Planning and surveying

Studying at postgraduate level

Planners and surveyors work with the built and natural environment, taking measurements, deciding on land use and keeping urban growth in check.

Planners work as intermediaries between the physical environment and the development plans of local councils and businesses. Surveying is a diverse profession, which includes quantity, property and building surveying.

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Case studies

Postgraduate profile: MSc international real estate
Laura Watkinson took a conversion course in property so that she could start a career in international real estate.

Postgraduate profile: Conversion course - MSc Building Surveying
Stephen Ball did a two-year, part-time conversion degree, which consisted of two semesters per year, and had to attend one day of lectures each week.

Postgraduate profile: PgDip building surveying
"My advice is to do your research. It's very important to understand the route of entry and the APC - employers will expect you to be able to explain why you want to be a surveyor." Chris Pollock

Types of surveying

Types of surveying

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors on the work of its members

RTPI accredited courses

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RTPI accredited courses leading towards Chartered Membership of the RTPI

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Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors has various routes to membership, including three specific to graduates with varying levels of experience.

The RICS also has a registered charity called RICS Education Trust, providing funidng for members' research projects.


The Royal Town Planning Institute accredits planning-related courses across the country required first step on the road towards chartership.

RTPI works in partnership with universities on planning qualifications which allow graduating students to progress towards Chartered Membership of the RTPI.

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