Take this fast-track conversion course to become a chartered building surveyor in this expanding professional discipline. The course is also suitable for professionals in the sector looking to develop their career prospects. It has a long history in this specialism and features excellent resources, including high-tech non-destructive testing equipment.
About this course
This is a fast-track conversion course for graduates from unrelated disciplines who want to become chartered building surveyors. The course is also suitable if you are a professional working in a property or surveying role and want to improve your skills and career prospects in residential and commercial building surveying, property management or building control.
Building surveying is an expanding professional discipline involved with new development and the inspection, maintenance and refurbishment of existing buildings. The course includes practical laboratory and project work to improve your career prospects in the public and commercial sectors throughout the UK and overseas.
The course includes practical, client-focused property projects. These involve you completing technical and professional tasks and applying creative solutions that draw on your developing knowledge. You study • property law • economics • planning • land development • construction and refurbishment • building regulations and controls• building technology • surveying techniques
On of our key teaching resources is a University-owned Georgian terraced house. This is used for practical teaching sessions both in pathology and structural principles. This property has been adapted to open up its structure for inspection purposes. Industry professionals also use this resource for training purposes with the support of our teaching staff.
You also have the opportunity to use the latest high-tech non-destructive testing equipment including flexible endoscopes, borescopes and thermal imaging cameras for detecting heat loss – all of which you can use in practical projects or your dissertation.
You benefit from a range of teaching, learning and assessment techniques. Intensive study weeks allow you to work on complex, professional briefs with other students. One of the modules is an international project which has taken place in Shanghai with assistance from international surveying firms.
The majority of teaching takes place within a newly refurbished, dedicated buildings at our City Campus. The course is fully supported by online resources that allow students to learn flexibly in addition to face-to-face teaching.
This course is designed to be adapted and updated, so that you are as fully prepared as possible for a successful career ahead. The postgraduate construction, building and surveying courses were first established with the MSc Property Appraisal and Management in 1991. Many of our former students are now in senior positions throughout the profession.
2017 entry requirements
Minimum 2:2 degree in any discipline or an equivalent professional qualification. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more
If English is not your first language you must also have an average score of 6.0 IELTS with a minimum of 5.5 in all skill areas 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.
International and European entry qualifications
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.
Full-time – one year
Part-time – two years
Start date – September
Typical modules may include
Economics and market context
Law and professional context
Evaluating building condition
Building surveying legal and commercial studies
Sustainable development and refurbishment
Sustainable building technology
Applied research methods and dissertation
You are supported by a tutor throughout this module, chosen according to the nature of the research you are undertaking. The tutor acts as a mentor during the process of your research and writing up phase.
Building surveyors are highly valued professionals who offer a variety of services across the whole of the built environment.
As well as gaining the skills and knowledge needed for professional accreditation (to become chartered), you gain knowledge essential for a successful career throughout the surveying profession, focusing on roles such as • residential and commercial building surveyor • property developer • building control officer • property manager.
Our graduates are found throughout the surveying profession from international surveying practices to sole traders in private practice. We welcome their continuing involvement with this course, from participation at our very successful employer fairs through to advising students during integrated projects.
Home / EU student
Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
2016/17 academic year
Full-time – typically £8,400
Part-time – typically £2,800 for year one and £5,600 for year two
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.
2017/18 academic year
Full-time – typically £8,530
Part-time – typically £2,845 for year one and £5,690 for year two (subject to inflation)
2016/17 academic year
Typically £12,500 for the course
2017/18 academic year
Typically £13,250 for the course
Additional course costs
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