Built Environment Accelerated Degrees

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The accelerated degree is a new type of undergraduate study offered by the University of Salford. Created to bring more skilled built environment professionals into industry, this new way to study can help you to graduate sooner than with a standard full or part-time degree.

Delivered full-time over two years, or via day-release over three years, the accelerated degree is ideal if you want to break into architectural design, property, construction or surveying more quickly, or combine study with your existing role to boost your career opportunities.

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With an accelerated degree, you’ll study the same course content, but do it in a different way. By flexing the standard academic year, the accelerated pathway uses the summer to create three trimesters, rather than two (autumn and spring) semesters. Accelerated study is more intense, but the rewards are worth it.

By reducing your study time, you can also save money on tuition fees and living costs. Your dedication might also impress future employers. So, up for the challenge and ready to progress your career more quickly, accelerated study could be the right choice for you.

2019 marks another consecutive year that Salford is ranked in the QS World Top 100 centres for architecture and built environment study. If you're thinking about studying a built environment accelerated degree, our industry-focused courses can get you to where you want to be.

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Architectural Design and Technology

Architectural technologists specialise in the science and art of architecture. They apply high-level design skills and sophisticated technology to connect an architect’s concept to its final construction. If you’re fascinated by the technical side of architecture, our accredited degree course will guide you through the technical, constructional and environmental aspects of building creation.

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Building Surveying

Following a series economic, legal, technical design and management modules. You’ll learn about the construction industry and its legal and regulatory framework. You’ll explore the relationship between a building and its internal and external environments. You’ll recognise how to diagnose problems with existing buildings and be aware of conservation and regeneration.

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Construction Project Management

Construction Project Management builds the skills you'll need to successfully plan, manage and implement decision and process that keep built environment projects on track, The degree is accredited by both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).  Using an industry-focused learning approach, you’ll visit local projects and work on live briefs that enhance your real-world knowledge, all located at the heart of the largest property and construction market outside of London. 

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Digital Construction

In recent years, the construction process has been revolutionised by the exponential increases in technology and software. Our ground-breaking Digital Construction degree - the first of its kind in the UK - blends traditional construction knowledge with data management, data modelling, digital tools, systems thinking, systems development and critical awareness, so you can develop a skill set ready to meet the challenges facing the construction industry today.

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Quantity Surveying

Quantity surveyors manage the financial aspects of the construction process. Working on behalf of contractors, agencies and clients, they apply cost engineering to ensure developments are physically built on time to budget. If you’re looking for a career where you can influence developments, our triple-accredited BSc Quantity Surveying course can open up exciting career prospects both in the UK and overseas.

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Real Estate Surveying

Property and real estate experts have an extensive understanding of the property industry, and confidently display their professional knowledge to clients.Prepare for a lucrative and rewarding career in this fast-paced sector with Salford. A gateway to professional status, our popular property and real estate course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

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Three great reasons to study at Salford


Study in a QS world top 100 ranked department led by tutors with extensive industry experience and networks


Visit local development projects and construction sites, and receive guest lectures from industry


Learn in our green campus, minutes from Manchester city centre - voted the UK's most liveable city

An amazing study location

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Right now, there is no better place to study the built environment than Greater Manchester. The region is experiencing phenomenal urban development and infrastructure investment. With investment pouring in to our airport, light rail network and HS2, and cranes filling the skyline with new skyscrapers, our location is ideal for witnessing construction in action.

With our green campus just a mile from central Manchester, you'll be studying at the heart of one of the most exciting centres in Europe, collaborating with industry partners leading some exciting new developments. Home to regional headquarters for national and international construction companies, and with easy access to nearby construction sites and developments, you'll also be well positioned to take up placement opportunities and build your network.

Knowledge-based learning

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Our built environment courses are extensively informed by collaboration with partners from the built environment. Our experienced teaching team maintain strong links with the architecture, engineering and construction sectors, both local and international. You'll benefit from site visits, practitioner-led lectures and real-world problem-solving activities developed with input from industry.

Our impressive facilities include Think Lab, a futuristic research environment used for smart city applications, industry collaborations, and interactive learning. Salford is also home to Energy House – the only fully climate-controlled research facility of its kind in the world. This full-sized two bedroom terraced house is based inside an environmental chamber that can replicate varying weather conditions. It is packed with an array of sensors that provide vital data for researchers and industry professionals.

Industry-driven approach

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Urban life is rapidly expanding. Changing work patterns, new technology and increasing mobility are encouraging more people to seek prosperity in the city. With a growing skills gap, we urgently need more construction industry professionals to help bring new developments to market, address housing scarcity and improve infrastructure.


Did you know?

The University of Salford is at located at the heart of Greater Manchester, with direct connections throughout the North West.   We even have our own campus train station - Salford Crescent, which can take you into Manchester in just ten minutes, Liverpool in 30 minutes, or direct to Manchester Airport in just 25 minutes.