BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

Undergraduate, Full-time

Building Surveying BSc (Hons)



Study in a subject area which has consistently achieved an excellent overall NSS satisfaction rate.

Overview

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.


Building Surveying student

Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as Part-time)

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

K231


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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.





  • 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.
  • briefcase Work placement Year 3 work placement module
  • library Facilities

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

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.

This course is only available for entry into Year 1 and Year 2. 

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

BBCC.

National 5 C in Maths and English.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

CCCC.

National 5 C in Maths 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

CCD.

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System

B3,B3,B3,B3 at Higher Level.

C2 at Ordinary Level in Maths and English also required.

New Grading System

Grades H3, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level including a Science.

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.

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.

European Baccalaureate

70% with Grade 7 in three subjects.

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

Minimum Year 2

HNC

Pass in a related subject with B in the graded unit.

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.

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 2020/21 2021/22
Scotland £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,250 £9,250
Overseas £15,522 tba

Students from England, Wales, and Northern Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Please note that the tuition fee status of EU nationals commencing their studies in 2021/2 has yet to be confirmed by the Scottish Government following the UK's withdrawal from the European Union and will be published once known. For EU students commencing their studies in 2020/21 fees will remain the same as Scottish Students.

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.


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.

Careers

Example of building site plan

Career opportunities include:

  • Chartered Building Surveyor
  • Chartered Commercial Building Surveyor
  • Facilities Manager
  • Technical Standards Surveyor
  • Property Management Surveyor
Architect pointing to part of projected building plans