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BScBuilding Surveying

Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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BSc (Hons) Building Surveying sandwich course received 100% overall satisfaction from the National Student Survey 2014.

If you are interested in the various aspects, uses, practicalities and history of building techniques, styles and materials, then this is the course for you. It develops the skills needed to become the equivalent of a building doctor – able to diagnose, investigate, analyse and test all aspects of building performance.

Why choose this course?
It’s accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
You will have the opportunity to apply for a one-year work placement
You’ll gain experience from a European field trip (included in fees)
It’s a professional route to becoming a chartered surveyor
You’ll have the opportunity of a mentor from industry
You will work on real projects with companies
You’ll get to go on lots of site visits and hear from visiting industry experts
Did you know?
NTU is in the top three universities in the UK for the number of students on building related courses on year-long work placements. (HESA data 2012/13)

European field trip
Second year students from all of the Property Management and Development courses are currently on an international field trip. Find out more about the trip to Berlin in a behind-the-scenes blog.

In your second year you will have the chance to go on a European field trip. This will give you opportunity to

meet and learn from practitioners
work on projects in new and different cultures
gain insight into the global aspects of the property industry
In 2012 students visited Milan and in 2013 and 2014, students visited Malta.

What do our students say?
“I enjoyed the Building Design Project module; it involved going on site, conducting multiple surveys and producing work in the exact same manner as it would be done in practice.”
Simon Guild, BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

Programme structure

What will you study?
The course provides you with detailed specialist knowledge and skills in areas including:

building construction, conservation and restoration
building design
building pathology
contract administration
construction technology.
You will develop an detailed understanding of architectural styles and influences, the history of buildings and building techniques, the evaluation of building elements and the performance of building materials.

You will learn to diagnose, investigate, analyse and test all aspects of building performance. In addition, you will develop the ability to assess alternative uses of existing buildings and to identify and supervise remediation and refurbishment projects and to apply health and safety legislation.

You will also develop core surveying competencies in areas such as:

business planning
client care
project management.
Below is a list of the modules you’ll study.

Year One – An introduction to skills for practice
The modules in Year One are shared with BSc (Hons) Planning and Development, BSc (Hons) Property Finance and Investment and BSc (Hons) Property Finance and Investment. This enables you to build a foundation in the core competencies and subjects across all property and surveying disciplines.

Surveying Skills (20 credits)
Professional Academic and Business Skills (20 credits)
Economics and Valuation (20 credits)
Law (20 credits)
Construction (20 credits)
Planning and Land Use (20 credits)
Year Two – Development of practice

Contract Administration and Procurement (20 credits)
Structural Appraisal (20 credits)
Building Design Project (40 credits)
Property Development: Principles and Practice (20 credits)
Employability and Commercial Awareness (40 credits)
Year Three
Optional work placement year
This is your opportunity to gain real experience in industry through a work placement year.

Final year – Application and analysis

Heritage and Conservation (20 credits)
Building Surveying Practice (40 credits)
Building Pathology (40 credits)
Research Project (20 credits)
During your studies you will have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with, and utilise industry-standard software including:

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

How do you study?
Most content is delivered through practice-based teaching which gives you the opportunity to understand the course material and its theoretical framework within the context of real professional practice and activity.

On average you will receive 12 – 15 hours of teaching per week from a combination of:

seminars and tutorials
field work – site visits, field trips, practical exercises
You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.

Outside of the timetabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, completing coursework and directed reading to expand your knowledge.

How are you assessed?
You will be assessed through a mix of coursework, practical exercises and exams.
The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and will consist of group and individual projects, reports, presentations and essays.
You will receive feedback throughout each module.

To progress through the course you will need to achieve 120 credits each year. The amount of credits for each module are listed above.

Trips and study visits
Site visits and field trips form an integral part of the learning process, allowing you to put theory into practice. As well as the second year European field trip, recent trips have included:

Sheffield: visit hosted by Sheffield County Council and South Yorkshire Forest Partnerships. Students gained an insight into regional development activities visiting several regeneration sites in the city
London: As part of the Law module, students visited the Houses of Parliament and the High Court and were given a lecture by a London based lawyer
York: A heritage planning and conversation task was set in the historical city to support learning on the Planning and Land Use module
Our links with industry
You will benefit from our great links with industry which help ensure that everything you learn can be applied to the real world. This will be through real briefs set by companies, guest lecturers from industry, visits to development sites, industry sponsored awards and work placements.

Recent examples include:

Nottinghamshire Scouts – enlisted the help of Building Surveying students to put forward ideas for a £100,000 refurbishment of a disused barn – which will form part of the Scouts proposals to transform the unused building.
Savills – students visited their London West End offices and were given a presentation on the current market and career development
Derwent Valley World Heritage site – with the kind permission of the Arkwright Society students visited Cromford Mill, working in multidisciplinary groups to conduct detailed building survey work to inform a planning consideration and development scheme
Nottingham Regeneration Ltd – guest lecture on regeneration projects around Nottingham Train station
Is the course professionally accredited?
Yes, the course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Gaining an RICS-accredited degree is the most accepted way of becoming a chartered surveyor. After completing an RICS-accredited degree or diploma you’ll then need two or three years’ work experience before taking your RICS professional assessment interview – known as the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Learn from expert staff
Our Real Estate subject team is made up of experienced academics and staff who have recently joined from industry. These, together with regular visiting experts, provide an up-to-date education, informed by current practice and industry developments.

Find out more some of the academic team on the BSc (Hons) Building Surveying course:
First Year Tutor

It’s a flexible course
The modules in Year One are shared with BSc (Hons) Planning and Development, BSc (Hons) Property Finance and Investment and BSc (Hons) Real Estate.

This enables you to develop a multi-disciplinary understanding of the industry and also have the flexibility to switch to either of the other courses at the start of your second year if you feel they are more aligned to your career aspirations.

Career opportunities

Your career development
In 2013, 95% of our students were in employment or further education six months after graduation. (DLHE survey 2012/2013)

You will be prepared to succeed in the property industry through:

work placements
working on real projects from industry
field work
input from industry professionals
regularly updated course content.
Where do Building Surveying graduates from NTU work?
Graduates tend to secure employment within:

national, regional and international real estate consultancies
construction cost management consultants
local authorities
hospitals and other public sector organisations
building and engineering contractors
property departments of national and international companies
global property development companies.
Recent graduate destinations include:

Baily Garner – Graduate surveyor
Deloitte – Building Surveyor
EC Harris LLP – Graduate Building Surveyor
Foxtons – Tenancy Manager
Lovell Partnerships – Site Manager
Metropolitan Housing Trust – Graduate Building Surveyor
Michael Dyson Associates Ltd – Assistant Project Manager
Peter Barry Estate Agents – Estate Agent
Sanderson Weatherall – Graduate Building Surveyor
Surrey County Council – Assistant Building Surveyor
Thomas Vale Construction – Facilities Management Co-ordinator
TP Knotweed Solutions – Owner Director
University of Warwick – Assistant Maintenance Office
What’s a typical starting salary?
The average salary for graduates from the sandwich BSc (Hons) Building Surveying course starting work in 2013 was £23,000 (DLHE survey 2012/13).

Employers come to NTU to recruit
Each year we hold a Property, Design and Construction recruitment fair on the City site. This is a fantastic event full of employers looking to recruit for graduate roles. Take a look at the prestigious companies that attend.

Getting your full RICS membership
If you aspire to become a RICS Chartered Surveyor you will need to complete two years of relevant professional work experience and professional assessment – the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). If you undertake a sandwich placement, this will normally count as the first year of your professional work experience.

Employability Team
Our Employability Team is here to inspire and enhance every stage of your career planning, whether you’re an undergraduate, postgraduate or graduate, they will be on-hand to help.

Find jobs and opportunities, gain work experience or come and visit us to discuss your future.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States