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  • Objectives
    The course aims to: -provide a coherent programme of study in building surveying, underpinned by staff research and consultancy; -provide a course that is firmly rooted in the needs of professional practice to enable you to become an effective member of a building surveying team within a short period of time; -offer a varied and flexible pattern of study, well suited to students and their employers; -provide an academic challenge and encourage you to develop the capacity for independent, analytical and reflective thought and judgement; -encourage you to examine the link between theoretical concepts, research outputs and the practice of building surveying; -develop your academic skills within a professionally defined framework in order to deepen knowledge in those fields regarded as core to the building surveyor, such as construction technology, building pathology and project management; -develop your understanding of the multi-disciplinary and multi-professional nature of the context in which building surveyors practice their profession; The course gives you the opportunity to: -obtain an RICS accredited qualification -advance your career prospects -develop your managerial and technical skills -reflect on professional practice -benefit from highly rated teaching and associated research, consultancy and practice links
  • Entry requirements
    The MSc in Building Surveying is aimed at those who already hold a degree in a related subject, such as architecture, architectural technology, construction management, building surveying (not accredited by the RICS) or quantity surveying. It enables you to follow an RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) accredited route to qualification as a Chartered Building Surveyor. If you do not have a degree in a related subject (see above) then you may wish to consider the RICS accredited Graduate Diploma (which you can top up to MSc) that we also offer.
  • Academic Title
    MSc Building Surveying
  • Course description

    Level 3 modules

    Building Services (10 credits) looks at the issues affecting the design, selection criteria and performance characteristics of the services incorporated in commercial buildings.

    Building Surveying Issues (10 credits) assists students to deepen their understanding of the range of issues that affect the building surveyor in practice.

    Design and Performance of Commercial Buildings (20 credits) covers the issues that relate to the detailed design, construction and performance of commercial buildings.

    Refurbishment and Renewal (20 credits) explores the design, construction and social issues influencing the refurbishment and redevelopment of residential property in the private, social housing and public sectors.

    These Level 3 modules are studied over two years part time.

    Level M (Master's) modules

    Refurbishment Project Management (15 credits) builds on the core subjects covered earlier in the course, enabling students to work on a live project, utilising software and other methods to assess the viability of refurbishment and redevelopment options and to manage the refurbishment of individual commercial buildings in complex urban situations.

    Conserving Built Cultural Heritage (15 credits) is an introduction to the ideas, principles and practice of conserving the built heritage. It includes an academic consideration of conservation values.

    Construction Project Management Principles (15 credits) is an essential module to give a holistic view of a generic project. It looks at the life cycle of project management and the strategic choice of project management tools and techniques to suit a particular situation and economic sector.

    Research for Policy and Practice (15 credits) provides an introduction to the philosophy and methods of research. It is geared both towards theory in terms of introducing a number of conceptual issues surrounding the nature and styles of research, and towards policy and practice in that they consider the generation, application, conduct and use of research for policy. Students are asked to think about the specification and commissioning of research as well as about the ways in which it is undertaken. Research for Policy and Practice underpins all the work on the course and helps prepare you for the Dissertation and introduces a range of approaches essential for analysing regeneration needs and potential and for measuring the effectiveness of initiatives. The module includes a short induction programme and students receive personal tutor support.

    These Level M modules are studied over one year in 10 blocks of two days each. You would normally be expected to be in relevant employment before undertaking the Level M study. We will assist you to find relevant employment where we can.

    You can top up the Graduate Diploma to an MSc by taking the Research for Policy and Practice module and producing a 60 credit dissertation. You would register for the MSc at the same time as starting the M Level study.

    The modules listed are regularly reviewed to ensure that they remain up to date and relevant, so some of them may change before the course starts or whilst you are on it, but the overall aims and broad content of the course will remain the same.

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