London South Bank University


Not just a desk job

Buildings are an integral part of all of our lives; our homes, schools, work places and public places wouldn't exist without building surveyors. This course will teach the underpinnings of building construction, as well as how to maintain and use them sustainably. Being a building surveyor is very varied work; much of the job is undertaken on site visits (it's not just a desk job) and no two days will be the same.

The programme is for those involved in the maintenance, refurbishment, alteration and extension of existing buildings, or in project management and design for public bodies, commercial organisations and professional practice firms.

Students coming to us from a non-construction/surveying background will be taught alongside those who have completed an undergraduate surveying degree and who are already working in the industry. As a result, the student cohort is diverse and contains a wide range of viewpoints. We've had students with backgrounds as diverse as drama, law and science.

We offer different course options, depending on your circumstances:

  • Cognate version:


    If you hold an undergraduate Surveying degree, you should apply for the ‘Surveying graduates’ route as you will study fewer modules; your previous study will be taken into account.
  • Non-Cognate version:


    If you do not hold an undergraduate Surveying degree, you should apply for our ‘Conversion’ course. Three supplementary modules at the beginning of the course bring you up to speed in relation to Valuation & Surveying, Construction and Institutional & Legal Context for Property before you embark on the masters level modules. These supplementary modules are a distinguishing feature of the course and are highly valued by students and their employers. There is a higher fee for this course because you will be studying more credits.
  • For either of the above routes, you can opt to study either a full Masters qualification or a PGDip (without dissertation) qualification. Please note: Postgraduate loan funding via Student Finance England, is only available for students taking full Masters courses without any module exemptions. PGDip courses are ineligible for this scheme.

Why study at Building Surveying LSBU?

  • Great teaching: No. 1 London university: for 'satisfied with teaching' and 'satisfied with assessment' in Building, town and country planning (Guardian League Table 2018).
  • Ranked 1st amongst London modern competitors for Overall Score in Building (Complete University Guide 2021).  
  • History: we’ve been educating building professionals for over 100 years – and have strong industry connections

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree, the subject area does not matter as number the  of students undertake the course as part of a career change

Career Prospects

LSBU provides an Employability Service to help students prepare for a successful career. It includes an online board, Job Shop advisers, Careers Gym, Student Enterprise team, and group workshops on CVs, interview techniques, and finding work experience. Nearly 100% of graduates have found employment since the inception of the course, working in a range of organisations.

Career opportunities after completing MSc; PgDip BUILDING SURVEYING:

  • Architectural technologist.
  • Building surveyor.
  • Commercial/residential surveyor.
  • Construction manager.
  • Estimator.
  • Planning and development surveyor.
  • Project manager.
  • Quantity surveyor.

Course Details

By studying a combination of core and optional modules the course provides the skills required to practise. In order to complete the MSc stage, you are required to take a Research Methods unit and undertake a dissertation on a topic approved by your supervisor.

Core Modules

Building pathology
Property and building law
Building surveying project
Use and performance of buildings
Property and asset management
Dissertation (MSc Only)
Additional modules (conversion course only)
Institutional and legal context for property
Valuations and surveying

Additional modules (conversion course only)

Institutional and legal context for property
Valuations and surveying

Optional modules

Behavioural finance
Building control
Building Information Modelling and Collaborative Working
Health and safety management in construction
History of architecture and construction
International real estate and construction
Legal resolution of property and construction disputes

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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