Nottingham Trent University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Building Surveying (Taught)

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Course summary

Building surveyors are advisors for the property and construction industry, advising clients about the design, construction, maintenance and repair of buildings. This degree focuses on the key areas of a building surveyor's work: building performance, regulatory compliance, specification, supervision and management of construction works and building pathology. These areas encompass a range of activities, including surveys, inspections, evaluations and the maintenance and the remediation of defects. You’ll focus on the procurement, contract and project management of building works, with an emphasis on both new build and the extension and refurbishment of existing buildings. In addition, you’ll develop an applied understanding of building technology, contract management and procurement, conversion, adaptation and care of buildings and heritage and conservation. Who is this course designed for? This course is aimed at professionals and graduates wishing to pursue a career in the property and construction industry, on route to Chartered Surveyor or Chartered Building Engineer status. It's suitable for prospective students who don't necessarily have a background in property or construction, acting as a fast-track conversion course for those with an unrelated undergraduate degree (or professional qualification) to obtain an accredited route into the industry. In addition, this course is suitable for property and construction professionals working in industry, who wish to specialise in building surveying. Why study this degree?

  • Professional accreditation | Our course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), enabling you to progress to Chartership with both on graduation.
  • Modern facilities | Benefit from City Campus facilities and inspiring learning spaces, in the heart of Nottingham's city centre.
  • Flexible study options | Our flexible study options support part-time learners, who wish to balance employment with further study. Significant academic support and guidance is in place to help students returning to study after extended periods in employment, and students who are pursuing high-level study for the first time.

Course details


A wide range of teaching and learning methods are used to deliver the course content. In most modules, you'll take part in intensive sessions of key point lectures, supported by study guides, case studies and other literature. Many modules include presentations by external industry specialists and visits to live sites, to provide a real life perspective on the module content. Previous guest speakers have included Laing O'Rourke, Cushman & Wakefield, Turner and Townsend, the President of CIOB and the President of the RICS. Non-contact hours include direct out-of-classroom reading and activities, and independent learning and reading is deemed necessary to achieve the learning outcomes for the course. Core modules

  • Building Technology
  • Project and Contract Management
  • Law for Surveyors
  • Property and Construction Economics
  • Building Pathology
  • Professional and Research Practice
  • Conversion, Adaptation and Care of Buildings
  • Heritage and Conservation
Optional modules
  • Postgraduate Dissertation/Consultancy Project
- Industrial or Professional Internship

Assessment method

Assessment methods include project work, independent assignments and reports, exams, work portfolios and presentations. Assignments are investigative in nature, enabling you to develop your principles, analyse, critically appraise and evaluate relevant issues, demonstrating your creativity and sustainable thinking.

Entry requirements

Applying with prior qualifications - 2.2 honours degree in a subject unrelated, or partially related, to real estate and construction. - If you hold a first degree but it doesn't meet the entry requirements above, please refer to the information below. Applying with non-standard entry qualifications/experience - Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Assessment of your experience will confirm that you have achieved the necessary skills in the course of your general experience.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7925 Year 1
England £5500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5500 Year 1
Scotland £5500 Year 1
Wales £5500 Year 1
International £7925 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

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Provider information

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Nottingham Trent University
50 Shakespeare Street

Clearing contact details

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Our Clearing Hotline is opening hours are: Monday to Thursday 0930-1630; Friday 0930-1600 From 18 August we have extended opening hours: Thursday 18 August 0800 - 1900 Friday 19 August 0800 - 1900 Saturday 20 August 0900 - 1700 Monday 22 August - Friday 26 August 0900-1700

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Building Surveying at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS