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Transform your Surveying career with our distance learning Surveying (Housing) MSc. Accredited by both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), the course will teach you all you need to know to succeed in the industry.

From developing your knowledge of the key concepts and frameworks related to built environment disciplines to specific housing skills - such as the ability to plan and develop housing developments, manage rented housing, ensure compliance with planning policy frameworks, and understand contemporary issues affecting housing - this course will enhance your professional profile and earning potential.

Our double accreditation is a reflection of our high standards of teaching. It also shows you’ll be learning industry relevant content which can be applied in everyday working life, before and after graduation.

Choose to start studying in January, April, July or October.

 

             

 

In 2018, one in every 14 surveyors in the UK to be awarded the status of Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors studied at Northumbria (January - June 2018).


 

Transform your Surveying career with our distance learning Surveying (Housing) MSc. Accredited by both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), the course will teach you all you need to know to succeed in the industry.

From developing your knowledge of the key concepts and frameworks related to built environment disciplines to specific housing skills - such as the ability to plan and develop housing developments, manage rented housing, ensure compliance with planning policy frameworks, and understand contemporary issues affecting housing - this course will enhance your professional profile and earning potential.

Our double accreditation is a reflection of our high standards of teaching. It also shows you’ll be learning industry relevant content which can be applied in everyday working life, before and after graduation.

Choose to start studying in January, April, July or October.

 

             

 

In 2018, one in every 14 surveyors in the UK to be awarded the status of Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors studied at Northumbria (January - June 2018).


 

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years Distance Learning

Department
Architecture and Built Environment

Location
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
January 2019 or April 2019 or October 2019 or January 2020 or April 2020

Related Surveying Courses

We offer a number of specialised Surveying MSc courses; all distance learning and all accredited by RICS.

Explore Our Department

Whether you already work in the industry and want to gain a qualification that will help you take that next step up, or you’re looking to change direction, we want to hear from you.

The recommended study time for this course is 15 hours a week, so it is ideal for busy working professionals. It can last between two and four years, depending on how quickly you want to go. Plus, our distance learning delivery and flexible carousel model  means you’ll be able to balance your studies alongside any current commitments – no need for a career break or to disrupt your personal life.

Choose to start studying in January, April, July or October.

As a distance learning student, you can access the same teaching and research facilities as those on campus, while being free to study whenever and wherever you want.

Our eLearning portal will offer 24/7 access to an extensive range of online learning materials (from online readings to videos), in-course communication tools (including discussion forums), advice and support services. You’ll also be part of a strong, global student community where you can participate in interactive seminars with tutors, group tasks and more.

A dedicated Student Success Advisor will also be there to support you from enrolment to all the way through to graduation. They’ll be on hand to provide non-academic guidance and advice, helping you hit those important deadlines and get the most out of your time with us.

Read more about the modules you’ll take below.. During each, you’ll have regular virtual assessments to help you keep on-track. These will be coursework based and the format may vary but all will be submitted through the eLearning portal.

You’ll have access to our University Library Services, including a book postal service and access to over half a million books and eBooks.

Facilities for Distance Learning Students

Related Surveying Courses

We offer a number of specialised Surveying MSc courses; all distance learning and all accredited by RICS.

Throughout the course, your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research. You’ll also be supported to develop your own research skills; our Research Methods module will help you develop the tools and techniques needed to prepare an extensive professional research project. You’ll then put these new skills into practice when you complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

You’ll be taught by tutors with years of experience in the surveying sectors. Their industry knowledge, combined with their on-going research, will provide the best foundation for your learning.

In fact, the quality of our research has put us among the UK’s top 30 universities for the percentage of research outputs in architecture and built environment ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Get to know some of our module tutors below.

Meet Our Staff

We have a number of experienced academics on our Masters. Below are just some of those who may be teaching you on this course.

Research

During your time with us, you’ll build the industry understanding and transferable skills needed to advance your career, even if you’re new to surveying.

Our reputation for quality is reflected in our strong links and collaborations with industry partners, such as RICS and CIH. Experienced practitioners help to influence our academic content, ensuring our students develop the knowledge employers need them to have.

You’ll also improve your interpersonal and research skills, plus your ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation, contribute to new processes and  use judgement when considering ambiguous data – all highly valuable traits to employers.

Our Careers and Employment Service offers a range of resources and support, available online and on a one-to-one basis, for you to tap into.

Successful completion of this course could also lead you to a Postgraduate Research Degree.

 

In 2018, one in every 14 surveyors in the UK to be awarded the status of Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors studied at Northumbria (January - June 2018).


 

Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

This course is perfect for graduates looking to progress a career in housing surveying with a RICS and CIH accredited Masters.

Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have: 

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree.

International qualifications 

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry 

English Language requirements 

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree.

International qualifications

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language requirements

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2018/19 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,000

Full EU Fee: £7,000

Full International Fee: £7,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Click here for UK/EU Masters tuition fee information.

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Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £6,990

Full EU Fee: £6,990

Full International Fee: £6,990

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Click here for UK/EU Masters tuition fee information.

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Click here for additional costs which may be involved while studying.

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Our Application Process

Applying for this course is quick and easy, and can be done using our online applicant portal.

 

As part of the application process, you’ll need to upload a selection of important documents including:

  • Your Bachelor’s degree certificate
  • A copy of your degree transcript (if this was awarded in a language other than English, you’ll need an official translation too)
  • Evidence of any other postgraduate or professional qualifications
  • An updated CV/resume
  • Proof of your English Language proficiency (if English is your second language)
  • A 500 word personal statement

If you are a non standard applicant, you will also need to send us two professional / personal references on headed paper.

 

After receiving your application, our Applicant Services team will aim to respond to you as soon as possible.

 

You are advised to apply early to secure your place and organise any sponsorship, scholarships or funding.

 

Useful application advice:

Our decision making process

Application advice for disabled students

Applying as an international student

 

 

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

 

Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PE7003 -

The Business Environment (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about the strategic management and organisational development contexts that shape the built environment, its markets and professions You will critically review and evaluate the operating environment of built environment organisations through the application of strategic management and organisational development theory.

Within each of these areas you will study a range of topics to support this:
• Strategic Management
o The strategic management process
o The external and internal business environment
o Determining the organisations strategic position
o Moving the organisation on through strategic options and implementation
• Organisational Development
o The meaning and nature of organisations
o Organisation structure and culture
o Management and leadership within organisations
o Organisational development and change

On completion of this module the knowledge and understanding acquired forms part of the broader contextual framework for the study of your discipline specific professional pathway.

You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to the use and evaluation of data; effective communication; self-direction and personal responsibility; and the role of ethics and corporate social responsibility within businesses

More information

PE7004 -

Construction and Sustainable Technologies (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will learn the fundamentals of construction technology in the context of a society’s aim of mitigating climate change. The syllabus includes the processes and technology of commercial and domestic construction, both current and the recent past to equip graduates with the knowledge to manage the construction, maintenance and development of property assets. The importance of the environmental impact of materials and the use of life cycle costing to enhance sustainability will supplement the teaching of low carbon construction technology and energy sources.

Within each of these areas you will study a range of topics to support this:

• Construction technology
o The structural elements, finishes and services found in typical low rise domestic construction.
o The structural elements, finishes and services found in commercial and industrial property.
• Low carbon design
o Site selection and building orientation
o Passive low carbon design in the domestic and commercial field
o Water conservation
o Green roof and wall applications
o Sustainable urban drainage
• Renewable energy applications
o Photovoltaic applications
o Biomass heating
o Ground and air source heat pumps
o Solar water heating
o Wind energy

On completion of this module the knowledge and understanding acquired forms part of the broader contextual framework for the study of your discipline specific professional pathway.

You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to the use and evaluation of data; effective communication; self-direction and personal responsibility.

More information

PE7015 -

Law and Housing Professional Practice (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will be introduced to the legal system and professional practice concepts that underpin the role of the housing professional. You will initially explore key principles contained within the English legal system as they pertain to practice such as legal reasoning and legislation. Following on from the study of legal principles you will study key professional competencies that form part of the RICS mandatory competencies. For the final part of the module you will study the role of the housing professional, the sectors in which they operate and the concept of professionalism

Within each of these areas you will study a range of topics to support this:
• Legal systems
o English legal system
o Legal problem solving
o Formation of contracts; contractual problems and disputes
o Negligence and occupiers’ liability
o Nuisance and trespass
o Ownership of land
o Third party and public rights over land
o Introduction to landlord and tenant law
• Professional competencies
o Ethics
o Client care
o Communication and negotiation
o Conflict avoidance

• Professional Practice
o The historical development of the housing profession
o The context in which the housing professional operates
o The changing nature of the role of the housing professional
o Range and extent of the sectors in which the housing professional operates
o Professionalism and real housing practice
o Professional ethics and professional bodies
o Reflective practice
o Continuing professional development

On completion of this module the knowledge and understanding that you have acquired will form part of the broader contextual framework that will prepare you for the further, detailed study of housing practice.

You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to effective communication; self-direction and personal responsibility; and the role of professionalism and ethics within housing practice.

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PE7016 -

Managing Housing (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the flexible and dynamic nature of the housing system, examining how it can vary across time and across different international contexts. Such a comparative approach will be used to explore the range of influences that shape housing systems, including social, political, economic, ideological and cultural factors. The role of housing policy will be considered, analysing conceptual themes such as the extent of state intervention versus the market. You will learn about how and why processes of tenure restructuring have occurred, examining the changing scale, and shifting role, of different housing tenures.

After examining the nature of housing systems, you will explore some of the implications of such systems for providers and consumers of housing. Key themes such as access to housing, affordability of housing, and the role of housing in reducing or contributing to social and spatial divisions in society, will be analysed. This will provide you with a framework to explore a particular contemporary housing issue developing a critical analysis of the nature of the problem and policy responses.

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PE7000 -

Research Methods (Core, 20 Credits)

There is currently no summary for this module.

PE7001 -

Research-based study (Core, 40 Credits)

There is currently no summary for this module.

PE7014 -

Urban Planning and Development (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the planning and development process in an urban context focusing on the evaluation of projects including the planning context, viability assessment and development appraisal. The module aims to help you understand the complex social, economic and physical environment and market conditions within which planning and development take place. During this module you will develop your knowledge of the management of the planning process, the development process, acquisition of development sites and sources of finance for development. Through the module you will engage with real world case studies which will allow you to recognise the crucial role of effective planning and development practice to success development.
You will be introduced to key planning policies and industry standard development appraisal methods which you will use to produce a realistic appraisal of a mixed-use or housing development opportunity of your choosing.
Indicative syllabus
• Planning and development process – key planning policies at national and local levels.
• Urban development, master-planning, place shaping, development control and management

• Contemporary UK Planning policy: National Planning Policy Framework and Planning Guidance

• Negotiating planning and viability: planning conditions and obligations

• Development appraisal and viability modelling

• Market research, site evaluation, acquisition and disposal

• Urban regeneration, housing market renewal, heritage and conservation

• Real estate development finance and funding

• Construction procurement, project management and risk

You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to the evaluation of policy; effective communication; self-direction and personal responsibility and appreciate social and ethical aspects of the planning and development process.

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PE7017 -

Housing Systems and Contemporary Issues (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the flexible and dynamic nature of the housing system, examining how it can vary across time and across different international contexts. Such a comparative approach will be used to explore the range of influences that shape housing systems, including social, political, economic, ideological and cultural factors. The role of housing policy will be considered, analysing conceptual themes such as the extent of state intervention versus the market. You will learn about how and why processes of tenure restructuring have occurred, examining the changing scale, and shifting role, of different housing tenures.

After examining the nature of housing systems, you will explore some of the implications of such systems for providers and consumers of housing. Key themes such as access to housing, affordability of housing, and the role of housing in reducing or contributing to social and spatial divisions in society, will be analysed. This will provide you with a framework to explore a particular contemporary housing issue developing a critical analysis of the nature of the problem and policy responses.

More information

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