The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and we are seeking accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Successful accreditation of the course will lead to Professional Membership after completion of the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). The University has excellent partnerships with industry, ensuring that you will find the course relevant and enhancing your job opportunities. Similarly, the staff’s industry contacts and experience ensure the course is professional and teaching is industry-focused. This leads to a lively and challenging approach to teaching which you will experience within an exciting and stimulating group of fellow students from diverse backgrounds.
The course is specifically designed as a route into the construction management profession for graduates with degrees in surveying, construction, civil engineering, real estate and other cognate degree courses. The course is also open to you if you have relevant professional experience. It provides a rigorous and coherent education that provides a broad base of knowledge and an appreciation of the many and varied factors, including legal, economic and social issues and trends, that influence the international construction industry and construction process. On completion of the course you will have covered both the ‘core’ and ‘areas of specialism’ needed to enable you to register for membership of the RICS. However, you will still need to undertake the necessary work-based learning (e.g. assessment of professional competence - APC) before you can become a fully fledged member.
Through a rigorous and coherent programme of study, the course seeks to:
• Produce capable, creative, reflective and critical professionals for the construction industry who can deal with complex issues systematically and creatively in order to make sound judgements and reach conclusions that are clearly and concisely communicated
• Develop a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of the problems, issues and opportunities for the construction industry
• Develop you rapidly as an independent and critical learner with personal and social awareness
• Enable you to consider, and critically comment on, the range of conflicting interests within a political, social, economic, technological, environmental and legal context
• Enable you to undertake a critical evaluation of the knowledge base and operation of the industry and to create new knowledge and practice
The course will achieve these aims through the development of four main areas:
• Acquisition of knowledge
• Intellectual skills
• Vocational competencies
• Research and learning skills
Teaching methods are based on interaction with you, where you are encouraged to develop your own approaches to problems rather than being presented with standard solutions. Outside of the formal class hours, you are expected to complete reading and assignments.
The University has a range of research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes - details can be found at: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/postgrad
Nearly all our graduates go straight into employment, where they are well paid and work in challenging jobs Roles such as surveyor, construction manager or project manager are likely careers for you as a graduate. You could be employed in professional practice (individual firm), contracting and subcontracting organisations, commercial organisations, local authority and central government, insurance companies and utility companies. Quantity Surveyors can be found working on projects such as motorways, railways, oil rigs, hospitals, schools, power stations, chemical plants, housing, hotels, banks, offices, heritage and conservation projects.
The higher standard of education in this boom area of employment enables you to move into a new career with real expectations of progression and development opportunity. Employment opportunities exist in both the public and private sector and in consultancy, both in the UK and overseas.
A good UK honours degree at 2:2 or above/equivalent in surveying, construction, civil engineering, real estate or any other construction subjects.