Postgraduate Pathway in Built Environment
Why study this pathway programme?
- Progress to the University to study degrees accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
- This range of Master’s degrees fuses economic, social and environmental perspectives to give you a comprehensive postgraduate qualification.
- Birmingham is currently undergoing huge regeneration – including the HS2 (high-speed railway) development, opening in 2026 – so where better to advance your career in the built environment?
Birmingham City University is #7 for Land and Property Management (The Times, 2018)
Your pathway to Birmingham City University
Stage 1: One or two semesters
(depending on academic background)
Stage 1: September, January and May
BCUIC, University House
Millennium Point, City Centre Campus
Stage 1: Pre-Masters
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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:
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MSc Construction Project Management
- This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
- 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.
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MSc Environmental Surveying
- This course is delivered at Millennium Point (part of the City Centre Campus), which houses over £11 million worth of computer equipment – plus engine emissions test facilities and thermodynamics equipment.
- Students are encouraged to work collaboratively, engage with work placements and live projects, and explore emerging technologies.
- There is a growing demand for surveying practitioners and consultants who can address contemporary and future challenges for the environment.
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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).
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Special entry requirements
- Students entering Pre-Master's for MSc Construction Project Management must have an equivalent qualification in surveying, civil engineering, real estate or any other construction subject.
- Students entering Pre-Master's for MSc Environmental Surveying must have a related qualification in surveying, civil engineering, real estate or another related subject.