Postgraduate MSc

Building Surveying

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Full-time

Part-time

With placement

Attendance

One year

Two and a half year

Course

September 2019

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Introduction

In a nutshell

Building surveyors specialise in existing buildings. Working either in professional practices, or for a range of property-owning organisations, they advise on a broad range of professional, technical, legal, and managerial aspects related to building stock. 

This industry-aligned course is recommended for graduates and experienced industry professionals seeking a conversion route to a career as a chartered building surveyor.  You'll gain a solid understanding of the legal, professional and statutory context of the building surveyor’s role, including requirements relating to planning permission, construction contracts, and professional conduct.

There are few better places in the UK to study building surveying. In 2019, Salford is once again ranked amongst the world top 100 centres for architecture and built environment study (QS 2019). Led by academics with industry experience, we're at the heart of the UK's largest property and construction market outside of London, with a host of local case studies and live projects to study.

During your studies, you'll explore the core technical skills that underpin the building surveyor’s particular expertise in the fabric of existing buildings, including their construction and deterioration. You'll explore how BIM technology is revolutionising practice. With a focus on contemporary trends, you'll look at how buildings can be re-purposed for refurbishment, conservation, or adaptation. 

With high demand for urban development, there are exciting career opportunities available to course graduates, both in the UK and overseas. On completion, you'll be prepared for a graduate surveyor role with the opportunity to begin the two-year professional assessment to become a chartered building surveyor.

You will:
  • Study the core technological skills that underpin the building surveyor’s particular expertise in the fabric of existing buildings, including how buildings are constructed, and how they can deteriorate and fail.
  • Learn how buildings can be brought back into use at the end of their lives through refurbishment, conservation, and adaptation.
  • Understand the legal, professional and statutory context of the building surveyor’s role, including requirements relating to planning permission, construction contracts, and professional conduct.
International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You to have a real passion for developing, advancing and shaping the built environment.

2.

You are keen to develop technical skills in a recognised professional role.

3.

You're practical, creative and business-focused, with an enthusiasm to progress

Course details

All about the course

The building surveying postgraduate degree course is delivered using a modular programme. Featuring eight carefully-designed modules and one research-based project, you'll explore building design and the technological methods used by industry, such as BIM. Module content will also present the legal framework and financial considerations involved in building surveying practice.

You can choose to study full-time or part-time on campus, or via distance learning. The master's award consists of for taught modules followed by a dissertation. The PgDip requires the completion of the four taught modules. To receive the PgCert award you'll need to complete two specified taught modules. 

FULL-TIME STUDY:

You will study four 15-credit taught modules in each of your first two trimesters on campus, these are designed to give you the core knowledge required for project management in construction. In the final trimester, you'll complete a dissertation worth 60 credits.

PART-TIME STUDY:

You will study two 15-credit taught modules in each of your first four trimesters on campus, these are designed to give you the core knowledge required for project management in construction. In the final trimester, you'll complete a dissertation worth 60 credits.

DISTANCE LEARNING:

You will study two 15-credit taught modules per semester. Assessment of these modules is driven by real-world problems aligned to your workplace and job role. Teaching is based around a virtual learning environment supported by interactive online sessions. In the final two semesters, you will undertake a Dissertation worth 60 credits, which is also delivered online.

Your building surveying studies with us will prepare you for work as a graduate building surveyor. From there, you can choose to follow the two-year assessment of professional competence to gain chartered building surveyor status.

Trimester one

Building Law Principles

This module will cover:

  • Principles of contract law
  • Introduction to building contracts
  • Negligence and the duty of care
  • Occupiers’ liability and building defects
  • The land-related torts
  • Introduction to commercial leases

Building Procurement and Contract Administration

This module will cover:

  • Parties and professionals in the construction process
  • Types of contractual arrangement
  • Typical contract documents
  • Pre-contract practice and the tender process
  • Commencement and progression of the works
  • Variations and contractual claims
  • Valuations and certificates
  • Completion and defect liability

Building Information Modelling

This module will cover:

  • Introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • BIM concepts, principles, barriers and challenges
  • BIM level 2
  • BIM in the design process
  • BIM in construction and facilities management
  • Interoperability and standard

Building Technology

This module will cover:

  • Professional conduct, ethics and client relations
  • Practice of building surveys and reports
  • Dilapidations surveys, negotiations and expert witness role
  • Party wall practice and procedures
  • Health and safety responsibilities and processes
  • Maintenance and conservation management
  • Regulatory issues
Trimester two

Building Technology

This module will cover:

  • Sites and foundations
  • Domestic scale construction
  • Environment and services
  • Large buildings
  • Building high and wide

Building Pathology

This module will cover:

  • Cracking in buildings
  • Dampness in buildings
  • Deleterious materials
  • Masonry decay
  • Cladding failures

Planning and Development Control

This module will cover:

  • Central and local planning policy
  • Development plans
  • Operations and development control
  • Applications for planning permission
  • Permitted development and material considerations
  • Role of building control
  • Appeals and enforcement

Building Adaption

This module will cover:

  • Feasibility (design process)
  • Adaptive reuses
  • Lateral and vertical extensions
  • Principles and aspects of refurbishment
  • Sustainable adaptation
Trimester three

Dissertation

This module allows you to develop a research proposal with clear aims and objectives related to your study. You will undertake critical analysis of existing research and engage in various forms of recognised research in order to produce a sustained, sophisticated, and logical argument in the form of a written dissertation.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

100%

Coursework

TEACHING

You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods:

  • Studio projects
  • Projects with other built environment students
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Directed study
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)
  • Guest lecturers and visits to construction sites etc.

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed through written coursework (100%) and continuous informal assessment by your tutors:

  • Design projects
  • Essays
  • Case study analysis
  • Precedent studies

The School of Science, Engineering and Environment

The School of Science, Engineering and Environment aims to transform the quality of life for society and the wellbeing of future generations through a better and more sustainable future. Our research expertise includes the built environment, cancer, data security, dementia, marine conservation, robotics, and sustainability.

We place our students at the heart of everything we do. With over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative members of staff we offer a robust support system for our student community. Our expanding suite of multidisciplinary programmes cover acoustics, architecture, biology, biomedicine, chemical sciences, computing, construction, engineering, environment (built and natural), geography, mathematics, physics, property, robotics, surveying and wildlife.

If you're looking for a vibrant, welcoming and highly professional environment in which you can realise your potential, the School of Science, Engineering and Environment at the University of Salford offers you a world of opportunities.

Facilities

Energy House

Salford is home to the unique Energy House – the only fully climate controlled research facility in the world. Built in 2011, this full-scale two-bedroom terraced house is inside an environmental chamber that can replicate almost any weather conditions. It is fully furnished and packed with a vast array of sensors that can monitor a wide range of variables.

Think Lab

Think Lab is our futuristic research environment. It leads the development of advanced technology platforms for smart city applications, collaborative engineering, industry collaborations, simulation and gaming applications, and interactive training and learning

Nova Turner

Nova is the Programme Leader for this course and a chartered Building Surveyor with over 20 years’ experience in the Built Environment, ranging from practical trade skills to building control, project management, commercial surveying, Energy and BREEAM.

Nova is currently completing a PhD in BREEAM and occupant behaviour and has published in this area. She currently teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including property studies and buildings in use. Nova supervisors undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and is the degree apprenticeship building surveying undergraduate students link tutor.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

This course will equip you for a rewarding career as a building surveyor in the construction industry. The life of a building surveyor is varied and challenging and it is highly likely that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to travel, and that you’ll play a key role in shaping the built environment.

With an extensive understanding of buildings, the law, property and construction, you will be well equipped to pursue roles in a variety of areas including: building defect diagnostics, the conservation of historic buildings, acquisition and condition surveying, refurbishments alterations and extensions, the specification and supervision of construction work, dilapidations, party walls and rights to light work, and the design of new buildings.

Opportunities exist for building surveying graduates in a range of private and public sector environments. These include surveying and architectural professional practices, property and construction companies, and the estates departments of major organisations with substantial property holdings.

Our building surveying graduates have found employment with a number of organisations including: B&Q, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gleeds Construction Consultants, Manchester City Council, Mansell Construction Services, National Grid, Network Rail, Property Tectonics Ltd, STMC Building Control Ltd.

A taste of what you could become

A building surveyor

An urbanist

A project manager

A construction contractor

And more...

Career Links

Guest lecturers from the building surveying profession with expertise in relevant areas are invited to give lectures throughout the duration of the course. Field trips are organised in co-operation with local surveying practices, giving full-time students the opportunity to visualise what is taught and apply it to a real-world context.

The School of the Built Environment enjoys excellent links with the local, national and international property and construction industries. This programme meets the needs of the industry by providing formal postgraduate level education for new entrants to the chartered building surveying profession.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

The course is suitable for graduates from a broad range of subject areas, including the arts, sciences, law or business. This course is also relevant for current professionals who want to formalise their existing building surveying skills with an accredited qualification.

No prior knowledge of building surveying, property or construction is required, however, building surveying is a diverse and interesting field, so it is important that you are prepared for the scope of the learning material. 

Building surveyors have a passion for buildings, both historic and modern. They are practical, creative, business focused and capable of operating in a professional environment. Possessing these qualities will enhance your learning experience.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.

What qualifications do I need?

What qualifications do I need?

Applicants must have a minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2).

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) 

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £8,208per year
Full-time international 2019 £12,960per year
Part-time 2019 UK/EU: £1,368 per 30 credits. International: £2160 per 30 credits.
Distance learning 2019 UK/EU: £1368 per 30 credits. International: £1815 per 30 credits.
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

January 2020

September 2020