BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying

Undergraduate, Part-time

Real Estate Surveying BSc (Hons)

Our RICS accredited Real Estate Surveying course incorporates a year out work placement. Our subject group has a 91% student satisfaction.

(2019 National Student Survey)


This course combines real estate surveying with valuation, planning and development. It studies how commercial and residential property markets work and draws upon the economics of the real estate sector to gain knowledge of how they develop and the determinants of value. 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 valuation, investment, development, property law and property management and this shall help 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 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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Mode of Study:


(available as Full-time)


5 years

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Course details

In stages 1 and 2 of the course you'll study the technical and legal aspects of real estate surveying, along with the valuation of property and cost of construction 

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. You will also gain 120 credits through work placement module over these stages. 

In the final stage, you will focus on advanced valuation and planning & development, and how to work on a joint project with other disciplines. 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 A mixture of exams and coursework, which consists of report writing, essays, personal and group-based presentations, posters.
  • briefcase Work placement

    This course has a 120 credit work placement module in 3rd year. You will apply for employment in a role relevant to the course and over the year complete a portfolio to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcomes for this module. You will be supported by Student futures and our placement office. They will give guidance on CV preparation and interview techniques to assist you to apply for appropriate relevant employment for this year.

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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


National 5 C in Maths and English.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement


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


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.

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 Higher


National 5 C in Maths and English 

A Level


GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.


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
Home/EU-Taught modules *£960 *tba
Home/EU-Dissertation module £570 tba
Overseas-Taught modules *£2,459 *tba
Overseas-Dissertation module £1,634 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*. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

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

The University offers a 10% discount on MSc Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes.


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


•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.