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Year of Entry 2021/22
BSc (Honours)

Building Surveying

Course in clearing
Full-time Construction, real estate and surveying

Experience the breadth of the building surveying profession — advising, designing and managing both the development of new buildings and the refurbishment of existing ones.

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Apply for a place on this course starting in 2021. Call us now on 0330 024 6390.

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Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 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? 80 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? K230
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

Course summary

  • Learn from industry-active academics, leading firms and successful alumni on this RICS-accredited course.
  • Experience building surveying within real life schemes in the booming city of Sheffield.
  • Have the opportunity to study abroad.
  • Study in a friendly, supportive and flexible environment.

Discover and learn the breadth of the building surveying profession including building pathology, construction technology, building conservation, project management and design. Upon graduation you’ll have the qualifications and experience to progress on to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' Assessment of Professional Competence to obtain Chartered status. Our course has an excellent reputation and engagement with employers nationwide.

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How you learn

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All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You will be taught by a well-established teaching team with comprehensive professional practice and applied research experience coupled with active participation within RICS and other professional bodies. You will cement theoretical concepts by applying them to real life scenarios.

You’ll be part of Sheffield Hallam’s ambitious developments at the heart of the city — and watch the progress unfold.

Throughout the course, you’ll work with industry figures on a range of exciting real-world projects, and you’ll usually undertake a placement year in a building surveying practice.

The course includes a UK residential field trip in the first year. You also have the opportunity to join relevant field trips to cities such as Edinburgh, and attend a project-based visit to a major European city.

You learn through

  • lectures, including guest speakers from professional practice
  • seminars and workshops
  • practical activities
  • laboratory-based experiments
  • field trips
  • real life development sites
  • self-directed and collaborative project work

Course leaders and tutors

Dr Andreea Serbescu
Dr Andreea Serbescu
Senior Lecturer in Built Environment

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

In your third year you have the chance to put your professional skills to work with a placement at one of the major national or regional surveying practices, local authorities, housing associations or loss adjusters. Your placement year usually contributes 200 days towards the professional experience requirement for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' Assessment of Professional Competence.

Live projects 

We have excellent links with local professional and voluntary groups with large property portfolios. They provide various building stock for case studies and project work, which focus on actual buildings with real clients. You will inspect real life building assets at the University, including a Georgian terraced house which has been adapted to an interactive teaching space. You’ll also get to observe and participate in Sheffield Hallam’s £200 million estate development — which will transform the gateway to the city from the train station.

There are also a range of industry guests who will work with you on consultancy, simulations and other projects — posing real problems and practical solutions.

Field trips

This course makes the most out of real-world experience. There are regional, national and international field trips that allow you to apply your learning in diverse environments.

Networking opportunities

The course has strong links with employers and other stakeholders in the building surveying sector.

Guest lectures by practitioners and networking events bring an opportunity to see how your learning relates to the world of building surveying. Many of our alumni contribute to our annual careers day whereby all students, irrespective of their year of study, are encouraged to engage with professionals within our sector.

Our industry guests within our teaching programme often include successful Hallam graduates who are making an impact through their successful careers in the world of real estate.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

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

Examples of who our graduates of this course have gone on to work for include

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

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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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

80 UCAS points, including 48 points from two A levels or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

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'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

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: Coursework
Module: Dissertation Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Strategic Facilities Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† 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/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.


Non-repayable grant of £3,000 per year for three years

Offering four scholarships for undergraduate students joining the department in September 2019 on an eligible course.

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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, 751.4KB)

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Student satisfaction

This course scored 100% for overall satisfaction in the 2021 National Student Survey.


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