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Building Surveying PgDip / MSc / Top-up to MSc

Overview

Not just a desk job

Buildings are an integral part of all of our lives; our homes, schools, work places and public places wouldn't exist without building surveyors. This course will teach the underpinnings of building construction, as well as how to maintain and use them sustainably. Being a building surveyor is very varied work; much of the job is undertaken on site visits (it's not just a desk job) and no two days will be the same.

Front of apartment block under construction

The programme is for those involved in the maintenance, refurbishment, alteration and extension of existing buildings, or in project management and design for public bodies, commercial organisations and professional practice firms.

Students coming to us from a non-construction/surveying background will be taught alongside those who have completed an undergraduate surveying degree and who are already working in the industry. As a result, the student cohort is diverse and contains a wide range of viewpoints. We've had students with backgrounds as diverse as drama, law and science.

Why study at Building Surveying LSBU?

Great teaching: No. 1 London university: for 'satisfied with teaching' and 'satisfied with assessment' in Building, town and country planning (Guardian League Table 2018).
No.1  London modern university for research intensity in Building (Complete University Guide 2019).
History: we’ve been educating building professionals for over 100 years – and have strong industry connections
Professional accreditation: this programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Students who have accepted an offer for a place on this course can apply for LSBU's Stuart A Johnson scholarship.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time PgDip (Conversion)
Duration
24 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time PgDip (Conversion)
Duration
12 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time MSc (Conversion)
Duration
12 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time MSc (Conversion)
Duration
24 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time PgDip (Surveying graduates)
Duration
12 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time PgDip (Surveying graduates)
Duration
24 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time MSc (Surveying graduates)
Duration
12 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time MSc (Conversion)
Duration
30 months
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time MSc (Conversion)
Duration
18 months
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time MSc (Surveying graduates)
Duration
30 months
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time MSc (Surveying graduates)
Duration
18 months
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time PgDip (Conversion)
Duration
24 months
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time PgDip (Conversion)
Duration
12 months
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time PgDip (Surveying graduates)
Duration
24 months
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time PgDip (Surveying graduates)
Duration
12 months
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time MSc (Surveying graduates)
Duration
24 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Stories

Modules

By studying a combination of core and optional modules the course provides the skills required to practise. In order to complete the MSc stage, you are required to take a Research Methods unit and undertake a dissertation on a topic approved by your supervisor.

Core modules

  • Building pathology
    This module introduces students to the 'science' of building defects both in terms of diagnosis and remedial measures.
  • Property and building law
    This unit focuses on various areas of construction and property law as applied in the construction and property industries.
  • Building surveying project
    This unit covers the range of techniques used by building surveying professionals to develop a design scheme for new or refurbished buildings from initial client brief through to working drawings and statutory approval of the scheme for Planning and Building Regulation Approval.
  • Use and performance of buildings
    This module covers the technologies used to reduce the carbon emissions from new and refurbished large buildings. The efficacy of proposals to reduce this burden is examined in terms of energy use, costs and carbon emissions.
  • Property and asset management
    This module focuses on the knowledge base and range of techniques used by building surveyors and facility managers in the assessment and management process of property assets, their planned maintenance and statutory compliance and disasters recovery.
  • Dissertation (MSc Only)
    The module provides the opportunity for students to undertake an independent piece of research, investigating in depth a subject in which they have a particular interest and of their own selection. Each student will submit a dissertation of between 15,000- 20,000 words. The module includes teaching of research methods.

Additional modules (conversion course only)

  • Institutional and legal context for property
    This module focuses on introducing students to the various areas of law and issues of professional practice used and applied in the construction and property industries.
  • Construction
    This module provides a broad and critical perspective of the construction and assembly of buildings and their performance requirements and also to provide an understanding of the context in which construction decisions are made and implemented.
  • Valuations and surveying
    This module establishes a base level of knowledge and skills in relation to surveying and valuation and develops technical an appreciation of appraising buildings and building defects. It introduces Planning, Building Control, relevant legislation and forms of building contracts. The module also introduces valuation practice and procedures.

Optional modules

Please be aware that option selection is subject to availability.

  • Behavioural finance
    The module develops a comprehensive understanding of the affective and deliberative decision-making process underlined in any real estate decision and it transition mechanism to market prices.
  • Building control
    The module focuses upon the control and enforcement of the Building Regulations and associated legislation, along with supporting technical documents and alternative solutions, to meet specific regulative requirements as they apply to various building schemes.
  • Building Information Modelling and Collaborative Working
    A module to provide a general understanding of the role that BIM can play throughout the design, construction and operation of building assets. It looks to identify and develop the necessary managerial, technical and interpersonal skills required to deliver better value through a collaborative BIM approach.
  • Health and safety management in construction
    This module focuses on the management of safety on site – a process which can be applied to a wide range of work settings and project types.
  • History of architecture and construction
    This module examines the inter-relationship between building design and production as it occurred throughout historical time. Particular attention will be paid to those periods in history when major transformations occurred in architectural style and the building process. Other historical themes will also be pursued.
  • International real estate and construction
    This module introduces students to the international context of real estate markets, construction industry and project development. It specifically focuses on the activity of international real estate investors and large construction companies. The module also provides students a comparative perspective on real estate markets and construction process.
  • Legal resolution of property and construction disputes
    This module focuses on the range of dispute resolution techniques used by construction and property professionals to resolve and manage disputes in the construction and property industries.

Course structure

The following tables indicate the modular structure of the overall qualification for each of its modes.

Module structure full-time mode
Semester 1 Semester 2
Valuation and Surveying Property and Building Law
Construction Property and Asset Management
Use and Performance of Buildings Building Surveying Project
Building Pathology Building Pathology
Institutional & Legal Context for Property Option
  Dissertation
Modular structure part-time Year 1
Semester 1 Semester 2
Valuation and Surveying Property & Building Law
Construction Property & Asset Management
Institutional & Legal Context for Property  
Modular structure part-time Year 2
Semester 1 Semester 2
Use and Performance of Buildings Building Surveying Project
Building Pathology Option
  Dissertation

Employability

Nearly 100% of graduates have found employment since the inception of this course. Graduates work in a range of organisations including both small and large private practices, local authorities, housing associations and government organisations, as well as property and construction companies.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Scott King

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Course Director - MSc Real Estate

Scott is a specialist in property and real estate, property valuation for commercial real estate, training and coaching for property professionals and property research.


Dr Steve Phillips

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Steve Phillips is a Senior Lecturer in Construction, Property and Surveying in the School of The Built Environment and Architecture.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

Conversion

  • A minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree, the subject area does not matter as number of students undertake the course as part of a career change

For Surveying graduates/professionals

  • A minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree in a Surveying subject, or
  • Corporate membership of a professional body concerned with property or construction, for example, CIOB, RIBA, RTPI, CIOH or other relevant body of equal standing.

APEL/APL

  • An applicant who is offered a place on the course may seek credit for recent prior academic qualification or professional experience. The applicant should expect to demonstrate to the Course Director and Module Coordinator substantial relevant knowledge and skills at least equivalent to Level 6 or Level 7. Applications should be made before the commencement of the semester in which the particular modules are being offered.
  • Please note however, that if you are granted any APEL/APL which allows you module exemption you will be ineligible for a Student Finance England Postgraduate Loan. If you have already started to receive loan instalments and you are then granted module exemption, the University has a duty to inform SFE that you are no longer eligible for the loan and no further loan payments will be made.

Part-time additional requirements

Taking our part-time route requires you to be in employment related to Building Surveying (a reference from your employer will be required).

Admissions based on experience

Applicants who do not meet this requirement will be considered for entry on the basis of the length and quality of their employment experience in areas cognate to surveying and construction. Evidence of this will be required in support of any application made.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time PgDip (Conversion)
Duration
24 months
Start date
September
Application code
P018005
Application method
Mode
Full-time PgDip (Conversion)
Duration
12 months
Start date
September
Application code
P018005
Application method
Mode
Full-time MSc (Conversion)
Duration
12 months
Start date
September
Application code
P060540
Application method
Mode
Part-time MSc (Conversion)
Duration
24 months
Start date
September
Application code
P060540
Application method
Mode
Full-time PgDip (Surveying graduates)
Duration
12 months
Start date
September
Application code
P060542
Application method
Mode
Part-time PgDip (Surveying graduates)
Duration
24 months
Start date
September
Application code
P060542
Application method
Mode
Full-time MSc (Surveying graduates)
Duration
12 months
Start date
September
Application code
P060540
Application method
Mode
Part-time MSc (Conversion)
Duration
30 months
Start date
January
Application code
P018005
Application method
See below
Mode
Full-time MSc (Conversion)
Duration
18 months
Start date
January
Application code
P018005
Application method
See below
Mode
Part-time MSc (Surveying graduates)
Duration
30 months
Start date
January
Application code
P060540
Application method
See below
Mode
Full-time MSc (Surveying graduates)
Duration
18 months
Start date
January
Application code
P060540
Application method
See below
Mode
Part-time PgDip (Conversion)
Duration
24 months
Start date
January
Application code
P018005
Application method
See below
Mode
Full-time PgDip (Conversion)
Duration
12 months
Start date
January
Application code
P018005
Application method
See below
Mode
Part-time PgDip (Surveying graduates)
Duration
24 months
Start date
January
Application code
P060542
Application method
See below
Mode
Full-time PgDip (Surveying graduates)
Duration
12 months
Start date
January
Application code
P060542
Application method
See below
Mode
Part-time MSc (Surveying graduates)
Duration
24 months
Start date
September
Application code
P060540
Application method

If your course has a January start option, you should apply through UCAS Postgraduate. Postgraduate students and research students applying for September entry should use our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

We offer different course options depending on your circumstances:

  • If you hold an undergraduate Surveying degree, you should apply for the ‘Surveying graduates’ route as you will study fewer modules; your previous study will be taken into account.
  • If you do not hold an undergraduate Surveying degree, you should apply for our ‘Conversion’ course
  • For either of the above routes, you can opt to study either a full Masters qualification or a PGDip (without dissertation) qualification. Please note: Postgraduate loan funding via Student Finance England is only available for students taking full Masters courses without any module exemptions. PGDip courses are ineligible for this scheme.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £8700International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 5279Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £5800International fee: £8750
AOS/LSBU code: 5105Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £5800
International £8750
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £11600International fee: £17500
AOS/LSBU code: 5280Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £8700International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 4132Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £1933.33International fee: £2916.67
AOS/LSBU code: 5282Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8700
International £13125
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £1933.33International fee: £2916.67
AOS/LSBU code: 5106Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £5800
International £8750
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £4833.33International fee: £7291.67
AOS/LSBU code: 5281Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £11600
International £17500
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £4833.33International fee: £7291.67
AOS/LSBU code: 4961Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8700
International £13125

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Apply for the Stuart A Johnson scholarship

After accepting your place on the MSc Building Surveying programme, you are encouraged to apply for the Stuart A Johnson scholarship. This scholarship is offered to new MSc Building Surveying, MSc Construction Project Management and MSc Quantity Surveying students and is a £4,000 waiver towards your fees.

Stories

Select a story and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

Apply for the Stuart A Johnson scholarship

After accepting your place on the MSc Building Surveying programme, you are encouraged to apply for the Stuart A Johnson scholarship. This scholarship is offered to new MSc Building Surveying, MSc Construction Project Management and MSc Quantity Surveying students and is a £4,000 waiver towards your fees.

 
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