Introduction to Law and Regulatory Frameworks
Building Surveying (Accelerated)
School of the Built Environment
September 2019Next enrolment
In a nutshell
Building Surveyors look at the pathology of buildings, focusing on opportunities for refurbishment, reuse, development, restoration, repair, or conservation. As our growing cities adapt to the changing needs of the 21st century, studying building surveying can unlock some rewarding career roles that help to revolutionise old properties for exciting new purposes.
Delivered over two years, you'll follow a series economic, legal, technical design and management modules, exploring the relationship between a building and its internal and external environment. A gateway to professional status, our accelerated BSc (Hons) Building Surveying course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), so you'll be educated to the highest industry standards.
The accelerated route includes the same content as our standard undergraduate honours degree, but it is delivered across three trimesters rather than two semesters. This more intense mode of study means that you can complete your degree in a shorter period of time, so you're ready to progress more quickly into work or further study.
Salford is a great choice for building surveying. We’re consistently ranked in the world top 100 universities for architecture and built environment study (QS 2019), located at the heart of the largest property and construction market outside of London. With our industry-focused learning approach, you’ll visit local projects and receive live briefs that enhance your real-world knowledge and understanding.
If you're already in employment, we also offer a day release route that can fit around your current commitments.
- 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
- Explore urban regeneration so you can participate in future sustainable regeneration initiatives
This is for you if...
You’re passionate about developing and shaping the built environment
You're keen to develop technical and professional skills in a recognised role
You want to complete your studies more quickly than a standard three year degree course
All about the course
Building Surveying Accelerated is delivered over two years via a programme of practice-focused modules. It provides the ideal balance of academic study with the application of professional skills and competencies.
Year one will introduce you to the building surveying process and practical industry knowledge using a range of built environment modules. These include an overview of the regulatory framework, the principles of building surveying, administration and procurement. You will also complete CAD design studio activities and a multi-disciplinary project.
Year two advances your understanding of managing information and develops your surveying skills. You'll get involved in further multi-disciplinary projects to enhance your collaborative working experience. In addition to modules in property, urban regeneration and conservation, you'll demonstrate the knowledge you’ve gained by completing a research-based dissertation.
Take a placement
Placements are a great way to expand you knowledge and apply theory to real-life practice. On this course, you'll have the option to take an industrial placement year between year one and two. Although you'll be responsible for securing your placement, a tutor will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report.
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.
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.
This project is an opportunity to experience collaborative working in multi-disciplinary team. It will promote reflection on individual and team working and the nature of built environment projects. You will practice and further develop key skills required by a built environment professional. You will also develop written/oral communication, team working and inter-personal skills.
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.
This module will cover:
- Cracking in buildings
- Dampness in buildings
- Deleterious materials
- Masonry decay
- Cladding failures
Building Design Studies
Gain awareness and build knowledge about a range of building and structural designs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following successful completion of semesters one and two, you will undertake a laboratory-based research project for a minimum of four months. Set projects are available but you are welcome to propose your own project, providing you choose a supervisor and discuss the project with them.
Examples of staff research interests and potential projects:
· Genomics, analysis of microbial genomes (including clinically relevant studies)
· Genomics, analysis of plant genomes
· Genome editing (CRISPR/Cas)
· Plant biotechnology (genetic modification)*Biofuels and enzyme discovery
· Cancer Studies: DNA repair mechanisms, protein - protein interactions
· Cancer Studies: glycobiology, anticancer drugs
· Parasitology and Diseases: microbiology, bacteriology, microbial pathogenicity, MRSA, antibiotics, antimicrobials
· Synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry: free radical chemistry, asymmetric synthesis of anticancer agents
· Development of spectrometry-based techniques to measure biomarkers of DNA, protein and lipid damage and DNA repair
· Pharmacology: biological evaluation of novel anticancer agents
· Nanotechnology, medical and biosensor applications
Core aims of this module include refining your ability to develop clear visual concepts for a proposed artefact as well as providing you with experience in producing production plans and schedules. By working on a practice based project to a professional standard, you will build up advanced competencies within at least one specialist area e.g. storyboarding, narrative, 2D/3D graphics, programming or animation. As a result of your studies, you will enhance your ability to work effectively in teams and communicate fluently and accurately in relation to digital media production.
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 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.
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?
You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods, including:
- Studio projects, both individual and in groups
- Lectures and tutorials
- Directed study
- One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)
You will be assessed using a range of suitable methods, including:
- Design projects
- Case study analysis
- Precedent studies
The School of the Built Environment (SoBE) aims to transform the quality of life for society and the wellbeing of future generations through a better and more sustainable urban future. With a focus on architecture, building and construction, SoBE has over 1,000 undergraduates, 800 postgraduates, and over 200 PhD research students from across the world. Having led the built environment research agenda for more than 20 years, our rich community of internationally-recognised scholars works with students, business and industry across all levels of study and research.
Our carefully designed studios and study spaces provide an inspiring environment to develop ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice. We also have workshops which house high specification equipment, including laser cutters and 3-D printers, to help you bring your ideas to life.
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.
What about after uni?
You'll graduate with diverse and rewarding careers opportunities ahead of you. Whilst there is demand for qualified building surveying professionals in the UK, plenty of opportunities exist throughout the world.
As a building surveying graduate, you'll be equipped for entry level roles in a broad range of built environment activities, including the design of new buildings, the specification and supervision of construction work, building refurbishments alterations and extensions, acquisition and condition surveying, and building defect diagnostics consultancy.
Salford's building surveying alumni have progressed to work with 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.
You might find you want to learn more about the built environment, so we offer a range of specialism postgraduate study options to help you take your career and interests even further. Salford graduates and alumni will also receive a significant fees discount.
- MSc Project Management in Construction
- MSc Construction Law and Practice
- MSc Construction Management
- MSc Ecologies of Cities
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. Our 2017 final year students established a future for the at risk grade 2* Brookfield Unitarian Church in Gorton, Manchester.
What you need to know
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.
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.
Accelerated programmes - Student Loan Company guidance
Due to the more intense learning structure of the accelerated pathway, students who fail a module are allowed a maximum of 40 credits of concurrent study. The Student Loan Company will not fund the element relating to the repeating modules, so if you want to study this concurrently, you must fund the additional cost.
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
GCE A level
Salford Alternative Entry System (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.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2019||£18,450per year|
You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
All set? Let's apply
Course ID K233