London South Bank University

PgDip Building Surveying (Cognate)

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.

Entry Requirements

Conversion

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

For Surveying graduates/professionals

  • A minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree in a Surveying subject, or
  • Corporate membership of a professional body concerned with property or construction, for example, CIOB, RIBA, RTPI, CIOH or other relevant body of equal standing.

Bangladesh: 

  • You need either a first degree (usually at least a 2:2) or a minimum of three years' post-qualification experience in a relevant field to take a postgraduate degree at LSBU.
  • It's essential postgraduate candidates have high standards in math's or numeracy, communication and IT and can demonstrate a good knowledge and interest in the subject area they're applying for.

Career Prospects

Employability

Nearly 100% of graduates have found employment since the inception of this course. Graduates work in a range of organisations including both small and large private practices, local authorities, housing associations and government organisations, as well as property and construction companies.

Employability Service

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills

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.

Semester 1

Valuation and Surveying
Construction
Use and Performance of Buildings
Building Pathology
Institutional & Legal Context for Property

Semester 2

Property and Building Law
Property and Asset Management
Building Surveying Project
Building Pathology
Option
Dissertation

*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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