Building Surveying with Facilities Management - MSc

Full Time, Part Time
January 2019
£5,900 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2019 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 building surveyor.

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.

This course is open to International students

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Speak to an expert

If you’ve got any questions about the course, we’d love to hear from you. Please email the Course Director: Emma Love.

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Alternatively, you can register for our next postgraduate open day.

New £10,609 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,609 available for postgraduate study.

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Course Accreditations


We are proactively working with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to extend our accreditation to include this course, and we have received assurances that accreditation will be backdated.

Entry Requirements

UK students

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 Jan 2019 FT 15 months £5,900 per year
PT 28 months £2,950 per year

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Jan 2019 FT 15 months £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Course duration

Please note, there are no taught classes over the summer months (June to August) for postgraduate courses, so the total time spent in University for this course is:

  • September start (full-time) 12 months
  • September start (part-time) 20 months
  • January start (full-time) 15 months
  • January start (part-time) 20 months

Personal statement

Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

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

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

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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.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

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


Facilities Management (Theory)
20 credits

In this module you will develop your understanding of the theories of Facilities Management, and how these theories contribute to the successful management of existing buildings. The module will underpin your existing knowledge and experience in management, bearing in mind physical, technological, spatial, legal, and regulatory requirements, as well as peripheral supporting activities such as corporate travel, reprographics, and logistics. You will be introduced to the various tools and software available to a facilities manager, and consider the advantages and shortfalls of software-based solutions. Throughout the module you will apply academic theory in the context of professional practice, in line with industry standards and competencies.

Facilities Management (Practice)
20 credits

This module will build upon the topics covered in the theory module, developing your knowledge and understanding of the practical applications of Facilities Management. You will consider the management of utilities such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting systems, and waste disposal, which are fundamental in Facilities Management, as well as safety procedures such as fire strategies, accessibility, and security systems. Financial and asset management will also be introduced, as well as human resources and workplace management including occupational health, flexible working patterns, and equality. 


BIM for Existing Built Environment
20 credits

This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) in managing existing built environments. You will become familiar with the BIM process through collaborating with different stakeholders and exploring the management of data and information using the relevant technology. You will examine the use of BIM in managing building facilities and assets after building completion, which will enable you to explore multiple approaches to managing existing buildings. The module will explore stakeholder roles and requirements, management of building information and specifications, and critical analysis of technical, operational, and strategic requirements within BIM models. 

Commercial Inspection and Surveying
20 credits

This module focuses on the key competencies required in building pathology, inspection, and measurement of land and property. You will explore the various aspects of these competencies, and how they relate, to develop a cohesive approach to undertaking a variety of surveys. The module will introduce you to a range of data collection and data management techniques, including the different surveys available for commercial and industrial properties, and the impact that survey results have on the viable use of a building. The skills you will develop in collating information and formulating professional reports will be key for your future career. 

Development Project
20 credits

This project will enable to you apply the knowledge gained in modules throughout your course to a ‘real life’ practical scenario-based assessment. It will provide you with an understanding of the factors that influence development decisions, and how to evaluate possible development solutions in the context of client requirements. You will work in interdisciplinary teams to fulfil your brief and meet the requirements of your client. You will be encouraged to develop competence in evaluating information and to extend your communication and problem-solving skills, which are vitally important in a professional practice situation. 

Professional Practice
20 credits

This module will enable you to understand the importance of working within the boundaries of established professional best practice. You will develop the skills and competencies that are required in practice to meet professional standards and expectations, which will include ethics, stakeholder analysis, conflict management and negotiation, team working, and business presentation. The module will encourage active research and you will develop your capacity to address the changing needs of the built environment industry. The module will also prepare you for entry to the appropriate professional body by identifying and addressing the key requirements of professional membership in a supportive environment. 

Individual Master’s Project
60 credits

You will undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project, exploring an area of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material. Your topic must be aligned to the programme you are studying and informed by the research strategy of your school. You should also consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development. You are expected to work independently but will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area.

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.


We are proactively working with RICS to extend the accreditation to include BS and Facilities Management, and we have received assurances that accreditation will be backdated to 2017 intake.

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 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 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.

Our staff

Our academics have worked alongside small, medium and large companies and bring to the table expertise from within the automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, ICT, environmental and health sectors.

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.