Postgraduate Pathway in Built Environment
Birmingham City University ranks in the UK’s Top 10 for Land and Property Management courses (University Subject Tables 2017).
The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment has also been endorsed by the following professional bodies:
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
- Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
- Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)
Your pathway to Birmingham City University
Stage 1: One or two semesters
(depending on academic background)
Stage 1: September, January and May
BCUIC Bournville Campus
BCU City Centre Campus
Stage 1: Pre-Masters
Click below for more information on each modules
Business and Economics*
This module presents some of the fundamental aspects of global economics and the environment in which advanced and emerging economies co-exist. You will also explore how changes within the global economic and business environment will impact upon marketing strategies of global organisations, international monetary exchanges and managerial economics.
Assessment is through two pieces of coursework: presenting a critical analysis and a timed (2-hour) critical essay.
Critical Thinking for Postgraduate Study
You will learn how to critically assess arguments and evidence from a range of academic sources, as well as gaining an understanding of effective critical reading at postgraduate level.
You will be assessed via three methods:
- Evaluation of arguments exercise
- Critical evaluation of three texts (700 – 1,000 words each)
- A 3-hour closed book exam
ICT Skills for Postgraduate Study*
You will develop a range of ICT skills for research purposes and postgraduate study – including the presentation of data and using essential tools in Microsoft Word.
You will be assessed in a number of ways:
- A PowerPoint skills assignment
- A practical assignment around Microsoft Word and Excel
- A 30-minute multiple choice quiz on computer software and hardware and the internet
- A 2-hour closed book exam
Interactive Learning Skills and Communication
During this module you will learn advanced skills in:
- Public speaking
- Writing techniques and language styles
- Creating effective document layouts
- Professional communication and presentation
- Communicating effectively to a variety of audiences
- Working effectively as a team member and as an individual
- Applying research and referencing techniques to formulate reasoned academic opinion so as to avoid plagiarism
You will be assessed via a variety of methods, including:
- A research project – referencing a topic and using a variety of techniques and resources
- An individual presentation and a group presentation
- A 2-hour closed book exam
This module presents some of the fundamental aspects of business and the management process. It will also equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to run a business.
There is a focus on organisational management and business as a transformational process, with an introduction to elements of HRM, marketing and entrepreneurship.
You will be assessed through a group project (to create a business plan) and a 2-hour closed book exam.
Research Methods for Postgraduate Study
You will gain an understanding of research methods and methodologies for postgraduate study, as well as learning how to plan and undertake effective research at postgraduate level.
You will be assessed entirely through coursework, which will include a mini-dissertation (2,000 – 3,000 words) and a presentation of its synopsis.
* Two semesters programme only.
Stage 2: Master's Degree
Birmingham City University Degree Pathways:
Click below for more information on each pathway
MSc Construction Project Management*
Birmingham is currently going through a significant urban transformation, making it a very exciting city in which to study construction management. Previous graduates have secured positions with companies such as Turner & Townsend, Miller Construction and Acivico.
This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).Find out more
MSc Quantity Surveying*
This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Birmingham City University also ranks in the UK’s Top 10 for Land and Property Management courses (University Subject Tables 2017).
You will be provided with the latest Computer-Aided Design software free of charge, enabling you to acquire the skills needed in a modern design office.Find out more
MSc Real Estate Management
This course has been designed and developed with support from relevant professional bodies, such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The course combines technological, financial, legal and management issues as they relate to property matters – giving students a thorough understanding of the industry.
Birmingham City University ranks in the UK’s Top 10 for Land and Property Management courses (University Subject Tables 2017).Find out more
MSc Environmental Surveying
There is a growing demand for surveying practitioners and consultants who can address contemporary and future challenges for the environment, so this is a smart course to choose. It is delivered at Millennium Point (part of the University's City Centre Campus), which houses over £11 million worth of computer equipment – plus engine emissions test facilities and thermodynamics equipment.
You will be encouraged to work collaboratively, engage with work placements and live projects, and explore emerging technologies.Find out more
*This course is subject to final approval of the curriculum by BCU via the transforming the curriculum process. See below for more details.
Birmingham City University is currently going through a period of curriculum transformation which will finish in time for September 2017.This may affect programmes from September 2017 onwards.The aim of this review is to modernise BCU’s programmes and ensure the University reaches its targets of delivering practice-based learning that will deliver high-quality employability skills to our students. This may result in a change in the name or progression options for your chosen degree course. BCU and BCUIC will keep all students updated about these changes, and if you have any further questions, do please contact us.