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Building Surveying BSc (Hons)

Develop the knowledge and skills required to become a Building Surveyor. You will develop construction technology and building pathology skills; equipping you to provide a wide range of construction and surveying expertise.

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Overview

Building Surveying focuses on all aspects of property and construction from supervising large mixed-use developments to planning domestic extensions; you could be involved with the conservation and restoration of historic buildings to contemporary new developments.

Our course will help you gain an understanding of the technical aspects of construction, management and measurement skills bringing together all aspects of the building process, from concept through to completion. You will learn to understand design, technical and legislative elements and sustainability to achieve the best quality and value within the project’s specifications. You are likely to be involved in a range of services, from building pathology, land and building surveying to contract management.

You will be able to advance your professional skills through an optional industry placement between years two and three. This placement year can count as part of the required experience for Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors professional status.

Key features

  • Benefit from our 125-year history, which makes Leicester School of Architecture (LSA) one of the most established schools of its kind in the UK; it has a strong sense of community along with a technical and design ethos that recognises the interdependence of academia and the profession.
  • On this course you will study a range of topics including Sustainable Building Principles, Building and Land Surveying, Building Conservation and Building Assessment and Adaption.

  • Enhance your studies with DMU Global, our international experience programme. Students in the LSA have previously visited Berlin, Malaysia, Switzerland, Paris, and Amsterdam, as well as built homes in India and rammed-earth shelters in Morocco.
  • The award-winning  Vijay Patel Building provides both the space and the facilities to foster creative thinking. You will also benefit from a range of industry-standard analysis tools that can be used for teaching and research purposes such as AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite and Building Information Modelling.
  • We provide core workshop materials at no cost, and give cash awards – £150, £200 and £300 in years one, two and three respectively – to support personal materials/printing costs*.
  • This new course is currently pending accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, which will mean your learning is kept relevant to industry and recognised by employers as a benchmark of quality.

 


 

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: K23041

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition full-time fees will be £9,250 per year.

Find out more about course tuition fees and available funding.

Students of this course qualify for financial support as part of The DMU Difference. We will provide awards of £150, £200 and £300, for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*.

*Awards are available to students undertaking full-time study and pro-rata for part-time students. Students on placement and therefore not incurring such costs are not eligible for financial assistance.

Important information on The DMU Difference.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding international: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £13,750 per year.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Students of this course qualify for financial support as part of The DMU Difference. We will provide awards of £150, £200 and £300, for students in years one, two and three respectively, towards materials and specialist printing*.

*Awards are available to students undertaking full-time study and pro-rata for part-time students. Students on placement and therefore not incurring such costs are not eligible for financial assistance.

Important information on The DMU Difference.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

A good portfolio and normally:

  • Art and Design Foundation or
  • 112 points from at least 2 A levels or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points

Plus five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature and Maths or Science at grade 4 or above.

  • Pass Access QAA Accredited AHE Diploma with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent) and GCSE English (Language or Literature) and Maths or Science at grade 4 or above

We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English and Maths or Science at grade 4 or above.

International students

English language

If English is not your first language then an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) is essential.

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

 

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Accreditations

 

First year

  • Architectural Representation 1 
  • Building Technology 1 
  • Architectural Detailing 
  • Sustainable Building Principles 
  • Building and Land Surveying 

Second year 

  • Contracts, Law and Procurement
  • Building Technology 2
  • Building Surveying Practice
  • Professional Practice
  • Building Conservation and Measurement
  • Optional Placement Year

Third year

  • Contract and Law 
  • Building Assessment and Management
  • Integrated Digital Design and new Technologies  
  • Integrated Design Project 
  • Building Information Technology and Modelling

This course sits within the suite of Built Environment programmes at DMU. It aims to prepare students for employability and for Chartered membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, following two years of practical training and also for those wishing to progress to Masters courses.

Module assessment strategies have a wide range of methods including portfolio presentations, essays, reports, oral and graphical presentations and continuous assessment regimes, particularly in the studio-based aspects of modules.

Our integrated team of built environment professionals teach and research architecture, technology and sustainability. The academic team is committed to a rich range of teaching, learning and student support, and assessment methods to reflect the vocational nature of the course. The course draws on the wide range of research expertise in the Leicester School of Architecture, ranging from architectural design, technology and sustainability. You will also benefit from the input of  practitioners and specialists and visiting guest lecturers. 

Contact hours

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports). Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 16 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 23 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

 

This new course is currently pending accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, which will mean your learning is kept relevant to industry and recognised by employers as a benchmark of quality.

Facilities and features

Art and design facilities

The award-winning Vijay Patel Building brings all of our art and design courses together providing inspiring, flexible spaces, studios and facilities which invite creativity and innovation.

Students use our state-of-the-art workshops, labs and studios to experiment and test in the same way they will in industry. There is access to advanced and precise laser cutters, 3D scanning / 3D printing, milling and rapid prototyping machines. Alongside model making, small scale video production and a high-performance computing facility with a range of software and analysis tools that can be used for teaching and research purposes.

We will provide access to CAD facilities benefiting from a  range of software and analysis tools, such as AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds max, Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUp, Rhino / Grasshopper, V-Ray, Design Builder and NHER Plan Assessor. Measuring equipment will be provided including Leica Sprinter 50 Levels, Leico Disto D110 Laser Distance Measurers and Protimeter Digital Moisture Meters and the Faro 3D scanner on site.

Take a look at our stunning showcase of the building at dmu.ac.uk/aad

You will also benefit from resources and support in the Architecture and Design Resource Centre, our online learning space.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Campus Centre

The home of  De Montfort Students' Union, (DSU) our Campus Centre offers a welcoming and lively hub for student life. Conveniently located at the heart of campus, it includes a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. Here you can find the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and DSU’s shop, SUpplies, selling art supplies, stationery and clothing, and printing and binding services. The building is also home to the DSU officer team. 

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

This course gives you the option to enhance and build your professional skills to progress within your chosen career, through a placement. Our dedicated team offers a range of careers resources and opportunities so you can start planning your future.

We have excellent industry links, ensuring you work on relevant projects and clients briefs to grow your experience and build your external reputation before you graduate. This invaluable experience can enrich student capabilities as well as their final-year projects.

This placement year can count as part of the required experience for Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) professional status.

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons, helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

 

Students on this course have recently undertaken DMU Global trips to European cities including Copenhagen, where they explored first-hand historical and contemporary Danish design, and Berlin, which provided the opportunity to examine the city’s art, artists and museums to gain a broader design perspective. DMU Global trips have also taken students further afield to India and New York.

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Graduate careers

Many of our students will work towards Chartered Membership (MRICS) status upon graduation, by gaining a further two years of practical training.  While for others, the course provides a transition to postgraduate study.

Chartered Building Surveyors are involved in all aspects of property and construction from supervising large mixed-use developments to planning domestic extensions. Whichever sector they work in, building surveyors’ knowledge and understanding of construction technology and building pathology means they are ideally equipped to provide a wide range of services.

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