BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

Undergraduate, Part-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.  

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.

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

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:

Part-time

(available as Full-time)

Duration:

5 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 1 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) and develop and awareness of building control and fire engineering.

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.

In stage 5 you will gain enhanced skills in areas of building pathology and building conservation and then apply your skills in a multi-disciplinary project and in your 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.
  • briefcase Work placement Work placement credit over stages 3 and 4.
  • 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 or 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 adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information 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.

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Highers

BBC

National 5 C in Maths and English

A Level

BBB

GSCE Grade C/4 in Maths and English


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 2019/20 2020/21
Scotland/EU *£305 *£305
England Wales and Northern Ireland *£1,157 *£1,157
Overseas £2,488 tba

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.


Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.

Careers

Example of building site plan

Career opportunities include:

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