MSc Building Surveying

Programme overview

Building Surveying is a growing, international, professional discipline dealing with the inspection, maintenance and refurbishment of existing buildings. MSc Building Surveying is a supported online programme and a great way to obtain a RICS/CIOB accredited degree covering the core technical disciplines of the Building Surveying specialism and their role within the wider context of Built Environment professional disciplines.

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 programme is delivered by supported online learning and can be studied in any location.

These courses are also registered with the Hong Kong Non-local Courses Registry (NCR registration number 252539). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which these courses may lead.

Why study this programme?

This is one of a suite of MSc conversion programmes designed to enable graduates from disciplines unrelated to Construction and Real Estate to obtain an RICS/CIOB accredited degree, giving access to professional membership.

  • Gain expertise in the core technical knowledge and skills required for the Building Surveying profession
  • Develop your true leadership potential
  • Achieve your ambitions for a Master’s Degree with a leading provider that allows you to work and study through a fully supported online programme of study
  • After successfully completing your degree, you are able to proceed to RICS Assessment of Professional Competence to gain Chartered status

 

Programme outline

You should also read the Programme Specification for the detailed information on the structure of your programme, the learning outcomes and details of assessment.

View the Programme Specification and Academic and General Regulations for this programme.

These are the modules included in this programme and the structure which they follow through the standard route.

Yr September Semester March Semester
1 Law for Surveyors
Costing & Contracts
Sustainable & Innovative Construction
Planning & Development
2 Building Pathology Maintenance & Adaptation of Buildings
Students on the September entry
Elective modules (choose one from):


Property Management
Management of Construction

Students on the September entry

PG Project

Students on the March entry

PG Project

Students on the March entry
Elective modules (choose one from):


Property Management
Management of Construction

 Core modules
 Elective modules

The elective modules shown above are generally provided each year.

Should you require further information about programme content please view the programme specification and the module information sheet. The programme specification sets out aims and intended learning outcomes, while the module information sheet provides further detail of the content and assessment method for each module.

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
  • implementfeedback 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)

 

Career & study progression

An RICS-accredited Master’s degree in Building Surveying from UCEM is recognised worldwide, leading to employment opportunities wherever you are or may wish to be. Access to the MSc course does not require an accredited construction-related degree; it will provide the additional knowledge and skills necessary for your progress to chartered status as a Building Surveyor.

The Careers Service at UCEM can assist with the wider career pathways available via an MSc, with organisations in both the public and private sector seeking qualified surveyors and project managers.

Entry requirements:

Entrants to this programme are normally* required to have attained one of the following:

  • 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 the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ) plus five years’ relevant experience
  • A professional qualification plus five years’ relevant experience

And one of the following:

  • Grade B or above in English (Language or Literature) at GCSE or its equivalent
  • Grade 6.0 or above, with at least 6.5 in the reading and writing modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test administered by the British Council in the Social Sciences academic module
  • 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 Use of English at A/S Level

Note: 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.

* 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.

Key information

This programme is delivered by supported online learning and can be studied in any location.

Award:

MSc Building Surveying.

Application and start dates:

Apply by 24 July to start 4 September 2017

Apply by 22 January 2018 to start 5 March 2018

Available routes & duration:

Standard Route:

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Time commitment: 15-20 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum
  • You will study two modules per six-month semester

Accelerated Route:

  • Duration: 1.5 years
  • Time commitment: 25-30 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum
  • You will study 3 modules per six-month semester
  • This route is recommended only for those who are not in full-time employment

Expected workload and contact hours:

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 such as planning and writing coursework, revising for examinations and taking the exams themselves.

Accreditation:

This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) and Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers (HKICM).

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How the programme will be assessed:

Assessment consists of a mix of homework and examinations. The module information sheet provides details of the assessment method for each module.

Fees:

2017/18 academic year:
£1,015 per module x 8 modules (usually students undertake 2 modules per semester).
Total programme fee £8,120

This programme is designated for Student Finance and students in England may apply for a Postgraduate Loan. Eligible students can apply for funding for up to £5,000 each academic year.
This programme is now registered with the Skills Funding Agency for Professional and Career Development Loans.
Find out more here >

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. Different fees may be applicable if you decided to transfer to a different programme.

You may be required to pay an additional retake fee if you are unable to pass a module at the first attempt, and are then offered a further attempt. The retake fee is 50% of the full module fee in each case.

UCEM provides examination centres all over the world in addition to the UK. You should expect to incur travel costs to attend your nearest examination centre, for those modules which contain examinations.

All learning resources required for successful completion of each module are provided as part of your fee. The core texts within each module will be provided via an   e-book platform, hard copy books will only be supplied if the core text is not available as an e-book. Additional supplementary resources to support your studies are available through the UCEM e-library. It is a matter of individual choice whether you wish to buy your own hard copies of textbooks independently.

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