Building Surveying - MSc

Attendance:
Full Time, Part Time
Starting:
September 2017, January 2018
Campus:
Fees:
£5,900 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2017 entry (view all fees)

The MSc Building Surveying programme is designed to respond to the dynamic demands for sustainable management of the existing built environment and is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

What's covered in the course?

The course is founded on the principal that participants intend to attain membership of the RICS. The programme therefore embraces the values of the RICS and reflects the requirements of the professional body in terms of core technical and professional skills and attributes. All students are expected to be student or graduate members of the RICS.

The course content and delivery is underpinned by the need to respond to the RICS Strategic Foresight 2030 report, including incorporation of the seven strategic pillars for the future within learning, teaching and assessment.

The course will provide you with a broad but solid foundation in the fundamentals of organising, managing, and designing work to existing buildings. It seeks to provide you with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges presented by the globally evolving built environment marketplace.

The course focuses on developing and expanding the knowledge, understanding and ability of practitioners to respond to the challenges of the 21st century. You will receive a rigorous grounding in the advanced skills needed to operate at a high level in industry and become competent in the solving the problems and challenges you will face. You will also be able to add value to your decisions through a thorough analytical approach and be able to better implement them as a competent project manager.

The course encompasses the entirety of the property life cycle, allowing you to appreciate how decisions made in one aspect of a property’s development and use can have a significant impact later on in the life cycle.

Why Choose Us?

  • This course is RICS accredited
  • You can follow either the building surveying or facilities management pathway on completion of the course
  • There is a mock Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) built into the assessment process
  • This course is designed to respond to the challenges of the 21st century identified by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), including responding to increased use of BIM, smart cities and Big Data
  • This course will give you the broad range of practical and theoretical skills needed to practice and develop your surveying career.
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This course is open to International students

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New £10,280 postgraduate loans

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This course is accredited by:

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential

Students are required to have a 2:1 in a construction related degree. 

Students with a non cognate degree will be considered if you have relevant work experience.

Students accepted with a non cognate degree will have to successfully complete the pre course module. 

International Students

Entry requirements here

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2017 FT 13 months £5,900 per year
PT 29 months £2,950 per year
MSc Jan 2018 FT 17 months £5,900 per year
FT 17 months £12,000 per year
PT 33 months £2,950 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2017 FT 13 months £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

You will need to apply online direct to the university for this course. A link to the form will be available soon as well as details of the course fee. We'd like to send you an email once the link is available to save you checking back - just sign up for an update.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Master's

Commercial Surveys and Inspection
20 credits

This module focuses on the key surveying competencies of building pathology, inspection and measurement of land and property. The module draws on the various aspects of these competencies and their inter-relational qualities to develop a cohesive approach to undertaking a variety of surveys.

Facilities Management (Soft)
20 credits

This module seeks to develop your intellectual appreciation of theory and practice in the subject and how the subject contributes to the successful management of existing buildings.  

BIM for the Built Environment
20 credits

This module aims to develop the knowledge and skills required to use a BIM approach in managing existing built environment at a postgraduate level. The module acts as a central platform where the latest construction technology and building management are connected.

Development Project
20 credits

This module seeks to provide you with new material and also give an opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in modules throughout the programme to a “real life” practical scenario-based assessment.  It will help you to understand the factors influencing development decisions and how to evaluate possible development solutions in the context of client requirements.  You will work in inter-disciplinary teams to meet the requirements of your client.  The module encourages you to develop competencies in evaluating information and thus extend the problem solving skills which are so important in practice.

Facilities Management (Hard)
20 credits

This module builds upon current theory and practice in facilities management explored in the FM(1) module, reinforcing skills in critical thinking and problem solving, thereby enabling you to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of facilities management at both strategic and  operational level. The aim is to help you to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the technical nature of building assets including, but not limited to, maintenance contracts and project management of FM which is intrinsically client/organisational focused. 

Professional Practice
20 credits

This module seeks to provide you with new material and also give an opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in modules throughout the programme to a “real life” practical scenario-based assessment.  It will help you to understand the factors influencing development decisions and how to evaluate possible development solutions in the context of client requirements.  You will work in inter-disciplinary teams to meet the requirements of your client.  The module encourages you to develop competencies in evaluating information and thus extend the problem solving skills which are so important in practice.

Dissertation
60 credits

The Master’s Research Project (MRP) is the culmination of Master’s study.  In undertaking this Research Project, you will demonstrate in-depth research, problem solving, creative learning and communication skills whilst becoming more reflective and critical professionals.  The different routes share a critical, high level application of skills and techniques but are differentiated by methodological approach, professional composition and output.  The routes develop equivalent and comparable learning experiences and outputs appropriate to the courses.  As such the MRP brings together the experience and knowledge of all the modules studied, directly and indirectly.  It will develop your skills in individual enquiry, analysis, creative synthesis and communications appropriate to the course studied.

The course is delivered via a series of lectures, tutorials, case studies and project work. The assessment is by portfolio exercises, reports, presentations and a dissertation.

Each of the taught modules are designed to have a total study time of 200 hours. Approximately 36 hours of this is face to face teaching, tutorials and seminars, with the remainder a mixture of directed and self-study.

This course is accredited by:

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

The course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Successful completion of the course will lead to Professional Membership after the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). 

Further Study

The University has a range of research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes, including Built Environment research degrees.

Trips and visits

Site visits are included where possible. Live case studies are incorporated into teaching and assessment.

Enhancing your employability skills

Birmingham City University has the Graduate+ scheme, an extracurricular programme which has been designed to hone the subject-based skills you develop throughout the programme alongside broader employability skills. You’ll develop skills in CV writing, presentations, a portfolio and more.

You are also encouraged to join the RICS and get involved in local Matrix events.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

With skills that are in demand in industry, our graduates have secured positions with prestigious firms such as Balfours and Prudential in roles such as assistant building surveyor and building manager.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

Building work on our new Conservatoire began in the summer of 2015 – and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. This, along with the construction of a new city centre accommodation block, means our students have access to their very own building sites.

We couple this with the more traditional, office-based facilities:

Surveying equipment

Part of your learning activity will be hands-on, including carrying out survey work using a range of equipment, such as levels, theodolites, measuring tapes.

Computer Assisted Design (CAD)

You will be provided with the latest CAD software – free of charge – to enable you to acquire the skills you need in a modern design office.

Learning from industry experts

Discover more about the industry experts you can meet on our Engineering degree courses.

Laura Leyland is one of our lecturers, watch this video to find out more.

Sue Hayhow

Senior Lecturer

Senior lecturer Sue Hayhow is a former associate partner of Lawrence and Wightman who moved into Social Housing, managing large regeneration projects in the West Midlands.

Sue is a member of RICS and has been training and assessing young surveyors since 1994. She's recently been a judge for the RICS regional awards.

Dr Ghasson Shabha

Senior Lecturer

Ghasson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment.

Ghasson has obtained his PhD in Architecture from Bath University, UK. He is an architect by profession with a wide range of experience in the design and property management of office, residential and commercial buildings. He has acted in an advisory capacity to Housing Associations, PROMIS , Dubai, CIB and Building Research Establishment (BRE).

His main areas of specialism are building services, maintenance of buildings and facilities management, management of buildings and life cycle cost, and IT applications to property in building use. He has more than 43 refereed papers in Construction, Property and Facilities Management journals.

He has published in several specialised areas of property and real estate including such conferences as the IHAS, Design Decision Support Systems (Holland) and Catalyst 95 & 97 (Australia). CIB, W89, W70, CIB TG24, CIB W98. He has been involved in reviewing more than seven books in built environment related topics. He has been involved in delivering many workshops and CPDs related to design and Property management of buildings in the UK and overseas.

Mohammad Mayouf

Postgraduate Research Student and Visiting Lecturer

Since graduating with an MSc degree in Project Management in 2012, Mohammad has worked in the field of Building Information Modeling (BIM). He started as a research assistant at Teesside University during summer 2012 before commencing his PhD at Birmingham City University in late 2012.

Mohammad is currently a visiting lecturer in Birmingham School of the Built Environment. His research focuses on incorporating building performance at the design stage using BIM. He has presented various seminars on the use of BIM to deliver sustainable buildings and his publications focus on the necessity to involve multiple perspectives to achieve more productive buildings. From the technical side, Mohammad use various BIM packages such as Revit Architecture, Revit (MEP), Synchro Ltd. and Navisworks to demonstrate both capabilities and shortcomings of this technology highlighting where to employ them efficiently during the construction process.

Amanda Mundell

Senior Lecturer

Amanda is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment and teaches on post-graduate and undergraduate programmes. Her teaching experience is supported by 2:1 law degree (specialising in Planning and Environmental Law), a post-graduate professional qualification (Legal Practice Course), along with 15 years relevant practical experience with a Local Planning Authority in their Legal and Development Control Sections.

UK prospective students:

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EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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