Real Estate Surveying BSc (Hons)

Our RICS accredited Real Estate Surveying course incorporates a year out work placement.


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

Start date:


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.  

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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, which consists of report writing, essays, personal and group-based presentations, posters.
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    Work placement

    Students will utilise their current employment related to their part-time surveying studies by undertaking the work placement module in Trimester 3 of years 4 and 5.

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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 Real Estate 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.

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

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.

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 acceptedand 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

  • 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.


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

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

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  • National 5 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 Technology, Construction, Construction Management, Quantity Surveying, Built Environment, Building Surveying, HNC/HND Accounting, HNC/HND Business, HNC/HND Administration and IT or HND Financial Services 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 2024/25 2025/26
Scotland *£305 *£tba
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland *£1,157 *£tba
Overseas and EU *£3,225 *£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.


What can you do with a Real Estate Surveying degree?

The BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying course has been designed specifically to meet the needs of employers and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It offers you the opportunity to develop a career as a Chartered Surveyor.

As a Real Estate Surveyor, you will use market intelligence to analyse property transactions, value what property is worth and price it should command when transacted. This market intelligence will cover property transacted in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors and typically involve the valuation of houses, shops, offices, factories and warehouses.

Graduates of Real Estate Surveying can work in the private, public and voluntary sector. Employers include -

  • Private practice real estate consultancies
  • Commercial and residential surveying firms
  • Property companies
  • Financial institutions
  • Local and central government
  • Commercial clients and housing associations.

Recent BSc (Hons) Real Estate Surveying graduates have gone on to work for organisations like: 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.

What does a Real Estate Surveyor do?

Your primary duty as a real estate surveyor is to value property. This means you have to take accurate measurements of the site it occupies, floorspace this offers and calculate the value the property commands  as a market transaction.  Your day-to-day responsibilities will generally include:

  • Measurement of land and property and analysis of floorspace
  • Analysis of market transactions
  • Analysis of growth, risk and returns from property markets
  • Valuation of property by sector and type
  • Marketing of premises
  • Sale or letting of property
  • Management of property portfolios
  • Appraisal of property held as investments
  • Appraisal of property development proposals
  • Submission of planning applications for the development of property
  • Disposal of land and property declared surplus to requirements