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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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Gain the expertise to determine if buildings are achieving their required energy-efficiency targets and improve their results. . Read more

Gain the expertise to determine if buildings are achieving their required energy-efficiency targets and improve their results. 

The energy performance of today's new buildings must withstand far more scrutiny than ever before. Those involved or investing in construction projects will need an increasing awareness of these factors to maintain compliance with the law, as tougher EU and UK directives for building performance are drawn up and legislated. 

You will use the latest technologies to evaluate building performance, including software to model 2D thermal movement or track moisture. You will also be exposed to real-life testing sites and the methods used to investigate heat loss, heat transfer, moisture development and thermal bridges. 

Your course will provide an essential platform if you are wanting to evaluate the energy efficiency of buildings, or if you want to get involved in building forensics or surveying. 

Course Benefits

You will be exposed to the latest techniques and technologies to measure heat loss and energy transfer, as well as the latest cutting-edge research from the Leeds Sustainability Institute and the School of Built Environment & Engineering.

Teaching staff are involved in building performance evaluation on national research schemes and the University is frequently commissioned by Innovate UK, a leading technology advisory body, to analyse the best energy performing buildings in the country, which underlines our expertise in this area. Our academics will feed these findings directly into your learning, giving you access to first-class research and a rich variety of contacts to network with.

You will also have access to building performance testing kits to analyse buildings in the field, such as thermal imaging cameras and drone technology, and you will work with the latest 2D and dynamic simulation modelling software to measure standards and sharpen your experience of working with the latest technology.

Job prospects

New legislation and the need for more energy efficient buildings will ensure the demand for experts in the design and evaluation of high-performing homes and workplaces continues to grow. Specialist knowledge in this field should help if you already work in surveying, building forensics and energy efficient assessment to further your career.

  • Sustainable Property Developer
  • Energy Efficient Assessor
  • Building Forensic Assessor
  • Building Surveyor


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

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The built environment is changing - the EU has set a target for all new buildings to be nearly zero-energy efficient by the end of 2020. Read more

The built environment is changing - the EU has set a target for all new buildings to be nearly zero-energy efficient by the end of 2020. This is your opportunity to get up to speed on the latest practices in the design of energy-efficient buildings and refurbishments. 

Through case studies and fieldwork, you will analyse the latest energy-efficiency innovations and renewable technologies applied to new buildings and those undergoing retrofits. By examining contemporary passive houses, nearly-zero-energy buildings and energy plus-structures, you will discover how the leading exemplars in this field achieve their efficiency performances. You will also study the shortcomings in current building efficiencies - where they fall short in meeting their energy targets and how they can be improved with the resources available. 

Your work will be shaped by cutting-edge research as you collaborate with specialists who help inform new Government regulations and policies. This will broaden your knowledge and help you forge contacts with the principal thinkers and leaders in the building performance sector. 

Course Benefits

You will take part in site visits to study the very latest energy efficient buildings in detail, examining their characteristics and design specifications first-hand.

The University has strong research links to industry, including many of the organisations such as the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the International Energy Institute that drive the energy efficiency agenda forward. This will give you the chance to network with the leading thinkers and to share in their latest insights. You will also evaluate industry software and the methodologies used to assess and monitor building efficiency.

All of our teaching staff have practical experience as consultants in new builds and refurbishment. They are recognised nationally and internationally, and some are directly involved in regulation and research that influences the direction of the industry. 

Your course will give you the commanding expertise to make you highly sought after as the industry responds to the growing demand for energy efficiency specialists. 

Core modules

  • Low to Zero-Energy Buildings & Energy-Efficient Building Systems
  • Sustainable Refurbishment & Retrofit

Job prospects

Energy efficiency surveyors and specialists are already in high demand, and the need for their expertise will continue to grow as the industry faces tighter energy legislation. This demand should filter through to related professions in architecture, construction management and quantity surveying, where knowledge in this area will complement existing expertise and give those at the start of their careers a significant advantage in the jobs market.

  • Property Developer
  • Architect
  • Construction Manager
  • Quantity Surveyor


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A research degree is essentially a period of intensive, supervised, research work in your chosen area. It builds on your previous academic or professional experience. Read more

A research degree is essentially a period of intensive, supervised, research work in your chosen area. It builds on your previous academic or professional experience.

We value and support our students who are a vital contribution to the intellectual life of the University.

The programme is based on your individual requirements. You can also design it around your employer’s requirements or research and development programmes.

Your research can cover any aspect of the built environment in a UK or international context. Dedicated supervisors, associated with UK and international research, provide support.

Research areas include • architecture and building science • building surveying • construction and project management • surveying, property appraisal and real estate • environmental sustainability.

Research and learning modules also support your study.

We have an established research track record, attracting over £400,000 funding each year from research councils and industry. Our £3.5 million investment means we can offer some of the best specialist computing and laboratory facilities in the UK.

Our facilities aid the effective teaching of our built environment courses. They create a successful environment for research activities and allow us to provide invaluable services to business.

There are specialist laboratories for research and study, supported by technicians and academic staff. We also have seven computer suites running specialist software.

Our architecture studios are fitted with drawing boards and networked PCs with AutoCAD software. We also have an artificial sky for daylight testing with miniature model photography.

This degree is hosted within the Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School. The Graduate School website provides a communication hub for students and staff engaged in research, information about our research work, and useful contact information.

Course structure

The research programme is based on your individual requirements. You can also design it around your employer’s requirements or research and development programmes.

Assessment

  • research programme submitted for approval by the University's Research Degrees Committee
  • report and oral presentation for the confirmation of PhD stage
  • submission of thesis and viva

Employability

Research specialists can enter industry and the professions as acknowledged experts in their chosen specialism.



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Your programme of study. This programme accepts graduates from any discipline to convert and become full RICS accredited in Land Economy and Rural Surveying. Read more

Your programme of study

This programme accepts graduates from any discipline to convert and become full RICS accredited in Land Economy and Rural Surveying.

Land Economy and Rural Surveying is very employable internationally, and it is an essential discipline in which you can contribute to the built environment covering anything from towns, cities, roads, transport systems and leisure venues. We are moving towards mega cities in which people will connect via technology to improve quality of life and infrastructure. This gives society a considerable challenge in terms of ensuring quality of life in the future where there will perhaps be more regulation. In order to give you the best start in the profession our programme is fully RICS accredited and it is the only programme of its type in Scotland. The discipline has been a strength at University of Aberdeen for many years now and our connections with industry are excellent over this time.

The programme gives you a very thorough knowledge of all areas associated with land economy and rural property management. This includes looking the wide range of environmental challenges, rural management such as forestry and game management, agriculture and planning and environmental law. These modules are disciplines in themselves and very useful for your career opportunities which could be wide ranging, adding real value to your programme.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Forestry and Game Management
  • Agricultural Principles and Practices
  • Planning, Land and Environmental Law

Semester 2

  • Valuation for Rural Surveyors
  • Rural Business Management
  • Rural Policy in Practice
  • Research Methods

Semester 3

  • Dissertation

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • The programme is fully RICS accredited which means you get and MLE and RiCS and professional status at graduation
  • You are given plenty of challenges in terms of the diversity of projects which require successful rural decision making
  • You gain valuable business skills which allow you to consider self employment options, consultancy and specialist status
  • If you want to convert this programme is available to graduates from any discipline

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • 12 Months or 27 Months
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

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*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

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