MSc

Building Surveying

MSc Building Surveying
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: One year full-time or two years part-time

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Building surveyors are advisors for the property and construction industry, identifying defects and suggesting options for maintenance and repair. Core aspects of the role include the development of new buildings, alongside the refurbishment and restoration of existing properties. This course is designed for students looking to pursue a career in the building surveying and construction sectors, and develops the skills needed to pursue Chartered Surveyor, or Chartered Building Engineer status.

Who is this course designed for?

This course is aimed at professionals and graduates wishing to pursue a career in the property and construction industry, on route to Chartered Surveyor or Chartered Building Engineer status. It's suitable for prospective students who don't necessarily have a background in property or construction, acting as a fast-track conversion course for those with an unrelated undergraduate degree (or professional qualification) to obtain an accredited route into the industry. In addition, this course is suitable for property and construction professionals working in industry, who wish to specialise in building surveying.

Why study this course?

  • Study at one of the UK's largest and most established providers of property education; NTU is ranked 5th in the UK for Building, Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2018) and our network of alumni within the property profession is extensive and wide-ranging.
  • Benefit from excellent employability prospects. 100% of our MSc Building Surveying students are in graduate level employment within six months of finishing their studies (DLHE 2016-2017).
  • Our flexible study options support part-time learners, who wish to balance employment with further study.
  • Study trips to live sites in the UK and abroad are included in your course fees, designed to help develop your understanding of theory in practice. Previous study trip destinations have included Malta, Prague and Dublin.
  • Have the option of taking a professional or industrial internship, which counts towards your Masters qualification.
  • Learn from expert academic staff, who have established links to industry and significant industry experience.
  • Have the opportunity to work with an industry mentor - often an NTU alumnus. In previous years, these relationships have led to work experience and employment.
  • Hear from visiting industry and academic experts, some of whom are NTU alumni, who will be teaching parts of the modules, providing a ‘real life’ perspective on the topics you will be studying.
  • Benefit from modern facilities and inspiring learning spaces, in the heart of Nottingham's city centre.
  • Our location in the centre of the UK allows for easy travel to many major cities, enabling you to benefit from networking events and employability opportunities.

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What you'll study

This course focuses specifically on two key areas of a building surveyor's work: building performance and pathology (inspections, evaluations, maintenance and remediation of defects), and the project management of building works (with an emphasis on the extension and refurbishment of existing buildings).

Course structure

The course is formed of nine core modules, seven of which are shared with other Masters level property management courses. You'll be able to choose between a further two optional modules, offering the opportunity to pursue research or to undertake a work placement in industry.

Your modules will total 180 credit points. The modules' credit points are weighted based on the total time you can expect to spend studying the module content, both in terms of contact hours and non-contact hours.

Course overview

Module titleCredit pointsCore or optional
Law and Ethics15 creditsCore
Property and Construction Economics15 creditsCore
Research Methods and Study Skills15 creditsCore
Building Technology15 creditsCore
Professional Practice15 creditsCore
Building Pathology15 creditsCore
Conversion, Adaptation and Care of Buildings15 creditsCore
Contract Administration15 creditsCore
Postgraduate Dissertation/Consultancy Project 60 creditsOptional
Industrial or Professional Internship60 creditsOptional
  • Core module content

    Law and Ethics

    15 credit points
    Total contact hours: 36
    Total non-contact hours: 114

    • This module will help you develop your knowledge and understanding of the key elements of a range of legislation and legal principles, relevant to the work of Chartered Surveyors and professional advisors, working in the real estate and construction professions.
    • It will also help you develop an understanding of the nature of ethics and ethical behaviour, within a business and professional context, the relationship between ethics and the law, and the rules of conduct and behaviour applicable to professional practitioners, working within the built environment.

    Property and Construction Economics

    15 credit points
    Total contact hours: 36
    Total non-contact hours: 114
    • This module will enable you to evaluate economic theory within the context of real estate and construction markets, and where necessary, to propose the creation and application of alternative approaches to market analysis and evaluation.
    • The module also develops your ability to evaluate and analyse how the real estate and construction professions operate and interact within the industries. After studying the module, you will be able to identify and analyse industry-wide problems, based on an understanding of the market structure, performance and behaviour of the industry.

    Research Methods and Study Skills

    15 credit points
    Total contact hours: 36
    Total non-contact hours: 114
    • Effective study skills, and the ability to carry out research are vital attributes for success in the MSc programme, and will assist you in future work and further study.
    • A key aim of this module is to introduce you to the methodology and methods used in built environment research. The theory behind different research methods and practical aspects of their implementation will be examined. Data analysis will also be considered; quantitative and qualitative methods will be examined, with practical examples.
    • Another primary aim is to introduce you to the information sources useful for work in the built environment, enabling you to make use of these during your study. The importance of critical appraisal of sources will be stressed, and your skills developed.

    Building Technology

    15 credit points
    Total contact hours: 36
    Total non-contact hours: 114
    • The aim of this module is for you to explore the most recent and traditional technological and philosophical aspects of construction techniques, and management processes. Strongly supported by case study examples and live projects, you'll be stimulated and motivated to undertake further analytical research into relevant topics.
    • Your studies will primarily focus on the introduction of construction details and management processes from inception to completion, including innovative forms of construction. The module will enable you to better understand modern and traditional technologies and management methodologies, as applied to building works.

    Professional Practice

    15 credit points
    Total contact hours: 16-34
    Total non-contact hours: 116-134
    • This activity and assignment based module provides opportunity for you to integrate and apply the professional knowledge and skills that you will develop during the course of your studies, to a real or simulated task or activity.
    • The assignment may be of individual or group-based nature, which may be informed and supported by a period of industry placement or work-based experience, or a residential field activity involving industry engagement.
    • You will experience, in real or simulated form, the management and execution of a complex real estate/construction-related assignment.

    Building Pathology

    15 credit points
    Total contact hours: 36
    Total non-contact hours: 114
    • The aim of this module is for you to explore the most recent and traditional technological and philosophical aspects of construction techniques, and management processes. Strongly supported by case study examples and live projects, you'll be stimulated and motivated to undertake further analytical research into relevant topics.
    • Your studies will primarily focus on the introduction of construction details and management processes from inception to completion, including innovative forms of construction. The module will enable you to better understand modern and traditional technologies and management methodologies, as applied to building works.

    Conversion, Adaptation and Care of Buildings

    15 credit points
    Total contact hours: 36
    Total non-contact hours: 114
    • This module addresses the two dimensions of the building surveying profession - the organisation of building work (mainly to maintain, extend, adapt or improve existing buildings) and the assessment of the condition of existing buildings.
    • In this module, you will study the former of these two aspects of the building surveyor's work. You will develop the core knowledge and skill areas required to undertake this work - which are an understanding of basic building technology, and an awareness of the design of maintenance, alteration, extension and refurbishment of buildings, in order to satisfy clients' or occupiers' expectations.
    • You will learn about adaptive reuse, extension, alteration, conservation and maintenance of buildings.

    Contract Administration

    15 credit points
    Total contact hours: 36
    Total non-contact hours: 114
    • Contract administration is the study of construction contracts and practice. This module will develop your in-depth knowledge and understanding of issues such as the appropriate choice of contractual arrangements for the chosen procurement route.
    • You will examine the design and construction of different industry-standard forms of contract, and assess the most appropriate mechanism for dealing with disputes.
    • Additionally, you will develop a critical awareness of current issues, and development in the subject skills in analysing case law and applying it appropriately to arguments surrounding the use of contracts.
  • Optional module content

    Postgraduate Dissertation/Consultancy Project

    60 credit points
    Total contact hours: 16
    Total non-contact hours: 584
    • You will be required to specify a research question, which will examine the connections between theories and principles, business or industrial practice and research in the context of your course. You'll own and manage your own significant independent academic enquiry, which will be reported in the form of a postgraduate dissertation.
    • Alternatively, you may, with the agreement of the module leader, undertake a consultancy project. However, the work must still meet the learning outcomes of the module and demonstrate application of the methodological principles of research. An investigation for your consultancy project may have been pre-identified or pre-constructed in your work environment, and framed around an issue of organisational relevance. Key relevant data may be readily available within your workplace and the outcome of the enquiry may have direct relevance to your employing organisation, or to the real estate and/or construction profession. It is important to note that a consultancy project will still require a substantive critical literature review, and consideration of methodological choices and approach, and is not simply a typical commercial consultancy report that might be produced for a client.
    • Normally you will implement your research proposal, which you will develop and hand in towards the start of this module. You will undertake a literature review appropriate to the selected topic and develop and apply a relevant methodology and research design. The results of your research will be described, analysed, evaluated and discussed with reference to the literature review. You will be required to draw conclusions and make recommendations for both professional practice and further research. You will not be required to make an original contribution to knowledge to succeed, but you will be required to demonstrate rigorous application of research processes to your selected topic.

    Industrial or Professional Internship

    60 credit points
    Total contact hours: 16
    Total non-contact hours: 584
    • By choosing this option, you will be required to complete a period of relevant internship (minimum 150 hours) and an associated research-based enquiry - your Practice Research Enquiry - which will examine connections between theories, principles and practice; business, commercial, industrial, and professional practice and research, in the context of your course and field of internship.
    • You will receive support in sourcing a placement through our Employability team, however it is your responsibility to secure your internship opportunity, and availability is not guaranteed.
    • Your Practice Research Enquiry will be reported in the form of a professional report; it is expected that this report will be underpinned by rigorous and critical examination of literature within the field. This enquiry may be based around a topic that has been pre-identified and possibly partly pre-constructed in your internship environment, and framed around an issue of organisational relevance to the internship provider.
    • Key relevant data may be readily available from or through the internship and the outcome of the study may well have direct relevance to the internship provider (although this is not a requirement). It is important to note that this study will require a focused critical literature review, and critical consideration of methodological choices, options and approaches. You will be required to specify the nature of your research enquiry at a formative stage of the investigation through the submission of a Practice Research Enquiry Proposal.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Fast-track in to the industry, with a course accredited by two professional bodies

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

  • A wide range of teaching and learning methods are used to deliver the course content. In most modules, you'll take part in intensive sessions of key point lectures, supported by study guides, case studies and other literature.
  • Many modules include presentations by external industry specialists and visits to live sites, to provide a real life perspective on the module content. Previous guest speakers have included Laing O'Rourke, Cushman & Wakefield, Turner and Townsend, the President of CIOB and the President of RICS.
  • Non-contact hours include direct out-of-classroom reading and activities, and independent learning and reading is deemed necessary to achieve the learning outcomes for the course.

Trips and study visits

  • Study trips to live sites in the UK and abroad are included in your course fees, designed to help develop your understanding of theory in practice. Previous study trip destinations have included Malta, Prague and Dublin.

Property Management and Development students on a study trip to Frankfurt

Assessment methods

  • Assessment methods include project work, independent assignments and reports, exams, work portfolios and presentations.
  • Assignments are investigative in nature, enabling you to develop your principles, analyse, critically appraise and evaluate relevant issues, demonstrating your creativity and sustainable thinking.

Benefit from UK and international study trips, the cost of which is included in your course fees

Careers and employability

This course provides an opportunity for graduates from disciplines unrelated to real estate and construction to embark on a professional career, leading to Chartered Surveyor or Chartered Building Engineer status.

Our MSc Building Surveying course has an outstanding reputation for producing employable graduates: 100% of our MSc Building Surveying students are in graduate level employment within six months of finishing their studies (DLHE 2016-2017).

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), enabling successful graduates entry to the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) of the RICS; a prerequisite for full Chartered Surveyor status, and is accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.

The APC is the on-the-job training scheme that graduates need to complete to qualify as a chartered surveyor. Find out more about how to complete your APC and become RICS qualified.

Where do MSc Building Surveying graduates from NTU work?

Our graduates are highly regarded by employers, enjoy excellent career prospects and have gone on to work for a wide range of major national and international organisations.

Recent graduate destinations include Vinci, Transport for London, Faithful + Gould, Cushman & Wakefield, Laing O’Rourke, and Frank Knight.

Our Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service.

Throughout the year, our Employability team runs a series of events specifically for students studying in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, such as the Property, Design and Construction Fair, offering employers the opportunity to advertise roles to our students.

NTU Property, Design and Construction Fair, 2017

Have the option of taking a professional or industrial internship, which counts towards your Masters qualification

Entry requirements

Applying with prior qualifications

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

If you hold a first degree but it doesn't meet the entry requirements above, please refer to the information below.

Applying with non-standard entry qualifications/experience

  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Assessment of your experience will confirm that you have achieved the necessary skills in the course of your general experience.

Getting in touch

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

Applying with prior qualifications

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

If you hold a first degree but it doesn't meet the entry requirements above, please refer to the information below.

Applying with non-standard entry qualifications/experience

  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Assessment of your experience will confirm that you have achieved the necessary skills in the course of your general experience.

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.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

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

Applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal.

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.

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.

Advice for non-standard applicants

We welcome applications from applicants without prior qualifications. However, in this instance, you must have proven experience in the property or construction industry, which demonstrates appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree (undergraduate) standard.

If you are applying without prior qualifications, you will need to submit comprehensive details of your achievements with evidence to substantiate your claim (any documentation can be uploaded to the My Documents section of the Applicant Portal). This type of application will be considered with respect to the University’s provision for ‘accreditation for prior experiential learning’. Decisions regarding the accreditation of prior learning are a matter of academic judgement.

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.

Getting in touch

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

Good luck with your application!

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

Applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal - click on the Apply button at the top of the page to be taken straight through to the Portal. Apply for your course 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.

  • For a step by step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

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.

Getting in touch

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

Good luck with your application!

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

Fees and funding

Please note that these fees are for 2018 entry and are to be used for reference only. The amounts stated below will increase each year in line with inflation. 2019-entry fees will be released in early 2019.

Fees for 2018 entry

Study routeHome (UK/EU students)International
Full-time (1 year)£9,250 per year£13,250 per year
Part-time (cost per year of study)£4,625 per year£6,625 per year

Funding your studies

There are numerous sources of funding available for postgraduate students, both from external sources such as the Government and funding bodies, and from the University.

There are two main costs involved with postgraduate study: the cost of your tuition fees which is paid directly to the University, and living expenses such as accommodation, travel and food.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. 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 postgraduate 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 by calling +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Please note that these fees are for 2018 entry and are to be used for reference only. The amounts stated below will increase each year in line with inflation. 2019-entry fees will be released in early 2019.

Fees for 2018 entry

Study routeHome (UK/EU students)International
Full-time (1 year)£9,250 per year£13,250 per year
Part-time (cost per year of study)£4,625 per year£6,625 per year

Funding your studies

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

Getting in touch

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

Still need help?

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