Student using surveyor's tool


Building Surveying

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Full-time: UCAS and Part-time: University
Tariff points:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Three years full-time, four years sandwich, three years part-time (with entry into the third year of the course)
Full-time, part-time day release, sandwich
Programme leader:
David Evans
Key fact:
Study full or part-time towards Chartered Surveyor status on a course, which achieves outstanding graduate employment rates.

Page last updated 15 May 2017


Why BSc(Hons) Building Surveying?

As more buildings are created, existing ones need to be effectively managed. Working with a wide range of professionals and clients in the property and construction industry, building surveyors provide a varied portfolio of professional services. These can include project management, legal and technical advice, building surveys and reports, defect diagnosis and conservation issues, as well as design solutions for new build and refurbishment schemes.

Why study our course?

Accredited by both the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), Building Surveying is a dual accredited course, designed to give you the balance of academic and vocational knowledge employers seek.

Covering aspects of design, construction and management for residential and commercial buildings, we ensure you are up to date on the latest developments, such as advancements in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and its importance in a changing industry. You will gain an appreciation of the planning and conservation issues that surveyors must consider. You will also understand the procurement, legal and H&S issues threads running through projects. Along with this, you will develop an awareness of how building surveyors provide a varied portfolio of professional services, as they work with a wide range of professionals and clients in the property and construction industry.

Our tutors are drawn from diverse backgrounds, both academia and practice, enabling them to infuse their teaching with real life anecdotes: putting theory into context. They are passionate about this subject and dedicated to producing graduates with the knowledge and skills that employers value, with this reflected in our high employment rates.

Real world experience

You will obtain an insight into the surveyor's role within the construction and property industries. This will be gained through site visits, guest speakers and hands on activities. There is also the opportunity to take a year's placement to enhance your employment prospects. 

Where it can take you

Our graduates have consistently high employment rates. We see them entering a variety of careers at every stage of the building lifecycle in the private and public sectors, including roles at housing associations, property developers, construction companies, local authorities and heritage locations.

Watch Graduate Henry Thomas's video to see how his degree led to a job with Kendall Kingscott.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



Year 1

On these modules, you will learn the basic principles and key foundation knowledge in Building Surveying.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Law, Economics and Management
  • Building Science
  • Construction Technology and Services
  • Design Processes

Year 2

As you progress, you will apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt through real-life scenarios and situations.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Residential Refurbishment and Maintenance
  • Commercial Development
  • Procurement and Contract Law
  • Professional Practice for the Built Environment
  • Analysis of Building Defects
  • Building Surveys and Professional Consultancy

Optional placement year

All students are encouraged to spend their third year on placement. The curriculum in the second year includes support finding this placement. Students who undertake a placement year will complete a work-based research project.

Final Year

In the final year, greater emphasis is put on scholarly activity and professional judgement. In addition to studying core modules, you will apply your learning either through a Work-based Research Project related to your placement, or through studying the Collaborative Practice module bringing together students of multiple disciplines.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Sustainable Strategies for Property Management
  • Commercial Refurbishment
  • Conserving Buildings and Places

Plus one of the following:

  • Work Based Learning (for placement students)
  • Collaborative Practice (for non-placement students)

Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The team provide a friendly, collaborative environment for learning. Teaching methods vary according to modules. However, most learning is through lectures and tutorials, including computer lab sessions for developing your CAD skills. You will receive hands on experience to gather survey information and use the results to draw up proposals, using the latest Information Technology.

Modules often include guest lectures from RICS professionals and people from the industry who cover topical matters, including cutting edge surveying techniques using IT, heritage issues, asbestos and component manufacturers.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work, and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact time per week. You will also be expected to spend at least double this time (24 hours) in essential independent study.

Part-time students

This course is available to study on a part-time day release basis. Modules are structured to allow you to attend lectures and tutorial sessions one day per week therefore minimising the time spent away from the work place.

Students generally join the course with an HNC in Construction or equivalent, which means that you are exempted from Level 1 of the course, and can gain the BSc (Hons) degree in three years at UWE Bristol. A large proportion of our part-time students are supported by their employer.

A key benefit of studying part-time means you can put your learning directly into practice, and where possible you can use work-related problems in projects.


You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations, all of which aim to assess not only what you know and can do, but also develop graduate attributes valued by employers.

Coursework may include essays, reports, portfolios of drawings or sketches, calculations, lab reports, presentations, projects, studios and, in the final year, a dissertation.

While most coursework involves individual submissions, some modules in each year require teamwork.   

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by both the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). It satisfies the academic requirements for full membership of the RICs as a Building Surveyor. On successful completion, you will need at least two years of work experience and to pass an Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) before achieving Chartered Building Surveyor status. If you have done a work placement year, this may qualify as one year of your APC. A similar pathway applies to becoming a Chartered Building Engineer.

This course is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).


A placement can contribute to you performing better in your degree and can, in turn, improve your employability upon graduating.  It   provides an opportunity for you to implement your learning ino real life situations, whilst honing your professional skills and allowing you to work towards your APC. 

Students have secured placements in a range of organisations, including our construction partner employers, with many being offered employment upon completion of their studies. Placement students to date have worked on conservation projects in Buckingham Palace, residential adaptations for disabled users and have produced designs for the renovation of listed buildings.


We aim to enrich your studies with field trips to further enhance your knowledge whilst allowing you to see the concepts learnt in the classroom being put into practice. Site visits increase your familiarity with the variety of environments with which you may come into contact in your future careers.

Previous visits have included:

Study facilities

A range of specialist facilities are available to help with your studies. You will:

  • Access specialist equipment, including a scale mock structure illustrating the essential components of a domestic building.
  • Test bricks and concrete in specialist laboratories for environmental physics, earth sciences, and surveying technology.
  • Develop skills in computer aided design (CAD), project management and building information modelling (BIM) on industry standard software.
  • Study and collaborate with classmates in our dedicated lounge and open computing area.
  • Access industry leading resources, specialist journals and publications through UWE Bristol's online portal.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn from industry

Our construction partner employers get involved throughout your degree. They offer sponsorship and placements to students and are keen to employ graduates. They also run a final year Job Bootcamp helping you prepare for applications through developing your CV, presentation and interview skills.

Best practice

We have strong relationships with local professional organisations such as the RICS. As a result, students have free access to their events and workshops promoting best practice.

We also arrange regular presentations from visiting professionals, academics and past students so you can learn about industry challenges and best practice.

Showcase your work

Our final year students regularly showcase their projects and case studies to local employers and the public at UWE Bristol's annual degree show.


Careers / Further study

You can choose from a wide range of careers in a variety of roles at each stage of the building lifecycle on completing the course.

At the planning and construction stages, you might work as a design consultant, building services engineer or town planner. At the building management stage, opportunities include conservation officer and property manager. Potential employers range from property developers, construction companies and private practices, to housing associations, local authorities and heritage locations.

Thanks to our ongoing links with key employers such as Atkins, Kendall Kingscott and Parsons-Brinkerhoff, you will also get the chance to learn more about what employers want and what opportunities exist.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Prospects - Careers in Construction and Property


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.

The honours degree is 360 credits in total. Part-time students generally study between 60 (15 credits x 4) and 90 (15 credits x 6) each year and will pay annually for credits taken in that year. As a part-time UK or EU student you may be entitled to a fees loan from the Government.

Find more information on our part time UK students funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

The 'Typical offers' information above is for students planning to enter the first year of the course.

If you have a Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) or Foundation Degree in a closely related subject, we may be able to credit you with some of the modules in our course. In particular, if you have an HNC Construction with all Merits in your second year units, you would normally be able to join the second year of the full-time course, or the third year of the part-time course. In your application, please give full details of all your qualifications (including modules and units).

We welcome applications from students without the conventional entrance requirements but who do have substantial relevant work or other experience and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course. In your application, please give full details of all your work experience and all your qualifications (including modules and units).

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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