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MSc Building Surveying

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.

Course length 1-2 Year(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

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.

Professional recognition

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

Entry requirements

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.

Course structure

Full-time – one year
Part-time – two years
Start date – September

Typical modules may include

Core modules

Economics and market context
This module is designed to build your applied knowledge of fundamental economic principles, critical thinking and analysis, in order to inform both your wider course studies and your preparation for entry into a variety of built environment sector professional careers to maximise your employability. It also provides you with fundamental knowledge and skills to equip you for the study of further specialist modules.

Law and professional context
This module provides you with a solid grounding in law and professionalism to prepare you for employment in a wide range of built environment professional contexts in line with the requirements of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Evaluating building condition
The main aim of this module is to develop your ability to critically assess and evaluate the age and performance of domestic and commercial buildings.

Building surveying legal and commercial studies
The main aim of this module is to develop key building surveying skills in relation to the life cycle of buildings so that you will be able to identify dilapidations and condition, apply relevant legislation and regulations, carry out a basic costing of remediation and the ongoing management of property.

Sustainable development and refurbishment
This module enables you to apply techniques in the change of use and rehabilitation of existing buildings and development of land, which involves analysing relevant factors including the appraisal of site, location, regulatory and policy regimes and applying these within technical, economic and contractual frameworks. You explore the global context and the interdisciplinary project approach through which successful and sustainable development is delivered.

Sustainable building technology
The aim of this module is using sustainability as a framework to develop the ability to critically analyse, select and justify suitable methods for domestic and commercial construction.

Applied research methods and dissertation
This module equips you with the knowledge and skills to successfully undertake a sustained, in-depth and theoretically informed dissertation, involving a critical, evaluative or creative approach to an aspect of practice or theory.


You develop your applied research methods, providing a firm foundation for your dissertation/consultancy project.

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.

  • coursework
  • exams


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.


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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)

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 for the course

2017/18 academic year

Typically £13,250 for the course

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 information

How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

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