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About Building Surveying at Nottingham Trent University

Building surveyors are advisors for the property and construction industry, identifying defects and suggesting options for maintenance and repair. Core aspects of the role include the development of new buildings, alongside the refurbishment and restoration of existing properties. This course is designed for students looking to pursue a career in the building surveying and construction sectors, and develops the skills needed to pursue Chartered Surveyor, or Chartered Building Engineer status.

Who is this course designed for?

This course is aimed at professionals and graduates wishing to pursue a career in the property and construction industry, on route to Chartered Surveyor or Chartered Building Engineer status. It's suitable for prospective students who don't necessarily have a background in property or construction, acting as a fast-track conversion course for those with an unrelated undergraduate degree (or professional qualification) to obtain an accredited route into the industry. In addition, this course is suitable for property and construction professionals working in industry, who wish to specialise in building surveying.

Why study this course?

  • Study at one of the UK's largest and most established providers of property education; NTU is ranked 5th in the UK for Building, Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2018) and our network of alumni within the property profession is extensive and wide-ranging.
  • 97% of postgraduate property management and development students are in work or further study within six months of graduating, earning an average salary of £30,300 (DLHE, 2015-2016).
  • Our flexible study options support part-time learners, who wish to balance employment with further study.
  • Study trips to live sites in the UK and abroad are included in your course fees, designed to help develop your understanding of theory in practice. Previous study trip destinations have included Malta, Prague and Dublin.
  • Have the option of taking a professional or industrial internship, which counts towards your Masters qualification.
  • Learn from expert academic staff, who have established links to industry and significant industry experience.
  • Have the opportunity to work with an industry mentor - often an NTU alumnus. In previous years, these relationships have led to work experience and employment.
  • Hear from visiting industry and academic experts, some of whom are NTU alumni, who will be teaching parts of the modules, providing a 'real life' perspective on the topics you will be studying.
  • Benefit from modern facilities and inspiring learning spaces, in the heart of Nottingham's city centre.
  • Our location in the centre of the UK allows for easy travel to many major cities, enabling you to benefit from networking events and employability opportunities.

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How you're taught

How will I learn?

  • A wide range of teaching and learning methods are used to deliver the course content. In most modules, you'll take part in intensive sessions of key point lectures, supported by study guides, case studies and other literature.
  • Many modules include presentations by external industry specialists and visits to live sites, to provide a real life perspective on the module content. Previous guest speakers have included Laing O'Rourke, Cushman & Wakefield, Turner and Townsend, the President of CIOB and the President of RICS.
  • Non-contact hours include direct out-of-classroom reading and activities, and independent learning and reading is deemed necessary to achieve the learning outcomes for the course.

Trips and study visits

  • Study trips to live sites in the UK and abroad are included in your course fees, designed to help develop your understanding of theory in practice. Previous study trip destinations have included Malta, Prague and Dublin.

Property Management and Development students on a study trip to Frankfurt

Assessment methods

  • Assessment methods include project work, independent assignments and reports, exams, work portfolios and presentations.
  • Assignments are investigative in nature, enabling you to develop your principles, analyse, critically appraise and evaluate relevant issues, demonstrating your creativity and sustainable thinking.

Careers and employability

This course provides an opportunity for graduates from disciplines unrelated to real estate and construction to embark on a professional career, leading to Chartered Surveyor or Chartered Building Engineer status.

Our MSc Building Surveying course has an outstanding reputation for producing employable graduates: 97% of postgraduate property management and development students are in work or further study within just six months of graduating, earning an average salary of £30,300 (DLHE 2015-2016). The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), enabling successful graduates entry to the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) of the RICS; a prerequisite for full Chartered Surveyor status, and is accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.

The APC is the on-the-job training scheme that graduates need to complete to qualify as a chartered surveyor. Find out more about how to complete your APC and become RICS qualified.

Where do MSc Building Surveying graduates from NTU work?

Our graduates are highly regarded by employers, enjoy excellent career prospects and have gone on to work for a wide range of major national and international organisations.

Recent graduate destinations include Vinci, Transport for London, Faithful + Gould, Cushman & Wakefield, Laing O'Rourke, and Frank Knight.

Our Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service.

Throughout the year, our Employability team runs a series of events specifically for students studying in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, such as the Property, Design and Construction Fair, offering employers the opportunity to advertise roles to our students.

NTU Property, Design and Construction Fair, 2017


The majority of your lectures and seminars will take place in the Newton building.

Industry standard software

You will have the opportunity to use and familiarise yourself with our industry-standard software, including:

  • digital mapping
  • development appraisal
  • property and environmental risk information
  • industry-standard information systems and databases.

Dedicated resource centre

Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre, based in the Maudslay building, enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with computers, large format plotters and desk space, together with journals and publications – both current and archived.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across our City Campus, with PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage and high-speed online printing services, with a free printing allowance for each student.

Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.

Books and library resources

Our state-of-the-art Boots library will give you access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within the built environment. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books.

Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist subject knowledge and can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources, and also with areas such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

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If you hold a first degree but it doesn't meet the entry requirements above, please refer to the information below.

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English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

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