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Building Surveying

BSc (Hons)

School - School of the Built Environment

Subject area - Built Environment

UCAS Code: Full-time: K230; Part-time: K23PX

Start Dates(s): January; September

Duration:

Three years full-time
Four years with work placement
Five years part-time  

Two years Accelerated full-time

Three years Accelerated part-time

January starts available for entry onto level 4 and 6.

Fees:

UK - £9250 per year

Part-time - Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.

International - £12,300 per year

In Brief:

  • Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Course can be studied as an Accelerated Degree
  • An industrial placement year opportunity for full-time students
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Building surveyors are sought after professionals, and the work of a chartered building surveyor can be varied or involve high levels of specialism. A chartered building surveyor can be involved in a construction project from its inception, through design and procurement, to managing its fulfilment,  and  eventually  overseeing  the  building  in use.

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), meaning that you will be educated to the highest industry standards. As this programme is the gateway to professional status, it will develop your professional and technical skills specific to building surveying, as well as your presentation,  communication  and collaboration  skills,  which  are  vital in everyday life in practice.

This course combines academic study with the application of professional skills and competencies and is taught through a combination of academic study and project work. You will work with students from other related courses, mirroring the multidisciplinary, team-based approach of the modern construction  and property industry.

Ex-armed forces Captain Charlie Powell

Final year Building Surveying student

This course is extremely well delivered and has prepared me for a career as a Building Surveyor in the best possible way, with a varied curriculum and high calibre teaching. The head of Building Surveying - Simon McLean - has been especially influential in my growing interest and understanding of this topic. I highly recommend studying the BSc in Building Surveying at the University of Salford.


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Awards and Accreditation

Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE Grade C or above in Maths and English language
UCAS tariff points 104 points
GCE A level 104
BTEC National Diploma National Diploma MMM
BTEC Higher National Diploma Higher National Diploma Pass in cognate subject for entry to level 5
Foundation Degree Pass in cognate subject for entry to level 5
International Baccalaureate 30 points
Other Qualification Degree in cognate subject for level 5 entry

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.

Applicant profile

Applicants will also need to have a minimum grade C pass in English and Mathematics at GCSE, O level (or equivalent). There are no specific A level topics required.

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each student. Possessing these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your potential at university, but is also an essential requirement for a successful career in the built environment.

All our courses are management focused; therefore leadership skills and a hard-working approach are important. The built environment caters for many different skills from creativity and original thinking to efficiency and technical ability, so you should be willing to develop in new areas.

The modern built environment industry relies on a multidisciplinary team-based approach to work. Therefore all our courses combine academic study with group project work, so it is essential that you are a good team player.

Most importantly we want you to have a real passion for developing, advancing and shaping the future of the built environment.

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Andy Fleming the Director of Admissions for further information.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Tuition fees for Home/EU students beginning their course in September 2018 will be announced as soon as they are confirmed by the UK Government. Tuition fees for 2017 were £9,250 per annum for Home/EU students; we expect this figure to rise slightly for 2018.

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £12,300 per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships & Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study including:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • Salford Student Bursary

For more information please see our funding section.

Teaching

  • Coursework
  • Projects
  • Work with other students from Architectural Design and Technology, Construction Project Management, Quantity Surveying, and Property Management Programmes
  • Exams at the end of each semester
  • Guest lecturers and visits to construction sites, completed buildings, historic structures etc.

Assessment

You will be assessed through coursework, projects and exams.

Employability




Joseph Lockley

BSc Building Surveying graduate


I studied this degree on a part-time basis over five years, attending university one day a week. I was already employed as a building surveyor for the local authority and continued to work whilst I studied. 


This degree helped me immensely with my day-to-day job, professional undertaking and overall academic ability. Since my graduation, I have gained a higher level of responsibility and workload.

Career Prospects

With an extensive understanding of the industry, you will be well equipped to pursue roles in a variety of areas including: the design of new buildings, the specification and supervision of construction work, refurbishments alterations and extensions, acquisition and condition surveying and building defect diagnostics.

Graduates of this course have found employment with a number of organisations including: B&Q, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gleeds Construction Consultants, Manchester City Council, Mansell Construction Services, National Grid, Network Rail, Property Tectonics Ltd, STMC Building Control Ltd.

Furthermore, the annual Built Environment Recruitment Fair that takes place on campus is an excellent way for  students to meet employers from industry and find out about jobs within the sector. Employers who attend the event promote a variety of opportunities that range from part-time, placement and graduate roles. This event is exclusive to students studying at the University of Salford.

Links with Industry

Working with ex-practitioner tutors, BSc Building Surveying students hone their surveying skills by working upon live local projects with real clients and local surveying practices. In 2016 our building surveying students undertook project and survey work at the Edgar Woods Centre in Middleton, Manchester; Port Sunlight Village on the Wirral; Dunham Massey (National Trust) in Cheshire; the Inland Waterways Centre at Elsmere Port and Ordsall Hall in Salford.  Our current final year students will embark upon a project to try to establish a future for the at risk grade 2* Brookfield Unitarian Church in Gorton, Manchester.

Furthermore, during the Multidisciplinary Projects module students get to work on some ‘live’ development projects. Previous students have helped to design a new club-house for Salford City FC and worked on the designs for Macclesfield Cricket Club and the Salford Woolpack community pub.

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