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MSc Building Surveying

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Study Mode Part-time
Year of Entry 2022/23

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: £3,210 - £6,415 per year
International/EU: £14,895 for the course
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2022

Course summary

  • Learn key skills for a range of professional building surveying roles.
  • Develop your practical and theoretical knowledge of the challenges that affect human-made environments. 
  • Study law, economics and specialist topics such as building pathology, heritage & conservation and design & specification. 

You’ll study on a well-regarded course with strong graduate prospects. One of our former MSc students was chosen as the RICS Young Surveyor of the Year Award (Residential) for 2020. Accredited by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Building, this course is mapped to the Building Surveying pathway to RICS membership. It also offers a route to the Residential Surveying and Building Control pathways.

Graduate view
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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

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The course includes laboratory work, such as the preparation of traditional lath and plaster walls. You’ll also work on projects which rely on data collection and analysis, cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills, team working and the development of new areas of expertise. 

You learn through

  • site visits
  • laboratory work
  • assessment
  • field trips
  • an international project


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 doesn’t include a work placement. However, the department and careers service provide information on numerous potential employers – some  offer short-term work experience and most offer graduate employment.

Field trips

The course makes use of both university and privately-owned buildings for site visits and assessment. This includes an 18th century terraced house which has been converted into a teaching space. 

Cross-disciplinary projects are drawn together within an integrative field trip – culminating in an international project in an overseas city. 

Networking opportunities

You’ll be able to engage with sector-specific employers at a range of networking events – including the Natural and Built Environment Employers Fair, which takes place in the autumn. The department also takes part in the Property Training Forum, which coordinates recruitment rounds, provides valuable input in terms of developing students, and seeks to improve career prospects.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • commercial building surveying
  • residential building surveying
  • property development
  • building control / fire safety
  • heritage and conservation
  • loss adjusting

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • Faithful and Gould
  • Malcolm Hollis
  • Turner and Townsend
  • Rider Levett Bucknall
  • Lambert Smith Hampton
  • The National Trust
  • South Yorkshire Fire Service
  • various local authorities


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 through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • university-owned property, including a Georgian terraced house adapted for inspection purposes
  • the latest high-tech non-destructive testing equipment, such as flexible endoscopes, borescopes and thermal imaging cameras for detecting heat loss
  • 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. 

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Building Surveying Legal And Commercial Studies Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Economics And The Built Environment Credits: 15 Assessment: Exam
Module: Sustainable Building Technology Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied International Project Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Applied Research Methods And Dissertation Credits: 45 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evaluating Building Condition Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Property Law & Professional Context Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sustainable Development And Refurbishment Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2022/23 are: Year 1: £3,210, Year 2: £6,415.

† 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

This course is not eligible for full-time Student visa sponsorship. International/EU students may apply for part-time Student visa sponsorship on an individual basis. Please contact Admissions for further advice.

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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, 751.3KB)

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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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