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BSc (Honours) Building Surveying

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Study Mode Full-time
Year of Entry 2022/23
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.

Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2022. Call us now on 0330 024 6390.

Clearing is not open to international students this year.



92% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating (2018/19 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £14,415 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 2022
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Learn from industry-active academics, leading firms and successful graduates.
  • Study a RICS-accredited course in the diverse and exciting city of Sheffield.
  • Work on real-life briefs and schemes as part of your learning. 
  • Join a friendly, supportive and flexible environment.

Discover everything you need to know about the building surveying profession – including building pathology, construction technology, building conservation, project management and design. You’ll graduate with the qualifications and experience that will enable you to progress onto the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' Assessment of Professional Competence – where you can become Chartered.

We also offer a degree apprenticeship version of this course, where you study alongside 30+ hours of employment per week.

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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.

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’ll be taught by a well-established teaching team who have comprehensive professional and research experience. You’ll work with industry figures, applying theoretical concepts to a range of exciting real-world projects. You’ll also have the chance to undertake a placement year in a building surveying practice – as well as being a part of Sheffield Hallam’s ambitious developments in the heart of the city.

You learn through

  • lectures, including guest speakers from the industry
  • 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’ll have the chance to put your professional skills to work – with a placement at a variety of employers such as major national or regional surveying practices, local authorities, housing associations or loss adjusters.

Your placement can contribute up to 200 days towards the professional experience requirement for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' Assessment of Professional Competence. During your placement, you can also be registered for an Applied Professional Diploma (APDip), a further qualification on top of your degree.

Live projects 

We invite a range of industry guests to work with you on consultancy, simulations and other projects – posing real problems for you to solve.

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’ll inspect real-life building assets at the university, including a Georgian terraced house which has been adapted into an interactive teaching space. You’ll also get to observe and take part in Sheffield Hallam’s £200 million estate development – which will transform the gateway to the city from the train station.

Field trips

On regional, national and international field trips you’ll apply your learning in diverse environments. These include a UK residential field trip in the first year, opportunities to join field trips to cities such as Edinburgh, and a project-based visit to a major European city.

Networking opportunities

Through networking events and guest lectures by practitioners, you’ll see how your learning relates to the world of building surveying. You’ll also engage with many of our graduates as industry guests and at our annual careers day – hearing how they’re making an impact through their successful careers in the world of building surveying.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • building surveying
  • residential surveying
  • project management
  • fire safety
  • 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 lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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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

  • Digital Surveying Technology
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • AutoCAD
  • Construction Technology Laboratory
  • University-owned buildings including a Georgian terraced house, which is used as a teaching space alongside 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 or over 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 2022/23 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 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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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, 751.3KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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This course has places available in clearing. Call us now on 0330 024 6390 to apply.

Clearing is not open to international students this year.

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