building surveying student measuring
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 2019, September 2020
Accredited
Yes

Overview

From advising on the specification 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.

Accredited by

This degree course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) – once you’ve started your first job, you’ll be able to start training to become a chartered building surveyor.

Professional accreditation also lets potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.

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

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.

What jobs can you do with a Building Surveying degree?

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.

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degree

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

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

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • CAD and BIM
  • Construction, Design and Sustainability
  • Introduction to Law for the Built Environment
  • Multidisciplinary Project
  • Property Economics and Financial Accounting
  • Soils and Materials 1

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Applied BIM
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles
  • Planning Procedures and Practice
  • Procurement and Pre-contract Practice
  • Professional Studies and Applied Project

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Heritage Property
  • International Built Environment Fieldwork (additional costs apply)
  • Institution-wide Language Programme
  • Urban Regeneration

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

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

Core modules in this year include:

  • Building Pathology
  • Contract Administration, Claims Management and Dispute Resolution
  • Energy and Environmental Management
  • Individual Major Project
  • Professional Practice

There are no optional modules 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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

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.

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

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

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 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

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 modules 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

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

Qualifications or experience
  • 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,900 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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

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 will provide you with hard hats and Hi-Vis vests. You will need to buy your own safety boots costing approximately £35.

If you go on the optional international field trip in year 2 you’ll need to contribute approximately £500 to the cost.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2019, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing news and vacancy updates and book a call back on results day.

To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

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

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

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

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. 

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