Our MSc Environmental Surveying focuses on the environmental challenges faced by professionals in today’s construction industry.
We aim to produce graduates who desire to pursue continued excellence in both their personal and professional life, aiming to be the best at what they do.
To this end, our programme encourages and enables collaborative activity, engagement with work placements, projects, international exchanges and approaches to, and engagement with, emerging technologies, in order to support your future employability and maximise the investment you have made in your education.
By the end of this course, you will be able to identify, implement and evaluate the processes, tools and outcomes of surveying to create more sustainable places across the built and natural environment.
Over the course of the programme, you will learn to critically assess surveying theory and practice within the context of the environment and sustainability in order to respond to the growing demand for surveying practitioners and consultants who can address contemporary and future challenges within an environmental context.
You will develop the skills required to assess, analyse and offer practical, sustainable solutions to building and development related problems, and will acquire the knowledge needed to interpret the law across a range of environmental subject areas.
You will have the opportunity to apply your learning in an autonomous manner through the use of real problems and case study materials.
You will develop your problem-solving abilities, practical competencies, critical appraisal and written and oral communication skills.
The course will also encourage you to work in an inter-disciplinary manner with graduates and professionals from a variety of backgrounds employed within a planning, surveying, real estate and environmental context.
Environmental issues and sustainability are vitally important for successful management of the built and natural environments. The MSc Environmental Surveying provides ambitious students with the broad contextual knowledge and specific skills necessary to develop a dynamic career and play a leading role in this field. Roger Wall, Programme Leader
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The programme has two intakes, in September and January, and may be studied in full or part-time mode. The full time duration is 17 months.
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 a pre course module
Overseas candidates must have an equivalent qualification and have a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent, with a minimum score of 5.5 in all four skills.
|MSc||Sep 2017||FT||12 months||£5,900 per year|
|MSc||Sep 2017||PT||24 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.
|MSc||Sep 2017||FT||12 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.
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.
UK / EU 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:
Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?
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.
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.
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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*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
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.
Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.
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?
Commercial Inspection and Surveying
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.
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.
Environmental Science and Design
This module will provide you with knowledge and understanding of environmental science and its importance in the design and management of built and natural environments. You will explore the impact that humans have on the environment and the implications of climate change, and be introduced to the environmental chemistry and physics needed to understand air, land, and water pollution. This will be supported by a series of laboratory sessions which will introduce basic scientific measurement and scientific report-writing skills, and case studies to familiarise you with the relevant codes, practices, legislation, and industry standards.
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.
Tools for Managing Sustainability
This module will explore key concepts and methods related to development and sustainability, in particular looking at environmental management systems and industry-standard assessment systems. You will be introduced to management and decision-making tools, and the methodology behind them, as well as the legal and regulatory frameworks for promoting sustainability within a country or industry. Through lectures, seminars, workshops, and independent research, you will look at the practical application of the ideas discussed and reflect on their appropriateness. The module will also cover corporate social responsibility in practice, and how organisations can operate more sustainably through measures such as supply chain management and reporting structures.
Transitions for Sustainable Futures
This module is concerned with the creation of development and redevelopment strategies and providing reasoned advice for implementing projects at neighbourhood level, with a specific focus on environmentally sensitive design. You will explore the challenges and opportunities that are likely to be in evidence in different types of locality, and from this you will create ideas for addressing matters of design, management, and viability. The module will give you an overarching view of sustainability design and management issues, and the different ways in which the major challenges facing society are being approached. You will develop your understanding of the importance of sustainable design whilst considering and enhancing the ecosystem services, natural environment features, and landscape character.
Individual Master’s Project (Dissertation)
This project is the culmination of your Master’s study; using your previous studies and current modules as a foundation, you will carry out research into a practice-based problem, and develop your ability to theorise and conceptualise. This project will allow you to build understanding and expertise in a selected area of specialised study relating to construction and project management, providing you with a good foundation to build a career in the area that most interests you. In the first semester you will explore research methods that will guide your project, and you will then work with your assigned supervisor to develop your ideas.
We take an experiential and practice-led approach to Learning and Teaching, and opportunities to develop relevant employability skills are embedded throughout the programme. This programme will support you in becoming an active, autonomous learner through the teaching, learning and assessment process.
The emphasis is on interactive learning, including student-led workshops, role-plays and simulations to achieve deeper learning and understanding.
We use visiting teachers, field study visits and research-informed teaching to engage students with practical and topical issues. Appropriate modules are shared across courses, which helps to enrich your educational experience and allows you to encounter the perspectives, values and attitudes of students from other disciplines, which will be helpful in your future career.
Throughout the programme you are given the chance to practice surveying skills within an environmental context in order to develop transferable skills which will be valuable whatever your final choice of career.
Many modules are team taught, thus providing you with a wide variety of rich and diverse academic styles and expertise.
The programme encourages you to participate in activities and discussions which are hosted on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Moodle. All learning activities are supported both in teaching sessions and on the VLE. The VLE also offers interactive practice-oriented opportunities to test and apply your knowledge.
We expect you to attend all teaching sessions as well as to read and prepare before these sessions. Good preparation will enable you to get the most from your contact time and will help you become an autonomous learner. Advance preparation is also a critical skill which you must develop if you wish to succeed in business or professional practice. Teaching sessions include lectures and small group interactive seminars. We will provide you with feedback on our VLE following seminar sessions.
The MSc programme offers a diverse range of assessments which are practice-led and knowledge-applied, providing an opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge and employability skills within each module. Our assessment strategy is designed at programme level and incorporates a broad range of practice-led techniques including essays, evaluations, verbal presentations, posters, reports, design presentations, group work and role play scenarios. Most modules are assessed through a variety of these techniques in the form of a portfolio linked together by a common theme.
The course team has an international outlook and is keen both to welcome international students and provide opportunities for home students to get involved with international projects. The course team has good contacts in countries as diverse as France, Poland, India, Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Tanzania and is always keen to explore project opportunities and develop new contacts.
Successful students will be well placed to continue their professional careers through membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and completion of the Assessment of Professional Competencies (APC). Students wishing to continue their studies will find opportunities at PhD level.
Field study visits are used to inform teaching and engage you with practical and topical issues.
We recognise the significance of employability and the investment you have made in your education. Therefore, our programme encourages and enables collaborative activity, engagement with work placements, projects, international exchanges and approaches to, and engagement with, emerging technologies.
Birmingham City University programmes aim to provide graduates with a set of attributes which prepare them for their future careers. The BCU Graduate:
The University has introduced the Birmingham City University Graduate+ programme, which is an extra-curricular awards framework that is designed to augment the subject based skills that you develop through your programme with broader employability skills and techniques that will enhance your employment options when you leave university.
There is no guaranteed placement but the course team is very keen to provide project opportunities that extend beyond the curriculum. This is a new course but students on the previous MSc Environmental Sustainability programme were engaged in a number of projects such as: interviewing environmental specialists for a video project; running a webinar for international students; investigating the uses of natural fibres for building insulation; and designing an IT Centre for an eco-village in Tanzania.
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.
Our environmental sustainability course opens up opportunities within industrial, commercial, charitable and governmental organisations. Many companies now employ environmental or sustainability specialists to work as part of larger project teams engaged in core design and construction activities.
You may find a role as an environmental policy maker or 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:
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.
This course will be taught at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus. We offer a wide range of technology to help you with your studies.
We have an ongoing strategy to upgrade and further develop our well-equipped laboratories. These plans are supported by global technology providers such as PTC and Technosoft. These two companies alone have recently donated more than £11 million worth of computer aided design, product lifecycle management and knowledge-based engineering software.
In addition, more than £750,000 worth of capital investment has been made in upgrading our engine emissions test facilities, environmental laboratory and thermodynamics equipment.
The key features of our test cell include:
The key features of our exhaust analysis facilities include:
The environmental lab is part of the Centre for Low Carbon Research (CLCR) and is home of the bioenergy and bioprocessing research group at the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.
The suite is divided into three main areas a wet lab/pilot facility a fully equipped analytical suite and a microbiological lab. This newly refurbished facility offers state of the art analysis and testing of environmental samples as well as scientific evaluation of lab scale and pilot scale technologies and processes.
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.