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Building Surveying MSc

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year 2 days a week September 2017
Full time 2 years including professional placement 2 days a week plus placement year September 2017
Part time 2 years 1 day a week September 2017

Choose Kingston's Building Surveying MSc

This course is ideal if you did not study building surveying at undergraduate level but would like to enter the profession and require a 'conversion' course (see entry requirements). The course draws on the strength of project work, which is a particular speciality of the School, and on the developing sustainability agenda.

Accreditation

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

What will you study?

You will gain knowledge of building materials, construction technology and pathology; specialist legal and regulatory issues; the design of simple structures; and the preparation of schemes for the rehabilitation of buildings. The course focuses on the core competencies of the building surveyor and professional builder operating at local, regional and national levels. It takes into account the developing sustainability agenda with which construction professionals must increasingly engage, together with multidisciplinary requirements specific to building surveying. While centred around the discipline requirements necessary for the UK-based building surveying professional, the course also contains European and global perspectives appropriate to the requirements of international consultancies.

Assessment

Exams, essays, projects, portfolio, dissertation.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, the work placement is covered by a student's tier 4 visa. Find out more about the postgraduate work placement.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Modules

  • The module aims to enable students to develop a deep understanding of building defects and pathology and to develop their ability to recognise the causes of obsolescence and dilapidations in buildings.  Students will consider the different types of decay which affect building materials and looks at approaches to building management and options for effective maintenance.  The module will also consider different approaches to building re-use and renewal and to carbon reduction technologies which can be incorporated into a variety of building types.  The module incorporates a European Field Trip, an essential part of which is to consider the built environment in a wider context and differing approaches to building maintenance and renewal.

     

    The module is taught by a series of lectures and tutorials and students will be expected to take an active part in classes where they will apply worked examples within the tutorial format. Assessment will comprise two individual and one group courseworks.

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  • The module aims to enable students to develop deep understanding and critical knowledge of the development process and the roles of key parties in procurement and contractual arrangements as they apply primarily in the UK construction industry. Within this context students will develop a critical knowledge of the Statutes and Regulatory frameworks which apply to UK property in terms of design, defects, development and heritage. Students will develop the ability to apply their knowledge to worked examples identifying the most appropriate building and procurement solution to suit the client's needs. In addition, students will gain deep and broad knowledge of standard contract forms used in the UK and the legal duties and responsibilities of the parties involved in construction contracts. Upon completion of the module, students will also have critical knowledge and understanding of the pre/post-contract administration duties and practices of the building surveyor. The module is taught by a series of lectures and tutorials and students will be expected to take an active part in classes, and apply worked examples within the tutorial format. Assessment will comprise two courseworks and a written examination.

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  • Sustainable Construction Technology
  • This module aims to develop the students' working knowledge of materials and their capacity to produce appropriate specification of works accordingly.  In addition the module enables students to understand the principles of computer aided design (current AutoCAD version) and allows them to gain proficiency in its use such that they will be prepared for entry into work as a trainee building surveyor.  Students will also gain an understanding of structures and the structural behaviour and properties of building materials. The module will also consider the practical implications on buildability of specifying materials and will also cover CDM (Construction Design and Management) and statutory approvals.  Assessment will comprise two practically – orientated courseworks and a written examination.

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  • This module gives you a sound grounding in the research principles and methodologies that are commonly used within the built environment. Throughout a series of lectures and seminars, supported by tutorials and exercises, you will be encouraged to:

    • develop your critical reasoning powers;
    • practice researching ideas and knowledge; and
    • learn to design of relevant research instruments.

    By the end of the module you will be able to design and initiate a significant individual piece of research. The module will be assessed using a literature review and a research project design.

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  • This module gives you the opportunity to undertake a piece of original work that will act as the 'capstone' project for your studies. By investigating an area that particularly interests you, you will develop a theoretically-informed body of work that integrates theory and practice. This could be a dissertation, a practice project, design or experiment-based project depending on the rest of your programme. The module is supported by a series of lectures and individual tutorials. After you have submitted your project, you will present and defend your findings in open forum at a Masters Students Conference, giving you a chance to practice the skills you will need in your professional work. Assessment is by the main submission and the oral presentation and defence.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

A copy of the regulations governing this course is available here

Details of terms dates for this course can be found here

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