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What will I learn?

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.

Which department am I in?

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
£15,030.00 (US$ 20,679) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Salford

The Crescent,



M5 4WT, England

Online/Distance (2.5 years)

Tuition fees
£1,890 per 30 credits
Start date

Expected September 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelor's/professional bachelor's degree holders (when awarded by a regionally-accredited institution) with a general GPA of 2.75 or above will be considered for postgraduate study. We require an IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.

For international students

Applicants must have a minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2). We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this. TOEFL IBT and TOELF IBT (home edition): 79 overall including minimum listening - 17; reading - 18; writing - 17; speaking - 20.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London