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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Salford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 Year

Course summary

Finding new uses for existing building stock is crucial to supporting the growth of our cities and urban areas. By providing a broad range of professional, technical, legal, and managerial advice, building surveyors are integral this process - and career opportunities in this field are growing. If you are interested in a role where you can help to transform buildings, then this postgraduate degree with Salford is your next step.

Designed to prime you for a graduate surveyor role, our RICS-accredited Building Surveying postgraduate degree course is recommended for graduates and experienced industry professionals seeking a career conversion route. The course is available with full-time, part-time and distance learning pathways.

During your studies, you'll focus on the core technical skills that underpin the building surveyor’s particular expertise in understanding the fabric of existing buildings. You'll examine how BIM technology is revolutionising practice, and consider the latest industry trends as you explore how buildings can be re-purposed for refurbishment, conservation, or adaptation.

There are few better places in the UK to study building surveying that Salford. Located just over a mile from Manchester city centre, we're at the heart of the UK's largest property and construction market outside of London, with plenty of live case study and a strong network of construction companies where you can grow your career.

You will:

  • Study the core technological skills that underpin the building surveyor’s particular expertise in the fabric of existing buildings, including how buildings are constructed, and how they can deteriorate and fail
  • Learn how buildings can be brought back into use at the end of their lives through refurbishment, conservation, and adaptation
  • Understand the legal, professional and statutory context of the building surveyor’s role, including requirements relating to planning permission, construction contracts, and professional conduct


This course will equip you for a rewarding career as a building surveyor in the construction industry. The life of a building surveyor is varied and challenging and it is highly likely that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to travel, and that you’ll play a key role in shaping the built environment.

With an extensive understanding of buildings, the law, property and construction, you will be well equipped to pursue roles in a variety of areas including: building defect diagnostics, the conservation of historic buildings, acquisition and condition surveying, refurbishments alterations and extensions, the specification and supervision of construction work, dilapidations, party walls and rights to light work, and the design of new buildings.


Guest lecturers from the building surveying profession with expertise in relevant areas are invited to give lectures throughout the duration of the course. Field trips are organised in co-operation with local surveying practices, giving full-time students the opportunity to visualise what is taught and apply it to a real-world context.

The School enjoys excellent links with the local, national and international property and construction industries. This programme meets the needs of the industry by providing formal postgraduate level education for new entrants to the building surveying profession.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,030per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Salford

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  • Campus address

    University of Salford, The Crescent, Salford, Manchester, M5 4WT, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    8th out of 10

  • Entry standards

    / Max 138
    109 54%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.64 73%


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