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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • E C Harris
  • Malcolm Hollis
  • MLM Building Control
  • Moore McDonald
  • VB Evans
  • W H Stephens
  • Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Building Control Surveyor
  • Building Surveyor
  • Contracts Manager
  • Development Officer
  • Estate Surveyor
  • Graduate Surveyor

Overview

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The effective assessment and care of our built environment through a professionally informed approach.

Summary

Study Building Surveying at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

Building surveyors are concerned with the provision of expert advice on all aspects of design, construction, maintenance and repair of buildings and the conservation of the built heritage. Much of their work involves the assessment of the condition of buildings and specifying remedial work to be undertaken.

The work of the Building Surveyor is wide ranging and involves both site and office based activities.

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About this course

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About

The degree programme in Building Surveying provides the specialist knowledge and skills necessary to enter the Building Surveying profession at graduate level with a view to completing the Assessment of Professional Competence to gain professional membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Course content is aimed at providing an understanding of the roles and purposes of building surveying and its relationship with other disciplines within the industry. In addition to core areas of technology, maintenance management and building conservation, professional practice skills are further developed through integrated project work in all years of the programme.

Attendance

This part-time course is normally of 6 years duration, however, depending on previous experience and qualifications gained, some level of exemption may be available.

Each academic year comprises 2 semesters with 60 credit points taught in each academic year, normally 3 modules of 20 credit points. Each credit point represents ten hours of study with approximately 25% being in the form of lectures / tutorials/ directed study, the remaining time being used for independent study.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is 300 UCAS Tariff Points including at least Grades BB at GCE A level. All subject areas considered.

BTEC

Overall BTEC award profile 300 UCAS Tariff Points overall DDM.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile 300 UCAS Tariff Points (from 5 Highers) to include Grades BBBBB. Mathematics, and English at grade C (Ordinary Level) required. All subject areas considered.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is 300 UCAS Tariff Points to include AABCC.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is 300 UCAS Tariff Points to include BBB.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile Minimum 26 points(13 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile with 70%. In Science, Science and Technology, Humanities or Social Science.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include C in Mathematics and C in English Language

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

The programme incorporates a range of teaching methods to encourage students to adopt a knowledge seeking attitude; to build up confidence in their own ability to learn to make reasoned judgements based on available evidence; and to incorporate a practical-based dimension to their studies. The teaching and learning methods are designed to offer both academic and subject progression from Level 4 through to Level 6. In conjunction with the respective learning methods at each level, students are encouraged to adopt a student centred approach to their learning, through directed reading and individual research of projects and case studies.

Exemptions and transferability

Most students enter into Year 1, however if evidence of previous relevant study exists you may be considered for entry to later years. Transfer may also be available between part -time and full-time modes of study. Each year of study on the part time mode equates to 1/2 a year of study on a full time mode. Transfer to full time study would normally be at the end of years 2 or 4.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • E C Harris
  • Malcolm Hollis
  • MLM Building Control
  • Moore McDonald
  • VB Evans
  • W H Stephens
  • Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Building Control Surveyor
  • Building Surveyor
  • Contracts Manager
  • Development Officer
  • Estate Surveyor
  • Graduate Surveyor

Career options

Most graduates are employed in professional surveying practices, government or commercial organisations.

This course also provides an ideal foundation for graduates who wish to undertake postgraduate study or research within the Ulster University or other academic institutions.

Professional recognition

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership.

Academic profile

The course is actively supported by a team of professionally and academically recognised teaching staff.

Mr Ken Boston is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the Building Surveying Professional Practice Group. He has been appointed by the Environment Minister to the ‘Historic Buildings Council of Northern Ireland’. In addition he has been appointed by the DOE / NIEA to the ‘Joint Council of Industrial Heritage of Northern Ireland’.

Dr Trevor Hyde has an internationally recognised profile for research in advanced glazing and renewable energy technologies. He has received several Local, National and International research grant awards and has worked widely with industrial partners on product research and development.

Mrs Joanne Wright is a member of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers and is an educational and training advisor for the region.

Dr Chapman has a PhD in the ‘Non destructive testing of timber’ and was extensively involed with the partner colleges offering Built Environment programmes.

Apply

Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Scholarships, awards and prizes

RICS - Best Student in Final Year Surveying Programmes £75

School of the Built Environment Prize - Best student in Level 5 Building Surveying £50

Contact

Faculty Office

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6521

E: adbe@ulster.ac.uk

Course Director: Dr Trevor Hyde

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 8235

E: t.hyde@ulster.ac.uk