BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying (advanced entry)

Undergraduate, Part-time

Real Estate Surveying (advanced entry) BSc (Hons)

RICS Accredited Real Estate Surveying course provides you with the opportunity to study in a School with a 91% overall satisfaction rate.

(2019) National Student Survey


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. 

During your studies you’ll learn about all aspects of property development, valuation and real estate management and develop a range of technical, communicative and interpersonal skills invaluable to your future career as a chartered surveyor.

A career as a surveyor may suit you if you are interested in property and people, and want a professional role with plenty of variety and prospects.
The Honours degree in Real Estate Surveying is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and is accredited under the Commercial, Residential and Valuation pathways. Graduate prospects are good.

Please note this course is advanced entry to Year 4 only.


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Mode of Study:

Part-time (available as full-time)


6 years

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Course details

Depending upon your stage of entry, the course will take 2-4.5 years

In Stage 2 you'll study the technical and legal aspects of property value and the planning system 

In stages 3 and 4, you'll be provided with an in-depth knowledge of real estate appraisal: investment and development, as well as specialist and statutory valuation. You'll also examine how urban planning regulates the development of property and value of real estate.
In stages 5 and 6, you'll focus on the sustainable development of real estate, property valuation and how to evaluate projects. You shall also undertake a dissertation

Lead Academics

Professor Mark Deakin 
Mark is Head of the Building and Surveying group, the Programme Leader for this course, and a Chartered Surveyor as well as a leading academic.  

Alison Andrews
Alison is a Chartered Surveyor and delivers many of the valuation based modules on the course.

  • 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

    There are a mixture of assessments methods used in the programme, including coursework, exams, posted, essays, reports, personal and group-based presentations. 

    Full details of the assessment methods and weighting for each modules can be found by clicking the link on the module name and then once on module page, click on the date of delivery and the assessment information is in the section that opens up.

  • briefcase Work placement

    This course does not have a work placement but part- time students are usually employed in the sector. Those that are not are encouraged to engage with the main work experience opportunities offered by the sector. These will give you valuable experience but do not carry any academic credit.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    Students are encouraged to study abroad but there are no courses with a direct mapping onto the learning required. As such, a year abroad is usually an additional year of study. As most part –time students are employed this is not really an option although we do have visits and exchanges that you can participate in.



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

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information 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.

This course is only available for entry into year 4.

The University does not sponsor students to study on part-time programmes in the UK under the Student Visa route. International Applicants must therefore have other valid immigration leave to study on this programme.

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 international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • 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 2022/23 2023/24
Scotland *£305 *£tba
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland *£1,157 *£tba
Overseas and EU *£2,738 *£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*.

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.


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Chartered Surveyors with a degree in Real Estate Surveying can work in the commercial, residential, property management, property investment and valuation sectors, and apply their specialist skills in the fields of: 
  • Development appraisal
  • Investment appraisal
  • Valuation
  • Agency (buying and selling land and property)
  • Property management
  • Private practice real estate consultancies
  • Commercial and residential surveying firms
  • Property companies
  • Financial institutions and local and central government

Graduate prospects are good and recent graduates have gone on to work for the likes of: JLL, Shepherd Surveyors, Ryden, Savills, Avison Young (GVA), DM Hall, Cushman and Wakefield, Montagu Evans, Valuation Office Agency, Lothian Valuation Joint Board, and Taylor Wimpey Homes.

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