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Magdalena Maskell


In my opinion, NTU has the best building surveying course in the UK, offering hands-on learning which will provide you with a sound foundation for your future career.

More about Magdalena

What is it about NTU that made you want to study here?

“I was after a building surveying course in particular, so my choice of universities was somehow limited. I was unable to attend open days and therefore did it all online; doing a virtual tour of the campus and looking at short profile videos of current students made me feel like this was the right place for me!”

What do you enjoy most about your course at NTU?

“The City Campus where I was based was fully refurbished, so the facilities available were absolutely fantastic. In addition to this, my course tutors were amazing – really approachable, understanding and supportive!”

Have you been involved in any live projects or briefs?

“During my time at NTU, we had a couple of live projects. This was a really challenging yet effective way of putting everything we learned in the classroom into practice. I feel that the hands-on work experience, including dressing formally and giving presentations to the client prepared me for the reality of the workplace and the daily tasks I am fulfilling in my current role.”

How did you feel when you found out that you won the CIOB East Midlands Student of the Year Award, and how do you think this will help you in your career?  

“The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is one of the chartered bodies in the built environment. Every year, they award a CIOB Student of the Year Award to a student who has demonstrated an all-rounded excellent performance in their studies. I felt really happy when I found out about the award. The CIOB has an established international presence, and so being acknowledged as a high-performing individual will be an interesting talking point at interviews!”

What do you think about the course staff?

“All staff were very helpful and supportive throughout my time at NTU. I think that having an opportunity for regular one-to-one sessions with a personal tutor was great! That person knew quite a lot about me and my struggles, and was able to help me through tough times to ensure I performed to my highest abilities.”

How do you find the facilities on offer at NTU?

“The City Campus was fully transformed whilst I was studying at NTU and the facilities available are second to none! This includes the library resources, studios and equipment available to students, and the fantastic Students’ Union which is an amazing live music venue!”

In a nutshell, why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study BSc (Hons) Building Surveying?  

“In my opinion, NTU has the best building surveying course in the UK, offering hands-on learning which will provide you with a sound foundation for your future career.”

Have you completed any work placements?

“Whilst at NTU, I did a year-long work placement where I worked for Gleeds in London. I joined their project management team and assisted senior team members in the delivery of educational projects. It was an amazing experience to be able to put theory into practice, and to see a couple of projects run from inception to completion.”

What advice would you give to prospective international students who are considering applying for this course?

“It is an amazing course and in my opinion, one of the best in the construction industry. The course will provide you with a very strong technical knowledge relating to construction technology, legal implications related to property, building pathology, heritage and conservation of buildings, as well as management of projects through their lifecycle. These foundations will enable you to build a successful career, and develop into an expert in an area that interests you most.”

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