intellectual and technical skills.

The course has the additional credibility of being accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership.

When it comes to applying for jobs and promotions, our Careers and Employment Service offers a range of resources as well as support that’s available online and on a one-to-one basis.

Your Future

This course will open up new opportunities in areas such as quantity surveying, construction management, project management and property development.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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This one-year postgraduate course is designed to provide a solid knowledge of materials and built fabrics, both modern and traditional, the causes and mechanisms of failure and the traditional as well as the most advanced ways to repair and preserve them. Read more
This one-year postgraduate course is designed to provide a solid knowledge of materials and built fabrics, both modern and traditional, the causes and mechanisms of failure and the traditional as well as the most advanced ways to repair and preserve them. In addition, on completion of the Diploma, the student is expected to successfully complete a research project and produce specifications for conservation work. The student is expected to develop an understanding of how to manage a conservation project. This course has been approved by Engineers Ireland as meeting its requirements for continuing professional development. This course is recognised by the RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) in connection with the RIAI Conservation Accreditation System.

Course Organisation:

The course comprises approximately 86 hours of core lectures, 18 hours of practical lectures and case studies, 18 hours of laboratory work and 9 hours of site visits. These are normally held on Friday 7-10 p.m and Saturday 9.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m. each week throughout the two semesters (September to April). In addition, the student, working individually, shall complete a research thesis.

Course Content:

Research and Documentation
Introduction. The Built Heritage. Legislation and Economics.
Research and Documentation. Building Surveying and Recording.
Building Stone. Ceramics. Metals. Timber. Thatch and Mudwall.
Building Limes and Cements. Concrete.
Construction Technology and Project Management. Management Case Studies.
Structural Damage and Repairs to Masonry Fabrics and Building Elements. Structural Case Studies
Research thesis

The award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Building Repair and Conservation is based on a combination of the results of two examination papers and a research thesis. Each paper constitutes one third and the thesis the remaining third of the overall assessment. Students must pass each paper and the thesis. There is no system of compensation. The pass mark for the examinations and the thesis is 40%. A Distinction is awarded to those who obtain an overall average mark of 70% or more in both the thesis and two papers combined at the summer examinations. The annual examination will be held in May and June, with a supplemental examination in September. All students are required to sit the annual examination in May/June, unless permission to defer is received from the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Recommended texts:

Please refer to the Course website.

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