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Building Surveying (MSc/Top-up to MSc/PGDip)

Course Description

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.


- 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:

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/building-surveying-msc


- 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

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


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.


- 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

Visit the Building Surveying (MSc/Top-up to MSc/PGDip) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Stuart A Johnson Scholarship - Single Award

This scholarship, funded by alumnus Stuart Johnson, is being offered to our MSc Building Surveying, MSc Construction Project Management and MSc Quantity Surveying students.For the 2015/16 academic year we're offering one scholarship worth £4,000 as a tuition fee discount for a full-time or part-time UK or EU student.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The Scholarships are awarded primarily on academic merit, evidence of an applicants' commitment to their future career and previous practical or academic achievements. The student will be selected by the scholarship panel, whose decision is final. No appeals will be received.Scholarship applications will only be accepted from students with the following:- an LSBU offer (conditional or unconditional) of a place on MSc Building Surveying, MSc Construction Project Management or MSc Quantity Surveying
- proof of academic excellence. Qualifications obtained outside the UK will be assessed for equivalency using NARIC
- evidence of having commitment to their future career and previous practical or academic achievement

Application Procedure

Click through to our website and download an application form.
Completed forms and requested documents should be returned to:Sophia Martin
Student Advisor
London South Bank University
103 Borough Road
SE1 0AAAlternatively, you can email them to [email protected]


Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship - 20+ Awards

At London South Bank University (LSBU) we understand how important a postgraduate degree is to career progression and professional fulfilment. The Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship programme offers a range of awards from £1,000 bursaries to full fee waivers, creating opportunities for a variety of postgraduate students. The programme is made possible by donations to the University's Annual Fund from alumni and other supporters.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Home, EU or International students who have firmly accepted their unconditional or conditional offer of a place to study on an eligible postgraduate programme at LSBU are invited to apply for a scholarship in up to three categories. Their application will be assessed and, if successful, the student will receive one award. Only one application is allowed.

Application Procedure

You will be invited to apply online via email after you firmly accept your unconditional or conditional offer to study at LSBU. We recommend you apply for your place at LSBU as soon as possible to ensure you have been made an offer by the scholarship deadline of Friday 10 July, 2015.

Further Information


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