BSc / BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

Undergraduate, Part-time

Develop a wide range of skills relating to construction practices, as well as general study and communication skills.

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  • Duration:

    6 years

  • Award:

    BSc / BSc (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

As a building surveyor, you’ll be a professional working in the construction industry, advising clients on residential and commercial building activities.

As most of these issues need solutions, you’ll be calling on your ability to investigate and think independently – an enquiring and logical mind is a great asset.

You may decide to specialise in historic building conservation, or concentrate on innovative building techniques.

Construction workers

You’ll learn to diagnose building faults, undertake inspections, and apply construction technology principles when advising on preventative or remedial solutions.

Develop knowledge of contractual procedures, insurance requirements, data collation methods and their application and the use of maintenance information and operational building maintenance policies.

The course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and you will be eligible for Chartered Surveyor status once you have gained suitable experience after graduating and met the competency requirements of the RICS.

You will study the same modules, and complete the same course work as a full-time student, but over a longer period of time. You’ll generally come in to university for one day per week, and a four-year Honours degree will take around six years to complete part-time.

What you'll study

Year 1

  • Building design and technology
  • Building engineering and construction maths
  • Principles of economics
  • Surveying (general surveying techniques)
  • Property and construction business law
  • Option

Year 2

  • Building design and technology
  • Building economics
  • Surveying (maintenance and property management)
  • Construction management
  • Construction cost procedures
  • Design information technology (CAAD)

Year 3

  • Surveying (conservation)
  • Construction management
  • Building economics
  • Building control and fire engineering
  • Contract administration and practice
  • Surveying (building pathology)

Year 4

  • Project evaluation
  • Sustainable development
  • Facilities management
  • Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

The construction industry is always in need of building surveyors.

Once qualified, you could find a position in private practice (architects or surveyors), government and public authorities, construction companies or property companies.

You may also have the opportunity to continue on to further study at Masters and PhD level.

Minimum Year 1

SQA Higher


National 5 C in Maths and English.

A Level


GCSE Grade C in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre 2017: B3,B3,B3,B3 at HL + OL Maths and English at C2

2017 onwards: H3,H3,H3,H3 at HL +  OL Maths and English at O4

BTEC Extended Diploma

MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE Grade C in Maths and English. 

BTEC Diploma

DD (Distinction, Distinction) plus A-Level grade C.

GCSE Grade C in Maths and English. 

International Baccalaureate

26 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 5, 5, 5.

SL Maths and English at 5 points.

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher




BTEC Extended Diploma

DDM (Distinction, Distinction, Merit) in a related subject.


Pass in a relevant subject with Grade B in the graded unit.

Minimum Year 3

Irish Ordinary Degree

50% or above at first sitting in all final year subjects.


Pass in a relevant subject with Grade B in the graded unit.


Minimum Year 4

Irish Ordinary Degree

60% at first sitting, with minimum 50% in all final year subjects.



English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply. This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you. 

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students.Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol on our nursing courses (except Veterinary Nursing).

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Scotland/EU *£305 *£305
England Wales and Northern Ireland *£1,125 *£1,125
Overseas *£2,290 *£2,317
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.

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