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BSc (Honours) Building Surveying

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Year of Entry 2022/23
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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This course scored 100% for overall satisfaction in the 2021 National Student Survey.

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What is the fee? Home: £4,625 per year
International/EU: £7,210- £9,610 per year (full-time)
How long will I study? 5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2022

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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.

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.

We also offer a degree apprenticeship version of this course, BSc (Honours) Professional Practice in Building Surveying, where you study alongside 30+ hours of employment a 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

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Neil Berry
Senior Lecturer

Profile of Neil Berry joint course leader for BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degree.

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. There are opportunities to study abroad with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.

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 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

  • 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


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 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 need an IELTS average score of at least 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill

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.

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.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Introduction To Building Surveying Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Material Science Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Understanding Building Technology Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Building Surveying Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Development Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Law And Economics For The Built Environment Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam

Year 3

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

Year 4

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Building Surveying Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evaluating Construction Technology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Project Collaboration In Professional Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Strategic Facilities Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Building Conservation Practice Studies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Building Surveying Professional Studies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Dissertation Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2022/23 is £4,625 per year (based on studying 60 credits per year).

† 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 part-time study in 2022/23 are: Year 1 £7,210, Year 2: £7,210, Year 3: £9,610, Year 4: £9,610, Year 5: £9,610. This course is not eligible for full-time Tier4 visa sponsorship. International students may apply for part-time Tier4 sponsorship on an individual basis. Please contact Admissions for further advice.

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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)

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