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BSc (Honours) Building Surveying

Inspect and evaluate structures and buildings and learn how to shape your environment as a building surveyor.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS K230 Course code

Course description

What you study

Study all the key areas of building surveying, such as building pathology, the environment, building conservation, building information modelling (BIM) and fire safety, on this professionally focused course. We are a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) approved partnership centre for surveying education. You are provided with the practical and thorough training needed to become a successful, well-rounded surveyor with a strong emphasis on employability.

How you learn

The course introduces you to the academic and theoretical aspects of the subject through a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials. You put this knowledge into practice in • laboratory classes • workshops • fieldwork • site visits • self-directed project work.

On all three years of the course, interdisciplinary projects are carried out that show the roles of other professionals within the industry.


You are taught by a teaching team consisting of experienced building surveyors and other building professionals who can give you first-hand perspectives on the industry. Law is taught by lawyers and economics by economists who are also Chartered Surveyors. You also benefit from the expertise of visiting lecturers from consultancy companies and large contractors, reinforcing your practical and professional knowledge.

Real-world experience

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 also inspect under utilised University building assets so that the amount of site based work is maximised.

Field trips

You are invited to go on residential field trips in the first and second years. During year one you typically visit a UK World Unesco heritage site staying in a city centre hotel. In year two you go to a European city with an emphasis on repair and maintenance of historic buildings. An optional international field trip is also available for final year students. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

Work placements

These links can also give you a head-start in your final year when you have the opportunity to apply what you've learnt on a one year placement. It’s an excellent opportunity to enhance your career and starting salary prospects, by working full-time in a building organisation or professional practice. Currently all our students who want a placement are securing relevant paid work.

After completing the placement, some students can take up full-time employment with their placement organisation and finish their studies part-time.

There are many rewarding and well-paid opportunities for surveyors, and our graduate surveyors are sought by leading organisations.

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Building and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

GCSE in mathematics and English language at grade C or grade 4 or above. We may accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.


• 96 UCAS points from three A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• 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 must have a minimum of all merits on all H2 level units in a construction related HND/HNC, not including key or common skills. Compensation for a pass in one H2 unit with a distinction in another H2 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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one module content

• domestic construction technology and environmental services • built environment law • building surveying • development project • economics • material science

Year two core module content

• building pathology • commercial and industrial construction technical and environmental services • health and safety management • surveying of commercial buildings • collaborative project (based in Lisbon for 2016/17)

Year three

• optional work placement

Final year core module content

• professional studies • conservation heritage • facilities management • advanced building surveying • dissertation

  • continuous assessment
  • written assignments
  • examinations
  • project work


Building surveying is an expanding professional discipline. The practical laboratory work and work experience you do during the course improves your career prospects in public and commercial sectors throughout the UK and overseas.

Previous graduates have found careers with professional practices such as • Faithful and Gould • Malcolm Hollis • Workmann • E C Harris • Lambert Smith Hampton • Knight Frank.


Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

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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