Commercial Building Surveying

Commercial Building Surveying MSc

Course fees (2017/18 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home full time annual tuition fee: £5,950
Home cost per credit: £33.00
International full time annual tuition fee: £12,660

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Course type

MSc

School

Built Environment

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

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

  • Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
  • Internationally recognised research in our Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute
  • Fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Designed as a conversion course for holders of non-cognate first degrees
  • Part time option if you are already in employment
  • Graduates eligible for direct entrance on to the RICS APC professional training programme
  • Opportunity to network with people in the industry using our state-of-the-art learning technology

Gain RICS accreditation and direct entry on to the RICS APC training programme.

The balance between academic studies and practical field visits enabled me to augment the knowledge gained in the classroom with real life working projects.

Amanda Gordon, recent graduate

Introduction to the School

The Department of Built Environment delivers an exciting range of professionally-accredited postgraduate programmes designed to develop innovative and creative professionals equipped to react to the challenges of the modern global built environment.

Our portfolio of programmes includes courses for experienced practitioners who want to enhance or refocus their skills to secure promotion or enter a new area within this fascinating profession. We also run courses specifically designed to equip aspiring entrants to the sector with the skills and competencies they need to succeed.

Whatever your ambitions are for the future, our postgraduate qualifications will ensure you enjoy excellent career prospects both in the UK and internationally and enable you to provide ‘real world’ solutions to the challenges of sustainable global development.

World-class research

The Department of Built Environment is recognised as one of the UK’s leading research departments for built environment and sustainability research. Around 83% of research from LJMU’s School of the Built Environment submitted to the REF 2014 is considered as being of international importance or recognised internationally.

This work, combined with our extensive links with professional bodies and employers, ensures that all of our postgraduate degrees are industry-focused, globally relevant and at the forefront of knowledge development in this field.

Why study this course at LJMU?

Around 83% of research carried out by LJMU's Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute is considered as being of 'international importance' or 'recognised internationally' (REF 2014).

This work, combined with our extensive links with professional bodies and employers, ensures that all of our postgraduate degrees are industry-focused, globally relevant and at the forefront of knowledge development in this field.

All of your lecturers are dedicated to providing you with the best opportunities to develop your skills in Building Surveying. Staff come from a variety of backgrounds and have years of industry experience to pass on to you.

Course lecturers also carry out internationally recognised research into various aspects of the discipline. Being at the forefront of research, your lecturers will help you to develop into the top Building Surveyors of the future.

Throughout the course you will also have the support of a personal tutor to provide one-to-one guidance and advice if you need help on your course.Graduating from this course will provide you with the professional accreditation and networks, in addition to the skills and techniques to progress quickly in this dynamic field.

Programme outline and structure

If you are interested in forging a career as a Chartered Building Surveyor, this programme will give you the knowledge, skills and experience needed for a wide range of career options in property and construction.

This course focuses on developing an awareness of technical, legal and management issues. You’ll also gain a professional and sound technical understanding of the issues to operate successfully in a strategic business environment.You will complete an individual dissertation, providing the opportunity to focus on a subject that interests you.The School of the Built Environment works in close partnership with industry and practice through scholarship, research, consultancy and providing lifelong learning. Our programmes are responsive to the changing needs of industry, government, local communities and professional practice.

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.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7 
  • Building Management
  • Building Technology
  • Design Management
  • Law And Contract
  • Collaborative BIM Project
  • Dilapidations
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email courses@ljmu.ac.uk if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

Teaching on the course is via a combination of lectures, laboratory work, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions, combined with your own research using our library and the web. You can expect to spend around 12 hours per week in lectures.

This course includes a variety of assessment methods including examinations, coursework (e.g. projects, technical reports, reviews), and presentations (individual and group). Your tutors will also provide prompt and constructive feedback via Blackboard (our virtual learning environment). This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

Staff research interests

Being at the forefront of research, your lecturers will help you to develop into the top building surveyors of the future.

We combine research expertise with our extensive links with professional bodies and employers. This ensures that all of our postgraduate degrees are industry-focused, globally relevant and at the forefront of knowledge development.

The Department of Built Environment is recognised as a leading contributor of enhanced applied and ‘blue skies’ knowledge, blending traditional built environment fields of research with innovative and highly advanced areas of engineering.

The Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Centre (BEST) has been awarded Institute status in recognition of its outstanding work. BEST is supported internationally by the EU, UK and USA Ministry of Defence, Carbon Trust and Technology Strategy Board, as well as by industrial partners including United Utilities, NHS, Tarmac and Taylor Woodrow.

Entry requirements (Home)

An Honours degree with a minimum 2.2 classification or a professional qualification of equivalent standing together with such relevant professional experience as deemed appropriate by the School.

Non-UK applicants will be expected to have demonstrated competence in English language equivalent to a minimum of IELTS 6.5. Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?

No

IELTS

6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Pearson

58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes


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

Financial support

Tuition fees

All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.

Sources of funding

 

Postgraduate loans

Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The new loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans will be available to those under 60 at the start of their course.

Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to: ljmu.ac.uk/postgraduate-funding LJMU Alumni Award

Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*). 

Postgraduate International Scholarships

LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. 

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.



Earn While You Learn

Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. 

Employer sponsorship

Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

Support for disabled students

Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

Council tax exemption

All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.


Graduate employment

LJMU has been selected as a partnering establishment by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and this programme is fully accredited by the RICS.

When you graduate with an MSc Commercial Building Surveying will be eligible for direct entrance on to the RICS APC professional training programme which can then lead to full Chartered status.

The School of Built Environment has an excellent employability rate of graduates. Our students progress to professional training programmes and roles within a variety of construction organisations, public and private consultancy businesses.

Ian Williams, a local employer says that “the School of the Built Environment at LJMU provides excellent learning facilities and opportunities for students wishing to make the most of their studies. Over the past 20 years I have employed a number of Building Surveying graduates and I am pleased to be able to say that the education they gained at LJMU provided them with the tools to be able to adapt to a challenging career in the construction industry.”

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.

Scholarships

LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

English for Postgraduate courses bursary

A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.

This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where 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.
Further guidance on programme changes

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