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.
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.
This is a fast-track conversion course for first degree holders from an unrelated disciplines and existing practitioners who want to become a Chartered Surveyors through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB
Throughout the course you develop your practical and theoretical knowledge and critical understanding of issues and subjects relevant to your chosen field for study and your personal, interpersonal and professional skills and capabilities, including those of self-direction and self-management. You develop the skills to operate as independent reflective practitioners and you gain transferable and specific vocational skills, which can be used to gain professional employment in a rapidly changing environment.
On the course you strengthen your knowledge of theory, contracts and practice through activities such as case studies and simulations. You also complete an individual in-depth dissertation that requires a critical and evaluative approach to professional practice and theory. Through your dissertation you complete technical and professional tasks, and apply contractual solutions, while drawing on your developing knowledge.
You benefit from a range of teaching, learning and assessment techniques which allow you to work on complex, professional briefs that have an emphasis on the latest thinking from the construction project management sector.
Areas studied on the course reflect the wide and varying nature of the construction project management profession and include economics in relation to the construction industry and how it impacts on the profession, as well as construction law and dispute resolution methods. You also learn to carry out the health and safety management of construction works, and gain knowledge of building technology and sustainability.
The course also enables you to study and appraise the project planning and programming requirements of projects, so that you can actively plan, monitor and control the construction works during the life of a project. You gain evaluation skills on the construction production management module, and discover the procurement methods used in the industry and gain knowledge to be able to advise and appraise on the contract administration requirements and choices for a wide range of different projects.
You study and complete research of a particular area of interest in order to produce a dissertation. In addition to this, the course also includes an interdisciplinary development task in a different country. On this task you work with students from across related subjects to increase understanding of the other roles in the profession that interact on a day-to-day basis and how the role of a construction project manager fits in with these roles. It also develops the skills and knowledge that are essential to becoming an effective professional practitioner.
Our course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).The course’s reputation means many international surveying firms recruit students for roles spanning the globe.
After completing the course, you will be able to proceed to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Assessment of Professional Competence or the Chartered Institute of Builders professional development programme.
There are many employment opportunities for construction project managers with regional, national and international construction and civil engineering contractors.