Building Surveying BSc (Hons)

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Building Surveying is an in-demand professional field of work that involves advising on many aspects of building construction and design for new and existing buildings. Building Surveyors advise on a range of things including maintenance and repairs, restoration and refurbishment, and they provide expert assessments and reports on all kinds of buildings. 

Edinburgh Napier’s Building Surveying course is industry focused and  contains many practical applications including trips and excursions relating to various modules. The academic experience plus the practical skills gained during the course, will equip you with the tools required for the workplace.    
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. These skills are essential when advising clients on residential and commercial building activities.

There is a credit-bearing work placement module in third year which allows you to apply the knowledge learned in the classroom to live projects under professional supervision.  

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:

Full-time (available as Part-time)


4 years

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Course details

During your studies, you will develop knowledge in design economics, property inspection methods, building conservation and estimating, life cycle costing, building measurement and building maintenance management.

In year one you will learn the technical and legal aspects of Building Surveying along with an understanding of the costs and economics of construction and of property markets and property management.

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

In your second year you will progress on to develop an in-depth knowledge of building construction and technology, an introduction to computer aided design (CAAD), and an understanding of and develop and awareness of building control and fire engineering, maintenance. 

Year three will be a credit bearing work placement module.

In fourth year, you will apply your skills in a multi-disciplinary project, work on your dissertation as well as gaining enhanced skills in areas of building pathology identifying appropriate strategies to remedy these defects.  You will also be taught about building conservation. 

By the end of your studies, you will gain knowledge of contractual procedures, insurance requirements, data collation methods and their application and the use of maintenance information and operational building maintenance policies.

After graduating, you can find yourself in property refurbishment or managing and maintaining portfolios of properties.  You may be involved in the diagnosis of building faults, undertaking inspections, and applying construction technology principles when advising on preventative or remedial solutions.

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    How you’ll be taught

    Lectures and tutorials by professionally qualified academic staff and industrial specialists, field trips, case studies and project evaluations.

    The timetable and attendance may vary based on the course you will be studying and the modules that you will have. Please get in touch with us to know more about the timetable and attendance.

    Please note: This course is offered in person only and can not be studied online or as distance learning.

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    A mixture of exams and coursework; this can consist of a variety of tasks including report writing, essays, personal and group-based presentations, posters.
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    Work placement

    The entirety of 3rd year comprises a 120 credit work placement module. You will apply for employment in a role relevant to the course, or source a placement yourself. A number of placements may be available via the placement team. However, you should start sourcing your placement yourself as early as you possibly can.

    During 3rd year, you will complete a portfolio to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcomes for this placement module.

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    You will be given the opportunity to visit properties and are actively encouraged to develop your building inspection  skills throughout your degree.



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

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for Building Surveying?

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and 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.

Can you go straight into second year of university?

Advanced entry into Year 2 of this course is possible for students with suitable qualifications. See the individual year tabs for more information.

Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?

If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the undergraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.

Minimum Year 1

SQA Higher

  • Standard Entry Requirement: BBBC. National 5 C in Maths (Applications of Maths is accepted) and English.
  • Minimum Offer Entry Requirement: CCCC. National 5 C in Maths (Applications of Maths is accepted) and English.
You may be given an Offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Find out more about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

  • CCC.
  • GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

  • Grades H3, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level.
  • Grade O4 at Ordinary Level in Maths and English also required.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

  • Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.
  • GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) National Diploma Level 3

  • Minimum grades 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.
  • 4 points in SL Maths and English. 

T - Level

  • Pass including GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

  • BBC
  • National 5 Grade C in Maths (Applications of Maths is accepted) and English.

A Level

  • BBB
  • GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3

  • DDM (Distinction, Distinction, Merit) in a related subject.
  • GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.


  • Pass HNC in Architectural Conservation, Architectural Technology, Building Surveying, Built Environment, Construction or Construction Management with grade B in the graded unit.

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.

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

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.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

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 2023/24 2024/25
Scotland £1,820 £1,820
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £9,250 £9,250
Overseas and EU £17,580 £19,340
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next. For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.

Eligible students enrolled on this course can receive a bursary from the Scottish Building Federation Edinburgh and District Charitable Trust. Speak to Ben Waite, Development Executive, or your Programme Leader for more information.


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What can you do with a degree in Building Surveying?

A degree in Building Surveying will enable you to assess the condition of existing buildings, to identify and analyse defects, and create proposals for repair. You’ll understand the design and legal principles around building and construction, and gain knowledge of how to ensure public safety and security. All of these will help you to develop sharp skills in IT, reasoning, analytical thinking, and great attention to detail. Once you have completed your degree, you will have lots of career paths to choose from, such as:

  • Chartered Building Surveyor
  • Chartered Commercial Building Surveyor
  • Facilities Manager
  • Technical Standards Surveyor
  • Property Management Surveyor

What does a Building Surveyor do?

As a Building Surveyor, you will be working in various branches of the construction industry. You will shape the way we live by guiding construction and development projects while introducing sustainable and environmentally friendly building methods. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with architects, engineers, ecologists, property developers and other professionals. It's likely you'll get to work with some of the latest technologies, such as creating virtual reality models and using data. Some typical day to day tasks might be:

  • Making sure properties meet building regulations, fire safety and accessibility standards
  • Assessing damage for insurance purposes 
  • Ensuring projects are completed on budget and to schedule 
  • Advising on the management and supervision of maintenance of buildings
  • Researching property related information like land records and other sources 
  • Advising on energy efficiency, environmental impact and sustainable construction.
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