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Building Surveying MSc

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year 2 days a week September 2019
Full time 2 years including professional placement 2 days a week plus placement year September 2019
Part time 2 years 1 day a week September 2019

Choose Kingston's Building Surveying MSc

This course is an ideal course for "converting" an existing undergraduate degree (see entry requirements) into a building surveying qualification and gaining entry into the construction industry.


This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). And many of our graduates go on to qualify as Chartered Surveyors.

What will you study?

You will gain knowledge of building materials, construction technology and pathology; specialist legal and regulatory issues (e.g. Party wall 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 operating within the construction industry. It takes into account the developing sustainability agenda with which construction professionals must increasingly engage, together with multidisciplinary requirements specific to building surveying (e.g. Building Information Modelling). While centred around the discipline requirements necessary for the UK-based building surveying professional (as identified by the RICS), the course also contains European and global perspectives 


The various modules employ a variety of assessment methods including:

  • Written Examinations — (closed and open book)
  • Practical examination — (often including oral presentations supported by visual aids)
  • Group coursework — (maybe situational analysis or practical report)
  • Individual coursework — (maybe situational analysis or practical report)
  • Laboratory reports — (portfolio)
  • On site survey results — (portfolio)
  • Dissertation — (university standard)

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 work placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the work placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Invoicing on the placement courses is split into two stages. The standard course fee is payable in year 1 with the placement fee invoiced in year 2. Therefore, students starting in September 2017 would therefore be charged the placement fee of £1,070 in September 2018. Students commencing the course in September 2018 will be invoiced the placement fee in 2019 (provisionally £1,230).

This amount will only be charged to your account after you find a placement and are enrolled on the module. You will not be charged this fee if you do not manage to secure a work placement.

Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.

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.


  • 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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  • 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 you are encouraged and enabled to develop their critical reasoning powers and to gain practice in researching ideas and knowledge and in the design of relevant research instruments.

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  • This final module provides you with the opportunity to design and execute an original research ‘capstone' project related to your own discipline specific interests, which synthesises their learning. You will develop a theoretically informed body of work that integrates both theory and practice. It may take the form of a dissertation, practice project, or experiment-based project. Following submission you will present your findings at a Masters Students Event.

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  • Sustainable Construction: Technology and Practice
  • 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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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 term dates for this course can be found here

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