Master the Built Environment with Postgraduate Study

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Build a better urban future master construction, property and surveying

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As we drive the post-pandemic recovery, digital collaboration is helping us to enhance city planning, project delivery and infrastructure investment - and shape a better urban future.

Progress your built environment career path this year

With one of our built environment postgraduate courses, you can refocus, upskill or specialise. We offer industry-focused courses in BIM, construction management, quantity surveying and real estate that can be the start of the next chapter in your career.

In 2023, we also introduced new courses in Sustainable Buildings and Town and Country Planning. Both courses draw on Salford's world-class facilities such as Energy House and ThinkLab to introduce forward-thinking knowledge about creating a more sustainable built environment.

Join our next Open Day

Start your built environment postgraduate study journey and meet the course team. Register now for our next Open Day on Wednesday 26 June 2024. 

Take your career further

  • Refocus - Take a new direction. Our built environment postgraduate courses are ideal for graduates or career-switchers from other professions looking to lead rewarding careers where they can shape and manage cities and urban environments

  • Upskill - Use our postgraduate courses to enhance your existing technical knowledge in preparation for progression to a more senior role

  • Specialise - Add to your technical repertoire by developing specialist knowledge in BIM, construction law or project management


Construction, Property and Surveying The Salford Experience

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Drawing on our world-ranked teaching and research spanning architecture, building sustainability, construction, project management, and digital transformation, we offer a range of career-focused, postgraduate courses that shape graduates and professionals to lead the way in the built environment.

Flexible learning pathways

The majority of our modular built environment postgraduate courses are available with full-time, part-time and distance learning pathways, so you can achieve your learning goals and keep your current commitments.

Industry-focused approach

Our courses are designed to support continued professional development.  Featuring professionally-accredited curriculums, our courses are led by practitioners and course leaders connected to regional, national and international networks. Many courses hold RICS accreditation, which highlights our commitment to delivering learning to the highest industry standards.

Research-informed teaching

Our postgraduate courses are delivered by academics and practitioners who are part of a built environment research community at the forefront of shaping construction industry best practice, using innovative facilities that include our advanced Energy House and THINKLab facilities.

Explore our built environment-based postgraduate courses

Architecture (MArch)

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Continue your journey to professional architecture status. Designed for students with a passion for design, an appetite for ideas, and a desire to experiment, our Part 2 MArch Architecture degree offers you an engaging learning experience in an unrivalled destination.

BIM and Digital Built Environments (MSc)

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Design information is changing the face of construction, making this an ideal time to add BIM to your skillset. Explore this changing landscape and learn how to respond to current and future challenges in client expectations and wider society with our MSc BIM and Digital Built Environments postgraduate course.

  • Choose full-time, part-time or distance learning study
  • Start in January or September
  • Experience a knowledge-sharing summer school with industry practitioners 

Building Surveying (MSc)

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In the post-pandemic recovery, not only will the construction industry build back better, it will grow greener. Repurposing buildings into sustainable new spaces is at the heart of this strategy. If you are considering a career where you can reimagine a building’s potential, our Building Surveying masters degree is your next step.  

  • RICS-accredited
  • Choose full-time, part-time or distance learning study
  • Start in January or September 

Construction Management (MSc)

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Ambitious growth targets for new housing development and transformational infrastructure put the construction industry at the heart of our post-pandemic economic recovery. Learn how to lead exciting projects and developments with our triple-accredited Construction Management postgraduate degree.

  • RICS-accredited
  • Choose full-time, part-time or distance learning study
  • Start in January or September

Construction Law and Practice (MSc/LLM)


Stakes are high in the global construction sector. Gain advanced legal knowledge and commercial awareness to support career progression, or make a legal career career move into this important sector, with our MSc Construction Law and Practice degree.

  • RICS-accredited
  • Distance learning delivery
  • Choose either the MSc or LLM pathway

Project Management in Construction (MSc)

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Effective built environment project managers balance processes, technology and people to successfully deliver developments and infrastructure projects. Build highly-desirable skills that can open up exciting career opportunities with our Project Management in Construction postgraduate degree.

  • Triple-accredited (RICS, CIOB, APM)
  • Choose full-time, part-time or distance learning study
  • Start in January or September

Quantity Surveying (MSc)

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Quantity surveyors plan and manage the procurement and financial aspects of construction projects. With great career prospects and the opportunity to manage exciting built environment projects and teams, our popular Quantity Surveying postgraduate degree can put you on a fast-track to career success

  • RICS-accredited
  • Choose full-time, part-time or distance learning study
  • Start in January or September

Real Estate and Property Management (MSc)

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Despite the challenging global conditions, real estate is still hot property in private and commercial sectors. If you are thinking about a move into property, our MSc Real Estate and Property Management postgraduate course is designed to equip you with the technical knowledge and professional skills that can lead to success.

  • RICS-accredited
  • Choose full-time, part-time or distance learning study
  • Start in January or September

Sustainable Buildings (MSc) *New for 2023*

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A shift towards zero carbon solutions for both new and existing buildings will be integral to the global strategy to deliver sustainable built environments. Immerse yourself in perspectives and practice in the decarbonisation of buildings with our new, highly-relevant Sustainable Buildings postgraduate degree.

Designed to build relevant professional knowledge, this focused course will enable you to explore industry-tested methods for modelling energy efficiency, designing low-carbon retrofit solutions, undertaking performance gap analysis, evaluating and specifying smart solutions.

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Town and Country Planning (MSc) *New for 2023*

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The built environment is evolving and developing at a rapid pace globally, regionally and locally. Develop the knowledge and skills for future career success in this dynamic sector with our Town and Country Planning postgraduate degree course.

Designed to open up exciting career opportunities, our course is ideal for graduates and professionals from a broad range of backgrounds seeking to build relevant planning and property-focused knowledge and skills.  

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Built environment postgraduate research

Take your subject interest further with postgraduate research. 

Our Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Environments is home to PhD and Research Master’s opportunities exploring how we can enhance our built environments at local, national and international scales. 

Explore our Doctoral School to learn more about research training, support and opportunities.

Environment postgraduate courses

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We also offer a range environmental management postgraduate courses that focus on key areas of our built and natural environment. 

Sustainability (MSc)

Safety, Health and Environment (MSc)

Environmental Assessment and Management (MSc)

Next steps

Campus life big city buzz

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Located just 2km from Manchester city centre, we're at the heart of Greater Manchester - one of the most vibrant and diverse regions in the UK.

With a range of onsite parking, excellent public transport links and Salford Crescent train station a short walk from our enviable parkland campus, commuting here couldn’t be easier. 

In Autumn 2022, we opened our new £65 million centre for science, engineering and environment - and our new home for the built environment.