Overview

BUILT FOR LIFE

Do you want to make an impact on the growth of the world’s cities and the development of urban areas? Do you have an interest in both the property and construction industries? If the answer is yes, then a career in building surveying could be the perfect career for you. Building surveying is a growing, international, professional discipline dealing with the inspection, maintenance and refurbishment of existing buildings. Building surveyors also advise clients about sustainable design, planning and conservation, with clients ranging from homeowners to commercial and industrial companies.

This is an industry-recognised qualification that provides you with the academic preparation you need for a career as a chartered surveyor. It is a fully supported online programme with great flexibility to earn while you learn, giving you the ability to study anywhere in the world.

THIS PROGRAMME IS FOR YOU IF:

  1. You want to enhance your career as a professional building surveyor
  2. You want to study an accredited programme and gain professional membership
  3. You want to specialise in building surveying

About your programme

The details

This programme will give you an informed view of the key areas of knowledge required to prepare you for a career in building surveying. It covers the core technical disciplines of the building surveying specialism and their role within the wider context of built environment professional disciplines.

This conversion MSc Building Surveying programme enables graduates from disciplines unrelated to construction and real estate to obtain an RICS/CIOB/CABE/HKICM accredited degree, giving access to professional membership. The programme benefits from a range of contemporary, well-supported teaching and learning techniques, including practical project work to improve your career prospects in the public and commercial sectors throughout the UK and overseas.

  • This postgraduate degree programme comprises eight modules including a project
  • Our programmes are flexible and can be started in either autumn or spring
  • You may be able to get apprenticeship funding through your employer to study this programme
  • All modules are worth 20 credits, except the project module which is worth 40 credits
  • Accredited by globally renowned professional bodies RICS, CIOB, CABE and HKICM
  • Registered with the Hong Kong Non-local Courses Registry (NCR registration number 252539)

The modules

You’ll study

If starting in Autumn 2021

If you require further information about programme content, please view the full programme specification which sets out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods. Please note that modules are subject to change.

If starting in Spring 2022

If you require further information about programme content, please view the full programme specification which sets out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods. Please note that modules are subject to change.

How you’ll learn

Study methods

Studying online means taking control of when and where you study so you can study at your own pace, no matter where you are in the world. It means being able to balance your home and work life with your education so you can earn while you learn.

When you study at UCEM, you’ll be using our state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), a specialised resource which provides you with everything you need to keep on top of your studies and succeed.

You’ll be guided through your learning with weekly study schedules and course guides, which you can adapt to suit your needs, pace and lifestyle. Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone as you’ll be fully supported by tutors and a community of students throughout your journey.

The online learning experience

Your learning experience with UCEM will be fully supported through a range of activities on our VLE. You’ll also have access to UCEM’s valuable and comprehensive e-library service, providing you with a wealth of subject-specific materials to support you throughout your studies.

Your learning will be broken down into the following (on average):  

Directed study time (30%)

Participating in webinars and online discussion forums

Watching videos and voice-over presentations

Undertaking exercises and quizzes linked to programme material

Self-directed study time (35%)

Reading text books and study papers to develop your subject knowledge

Assessment study time (35%)

Planning and writing coursework

Each 20-credit module equates to a total of 200 study hours broken down between directed online learning, self-directed learning and assessment.

The types of assessments used on this programme 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.

YOUR COMMITMENT

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

Support

How you’ll be supported during your studies

PROGRAMME LEADER

JAMES RITSON – BA (Hons) Grad Dip Arch MA FRGS

While studying with UCEM, you’ll be fully supported on your programme by our friendly and informative academic and support teams who will be there to guide you from the moment you enrol until the day you graduate. They’ll assist you with your online learning experience, provide you with academic support and be there for you if you have any disability or wellbeing support needs.

Student engagement team

This team is your first point of contact as a student. They will support you in your studies and queries, ensuring you are put in touch with the right teams and services within UCEM.

Support tutors

This team will help you navigate the world of online learning and the VLE. Whether you need help with online learning or managing your workload, this team is here to support you all the way through your journey.

Academic support

Our academic staff are experts in their fields and are here to make your studies with UCEM stimulating and inspiring whilst offering vital support and guidance along the way.

Apprenticeship Outcomes Officers (AOO)*

This team will support you throughout your apprenticeship journey. They will provide you and your employer information, advice and guidance and monitor the progress made against the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprenticeship standard.

*Only applicable for apprentices.

Module team

Your module leader is assisted by a team of module tutors to provide support via discussion forums and webinars.

Disability and wellbeing team

This friendly team is here to listen and provide expert guidance, support and assistance at any time throughout your studies.

An architecturally trained building conservator specialising in sustainability and recording of the historic built environment. He is currently the programme leader for MSc Building Surveying at University College of Estate Management. James was previously a senior lecturer in sustainability of the existing built environment at Kingston University, teaching on the Building Surveying and historic building conservation courses.

James previously worked at MBP Architects and Carden and Godfrey Architects, on a variety of projects, including the Palace of Westminster, Beverly Minster and many smaller commercial and residential schemes.

James is a member two ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) Scientific committees the UK National Scientific Committee on Digital Heritage and the International Scientific Committee on Energy and Sustainability.

James was made a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society in 2010 for his work on sustainability of the built environment. He has published widely on sustainability, health and conservation issues and his main research interests are sustainability of the existing built environment and the recording of existing buildings.

Podcast: Sustainability and climate change

Podcast: UCEM’s analysis and adaptation of buildings module focus

Blog: My life in the built environment sector

Video: Why study on our MSc Building Surveying Programme

“What I liked about the UCEM MSc Building Surveying programme was that I could work alongside studying. This is important to me as I couldn’t afford to undertake studies without a full-time job. UCEM’s tutors care about your success and are happy to help with areas you are struggling with. The VLE [Virtual Learning Environment] has a feedback system built into it which allows tutors to improve the programme. I want to become an RICS chartered building surveyor and eventually a partner within a firm. The careers service at UCEM has helped me to become more employable within the sector. The best thing about studying with UCEM is whenever I get marks back from a piece of work, I know I am one step closer to becoming chartered.”

James Terry, MSc Building Surveying
Building Surveyor, Carter Jonas, Cambridge, UK

Entry requirements

and access options

Don’t meet the entry requirements listed below?

If you do not the meet the entry requirements but would like to be considered for this programme, please get in touch with our friendly admissions team. Your application may still be considered or an alternative programme offered. We also offer a Postgraduate Access Programme which helps those who don’t currently meet the entry requirements to progress onto their chosen degree on completion.

Providing evidence

Evidence is required in the form of certificate or statements. You should send photocopies that have been verified by someone in a professional occupation.

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

Standard Entry

Academic requirement

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

English language requirement

All UCEM programmes are taught and assessed in English. In addition to the programme entry requirements listed above, all applicants will therefore be required to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language before being admitted to a programme.

You should have:

  • GCSE Grade 4 (or C) or above in English Language or English Literature or an equivalent qualification
  • Grade 6.0 or above, with at least 6.0 in the reading and writing modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic test administered by the British Council
  • 88 or above in the internet option, 230 or above in the computer-based option or 570 or above in the paper-based option of the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test
  • Grade 4 (or C) or above in English (Language or Literature) at A/S Level
  • HKDSE (Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education) Grade 3, or HKALE (Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination – Advanced Level & Advanced Supplementary Level) Grade E, or HKCEE (Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination) Grade 3-5* or Grade A-D (Syllabus B only).

* Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree that has been taught and examined in the English medium can be considered for entry in the absence of the qualifications detailed above.

Alternative entry

Academic requirement

A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent plus experience in a relevant field

Or

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

Or

A professional qualification plus five years’ relevant experience

English language requirement

All UCEM programmes are taught and assessed in English. In addition to the programme entry requirements listed above, all applicants will therefore be required to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language before being admitted to a programme.

You should have:

  • GCSE Grade 4 (or C) or above in English Language or English Literature or an equivalent qualification
  • Grade 6.0 or above, with at least 6.0 in the reading and writing modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic test administered by the British Council
  • 88 or above in the internet option, 230 or above in the computer-based option or 570 or above in the paper-based option of the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test
  • Grade C or above in English (Language or Literature) at A/S Level
  • A cognate sub-degree (Level 5) qualification taught and assessed in English from the University of Hong Kong or City University of Hong Kong

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree that has been taught and examined in English can be considered for entry in the absence of the English language qualifications detailed above.

Fees and funding

Financial options

2021/22 academic year

£1,175 per module x 8 modules (usually students undertake 2 modules per semester).

Total programme fee £9,400

You can pay in a one-off transaction, per semester or per month. You can find out more on our payment options page.

You may be eligible for funding for your studies. This programme is designated for Student Finance, and students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland may apply for a Postgraduate Loan. Eligible students can apply for funding each academic year. The loan is then paid in three instalments throughout the academic year. It is also registered with the Skills Funding Agency for Professional and Career Development Loans. You can find out more on our student finance page.

Your programme fees are fixed for the duration of your studies. This means that the fee you pay per module will not increase from one year to the next, as long as you remain registered on the same programme. All learning resources required for successful completion of each module are provided as part of your fee. The core reading resources within each module and additional reference material and supplementary resources to support your studies will be provided via the specific VLE module pages and within the e-library.

Need a helping hand with your fees?

 
Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

UCEM will fund up to 50% of the UCEM postgraduate programme fee for a limited number of new students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability and financial need.

You can find out more and apply for the Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme on our financial support page.

UCEM Centenary Fund

The UCEM Centenary Fund is designed to enable new students who may not otherwise have access to, or be able to progress, a career in the built environment to embark on a programme of academic study with us.

You can find out more and apply for the Centenary Fund on our financial support page.

Your career

Unlock your potential

This professionally accredited degree is recognised worldwide, leading to employment opportunities across the globe. It will equip you with the essential subject knowledge, postgraduate skills and expertise to enable you to progress to chartered status as a building surveyor and work within the building surveying areas of practice in the built environment. You’ll also have opportunities to work in an international environment.

YOUR CAREER AT A GLANCE:

  • Building surveying
  • Construction management
  • Project management
  • Building design
  • Property development
  • Preparation of planning and design of new buildings

This programme is designed to align your skills to the educational requirements of the industry’s professional bodies and allows entry to:

You can find out more about your potential with our careers service.

Student

98% of UCEM graduates are working in the property and construction industry 15 months after graduation

Graduate

This postgraduate programme offers a fantastic array of opportunities across the built environment and beyond

Ethical

You’ll also have UCEM career support for the three years after graduating so you can have confidence in taking the next steps in your exciting career

“Building surveying is the broadest of the built environment professional disciplines, covering all aspects of design, construction, maintenance and assessment of the manmade environment. This MSc Building Surveying programme will provide you with a grounding in the major built environment subjects and is for those wishing to start, change or progress their career.”

James Ritson
Programme Leader, MSc Building Surveying

Application process

It’s time to apply

Spring 2022

Apply by 31 January 2022 to start on 28 March 2022