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Building Surveying PgDip / MSc / Top-up to MSc

Overview

This programme is intended for graduates who are working, or intending to work, in this area of the construction industry offering advice on project feasibility, methods for financing and procuring construction work and financial management of the design and construction process within consultant firms, client organisations or contracting companies.

The Building Surveying 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.

This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). By studying a combination of core and optional modules the course provides the skills required by the practicing building surveyor, and to equip you for both the profession and industry. 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.

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.

Highlights

  • RICS accredited award (PGDip) in 2 semesters for full-time students and 4 semesters for part time students.
  • Emphasis on the business skills required in modern building surveying practice
  • Contributions to programme from practitioners
  • An expanding Alumni Association which provides you with excellent networking opportunities
  • The department has recently set up a Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre to provide a research and enterprise facility linking the University with industry. It is designed to foster knowledge creation and exchange in BIM by connecting staff and students with practitioners in an increasingly inter-disciplinary world
  • Fantastic London location affording access to major development areas and schemes to visits / study, the main offices of the country's leading consultancies and companies, RICS headquarters and library,as well as a wealth of social, cultural and recreational activity.

Excellent scholarship opportunity

Students who have accepted an offer for a place on this course are encouraged to apply for LSBU's Stuart A Johnson scholarship. Find out more about the Stuart A Johnson scholarship.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time PgDip (Conversion)
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time PgDip (Conversion)
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time MSc (Surveying graduates)
Duration
1 year + dissertation
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time MSc (Surveying graduates)
Duration
2 years + dissertation
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time PgDip (Surveying graduates)
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time PgDip (Surveying graduates)
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time MSc (Conversion)
Duration
1 year + dissertation
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time MSc (Conversion)
Duration
2 years + dissertation
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

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
Year 3 (MSc only)
  • Dissertation

Employability

Employment prospects for graduates of the MSc/PgDip Building Surveying programme are excellent, with nearly 100% employment of graduates from the course since its inception. 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.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

Surveying project

Our surveyors look at financing a project, procuring construction work, financial management and the entire construction process. We want our students to have 'real world' experiences while studying at LSBU, of field work is a major component. We create these situations by inviting guest speaks in to give up-to-date lectures, having great industry links and taking our students into situations where they would like to work. Most of our surveying and construction courses give our students the opportunity to carry out a construction project. Their work will take into account current construction technologies, energy efficiency solutions and environmental and sustainability issues. The project is very detailed and is carried out across site visits, analysing on-going construction projects and an appraisal of eco-technologies. These factors can be influenced by a construction's location so our field trips can take our students both overseas to expanding countries like Dubai or round the corner to building developments happening on our own campus. 

Market report and case study analysis

Students on our MSc Surveying courses can choose to study International Real Estate & Construction as an optional. For this complex module students need to go on a study visit to an international city which has an emerging real estate and construction market. 

Past students have gone abroad to take in either Dubai in the United Arab Emirates or Shanghai in the People's Republic of China. The field trip includes visits to real estate companies and construction firms, site visits and meetings with various professionals. From these briefings, students need to produce a country report that includes a detailed strategy including how they could break through in the real estate or construction market in these overseas destinations.

Staff

Kate Ellis

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

Kate Ellis teaches Construction Law and Property Law to construction and property professionals.


Jennifer Hardi

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director, BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering

Jennifer Hardi's research interests are in Building Information Modelling, Life Cycle Assessment and sustainable buildings. She is a chartered member of CIAT (MCIAT) and involved in peer reviewing international journals specialising in sustainability.


Darren James

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

Darren's specialisms include construction, surveying, environmental issues in construction and surveying, and educational paths into the built environment sector.


Steve Pittard

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

Steve is an active member of the RICS, chairs the QS and Construction IT Business Group, and is a member of the QS & Construction Professional Group Board, as well as the more recently formed BIM Steering Group.


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 satisfaction of the Course Director and Module Coordinator substantial relevant knowledge and skills at least equivalent to Level 6 or Level 7 as appropriate to those modules for which credit is being sought. 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

The P/T mode requires the student to be in employment related to Building Surveying (a reference from the 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 (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
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
P018005
Application method
Mode
Full-time PgDip (Conversion)
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
P018005
Application method
Mode
Full-time MSc (Surveying graduates)
Duration
1 year + dissertation
Start date
September
Application code
P060540
Application method
Mode
Part-time MSc (Surveying graduates)
Duration
2 years + dissertation
Start date
September
Application code
P060540
Application method
Mode
Full-time PgDip (Surveying graduates)
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
P060542
Application method
Mode
Part-time PgDip (Surveying graduates)
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
P060542
Application method
Mode
Full-time MSc (Conversion)
Duration
1 year + dissertation
Start date
September
Application code
P018005
Application method
Mode
Part-time MSc (Conversion)
Duration
2 years + dissertation
Start date
September
Application code
P018005
Application method

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.

Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). 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.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.

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.

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 Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £11066.67International fee: £16666.67
AOS/LSBU code: 1313Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £4611.11International fee: £6944.44
AOS/LSBU code: 4961Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8300
International £12500
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £1844.44International fee: £2777.78
AOS/LSBU code: 5038Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8300
International £12500
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £4611.11International fee: £6944.44
AOS/LSBU code: 1314Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £11066.67
International £16666.67

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

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

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

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a postgraduate course, studying for a Masters-level qualification either full- or part-time from 1 August, you may be entitled to apply for a £10,280 postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Postgraduate Advice Service

You are invited to book a one-to-one appointment with one of our Postgraduate Advisors. They offer a 30 minute face-to-face session where you can get tailored advice on fees and funding. Book a 1-2-1 Advice Session.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.

Overview of scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students. Key scholarships and discounts below.

Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

Students holding an offer of a place on a postgraduate course will be invited to apply for a Vice-Chancellor Scholarships.

LSBU Graduate Loyalty Scheme

This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. Read more about the Graduate Loyalty Scheme.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

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Prepare to start

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Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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