Building Pathology

Nottingham Trent University
Course summary
Professional Training
12 weeks
925 GBP
Part time

Course description

Building Pathology

There are essentially two dimensions to the building surveying profession – the organisation of building work and the assessment of the condition of existing buildings.

The focus of this course is the diagnosis of building defects in existing buildings, which is an essential part of the building surveyor’s work, often referred to as building pathology.

The knowledge required for building pathology is an understanding of basic building technology and how and why buildings and materials fail.

The aim of this course is therefore to teach you the principles of structural failure, the properties of building materials and how materials deteriorate as a result of various environmental factors.

In addition, you'll learn about the various types of inspection that building surveyors undertake, and the role of surveyor in preparing schedules of dilapidations and acting as an expert witness.

This course will include:

  • an introduction to building pathology
  • the equipment used by surveyors
  • how and why builds move, and how to diagnose a crack
  • the impact of dampness, condensation, timber infestation and decay, concrete failure, and flood damage
  • advanced inspection techniques.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • analyse, evaluate and interpret complex information in a systematic, critical and creative way
  • make logical recommendations based on information available
  • identify and solve problems
  • generate new ideas, innovations and solutions
  • communicate information, ideas and concepts effectively in a clear fashion, using the appropriate IT
  • demonstrate improved personal and interpersonal skills, and be able to work constructively in a team
  • apply ethical and professional values.

Teaching and learning will take place using a flexible programme of lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Level: Professional/postgraduate

Entry Requirements: You should have a minimum of three years’ professional experience and have the support of your employer to integrate study and projects into your day-to-day work.

You will probably be employed on significant infrastructure or building works, with experience of developing and coordinating projects.

If you wish to receive credit, you should also have a 2:2 honours degree in a construction-related subject.

Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

A CPD certificate will be issued upon successful completion of a course.

Passing the assessed element (an exam or coursework) can also contribute credit towards a postgraduate award. All candidates seeking credit will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. If you wish to receive credit you must mention this at the time of application, or with your tutor at the earliest opportunity.


The fee for this course is £925

Payment is due before the course starts.

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