Chartered Surveyor Apprenticeship – MSc Route – Building Surveying Pathway


Building surveying is one of the widest areas of surveying practice. Chartered building surveyors are involved in all aspects of property and construction from supervising large mixed-use developments to planning domestic extensions. This varied workload can include everything from the conservation and restoration of historic buildings to contemporary new developments.

Whichever sector they work in, building surveyors’ knowledge and understanding of construction technology and building pathology means they are ideally equipped to provide a wide range of services including the following:

  • Managing design and construction
  • Undertaking building surveys and measured surveys
  • Analysing design and building defects
  • Preparing strategies for asset management and property maintenance
  • Preparing insurance valuations and claims
  • Preparing strategic property advice covering land ownership, lease conditions, boundaries, title matters (including easements, licences and covenants etc.), and landlord and tenant legislation
  • Project management and development monitoring
  • Miscellaneous services including accessibility and energy audits, specialist surveys (asbestos, damp etc.), conservation advice and sustainability advice

Source: RICS Building Surveying Pathway Guide (opens in PDF)

The key elements of the apprenticeship are:

  • Workplace training and development to develop the required knowledge skills, behaviours for a successful career as a chartered surveyor
  • A UCEM MSc Building Surveying degree accredited by RICS, CIOB and CABE
  • Professional practice workshops delivered by UCEM
  • End-point assessment leading to chartered membership and the MRICS professional qualification.

The end-point assessment is undertaken by RICS in accordance with the End-point assessment plan for Chartered Surveyor non-integrated degree apprenticeship standard (opens in PDF)

Not ready for the MSc route?

You can also study this pathway on the Chartered Surveyor Apprenticeship BSc (Hons) route?


Programme outline

Programme entry is available in Autumn or Spring each year.

The typical programme duration is:

  • Autumn entry: 33 months
  • Spring entry: 32 months

The key programme elements and indicative timeline is available below.

1-12 13-24 25-29 30 31-32/33
Development of the required knowledge, skills and behaviours in the workplace End-point Assessment (EPA) Gateway Review End-point Assessment (EPA)

Online test, Case Study & Presentation Interview

Production of Summary of Experience Portfolio covering required knowledge, skills and behaviours (must include 400 days of work experience). Typically starts from month 2 depending on your individual learning plan.
Professional Practice Sessions delivered by UCEM approximately every 2 months, beginning from approximately month 2.
Completion of MSc Building Surveying  

Degree conferral period

Semester 1

2 x 20 credit modules

Semester 2

2 x 20 credit modules

Semester 3

2 x 20 credit modules + Project

Semester 4

1 x 20 credit module + Project

Completion of L2 maths/English qualifications (if required)

The modules included in the MSc and the module delivery diet is available below:

Yr Semester Autumn (UK) entry Spring (UK) entry
1 1 Sustainable and Innovative Construction

Costing and Contracts

Sustainable and Innovative Construction

Planning and Development

2 Law for Surveyors

Planning and Development

Law for Surveyors

Costing and Contracts

2 1 Building Pathology and Maintenance

Postgraduate Project

Analysis and Adaptation of Buildings

Postgraduate Project

2 Analysis and Adaptation of Buildings

Postgraduate Project (continued)

Building Pathology and Maintenance

Postgraduate Project (continued)

All modules are worth 20 credits, except the project module which is worth 40 credits.

Should you require further information about programme content please view the programme specification (open in new window), which sets out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods.

UCEM has the right to revise and amend the programme in order to:

  • Comply with external professional, accrediting or other regulatory body requirements
  • Implement changes for the benefit of students as a consequence of evidence from programme monitoring
  • Ensure the curriculum is current and relevant to intended learning outcomes and/or standards of any relevant professional, accrediting and/or regulatory bodies and/or requirements of employers
  • Implement feedback and other recommendations from External Examiners

All changes to the programme will be implemented in consultation with relevant students and other stakeholders, setting out the reasons for the proposed amendment(s), and compliance with the requirements of the UCEM Code of Practice on Programme Monitoring, Amendment, Review and Discontinuation. Should such an eventuality occur during the admissions and registration process, applicants will be informed immediately of any change and the alternative arrangements that have been put in place. Existing students will be informed of when the changes will be effective from, which will usually be the next academic year (commencing the 1st September).

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the right to work in England, meet Education and Skill Funding Agency residency status requirements, spend at least 50% of their working hours in England and be directly employed in a job role that will enable the requirements of the apprenticeship to be achieved.

In addition, you should have:


  • A Bachelor’s Degree with honours at lower second standard (2:2), or equivalent


  • A Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent, plus experience in a relevant field


  • A Level 5 qualification as defined by Framework for Higher Education Qualifications for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ) plus 5 years’ relevant experience


  • A professional qualification plus 5 years’ relevant experience


  • GCSE Grade C (or 4) or above in English and Mathematics or accepted current or prior equivalent maths and English qualifications (open in PDF). You may also evidence that maths and English skills at Level 2 exist via initial and diagnostic assessment. Applicants that do not have accepted current or prior equivalent Level 2 maths and English qualifications on entry will be required to achieve these as part of the apprenticeship. These qualifications will need to be fully funded by the employer.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who wish to be considered for this programme should refer to the UCEM Code of Practice: Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning for the policy on non-standard admission (open in new window).

Evidence is required in the form of certificate or statements. You should send photocopies that have been verified by someone in a professional occupation. Please do not send original documents. Click this link for more information on how to verify your documents.

Applications are assessed in accordance with the UCEM Code of Practice on Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning.


Did you know you can also study this pathway on the Chartered Surveyor Apprenticeship BSc (Hons) route?

The entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) route are lower and more suitable for students who have not studied in Higher Education before but have completed A-levels, an Advanced Apprenticeship or have AssocRICS or equivalent.

Key information


If you successfully complete all elements of the programme, you will be awarded the MSc Building Surveying from University College of Estate Management and will be entitled to use the designatory letters MSc. In addition, you will gain the MRICS professional qualification and will be entitled to use the designation ‘Chartered Building Surveyor’. You will also receive an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate issued by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow


Application deadline – 2 August 2021

Programme start – 27 September 2021

Please note:

You will only be invited to apply once suitable employment conditions have been confirmed. For this to happen, your employer will need to provide advance employment information to UCEM.

Your enrolment must be completed prior to the programme start date. To enable this both you and your employer will need to complete, sign and return all required documentation.

Attendance at an induction event is mandatory. Inductions are normally held in Reading but due to Covid-19 are currently being delivered online. This situation is under regular review.

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Apprentices do not pay course fees. All learning resources required are provided as part of programme.

If you are employer that pays the Apprenticeship Levy, then you will be able to use you levy funds to fund part/all of this apprenticeship. In you are a non-levy-paying employer you will be required to contribute 5% towards the cost of the apprenticeship.  See our Employing an Apprentice (open in new window) page for more information.

Workload and study requirementsaccordion-arrow

The expected time commitment for the standard route is around 15-20 hours per week (based upon studying two modules per six-month semester).

Each 20-credit module equates to a total of 200 study hours broken down between directed online learning, self-directed learning and assessment. The breakdown between these three types of activity may vary between modules but on average is as follows:

Directed online learning (50%)

Self-directed reading (17%)

Assessment (33%)

Directed online learning is the term used to describe a range of learning activities which you access via the UCEM Virtual Learning Environment, as this is more appropriate for an online learning programme than the term “contact hours”. As a guide it includes, for example, participating in web classes and online discussion forums, watching video material and voice-over PowerPoint presentations and undertaking exercises and quizzes linked to programme materials. Self-directed learning includes reading textbooks and study papers to develop your knowledge of the subject matter. Assessment includes all activity related to the summative assessment of the module including planning and writing coursework.

In addition to the MSc element of the programme you will be required to participate in mandatory professional practice workshops. The professional practice workshops are online, interactive sessions that are delivered approximately every 2 months.

As part of producing your Summary of Experience Portfolio you will need to regularly record your competency evidence and CPD activity using the RICS Assessment Resource Centre (ARC) portal (open in new window). You will also eventually apply and submit for end-point assessment via the ARC portal.

You are required to maintain an off-the-job training diary using a template provided by UCEM. This only requires 10-15 minutes per week. The off-the-job training diary is a mandatory requirement to be eligible for apprenticeship funding.

How the programme will be assessedaccordion-arrow

The types of assessments used for the MSc will include coursework (such as essays, reports, portfolios, reflections, problem or short questions or video presentations), computer based assessments, and computer marked assessments (CMAs). The exact combinations of assessment will vary from module to module.

The end-point assessment is undertaken by RICS in accordance with the End-point assessment plan for Chartered Surveyor non-integrated degree apprenticeship standard (opens in PDF)