MSc / PGDip

Building Surveying

  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Location: City site
  • Starting: September
  • Course duration: One year full-time or two years part-time

The course develops the skills you need to become a chartered building surveyor. It focuses specifically on the two key areas of a building surveyor’s work. Firstly, building performance and pathology (inspections; evaluations; maintenance and remediation of defects) and secondly the project management of building works (with an emphasis on the extension and refurbishment of existing buildings).

This is a fast-track conversion course for graduates from disciplines unrelated to construction and real estate, which leads to Chartered Surveyor status.

The course offers:

  • the MSc route is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • international field trip, included in fees (recent destinations have included Budapest, Prague and Ireland)
  • part-time, full-time and continuing professional development (CPD) study options
  • opportunity for a mentor from industry (recent companies have included Cushman and Wakefield and Laing O'Rourke)
  • the chance to opt to take an internship or work placement as part of your modules.

This is one of a suite of MSc courses which provide the academic foundation for holders of first degrees in an unrelated subject area to obtain an accredited route into the real estate and construction industries.

Accredited by:

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors logo

What you'll study


You will be equipped with a blend of knowledge, understanding, skills, qualities and attributes that will enable them to pursue and develop careers Building Surveying on an international level.

Dissertation, Consultancy Project or Internship?

You have the option to choose a dissertation, a consultancy project or a professional internship for your major project module. The internship is a month working for a company.

Internships are subject to availability and can be taken in the UK or abroad. You will be required to complete a project during your internship and produce a report.

Mentor scheme

We offer the opportunity for students to have an industry mentor, often an NTU alumnus. The mentors share their professional experience and expertise, offering advice and direction. These relationships have led to work experience, internships and employment.

  • Course content

    Full-time, One Year

    • Law and Ethics (15 credit points)
    • Property and Construction Economics (15 credit points)
    • Research Methods and Study Skills (15 credit points)
    • Building Technology (15 credit points)
    • Professional Practice (15 credit points)
    • Building Pathology (15 credit points)
    • Conversion, Adaptation and Care of Buildings (15 credit points)
    • Contract Administration (15 credit points)
    • Postgraduate Dissertation / Consultancy Project  or Internship (60 credit points)

    Part time, Year One

    • Research Methods and Study Skills (15 credit points)
    • Building Technology (15 credit points)
    • Building Pathology (15 credit points)
    • Conversion, Adaptation and Care of Buildings (15 credit points)
    • Postgraduate Dissertation / Consultancy Project or Internship (60 credit points) (continued in Year Two)

    Part time, Year Two

    • Law and Ethics (15 credit points)
    • Property and Construction Economics (15 credit points)
    • Professional Practice (15 credit points)
    • Contract Administration (15 credit points)
    • Postgraduate Dissertation / Consultancy Project or Internship (60 credit points) (continued from Year One)

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Fast-track accredited conversion course

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning methods include a mix of contact and non-contact activities, including lectures; seminars; presentations; group projects and exercises; and independent and self-directed study and research.

Live projects and trips


Learning is enhanced by live projects with industry, visiting guest speakers from organisations such as Laing O’Rourke and Cushman & Wakefield alongside field trips to UK sites.

Trips to European cities such as Budapest, Hungary, Prague, Czech Republic and Frankfurt, Germany, will help you gain an understanding of international markets. You will also have the chance to undertake a short internship.

How will I be assessed?


You will be assessed through project work and presentations (individual and group); assignments and reports; a research proposal and dissertation; and examinations.

International field trip included in your fees

Careers and employability

These courses provide a strong foundation for you to embark on a career in the real estate and construction industries, leading to
Chartered Surveyor status. Thanks to our expertise and reputation, our graduates are highly regarded by employers. Many have gone on to work for a wide range of national and international organisations in senior roles.


Recent graduates are working for companies in the UK and internationally including Vinci, Transport for London, Faithful + Gould, Cushman & Wakefield, Laing O’Rourke, and Frank Knight. They hold roles such as real estate consultant; valuation surveyor; head of facility management; director, quantity surveyor; and regional director.

Develops the skills you need to become a chartered building surveyor

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 2.2 honours degree in a subject unrelated, or partially related, to real estate or construction.

Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.


English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Good luck with your application!

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Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal. Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service. Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Still need help?

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