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MSc Building Surveying

Course Description

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 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.

The course includes practical, client-focused property projects. These involve you completing 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.

On of our key teaching resources is a University-owned Georgian terraced house. This is used for practical teaching sessions both in pathology and structural principles. This 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 or your dissertation.

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. One of the modules is an international project which has taken place in Shanghai 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. Many of our former students are now in senior positions throughout the profession.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-building-surveying

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Course structure

Full time – 1 year.
Part time – 2 years.
Start date – September.

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.

Visit the MSc Building Surveying page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:2 degree in any discipline or an equivalent professional qualification. If English is not your first language you must also have an average score of 6.0 IELTS with a minimum of 5.5 in all skill areas or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score

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