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Our MSc Environmental Surveying focuses on the environmental challenges faced by professionals in today’s construction industry.

What's covered in the course?

We aim to produce graduates who desire to pursue continued excellence in both their personal and professional life, aiming to be the best at what they do.

To this end, our programme encourages and enables collaborative activity, engagement with work placements, projects, international exchanges and approaches to, and engagement with, emerging technologies, in order to support your future employability and maximise the investment you have made in your education.

By the end of this course, you will be able to identify, implement and evaluate the processes, tools and outcomes of surveying to create more sustainable places across the built and natural environment.

Over the course of the programme, you will learn to critically assess surveying theory and practice within the context of the environment and sustainability in order to respond to the growing demand for surveying practitioners and consultants who can address contemporary and future challenges within an environmental context.

You will develop the skills required to assess, analyse and offer practical, sustainable solutions to building and development related problems, and will acquire the knowledge needed to interpret the law across a range of environmental subject areas.

You will have the opportunity to apply your learning in an autonomous manner through the use of real problems and case study materials.

You will develop your problem-solving abilities, practical competencies, critical appraisal and written and oral communication skills.

The course will also encourage you to work in an inter-disciplinary manner with graduates and professionals from a variety of backgrounds employed within a planning, surveying, real estate and environmental context.

Why choose us?

-This course has been developed in consultation with industry experts and in collaboration with our students.
-This course is underpinned by extensive staff knowledge and skills.
-You will develop as a confident independent and team problem solver who is willing to take on new challenges and experiences.
-You will become technically proficient and have the ability to transfer your knowledge to a diverse range of activities on graduation.

Course in depth

We take an experiential and practice-led approach to Learning and Teaching, and opportunities to develop relevant employability skills are embedded throughout the programme. This programme will support you in becoming an active, autonomous learner through the teaching, learning and assessment process.

The emphasis is on interactive learning, including student-led workshops, role-plays and simulations to achieve deeper learning and understanding.

We use visiting teachers, field study visits and research-informed teaching to engage students with practical and topical issues. Appropriate modules are shared across courses, which helps to enrich your educational experience and allows you to encounter the perspectives, values and attitudes of students from other disciplines, which will be helpful in your future career.

Throughout the programme you are given the chance to practice surveying skills within an environmental context in order to develop transferable skills which will be valuable whatever your final choice of career.

Many modules are team taught, thus providing you with a wide variety of rich and diverse academic styles and expertise.

The programme encourages you to participate in activities and discussions which are hosted on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Moodle. All learning activities are supported both in teaching sessions and on the VLE. The VLE also offers interactive practice-oriented opportunities to test and apply your knowledge.

We expect you to attend all teaching sessions as well as to read and prepare before these sessions. Good preparation will enable you to get the most from your contact time and will help you become an autonomous learner. Advance preparation is also a critical skill which you must develop if you wish to succeed in business or professional practice. Teaching sessions include lectures and small group interactive seminars. We will provide you with feedback on our VLE following seminar sessions.

The MSc programme offers a diverse range of assessments which are practice-led and knowledge-applied, providing an opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge and employability skills within each module. Our assessment strategy is designed at programme level and incorporates a broad range of practice-led techniques including essays, evaluations, verbal presentations, posters, reports, design presentations, group work and role play scenarios. Most modules are assessed through a variety of these techniques in the form of a portfolio linked together by a common theme.

Modules
-Commercial Inspection and Surveying 20 credits
-Environmental Science and Design 20 credits
-Tools for Managing Sustainability 20 credits
-Professional Practice 20 credits
-Transitions for Sustainable Futures 20 credits
-Development Project 20 credits
-Dissertation 60 credits

Enhancing your employability skills

We recognise the significance of employability and the investment you have made in your education. Therefore, our programme encourages and enables collaborative activity, engagement with work placements, projects, international exchanges and approaches to, and engagement with, emerging technologies.

Birmingham City University programmes aim to provide graduates with a set of attributes which prepare them for their future careers. The BCU Graduate:
-Is professional and work ready
-Is a creative problem solver
-Is enterprising
-Has a global outlook.

The University has introduced the Birmingham City University Graduate+ programme, which is an extra-curricular awards framework that is designed to augment the subject based skills that you develop through your programme with broader employability skills and techniques that will enhance your employment options when you leave university.

Visit the Environmental Surveying - MSc page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

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