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Building Surveying MSc

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year 2 days a week September 2015
Part time 2 years 1 day a week September 2015

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.

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Find out more.

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.


Exams, essays, projects, portfolio, dissertation.

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.


  • Building Appraisal Maintenance and Renewal
  • Law and Practice for the Built Environment
  • Sustainable Construction Technology
  • Specification – Design and Analysis
  • This module aims to provide you with a sound grounding in research principles and methodologies that are commonly applied within the built environment. Throughout a series of lectures and seminars, supported by tutorials and exercises you are encouraged and enabled to develop your critical reasoning powers and to gain practice in researching ideas and knowledge and in the design of relevant research instruments. By the end of the module you should be confident to and capable of designing and self-initiating a significant individual piece of research relevant to your programme of study. Assessment of the module is through the execution of a literature review, a short research collection and analysis activity and the design of a research project.

  • This module provides the opportunity for you to undertake a piece of original work related to your own area of study, which acts as the 'capstone' project for their studies. Through investigation of an area related to your studies they will develop a theoretically informed body of work that integrates both theory and practice. It may take the form of a dissertation, a practice project, design or experiment-based project depending on the appropriateness related to the programme studied. The module is supported by a series of lectures and individual tutorials. Following the major submission students present and defend their findings in open forum at a Masters Students Conference, thereby providing them to practice skills that they will require in their subsequent professional work. Assessment is by the main submission and the oral presentation and defence.


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.

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