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Year of Entry 2020/21

Building Surveying

This fast-track conversion course teaches the skills necessary to become a Chartered Building Surveyor.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,065 for the course
International: £13,905 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2020

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Course summary

  • Learn the key skills required for a range of building surveying professional roles.
  • Develop practical and theoretical knowledge and critical understanding of relevant issues and subjects.
  • Study topics including property law, economics and market context, sustainable development and refurbishment, evaluating building condition and commercial aspects of building development and management.

Gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become an effective professional surveyor. Accredited by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Building, the course has a hands on-focus as you work with students from other disciplines including quantity surveying, construction project management and real estate.

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'This course provided a launch pad from which I was able to attain RICS and CIOB Chartership. I have since gone on to achieve my goal in becoming an independent building surveyor.'

John Allen, MSc Building Surveying, 2014 graduate

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How you learn

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The course provides a blend of academic, professional and practical skill development to ensure that you are attractive to potential employers in the UK and overseas. It builds upon your current development and education both as an individual and a member of the professional community.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • site visits
  • client-focused activities
  • practical laboratory sessions
  • project work

Course leaders and tutors

Richard Kebell
Richard Kebell
Senior Lecturer In Building Surveying

Richard is a Chartered Building Surveyor and has been a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors since 1990. He spent 18 years from 1989 a … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

Due to its fast track delivery, this course does not include a work placement. However, the department and careers service provide information on numerous potential employers some of whom offer short work experience and most offer graduate employment.

Field trips

Projects which rely on data collection and analysis, cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills, team working and the development of new areas of expertise play a major part and are drawn together within an integrative field trip culminating in an international project in a foreign city. Placed in a challenging and unfamiliar environment, you will complete a development project in interdisciplinary teams.

Networking opportunities

Departmental initiatives, which currently include the Natural and Built Environment Employers Fair, facilitate your engagement with sector-specific employers and are an example of a much wider employability-related provision within the University.

The department also participates with the Property Training Forum, which coordinates recruitment rounds, provides valuable input in terms of developing students and, with the support of professional bodies, seeks to improve career prospects.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in building surveying within which are many and varied career paths such as

  • property management
  • development and refurbishment
  • building control
  • heritage and conservation

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • The National Trust
  • South Yorkshire Fire Service
  • local authorities
  • Reynolds Associates
  • Malcolm Hollis
  • Turner Townsend
  • Rider Levett Bucknall
  • Lambert Smith Hampton


This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

Key teaching resources include university-owned property, including a Georgian terraced house adapted for inspection purposes, making it ideal for practical teaching sessions in pathology and structural principles, and adaptation exercises.

The latest high tech non-destructive testing equipment is also available, including flexible endoscopes, borescopes, and thermal imaging cameras for detecting heat loss. You will be provided with opportunities to use software packages, relevant specialist packages and online resources such as the Building Cost Information Service, a key RICS resource for costing projects in construction, redevelopment and refurbishment appraisals.

Entry requirements

All students

Minimum 2:2 degree or equivalent in any discipline.

We welcome applications from candidates who may not meet the exact academic entry requirements but have significant relevant experience, on application you will be referred to our course leader, who will evaluate your experience, this may involve an informal conversation either in person or by other media.

If English is not your first language you typically need an IELTS 6.0 overall score with a minimum of 5.5 in all other skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied International Project Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Applied Research Methods And Dissertation Credits: 45 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Building Surveying Legal And Commercial Studies Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Economics And The Built Environment Credits: 15 Assessment: Exam
Module: Evaluating Building Condition Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Property Law & Professional Context Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sustainable Building Technology Credits: 15 Assessment: Exam
Module: Sustainable Development And Refurbishment Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £9,065 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,905 for the course.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Construction, real estate and surveying courses (PDF)

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email

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