BSc/BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying

Undergraduate, Part-time

Learn about property valuation, urban planning, development, real estate management & sustainability, invaluable to a career as a Chartered Surveyor.

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  • Duration:

    6 years

  • Award:

    BSc/BSc (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

Real estate makes a major contribution to the economy, and the capital invested in land has created demand for chartered surveyors with specialist skills in the valuation and management of real estate.

Chartered surveyors with a degree in Real Estate Surveying apply their specialist skills in the fields of:

  • development appraisal
  • investment
  • valuation
  • agency (buying and selling land and property)
  • real estate management
  • urban planning
  • environmental sustainability assessment


This course combines real estate surveying with valuation, planning and development. It studies how commercial property markets work and draws upon the economics of the real estate sector to gain knowledge of their operation and development. It also examines how urban planning regulates the development of property and value of real estate as investments.

The course allows students to learn about all aspects of property development, valuation and real estate management and to develop a range of technical, communicative and interpersonal skills invaluable to your future career as a chartered surveyor.

The Honours course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and you'll graduate with both an Honours degree and the means to achieve the highly regarded professional qualification of Chartered Surveyor once you enter the workplace.

What you study

Year 1

You'll study the technical and legal aspects of property, the property market and economics of property development and valuation. Modules include:

Year 2

You'll study the technical aspects further, along with an introduction to planning and two option modules. Modules include:

Year 3 

You'll be provided with an introduction to valuation, management and maintenance and building economics.

Year 4 

You'll be provided with an in-depth knowledge of real estate development appraisal as well as specialist and statutory valuation. You'll also examines how urban planning regulates the development of property and value of real estate. Modules include:

Year 5 

You'll focus on the conservation, investment appraisal, the sustainability of property development and valuation. Modules include:

Year 6

You'll focus on the final year multi-disciplinary project and your dissertation. Modules include:

Students of this course are eligible for the RICS Commercial Property Group and the RICS Valuation Group dissertation prize.

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.

This course has been designed specifically to meet the needs of employers and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), yet has an educational base that is sufficiently flexible to allow maximum career opportunities.

Graduates can work in the private, public and voluntary sector. This might include:

  • private practice real estate consultancies
  • commercial and residential surveying firms
  • property companies
  • financial institutions
  • local and central government
  • commercial clients
  • housing associations
The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) under the partnership arrangements between the RICS and the University. Students successfully completing the course can gain full RICS membership on successful completion of the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

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 onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

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 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £305 tba
England Wales and Northern Ireland £1,125 tba
Overseas £2,317 tba
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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