MSc Commercial Building Surveying

Start date(s)
September 2021
Study mode
Full-time (1 year)
Part-time (2 years)

Tuition fees 21/22

Home (full-time, per year): £8,500

Home (per credit): £47.22

International (full-time, per year): £16,100

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About this course

All Commercial Building Surveying professionals will benefit from LJMU's RICS accredited Masters course, providing direct entry to the RICS APC training programme.

  • Benefit from the internationally recognised research in our Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute
  • Study on a course accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Select the part-time study option if you are already in employment
  • Look forward to direct entrance on to the RICS APC professional training programme on graduation
  • Network with industry professionals using our state-of-the-art learning technology

Designed as a conversion course for holders of non-cognate first degrees, this programme focuses on developing an awareness of technical, legal and management issues. You’ll gain the professional and sound technical understanding required to operate successfully in a strategic business environment and you’ll be able to specialise in a subject of your choice during your dissertation.

All course lecturers are dedicated to providing the best opportunities to develop your skillset. Staff come from a variety of backgrounds and have years of industry experience to pass on to you. They also carry out internationally recognised research into various aspects of the discipline.


Indeed it is this research and our extensive links with professional bodies and employers, that ensure all of our postgraduate degrees are industry-focused, globally relevant and at the forefront of knowledge development in this field.

Throughout the course you will have the support of a personal tutor to provide you with one-to-one guidance and advice. On graduation you will have the professional accreditation and networks, in addition to the skills and techniques, to progress quickly in this dynamic field.

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)

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  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (Graduate Outcomes, 2018/19) of our postgraduates in work or further study 15 months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

When you graduate with an MSc in Commercial Building Surveying you will be eligible for direct entrance on to the RICS APC professional training programme which can then lead to full Chartered status. Our graduates usually progress to professional training programmes and roles within construction organisations, public and private businesses.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core modules

Building Management
20 credits

This module aims to enable students to understand, appraise and analyse the complexities of managing buildings from an asset management perspective, taking into account the impact of their pathological condition, maintenance and management of their operational functions.

Building Technology
20 credits

This module enables you to understand and evaluate the principles and techniques used in the construction of buildings. You will gain a critical understanding of the properties and performance of building materials required and will come to appreciate the importance and complexity of building construction and technology. You will also investigate the decision making process involved in specifying the correct materials and integrating appropriate building services, in accordance with approved building regulations.

Design Management
20 credits

During your studies on this module you will come to appreciate the importance of developing and proposing building design and refurbishment projects in accordance with the strategic direction of clients and commercial business.This module helps you to understand, appraise and analyse the complexities of designing and refurbishing buildings, by exploring project objectives and aspirations from the client’s perspective. You will gain a strategic appreciation of how to design, refurbish and specify building projects by consistently focusing on and aligning decisions with expected client outcomes and benefits.

Law and Contract
20 credits

This module develops your knowledge of legal studies, enabling you to evaluate the application of the statutory framework to land and property ownership and occupation. It provides a critical appreciation of the legal issues around contract law and problems relevant to the surveying profession. 

Collaborative BIM Project
20 credits

This module develops your practical and team skills, within the context of collaborative working, on an industry project. You will follow BIM protocols and practice as part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary project team to achieve project success.

10 credits

This module enables you to develop a critical understanding of the Law of Dilapidations and its application, within the context of commercial property. You will come to appreciate the importance of successfully negotiating dilapidations claims, through the interrogation of commercial property leases.

Research Methods
10 credits

This module focuses on your critical understanding of the research process. In preparation for your research study, it also develops skills in research design, implementation and presentation. You will come to understand the differing techniques, strategies and methods used to undertake research in the built environment.

60 credits

This module develops and tests your ability to prepare a dissertation, based on the study of a subject related to your chosen discipline within the built environment. Dissertation preparation normally takes place after completion of the Postgraduate Diploma stage.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

You can expect to spend around 12 hours each week in lectures.

Teaching methods

You will learn via lectures, laboratory work, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions, combined with your own research using our library and the web.

Applied learning

In addition to the School’s extensive and long-standing links with the profession, this MSc course has its own direct links with industry through a special lectures programme, featuring a highly experienced team of practitioners from across the UK. This offers you great networking opportunities with key contacts along with the opportunity to engage with the latest thinking and practice in the sector.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme.

Assessment methods on this programme include: examinations, coursework (e.g. projects, technical reports, reviews), and presentations (individual and group).

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Matthew Tucker

Dr Matthew Tucker

Programme Leader

Highly experienced in teaching leadership and programme management, Matthew’s research in the field of facilities management culminated in winning a Fulbright Scholar Award which has gained international recognition.A highly regarded industry professional and a Chartered Surveyor with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Matthew is Associate Editor of Facilities, one of the leading academic journals in the field of facilities management.Matthew’s research interests include: facilities management; performance measurement; customer satisfaction; workplace productivity; sustainability and built environment education research.

I enjoy working with diverse and engaging students who are passionate about a career in the built environment. I like working with industry and academic leaders around the world to deliver cutting edge research projects that influence industry best practice and feed directly into teaching materials.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

This programme is based in the City Campus. Besides well-equipped workshops, we have: a structural testing laboratory, a concrete laboratory, a radio frequency and microwave laboratory, a highways research laboratory, an industrial chemistry laboratory, a soil mechanics laboratory, hydraulics laboratory, surveying laboratory, light structure and materials laboratory, building information modelling (BIM) software and expertise and smart homes.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree 


  • an equivalent professional qualification with appropriate work experience

Additional information:

  • IELTS English language requirement: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson PTE Academic 64 (minimum 59 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

You need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient level of knowledge to embark on the programme and to complete it within the time limits. You should provide evidence, at the interview stage, of your learning capabilities and commitment to a postgraduate programme of study.

Applications from non-standard applicants are welcomed. In exceptional circumstances applications by mature healthcare practitioners without sufficient qualifications will be considered.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

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