Building Surveying BSc (Hons)

Overview

From advising on the specification of new development proposals to assessing the viability of repairs and renovations, building surveyors are at the heart of decision-making in construction projects.

This BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degree course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It gives you the technical skills and hands-on experience to perform this pivotal role and is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Study and work alongside students from other surveying and civil engineering disciplines, just like you will in your career
  • Learn from practising building surveyors and guest speakers
  • Develop the skills you need for a specialist career in building surveying, as well as abilities relevant to facilities management, project management and building conservation
  • Get out of the classroom with hands-on practical surveying in real buildings
  • Use laboratory and test house facilities, where you’ll study material performance, surveying and Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques
  • Put theory to the test on field trips to locations such as the Passivhaus standard housing development, school refurbishment projects and The National Self Building and Renovation Centre
  • Gain valuable experience with an optional salaried work placement at the end of your 2nd year

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • CAD and BIM
  • Construction, Design and Sustainability
  • Introduction to Law for the Built Environment
  • Multidisciplinary Project
  • Property Economics and Financial Accounting
  • Soils and Materials 1

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Applied BIM
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles
  • Planning Procedures and Practice
  • Procurement and Pre-contract Practice
  • Professional Studies and Applied Project

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Heritage Property
  • International Built Environment Fieldwork (additional costs apply)
  • Institution-wide Language Programme
  • Urban Regeneration

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Building Pathology
  • Contract Administration, Claims Management and Dispute Resolution
  • Energy and Environmental Management
  • Individual Major Project
  • Professional Practice

There are no optional modules in this year.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • one-on-one tutorials
  • practical group work

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written exams
  • web assessments
  • essays and reports
  • presentations
  • an individual project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 43% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 49% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 35% by written exams, 25% by practical exams and 40% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 28% by written exams, 23% by practical exams and 49% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

As a RICS-accredited course, this degree is the first step to becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor. You could also work in project and facilities management after the course.

Roles you can go onto include:

  • graduate or trainee building surveyor
  • assistant building surveyor
  • graduate project manager
  • trainee facilities manager

When you finish the course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. We'll give you advice and support for up to 5 years after you graduate, to help you get the best start to your career.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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