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Year of Entry 2019/20
BSc (Honours)

Building Surveying

An RICS, CIOB and CABE-accredited course on which you learn how to inspect and evaluate the condition and performance of residential and commercial buildings.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International: £13,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? K230
When do I start? September
Placement available? Yes

Student satisfaction

This course scored 95% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Develop a firm grasp of the technical aspects of building surveying.
  • Work on real buildings and real scenarios by completing a number of off-site activities.
  • Have the opportunity to study abroadErasmus funding is available for European placements.

You will study all the key areas of building surveying including building pathology, material science, building conservation, building information modelling and fire safety. The course has an excellent reputation with employers for providing strong graduates ready and able to face the challenges of their chosen career.

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Watch student Rebecca Sleight talk about what it’s like to study this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Richard Kebell talk about this course.

The course is taught by experienced academic staff, many of whom have practised in various different sectors of the construction industry. You learn theoretical concepts and then apply them to real life scenarios.

There is a UK residential field trip in the first semester of the first year. You also visit cities such as Edinburgh in the final year, and attend a project-based visit to a major European city (recent students went to Lisbon in Portugal) in the second year.  Additional costs may apply.

You learn through

  • field trips
  • practical activities
  • laboratory-based experiments
  • real life development sites
  • seminars
  • site visits
  • self-directed project work

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Course leaders and tutors

Dr Andreea Serbescu
Dr Andreea Serbescu
Lecturer in Building Surveying

Andreea is a Lecturer in the Department of the Natural and Built Environment. Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam University, Andreea worked as a structural engineer f … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. You could work at one of the major national or regional surveying practices, local authorities, housing associations or loss adjusters. Your placement year usually contributes towards a graduate's professional experience requirement for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Assessment of Professional Competence.

Live projects

We have good links with local professional and voluntary groups with large property portfolios. They provide various building stock for case studies and project work, which centre on actual buildings with real clients. We also own a Georgian terraced house which had been adapted to an interactive teaching space. You will inspect under utilised University building assets so that the amount of site based work is maximised.

Field trips

There is a UK residential field trip in the first semester of the first year that promotes the course identity. You will also visit other UK cities such as Edinburgh, and attend a project-based visit to a major European city (recent students went to Lisbon in Portugal). There is a residential field trip in the first semester of the first year that allows you to nurture and develop the course identity. Additional costs may apply. You may also be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus Programme.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • building surveying
  • residential surveying
  • building control
  • property development
  • other built environment professions

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • Derbyshire Country Council
  • Faithful and Gould
  • Malcolm Hollis
  • Workman LLP
  • Michael Dyson Associates
  • Crawfords Loss Adjustors
  • Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Knight Frank
  • Palace of Westminster

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • AutoCAD
  • A range of University owned buildings including a Georgian terraced house, which is now a teaching space, and a number of Victorian Villas

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4
  • Mathematics at grade C or 4

We may accept GCSE equivalents.

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

• Foundation degree - advanced entry - for direct entry to year two you must have a Foundation degree in a related subject, with an average score of 60% across the highest level modules.

• Advanced entry - for direct entry to year two you would normally have a minimum of an all merit average on all units in a construction related HND/HNC, not including key or common skills. Compensation for a pass in one unit with a distinction in another unit is permitted.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Building Surveying Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Development Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Building Surveying Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Law And Economics For The Built Environment Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Material Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Understanding Building Technology Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Building Pathology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Collaborative Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Contract Administration Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evaluating Construction Technology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Health And Safety At Work Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Surveying Of Commercial Buildings Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Building Surveying Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Building Conservation Practice Studies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Building Surveying Professional Studies Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Dissertation Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Strategic Facilities Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. The Department of Natural and Built Environment (NBE) and Barratt Developments Plc. are offering four scholarships for undergraduate students joining the department in September 2019 on an eligible course. The scholarships have been made possible through the generous support of donors and aim to support students from disadvantaged or under-represented backgrounds. Successful applicants will receive a non-repayable grant of £3,000 per year for three years, to help with living costs. Find out more.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Construction, real estate and surveying courses (PDF)

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