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 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
Teaching methods on this course include:
- one-on-one tutorials
- practical group work
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- written exams
- web assessments
- essays and reports
- 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.
What jobs can you do with a Building Surveying degree?
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.