Building Surveying BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
7D71
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2018, September 2019
Recognised
Yes

Overview

From advising on the cost of new development proposals to assessing the viability of repairs and renovations, building surveyors are at the heart of decision-making in construction projects.

This BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degree course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It gives you the technical skills and hands-on experience to perform this pivotal role and is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Study and work alongside students from other surveying and civil engineering disciplines, just like you will in your career
  • Learn from practising building surveyors and guest speakers
  • Develop the skills you need for a specialist career in building surveying, as well as abilities relevant to facilities management, project management and building conservation
  • Get out of the classroom with hands-on practical surveying in real buildings
  • Use laboratory and test house facilities, where you’ll study material performance, surveying and Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques
  • Put theory to the test on field trips to locations such as the Passivhaus standard housing development, school refurbishment projects and The National Self Building and Renovation Centre
  • Gain valuable experience with an optional salaried work placement at the end of your 2nd year

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.

Placement year

Get hands-on experience with an optional placement at the end of your 2nd year. This’ll help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate and give you valuable experience in the industry.

Previous students have secured placements with companies such as Potter Raper Partnership, Simpson Hilder Associates and Mace Group.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Careers and opportunities

As a RICS-accredited course, this degree is the first step to becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor. You could also work in project and facilities management after the course.

Roles you can go onto include:

  • Graduate or trainee building surveyor
  • Assistant building surveyor
  • Graduate project manager
  • Trainee facilities manager

When you finish the course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. We'll give you advice and support for up to 5 years after you graduate, to help you get the best start to your career.

Professional accreditations

This degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) so what you learn on the course is relevant to the industry.

This gives you an edge over graduates who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs. It also means you can achieve Chartered Building Surveyor status faster than if you didn't have an accredited degree.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2018 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,100 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

We provide hard hats, hi-vis vests, eye protection and gloves. But you’ll need to buy your own safety boots, which cost around £35.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Professional Development 1
  • Construction, Design and Sustainability
  • Design Objectives
  • Introduction to Law for the Built Environment
  • Property Economics and Financial Accounting
  • Soils and Materials 1

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Professional Development 2
  • Building Futures
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Planning Law and Practice
  • Procurement and Pre-contract Practice

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Introduction to Project Management Principles
  • International Built Environment Fieldwork (additional costs apply)
  • Institution-wide Language Programme

Core units in this year include:

  • Integrating Inter-Professional Project
  • Research Methods and Individual Project
  • Contract Administration, Claims Management and Dispute Resolution
  • Energy Resources and Infrastructure
  • Surveys and Defects

There are no optional units in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • one-on-one tutorials
  • practical group work

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 30% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 70% studying independently
  • Year 2 students: 23% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 77% studying independently
  • Year 3 students: 19% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 81% studying independently

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written exams
  • web assessments
  • essays and reports
  • presentations
  • an individual project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
  • Year 1 students: 43% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 49% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 35% by written exams, 25% by practical exams and 40% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 28% by written exams, 23% by practical exams and 49% by coursework

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

Apply

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

How to apply

Want to start this course this year?

There are still a few places available. To discuss your options and secure your place, give us a call on (+44) 23-9284-8090 or ask us to call you back.

Want to start this course in 2019?

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – 7D71
  • our institution code – P80

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

Contact information
  • Admissions
  • +44 (0) 23 9284 5566

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