Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Building Surveying

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Full-time

With placement

Attendance

Three year

Four year

Course

September 2019

Next enrolment
Introduction

In a nutshell

Building Surveyors look at building pathology, focusing on refurbishment, reuse, development, restoration, repair, and conservation.  With our Building Surveying degree course, you can develop a knowledge base and skillset that can lead to exciting global opportunities across many industries in the the built environment sector.

Delivered over three years, you'll follow 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.

Salford is a leading UK centre for surveying and we’re consistently ranked in the World Top 100 universities (QS 2019) for Architecture and Built Environment study. A gateway to professional status, our Building Surveying course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), so you will be educated to the highest industry standards.

You will:
  • Build knowledge and skills to describe, explain, evaluate, and apply building construction techniques
  • Learn to identify and use appropriate strategies and technologies applicable to building surveying practice
  • Develop an understanding of the interactions between a building and its internal and external environments
  • Gain the ability to identify symptoms and diagnose defects found in a diverse range of building types
  • Understand urban regeneration so you can participate in future sustainable regeneration initiatives
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

Course accreditations
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) logo

This is for you if...

1.

You have a passion for developing, advancing and shaping the future of the built environment

2.

You're keen to develop technical and professional skills in a recognised role

3.

You're interested in urban regeneration and building development, repair and restoration

Course details

All about the course

Collaboration is at the heart of the built environment profession and our Building Surveying course combines theoretical knowledge with the application of professional skills and competencies. You will learn through a blend of academic study and project work, working with students from other related courses, mirroring the multidisciplinary, team-based approach of the modern construction and property industry.

In year one, essential modules cover regulation, economics, management, surveying and design. During year two, you will focus on specific topics, including commercial property, building design and a group surveying project. Your final year includes further compulsory and optional modules specific to building surveyors, including regeneration and conservation. You'll also complete a research dissertation on a built environment subject of your choice.

INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS

If you're studying full-time, you'll have the option to take an industrial placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your own placement, we will assign you a placement tutor to monitor your progress and assess your final placement report.

Year one

Introduction to Law and Regulatory Frameworks

You will be introduced to English law and relevant statutory requirements for studying for vocational qualifications in the construction and property professions. The module also introduces you to the workings of the English legal system, to the law relating to contracts and to the regulatory framework affecting the use, management and development of land, in particular, planning, building control and the CDM regulations.

Technology 1

You will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to describe, explain, evaluate, compare and apply building construction techniques and materials used in typical low-rise, domestic type buildings, with a focus on contemporary construction techniques. You will develop a systematic understanding of the sustainable practices involved in building construction.

Building Surveying Practice 1

You will learn to identify and use appropriate strategies that are applicable to building surveying practice. You will be able to recognise and apply discipline specific knowledge and practice to solve discipline related tasks as well as ethical codes of behaviour appropriate to built environment professional practice. As part of this module you will experience applicable ICT technologies relevant to building surveying.

Economics and Management

You will develop an understanding of basic economic concepts and principles and of the economic environment, in which the construction and property sectors operate. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of the construction environment within which you will operate as well as management and organisational theories in the construction and property context.

Environmental Science and Services

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the interactions between a building and its internal and external environments. You will learn about the principles involved in building heat transfer, occupant thermal comfort, illumination and acoustics. You will explore the need for mechanical and electrical engineering services in the building envelope and develop an understanding of typical building services systems technology.

Computer Aided Design

You will gain the competence to identify and use appropriate ICT tools that are applicable for building surveying.

Year two

Technology 2

You will enhance your knowledge and skills to describe, explain, evaluate, compare and apply building construction techniques and materials used in typical medium to large span single storey buildings and multi-storey industrial/commercial buildings. You will develop an understanding of both historic and contemporary construction techniques for medium to large buildings. You will learn to identify and critically review alternative construction technologies, and make informed decisions and recommendations.

Building Design Studies

Gain awareness and build knowledge about a range of building and structural designs.

Procurement and Administration

This module enables you to explore and differentiate the principal types of procurement systems and associated contracts used in the UK, you will also explore the fundamental procedures related to contract administration.

Property and Commercial Lease Law and Practice

Through this module you will further develop relevant legal skills and knowledge for students studying for vocational qualifications in the construction and property professions. The module will introduce you to aspects of the Law of Tort, Land Law and the Law of Landlord & Tenant which are directly relevant to the use, management and development of land, and to your future professional roles.

Building Pathology

This module will cover:

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

Multidisciplinary Project

This project will provide you with an opportunity to work in multi-disciplinary teams and to enable them to perform in a role/discipline in the context of a team based project. It will promote reflection on individual and team working and the multi-disciplinary nature of built environment projects. You will practice and further develop both discipline based and generic key skills required by a built environment professional. It encourages self-reflection and enable you to further your personal development plan, that aligns the learning needs and career aspirations and the requirements of the business sector and the professional institutions. You will also further develop written/oral communication, team working and inter-personal skills.

Year three

Building Surveying Practice 2

You will further develop a working knowledge of identifying symptoms and diagnosing defects in existing buildings. You will learn to understand and appraise different types of survey, their applicability to different situations and the problems of accuracy and consistency. You will become conversant with issues that will become important to the early practice life of a building surveyor.

Discipline Research Project

You will develop your knowledge of good research practice through the completion of a written research proposal and a research document. You will also develop data analysis skills through the collection and critical appraisal of different sources of data.

Building Surveying Project

You will work in a disciplinary team in the context of a complex refurbishment, design and construction project based environment. The project will highlight the working skills required by building surveyors and the real world/problem based scenario they face. The experience will help you to develop a personal development plan based on your learning needs, career aspirations or professional requirements e.g. RICS.

Property Studies

You will acquire an appreciation, understanding and working knowledge of the principles of professional practice activities in relation to a range of surveys used in the commercial market. You will develop advanced knowledge of the legal framework covering Dilapidations, Party Walls and Commercial Surveys with particular reference to professional liability when acting on behalf of the client and discharging obligations.

Conservation of the Historic Environment

You will develop a recognition and critical evaluation of the principles and practices associated with the conservation of the historic environment in the UK. The knowledge you will develop will enable you to prepare for when dealing with listed buildings in future practice and you will become conversant with common documentation used within building surveying practice.

Introduction to Urban Regeneration

On this module you will create an awareness of key professional roles with the built environment sector and the responsibilities associated with the differing roles. It will provide you with an opportunity for investigative work to be undertaken via a case study or series of case studies to explore the nature of the built environment professions. You will develop an awareness of the key professional skills required by the differing identified discipline areas. It will also promote the on-going development of oral/written communication, team working and inter-personal skills.

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?

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, completed buildings, historic structures etc.

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed through a combination of exams, projects and coursework:

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

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

Our carefully designed studios and study spaces provide an inspiring environment to develop ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice. 

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

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

EMPLOYMENT

As a building surveying graduate, you will be well-equipped to pursue roles in a variety of areas including: the design of new buildings, the specification and supervision of construction work, refurbishments alterations and extensions, acquisition and condition surveying and building defect diagnostics.

Our building surveying graduates have found employment with a number of regional and national organisations including: B&Q, 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, and STMC Building Control Ltd.

FURTHER STUDY

We offer a range of specialism postgraduate study options to help you take your career even further. Graduates and alumni will also receive a substantial fees discount.

A taste of what you could become

A building surveyor

An urbanist

A project manager

A construction contactor

And more...

Career Links

Our experienced team maintain strong links with the construction industry and professional bodies, which provides our students with benefits including site visits, guest speakers and placements. Working with ex-practitioner tutors, you will develop your surveying skills by working on live local projects with real clients and local surveying practices.

Recent building surveying students have delivered projects and survey work at the Edgar Woods Centre in Middleton, Manchester; Port Sunlight Village on the Wirral; Dunham Massey (National Trust) in Cheshire; the Inland Waterways Centre at Ellesmere Port and Ordsall Hall in Salford. In 2017, our final year students established a future for the at risk grade 2* Brookfield Unitarian Church in Gorton, Manchester.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each student. Possessing these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your potential at university, but it is also an essential requisite for a successful career in the built environment.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

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

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

Grade C/level 4 or above in Maths and English language

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

104 points

A level

104

BTEC National Diploma

National Diploma MMM

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Higher National Diploma Pass in cognate subject for entry to level 5

Foundation Degree

Pass in cognate subject for entry to level 5

International Baccalaureate

30 points

Other Qualification

Degree in cognate subject for level 5 entry

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019 £12,960per year
Part-time 2019 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

You should also 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

UCAS information

Course ID K230

Institution S03