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Why choose this course?. This is a fast-track conversion course for graduates from disciplines unrelated to construction and real estate, which leads to Chartered Surveyor status. Read more
Why choose this course?
This is a fast-track conversion course for graduates from disciplines unrelated to construction and real estate, which leads to Chartered Surveyor status.

- Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Optional international field trip
- Dedicated postgraduate resource room
- Part-time, full-time and CPD study options

This is one of a suite of five MSc courses which provide the academic foundation for holders of first degrees in an unrelated subject area to obtain an accredited route into the real estate and construction industries.

MSc Building Surveying develops the skills needed to become the equivalent of a 'building doctor'. It has a building performance and pathology focus and looks at inspection, evaluation, maintenance, remediation and refurbishment of existing buildings. It also focuses on the management of building works.

Course content
For a full module list please visit our website: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/bs

Modules can also be studied as Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Accreditation
The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), enabling successful graduates entry to the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) of the RICS; a prerequisite for full Chartered Surveyor status.

Postgraduate scholarships
The School will be offering a number of scholarships for students commencing their studies on one of our postgraduate construction courses. Find out more about these scholarships at http://www.ntu.ac.uk/adbe-pgscholarships

Postgraduate open evenings
Our postgraduate open events are a great opportunity to meet our postgraduate teaching staff and students, visit the University, find out about the courses we offer, bursaries and funding opportunities.
Find out more and book your place at http://www.ntu.ac.uk/adbeopenevenings

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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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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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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 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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This MSc is an intensive study of the technical, analytical and professional aspects of modern land surveying. The programme gives students a broad range of experience in methods of spatial data acquisition, with a curriculum that includes exposure to terrestrial survey equipment, close range sensors, aerial imagery and GNSS techniques.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/surveying-msc

Key Information

As preparation for the MSc if you are offered a place, you will be expected to revise your knowledge of mathematics in certain topics such as trigonometry, geometry and differential calculus if you have not studied these for some time. The most comprehensive text to use would be "Engineering Mathematics" by K.A. Stroud (6th Edition), but many other text books covering an equivalent level of mathematics are also available.

- Application dates
All applicants:
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements .

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international .

Degree Information

Students are trained in the techniques and methodology of data acquisition, and develop skills to apply those techniques to specific problems and to analyse the quality of results. Emphasis is placed on understanding the principles that underlie the analysis and use of spatial data.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules in term one, followed by two core modules and two specialist options in term two, and a research project.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

- Compulsory Modules
Mapping Science
GIS Principles and Technology
Principles and Practices of Surveying
Data Analysis
Positioning
Survey Project

- Plus 2 Options:
Ocean and Coastal Zone Management
Terrestrial Data Acquisition
Airborne Data Acquisition
Spatial Data Management
Applied Building Information Modelling

- Dissertation/report
Students on the MSc programme embark on an individual project after the examinations in May, which lasts until the end of the programme in September. The department enjoys strong links with industry, and projects are often carried out in collaboration with organisations outside the college.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical work and field courses. Visits to government establishments and private companies may be organised in order to gain greater insight into current practice. Assessment is through written papers, coursework, the dissertation and an oral presentation.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Surveying MSc http://www.cege.ucl.ac.uk/teaching/Pages/Postgraduate/Surveying.aspx

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships .

- Brown Family Bursary - NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY
Value: £15,000 (1 year)
Eligibility: UK students
Criteria: Based on both academic merit and financial need

- Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)
Value: Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria: Based on both academic merit and financial need

- SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship - NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY
Value: Tuition fees, plus stipend, flights and allowances. (1 year)
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria: Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships

Careers

Surveyors have good prospects in research organisations, in government mapping agencies such as the Ordnance Survey and the Hydrographic Office, and in the private sector in both large multi-nationals (such as oil companies), smaller specialised surveying, mapping and laser scanning companies, and civil engineering/construction companies. Several of our graduates have also gone on to undertake research degrees.

Top career destinations for this degree:
- Tunnel Surveyor, Skanska (2011)
- Site Engineer, Site Engineering Surveys (2011)
- Surveyor, Mayim Ltd (2014)
- Surveyor, Surveying and Mapping Malaysia (2014)
- Surveyor, Severn Survey (2012)

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering at UCL is an energetic and exciting environment in which to explore surveying.

Students benefit in particular from the advanced research work being carried out in laser scanning and global navigation satellite systems and from the department’s strong links to industry.

The department has worked particularly closely with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) who have accredited this programme and a satisfactory performance on the programme will grant students exemption from the RICS's final written examinations.

Student / staff ratios › 95 staff including 43 postdocs › 200 taught students › 170 research students

Application and next steps

- Applications
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

- Who can apply?
The programme is suited to applicants from diverse backgrounds (engineering, geography, science) who are seeking a career in the surveying profession. We also have some students sponsored by employers for further career development.

What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Surveying at graduate level
- why you want to study Surveying at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
- how this degree fits to your career aspirations

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

For more information see the Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply .

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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 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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The increasing drive towards low carbon and sustainable solutions in the built environment has introduced a need for built environment professionals who can take a holistic view of the sustainability debate. Read more
The increasing drive towards low carbon and sustainable solutions in the built environment has introduced a need for built environment professionals who can take a holistic view of the sustainability debate. This programme will combine the technical design and engineering issues associated with the delivery of sustainable built environments with an appreciation for how such approaches can be justified in a commercially focused world. The programme considers passive (building fabric) and active measures (building services and renewable energy technologies) setting out what approach may be taken when considering new build or, as is becoming increasingly important the existing building stock. Students will gain the skills needed to assess these options on a whole life basis with an appreciation for how the financial and business case can be made for such approaches. The programme is closely linked with the schools Sustainable Built Environments Research Group (SBERG) and will be informed by the cutting edge research carried out by the group considering technical, behavioural and social issues associated with the delivery of sustainable built environments. The University of Greenwich is a Passive House Examination Centre and students can gain extra certification as a Passive House Designer/Consultant by taking the programme.

The university has invested £76 million in a new building to house the campus library, TV studios and academic facilities for disciplines including architecture, design and construction. Stockwell Street, where the programme will be delivered, is a short walk from the university's buildings on the Old Royal College site.

The aims of the programme are:

- To develop skills and understanding around the principles of sustainable building with a view to delivering healthy, comfortable, efficient and environmentally friendly buildings

- To consider how the above issues can be applied when working with existing buildings

- To take the technical knowledge gained and working within a commercial world to produce convincing and robust business cases for implementing sustainable solutions.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/buil/sbe

Built Environment

We need tools to help us create a built environment that is responsive rather than obstructive to its users and to the world around it. At Greenwich we encourage both students and staff to embrace the interconnectedness of design, construction and building management, of landscape architecture and graphic design, and to constantly look at new ways of exploring these areas.

All architecture programmes focus on the urgent necessity to change our living habits in order to design and build a sustainable urban environment.

The construction management programmes are designed to provide students with a high level of understanding of the design, function, construction and statutory requirements for buildings of all classes, and to prepare them for more advanced employment within the construction industry.

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Building Rehabilitation & Pathology (20 credits)
MSc Dissertation (Built Environment) (40 credits)
Delivering Sustainable Built Environments (20 credits)
Passive Design (20 credits)
Building Integrated Systems and Technologies (20 credits)
Building Simulation (20 credits)
Research Methods (20 credits)

Students are required to choose 20 credits from this list of options.

Development Economics and Planning (20 credits)
Facilities Management (20 credits)
Project Management (20 credits)
Applied Construction Management (20 credits)
Applied Project Management (20 credits)
Property Asset Management (20 credits)
Risk Management (20 credits)

Part time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Passive Design (20 credits)
Building Integrated Systems and Technologies (20 credits)
Research Methods (20 credits)

Students are required to choose 20 credits from this list of options.

Development Economics and Planning (20 credits)
Facilities Management (20 credits)
Project Management (20 credits)
Applied Construction Management (20 credits)
Applied Project Management (20 credits)
Property Asset Management (20 credits)
Risk Management (20 credits)

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Building Rehabilitation & Pathology (20 credits)
MSc Dissertation (Built Environment) (40 credits)
Delivering Sustainable Built Environments (20 credits)
Building Simulation (20 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Assessment

Students will be assessed through project and other coursework, presentations, examination (in a limited number of courses) and a dissertation.

Career options

Graduates can pursue opportunities in the design or engineering professions as consultants or in other professional roles in private practice, government agencies, local authorities, development agencies and other large estate holders.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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The course is intended for non-surveying graduates working, or intending to work, in the construction industry offering advice on project feasibility, methods for financing and procuring construction work and financial management of the design and construction process within consultant firms, client organisations or contracting companies. Read more
The course is intended for non-surveying graduates working, or intending to work, in the construction industry offering advice on project feasibility, methods for financing and procuring construction work and financial management of the design and construction process within consultant firms, client organisations or contracting companies.

Applicants should have an interest in construction cost management and the motivation to pursue an intensive route to professional qualifications. Course content covers the skills required of the practicing quantity surveyor.

Three supplementary modules at the beginning of the course bring you up to speed in relation to construction technology, law and contract documentation and administration before you embark on the masters level modules. These supplementary modules are a distinguishing feature of the course and are highly valued by students and their employers.

Features of the course:

• RICS accredited (PGDip) award in 2 semesters for full-time students or 4 semesters for part time students
• Option to achieve a PGDip award, take a break of up to 2 years, and return to do a 'top-up' Masters
• Emphasis on the business skills required in quantity surveying practice
• Contributions to programme from practitioners
• An expanding Alumni Association that provides you with excellent networking opportunities.

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:

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

Modules

The postgraduate modules cover project appraisal, methods for financing and procuring construction work and financial management of the design and construction process. There is also a module that develops understanding of the construction industry from an economic perspective and a module on construction contract law.

You also select one option from a wide selection of modules that are offered to all our postgraduate students. In order to complete the MSc stage, students are required to take a research methods module and undertake a major dissertation on a topic approved by their supervisor.

• Institutional and legal context for construction
• Construction
• Measurement, documentation and estimating
• Project evaluation
• Construction contract administration
• Construction law
• Procurement and management of construction
• Economics and finance for construction
• Dissertation

Optional modules:

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

Placements

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.

Accreditation

The MSc/PgDip is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; this will allow entry to Quantity Surveying and Construction Faculty through APC.

Employability

The employment record for students on this programme is excellent, with previous graduates gaining employment across nearly all of the largest consulting and contracting firms. Many are also employed by smaller firms in this exciting industry.

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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As the construction industry strives to produce higher quality buildings and maintain the historical structures that surround us, the role of the building surveyor is vital. Read more
As the construction industry strives to produce higher quality buildings and maintain the historical structures that surround us, the role of the building surveyor is vital. Gain the skills you need 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 career by becoming a chartered surveyor, your course will help you reach the stringent standards expected by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

You will study building pathology and defects and how to identify them, construction law and how it is applied and the technology behind measurement and design in building refurbishment. You will also learn how to repurpose existing buildings and efficiently maintain them once they have been constructed.

Our course team have close links with the construction industry and many of them are still working on live projects - their experience will ensure your learning is always current.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/buildingsurveying_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

You will graduate with skills recognised across the construction industry and the academic grounding to support your practical work. The work-based learning projects you will be involved in will enable you to apply your learning in your workplace from the very start of the course.

- Building Surveyor
- Project Manager
- Construction Professional
- Commercial Manager

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

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.

There are three building surveyors on the course team, each specialising in a different area, so you will have access to expert knowledge in 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.

Mark Wilson

Senior Lecturer

"Our course offers the opportunity to come into contact with industry professionals and form relationships with industry and RICS contacts. We offer Continuing Professional Development connected to local industry and all our students have access to free places on these seminars."

Mark worked in the construction industry for more than 20 years and is still involved with small projects involving budgets of between £50,000 and £250,000. His experience extends from working on new build leisure projects to refurbishment works on listed buildings such as Leeds Town Hall. Mark is currently studying for a PhD which focuses on suspended ceilings in theatres, an issue which has become more significant since the collapse of the Apollo Theatre ceiling in December 2013.

Facilities

- Library
Our Library offers access to approximately 140,000 electronic resources from home as well as being open 24/7 if you want to pay a visit. Our offsite team also provide specialist support for distance learning students.

- Dedicated Support Team
Just because you aren't learning on campus doesn't mean you'll have to cope on your own - you'll have the support of a personal tutor along with the University's Student Hub and Wellbeing Centre. They are on hand to offer you advice about everything from academic issues to stress and anxiety.

- Virtual Learning Environment
The VLE gives you access to course materials such as videos, e-books and other documents. You also use it to submit your assignments and to receive feedback.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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The MSc Quantity Surveying course is for graduates with a minimum of three years' professional experience or a qualification in a closely related discipline. Read more
The MSc Quantity Surveying course is for graduates with a minimum of three years' professional experience or a qualification in a closely related discipline.

The Graduate Diploma Quantity Surveying course is for students with a first degree in an unrelated subject seeking to convert to a career as a Quantity Surveyor. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma allows advanced entry onto the Masters course requiring only submission of the dissertation to complete your studies.

Key benefits

The Graduate Diploma and the MSc in Quantity Surveying are fully accredited with the RICS to provide acceptance on the Assessment of Professional Practice, and qualification as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor.

Course detail

Both courses are for those who aspire to become Chartered members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The courses are designed to offer varied and flexible patterns of study, so you can fit studies and experience around your personal and professional commitments. They reflect and address the needs of professional practice and help you develop the skills and knowledge to become an effective professional surveyor in the construction industry. You'll cover construction technology, measurement, law, economics, procurement and contract management.

You can follow the RICS accredited route as a Quantity Surveyor or the Graduate Diploma route. The courses are academically challenging, and encourage independent, analytical and reflective thought and judgement that applies equally to the workplace and professional ethics.

You'll also develop a range of transferable skills, such as investigation, problem-solving, logical and systematic data analysis, information management, sustainable decision-making and effective communication.

Structure

We introduce you to skills and knowledge in construction technology, measurement, law, economics, procurement and contract management, in the Pre-Enrolment Reading at Level 1.

You then develop your core skills at Levels 2 and 3 and procurement, contractual, project management skills and Building Information Modelling in the M-Level modules.

Grad Dip students take the Level 2, 3 and M modules except the dissertation.

MSc students take the Level 3 and Level M modules.

Modules

Level 2:
• Construction Technology and Building Services (Graduate Diploma Only) (30 credits)
• QS Project (Graduate Diploma Only) (30 credits)

Level 3:
• Strategic Cost Planning (30 credits)
• Commercial Management (30 credits)

Level M:
• Construction Contract Law (15 credits)
• Construction Procurement (15 credits)
• Construction Project Management Practice (15 credits)
• Building Information Modelling in Design Co-ordination (15 credits)
• Dissertation (MSc students only) (60 credits)

Format

Teaching methods vary depending on the module, but typically include lectures, project work and tutorials. We encourage 'formative work' to prepare for assessments this is not credited, but gives you valuable feedback to help improve your performance.

Support is available if you have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy or study skills. Our staff provide a friendly, enabling environment for learning. They are also actively engaged in research or professional practice, ensuring you learn directly from the latest academic and business developments.

The course is also supported by a group of employers who contribute towards resources used in teaching, offer sponsorship and placements to students, and are keen to employ UWE Bristol graduates.

Assessment

We assess you through a combination of written examinations, coursework, projects, presentations and case studies. Because of the importance attached to presentation and collaboration skills, up to 25 per cent of assessment is through oral presentation and group work.

Careers / Further study

On graduation from the MSc or Graduate Diploma routes you will be well equipped to meet the challenges posed by changes to the quantity surveying profession and the wider construction industry and to exploit the opportunities these changes offer.

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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The MSc Quantity Surveying is a postgraduate conversion programme which is designed to align your skills to the educational requirements of the industry’s professional bodies. Read more
The MSc Quantity Surveying is a postgraduate conversion programme which is designed to align your skills to the educational requirements of the industry’s professional bodies. Delivered by supported online learning, the UCEM programme offers great flexibility as it can be studied in any location, at any time.

The programme gives you an informed view of the key areas of knowledge require to develop your quantity surveying (QS) skills including cost management, contract practice and procedures, procurement and building economics. There is also a research project which will provide an in-depth assessment of a topic of your choice.

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 252542). 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 that enable graduates from disciplines unrelated to Real Estate and Construction to obtain an RICS/CIOB accredited degree, giving access to professional membership.
-Study an RICS accredited programme whilst working towards your APC (for those in relevant employment)
-Access to RICS Graduate Route 1
-Allows entry to CIOB Chartered membership
-Enrich your CV with MSc designatory letters
-Build your career by specialising in quantity surveying and contract cost management

Career and study progression

This Programme equips students with the essential subject knowledge and postgraduate skills and expertise to enable them to work within the quantity surveying areas of practice in the built environment. The opportunities available are extensive and include diverse career specialisms for students to pursue after completing this programme. Students typically find employment in the private and public sector firms, contracting companies and developers. In addition, students have opportunities to work in an international environment.

The following provide a range of the types of work that students undertake whilst/after completing this programme; cost consultancy, project management, contract administration, contractor surveying, commercial management of construction and facilities management.

Accreditation

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

How the programme will be assessed

Assessment consists of a mix of homework and examinations. The module information sheet provides details of the assessment method for each module.

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The MSc in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management (QSCM) programme is designed to meet the challenging demands of the modern learner and the rapidly evolving needs of the construction industry. Read more
The MSc in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management (QSCM) programme is designed to meet the challenging demands of the modern learner and the rapidly evolving needs of the construction industry. It employs an innovative teaching structure that is integrated with Brookes’ Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The result is the delivery of a flexible and exciting programme of study.

Starting in either January or September, the MSc programme may be studied either full time over one year, or as a distance learner over two years.

Why choose this course?

This course has accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), and is pending accreditation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This demonstrates professional recognition of the quality of our programme and as such our programme is your first step towards becoming a chartered Quantity Surveyor. Our staff sit on professional committees including CIOB and Constructing Excellence. Our longstanding links with prominent companies in the sector, such as Mace, Willmott Dixon and BAM Construction, and our strong links with local companies such as Beards, Kingerlee and Bidwells together ensure that the programme is directly tailored towards the employment skills needed by the construction Industry.

The coursework only programme uses an applied learning approach to study. This ensures that it is real-world focused and holistic. Not only is this more effective teaching, it is much more engaging than the traditional study and examination approach. Students develop a broad range of quantity surveying and management skills and knowledge including Building Information Modelling (BIM), project finance, technology, and procurement by working on real life problems as experienced by the construction industry. Our innovative programme structure which was commended at validation provides a flexible pattern of study that brings together both distance and full-time learners. Students can start either in September or January, easily switch between distance learning and full time modes of study and, if needed, extend their study up to 5 years.

Professional accreditation

This course has accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), and is pending accreditation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

This course in detail

There are two modes of delivery for the MSc QSCM: full time on campus or distance learning, and there are two entry points - September or January. Course length is as follows:
Full time: MSc:12 months; PGDip: 9 months; PGCert: 4 months
Part time: Distance Learning: MSc: 24 months; PGDip: 21 months; PGCert: 9 months

Extensive online learning material is provided to all students via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) - our own intranet site to which students have access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Module leaders can be contacted via the VLE, e mail, telephone and Skype.

Intensive Study Periods - all students attend four intensive study periods during their programme each being around three days long. Students and staff enjoy these intensive sessions as they are able to share experiences and knowledge as well as renew friendships and make connections within the industry and the distance earning students get the opportunity to meet face-to-face with staff.

The organisation and the collaborative nature of these intensive study periods is always praised by our students who particularly like the site visits, workshops and guest lectures from industry experts.

European Field trip -To expose our students to the international nature of the construction industries, we also run a week long subsidised fieldtrip to Europe (usually Holland) every year in January. Feedback shows our students highly value this opportunity get to know how construction in other countries works to different management cultures.

Applied or Problem-Based Learning - We have responded to requests from industry to make our postgraduate education more practical and industry focused by using an ‘applied’ approach to learning, sometimes called “Problem-Based Learning” or PBL. This approach encourages learning by allowing you to actively puzzle through problems that are adapted from complex real-life situations. We use our links with industrial practitioners to help devise these problems and, as construction problems often cross discipline boundaries, they require research and collaboration to find their solutions. This leads to a more exciting and relevant student experience.

Teaching and learning

Teaching, learning and assessment methods are to a considerable degree shaped by the use of the applied learning approach. This leads to a more challenging and industrially relevant course than the traditional lecture approach.

Learning takes place through groups of students puzzling through problems, often adapted from real situations with much of the complexity and context intact, using published resources, or reference to experts who are available to offer advice.

In full-time mode, the delivery of new material is weekly with intermediate tutorial or seminar sessions. The intensive study weeks and a European field-trip, wherein students in both modes of study come together, complement this delivery pattern.

For the distance learner, the virtual learning environment is the primary mode of delivery. Communication with distance learning students will be supplemented by email, Skype and telephone.

Careers and professional development

Graduates of our postgraduate construction programmes have an outstanding employment record. Our graduates are recognised as having excellent levels of communication, presentation and problem-solving skills. Consequently, our students go on to be employed across the broad spectrum of the construction industries both locally and internationally.

Many of these companies visit the department annually to meet students for graduate positions whilst all of our distance learning students are employed full time by prominent companies in the sector.

As our programmes have accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), (and pending accreditation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)), our graduates are firmly on the path to become professionally chartered opening up excellent recognition for future career progression.

Graduates from the course will normally go on to become Quantity Surveyors within the construction industries, for which currently there are excellent job opportunities.

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The need for quantity surveyors is vital for the efficient financial management of construction projects. This programme is designed using principles that are applicable in many quantity surveying and financial management industrial sectors. Read more

Programme Background

The need for quantity surveyors is vital for the efficient financial management of construction projects. This programme is designed using principles that are applicable in many quantity surveying and financial management industrial sectors. It provides students with a solid theoretical base coupled with current and future approaches to practical quantity surveying practice.

As a partner university of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Heriot-Watt University is instrumental in meeting the educational needs of such graduates by building on their previous education and experience to prepare them for the demands of this profession.

Programme Structure

For the MSc, students undertake eight taught courses plus the research dissertation. Students on the Diploma programme take the eight taught courses only. There are seven mandatory (core) courses to study plus one optional course from a choice of electives.

Course Choice

Semester 1
• Construction Technology
• Contracts and Procurement
• Value and Risk Management
• Optional course

Semester 2
• Quantity Surveying Financial Management
• Construction Financial Management
• People and Organisation Management in the Built Environment
• Construction Practice and Information Technology

This programme is taught using principles that are applicable in many quantity surveying and financial management industrial sectors. It provides students with access to both a solid theoretical base and current and future approaches to practical quantity surveying practice. It is focused on industrial relevance, ensuring that graduates are quickly able to make a positive and effective contribution to the success of their working environment, and the development of their own professional careers.

Professional Recognition

The MSc is accredited by RICS. If a student is in relevant structured employment whilst studying on the programme, they may register for the APC and work towards obtaining their relevant competencies. On successful completion of the MSc in Quantity Surveying graduates may then complete their RICS membership and on successful completion of the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) will achieve full chartered status.

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