Commercial Building Surveying MSc
Modes of study: Full Time (1 year) & Part Time (2 years)
Start date: September
- The programme
- Supporting information
- Entry requirements
- Finance and fees
- How to apply
- Employment and careers
- LJMU and Liverpool
At a glance
- Internationally recognised research in our Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute
- Fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Designed as a conversion course for holders of non-cognate first degrees
- Part time option for students already in employment
- Graduates eligible for direct entrance on to the RICS APC professional training programme
- Postgraduates are highly sought after by employers and over 95% are in work or further study six months after graduation
If you are interested in forging a career as a Chartered Building Surveyor, this programme will give you the knowledge, skills and experience required for a wide range of career options in property and construction. By focusing on developing an awareness of technical, legal and management issues this programme produces professionals with sound technical understanding, equipped to operate in a strategic business environment.
Modules include: Building Technology; Building Materials & Pathology; Refurbishment & Design; Law; Maintenance & Facilities Management; Construction Contract Administration. Students are also required to complete an individual dissertation, providing the opportunity to focus on a subject that is of particular interest to you.
The School of the Built Environment works in close partnership with industry and practice through scholarship, research, consultancy and the provision for lifelong learning. This helps ensure that our programmes are responsive to the changing needs of industry, government, local communities and professional practice.
In addition to the School’s extensive and long-standing links with the profession, this MSc course has its own direct links with industry through a special lectures programme, featuring highly experienced team of practitioners from across the UK. This offers you great networking opportunities with key contacts plus engagement with the latest thinking and practice in the sector.
Our Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Institute (BEST) has been awarded Institute status in recognition of its outstanding work and is supported internationally by the EU, UK and USA Ministry of Defence, Carbon Trust and Technology Strategy Board. This research and other consultancy initiatives directly inform teaching on the master’s programme.
A diploma or a certificate in Commercial Building Surveying is an available award for anyone not wishing to undertake the Masters programme or as a fall back award.
Why study this course at LJMU?
The Masters degree offers very much more than an education in surveying as it is designed to develop transferable skills that will allow the individuals to operate effectively in an increasingly complex world.
The course is designed to build on the existing key and transferable skills that the students bring from the work place and the first degree. It is a range of transferable skills that employers are looking for amongst graduates. The transferable skills that the course equips a Masters student with range from computer literacy, report writing in a concise and coherent manner, the production of confident and convincing visual and oral presentations and the ability to work within a team environment with effective decision making powers. Students have the opportunity to attain the LJMU World of Work skills in order to improve their employability potential.
LJMU has been selected by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as a “partnering establishment” for accreditation purposes. LJMU is currently the only Northwest education establishment which offers postgraduate surveying education.
Apart from the School’s extensive and long-standing links with the profession, the MSc course has its own direct links with the profession through the special lectures programme. A highly experienced team of practitioners located throughout the UK provides this substantial contribution.
Introduction to the School
The School of the Built Environment is one of the leading providers of postgraduate teaching, learning and business focused research in property and construction. Its mission is the provision of high quality education, scholarship, research and enterprise activities to help generate business success and to create a more sustainable built environment. A fundamental philosophy underpinning the School’s study and research programmes is the need to embed a critical understanding of the issues driving the sustainability agenda to ensure graduates can contribute to the development of long-term sustainable solutions.
The School works in close partnership with industry and practice through scholarship, research, consultancy and the provision for lifelong learning, ensuring that post-graduate education is responsive to the changing needs of industry, government, local communities and professional practice. Our courses deliver a comprehensive and forward looking academic knowledge base, embedded in the professional and transferable skills required by industry.
The School of the Built Environment is recognised as a leading contributor of enhanced applied and ‘blue skies’ knowledge blending traditional built environment fields of research with innovative and highly advanced areas of engineering. The Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Centre (BEST) has been awarded Institute status in recognition of its outstanding work and is supported internationally by the EU, UK and USA Ministry of Defence, Carbon Trust and Technology Strategy Board as well as by industrial partners including United Utilities, NHS, Tarmac and Taylor Woodrow. The School also enjoys a strong record in business partnering with several local, national and international organisations, particularly through the DTI Knowledge Transfer Partnership Scheme. These projects are aimed at adding value to the business through the delivery of innovative solutions and the provision of a creative working environment.
Staff research interests
Research covers: Environmental Technologies, Construction Management and Economics, Material Technology, Facilities Management & Property Planning and Radio Frequency and Microwave Technologies. Example of project areas include: Biofuel production from waste; water and wastewater treatments; sensor technology for non-invasive measurement and building and structure health monitoring; wave and flood effects on buildings; materials engineering; Near Zero carbon building and environment reduction.
How will I be assessed?
Students are assessed by means of a balanced combination of examinations and coursework. Assessment methods will, however, vary within each module and range from examination, assignments, essays and problem solving scenarios, to projects and case study based tasks.
What do past and present students say about the course?
"I found the MSc in Commercial Building Surveying offered an accelerated and well planned course programme. The balance between academic studies and practical field visits enabled me to augment the knowledge gained in the classroom with real life working projects. The variety of modules provided a spectrum of opportunity to gain an understanding into the roles associated with Building Surveying".
Amanda Gordon, graduate of MSc Commercial Building Surveying.
An Honours degree with a minimum 2.2 classification or a professional qualification of equivalent standing together with such relevant professional experience as deemed appropriate by the School.
Non-UK applicants will be expected to have demonstrated competence in English language equivalent to a minimum of IELTS 6.5. Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement.
Will I be interviewed?No
Please contact the Faculty of Technology and Environment Admissions Hub for further information relating to tuition fees.
You can contact the hub using the following:
Telephone: 0151 2312777
Securing funding is one of the main hurdles you may have to face when considering Postgraduate study. However there is help available and you may be able to apply for funding from the sources below.
This will normally be from a bank. The most popular of these is a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL). These loans are from £300 to £10,000 in value and can be used to cover up to 80% of your course fees. Further Information from www.direct.gov.uk and look for PCDL
Charities and Trusts
Trusts and charities can offer assistance to some students. Eligibility for these trusts and charities vary enormously. Your local library will have a section of books and directories of grant making trusts.
Research councils may provide support for recognised postgraduate courses. Their websites offers useful information regarding the support and funding opportunities on offer. Competition for this type of funding can be very strong. For more information about Research Councils visit: www.rcuk.ac.uk
You need to be aware that most PG courses do not attract statutory funding. The ones that do attract statutory support (grants and/or loans) that we offer at LJMU are:
- PGCE courses , for more information please vist www.directgov.co.uk and www.tda.gov.uk
- MA social work for which an NHS bursary is payable to some students. For more information please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk
- PG dip in Architecture
Advice and support at LJMU
LJMU offers a Postgraduate bursary of £500 to students who go from an undergraduate course to study a taught PG course. For further information and eligibility see http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding/117585.htm
LJMU employs a team of staff that are experts in fees and funding who can offer advice based upon your personal circumstances. You can contact them on 0151 904 6056/6057, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance and support.
How to apply
Please apply via the online application form
LJMU's Admissions policy is in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy and applications are welcome from all candidates who fulfil the entry criteria. The university has a commitment to equality of opportunity and welcomes application from everyone regardless of age, disability, race or sex. The University is committed to widening participation and therefore will actively consider applicants who do not have a relevant degree but who are able to provide satisfactory evidence of their knowledge in the area. All applicants will be considered by the Recruitment and Selection Panel, if shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend for an interview.
LJMU offers an extensive support system through its international office and study centre. An equivalence to the normal entry requirements is needed for entry. Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example with an IELTS tests or equivalent. Please note that because of UK visa restrictions, International students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
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Employment and careers
LJMU has been selected as a partnering establishment by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and this programme is fully accredited by the RICS. Students who graduate with an MSc Commercial Building Surveying will be eligible for direct entrance on to the RICS APC professional training programme which can then lead to full Chartered status.
As a postgraduate student you will be able to take full advantage of the extensive range of advice and guidance available in our World of Work Careers Centre, including our Ready for Work training courses, which cover everything from interview skills to preparing for assessment centre tests.
LJMU also has a dedicated Centre for Entrepreneurship, offering business advice and start-up funding, to students and graduates interested in setting up their own companies or working freelance.
Our World of Work Programme – endorsed by FTSE 100 companies and leading business organisations – offers you the chance to get an additional certificate proving to potential employers that you have the skills and experience they are looking for. No other university in the UK or internationally, offers students the chance to develop these skills and organisations backing the scheme include the Confederation of British Industry, United Utilities, Sony, Siemens, Peugeot Citroen and Marks and Spencer.
LJMU offers a superb environment for postgraduate study and top level research.
Whether you are studying on a taught master's course or embarking on a research degree, LJMU offers you a supportive, flexible academic environment, well-structured programmes and round-the-clock access to extensive resources.
Our research environment is rated as 'world-leading' in a majority of our subjects and all of our postgraduate programmes are taught by academics actively involved in research or consultancy projects with business and industry.
It is this combination of academic expertise and 'real world' experience that ensures LJMU's courses have real currency with potential employers and why over 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study six months after they graduate (HESA 2010).
We believe this expertise – coupled with world-class academic standards – 75% of LJMU's research is rated as internationally important – puts us in a league of our own.
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