BSc / BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

Undergraduate, Part-time

Building Surveying BSc / BSc (Hons)



Study Building Surveying for a profession in the construction industry, advising clients on residential and commercial building activities

Overview

The Building Surveying course contains many practical applications throughout the modules, allowing you to gain the required academic knowledge as well as practical experience.

All academic staff within the surveying subject group are Chartered Surveyors themselves with professional practice experience, which allows for academic and professional skills transfer to students.

This course will teach you how to diagnose building faults, undertake inspections, and apply construction technology principles when advising on preventative or remedial solutions.

You'll 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 honours 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.

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Mode of Study:

Part-time (available as full-time)

Duration:

6 years

Start date:

Sep


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Course details

You will undertake 4 modules each year/stage, generally two 20 credit modules each term.

In stage one you will learn the technical and legal aspects of building surveying along with an understanding of the costs and economics of construction. In stage 2, you will develop this further and include knowledge on the drivers of property value, an introduction to construction management and an introduction to computer aided design (CAAD)

In stages 3 and 4, you will then progress on to develop an in-depth knowledge of building construction and technology and an understanding of maintenance, construction project and property management and property, and develop your skills in diagnosing building defects and identifying appropriate strategies to remedy these defects, and develop and awareness of building control and fire engineering.

In your final stages you will gain enhanced skills in areas of building pathology and contract administration and then apply your skills in a multi-disciplinary project and in your honours dissertation.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught Lectures and tutorials by professionally qualified academic staff and industrial specialists, field trips, case studies and project evaluations.
  • note and pen Assessments A mixture of exams and coursework; this can consist of a variety of tasks including report writing, essays, personal and group-based presentations, posters.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Building Design and Technology 1
  • Surveying 1 (General Surveying Techniques)
  • Property and Construction
  • Business Law
  • Construction Cost Studies

Year 2

  • Design Information Technology (CAAD 1)
  • Property Value Studies
  • Construction Management 1
  • One option module

Year 3

  • Building Economics 1
  • Building Design and Technology 2
  • Surveying 2 (Maintenance and Property Management)
  • Construction Cost Procedures

Year 4

  • Construction Management 2
  • Building Economics 2
  • Building Control and Fire Engineering
  • Construction Project Management

Year 5

  • Surveying 3 (Conservation)
  • Sustainable Development
  • Surveying 4 (Building Pathology)
  • Contract Administration and Practice

Year 6

  • Project Evaluation
  • Dissertation

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Disclaimer

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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.

Advanced entry

Advanced entry into Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4 is possible for students with suitable qualifications.

Minimum Year 1

SQA Higher

BBCC

National 5 Grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

CCCC

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. For further information see our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

CCD

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B3, B3, B3, B3 at HL

OL Maths and English at C2

New Grading System:

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/4 in Maths and English.

BTEC Diploma

DD (Distinction, Distinction) in a related subject.

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

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

Grade 5 in SL Maths and English.

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC

National 5 Grade C in Maths and English.

A Level

BBB

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

BTEC Extended Diploma

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

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

HNC

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

Minimum Year 3

Irish Ordinary Degree

Pass in a relevant subject with 50% at first sitting in all final year subjects.

HND

Pass HND in a relevant subject with Grade B at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.

Minimum Year 4

Irish Ordinary Degree

Pass in a relevant subject with 60% overall, with minimum 50% at first sitting 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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by 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 admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU *£305 *£305
England Wales and Northern Ireland *£1,157 tba
Overseas £2,392 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*.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

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Career opportunities include:

  • Building Surveyor
  • Commercial Building Surveyor
  • Facilities Manager
  • Technical Standards Surveyor
  • Property Management Surveyor
Student using surveying equipment