Student using surveyor's tool


Building Surveying

This course is open for applications.

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:
Get your career off to the best possible start with accreditation from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

Page last updated 26 February 2018


Why study building surveying?

As we create new buildings, we also need to manage existing ones better.

Building surveyors provide a portfolio of professional services to a range of professionals and clients in the property and construction industry.

These include project management, legal and technical advice, building surveys and reports, defect diagnosis and conservation, as well as design solutions for new build and refurbishment schemes.

It's a varied and exciting career, with plenty of demand in the market for talented graduates. 

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Building Surveying is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

Covering aspects of design, construction and facilities management for residential and commercial buildings, the course is designed to give you the balance of academic and vocational knowledge employers seek.

Stay up to date on the latest developments, such as advancements in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and its importance in a changing industry.

Learn about the construction and technology of buildings past and present, as well as the planning and conservation issues surveyors must consider.

Explore the science behind the materials we use and the economic and legal framework that building surveyors and engineers operate in.

Get an insight into the surveyor's role within the construction and property industries. Learn through site visits, guest speakers and hands-on activities. Take a year's placement to enhance your employment prospects. 

Our tutors come from both academia and practice. They provide real-life examples and show you how to put theory into context. They're also dedicated to helping you become a highly skilled graduate that employers will value.

Where can it take me?

Our graduates have consistently high employment rates. We see them going into careers at every stage of the building lifecycle.

They find jobs in the private and public sectors; with housing associations, property developers, construction companies, local authorities and heritage locations.

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

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

  • 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.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you're studying on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend your third year away from the University on a work or study placement.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

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

Plus one optional module from:

  • Workbased Reserch Project (for placement students)
  • Collaborative Practice (for non-placement students)

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.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

Learning and Teaching

The team provide a friendly, collaborative environment for learning. Teaching methods vary according to modules but you'll mostly learn through lectures and tutorials. These include lab sessions for developing your computer-aided design (CAD) skills.

Get hands-on experience gathering survey information and using the results to draw up proposals.

Attend guest lectures from industry professionals who cover topics like surveying techniques using the latest IT techniques, heritage issues, asbestos and component manufacture.

Learn the basic principles and foundation knowledge of building surveying. Apply the knowledge and skills you learn to real-life scenarios and situations.

Test your learning through a work-based research project on your placement, or through studying the Collaborative Practice module that brings together students of multiple disciplines.

Showcase your work

In your final year, showcase your work to prospective employers and the public at the annual degree show.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year. 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check


You should expect mix of coursework and exams, which assess what you know and can do and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers value.

Coursework may include essays, reports, skills portfolios, lab reports, presentations and projects. In your final year you'll complete a dissertation.

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

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

When you graduate, you'll need at least two years of work experience and a pass in the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to get chartered building surveyor status.If you've done a work placement year, this could count as a year of your APC. You'll follow a similar pathway to become a chartered building engineer, chartered builder or construction manager.


Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

Our students secure placements and sponsorships from a variety of organisations, including our construction partner employers. Many are offered jobs when they complete their studies.

Placement students have worked on conservation and renovation projects in Buckingham Palace and large scale refurbishment projects for commercial and residential properties.

Our partners also run a final year Job Bootcamp, helping you develop your CV and improve your presentation and interview skills.

You'll get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.


Field trips enhance your knowledge and allow you to see concepts put into practice.

Site visits increase your familiarity with environments you could come across in your future career.

Past visits include:

  • Site and foundation examinations for luxury residential developments in Kensington
  • The ss Great Britain and Chepstow Castle to highlight conservation issues
  • Tours of new build residential sites by leading UK homebuilders
  • Non-traditional housing association refurbishment projects
  • Commercial office refurbishment projects.

Study facilities

Learn in modern, well-equipped department facilities, including award-winning design studios.

Access specialist equipment that illustrate 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.

This mix of traditional and highly creative learning environments enables you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

Our links with key employers such as Atkins, Kendall Kingscott and WSP mean that you'll graduate with a clear understanding of what employers want and what opportunities exist.

This course sets you up for a variety of roles in a range of careers at each stage of the building lifecycle.

At the planning and construction stages, you might work as a project manager, building surveying consultant or contract admin.

At the building management stage, opportunities include conservation officer and facilities manager.

Potential employers range from property developers, construction companies and private practices, to housing associations, local authorities and heritage locations.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

Prospects - careers in construction and property


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
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
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Part time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

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/4 or above 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. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least one A-Level.
  • 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

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

UCAS Extra: Apply for this programme through UCAS Extra between 25 February and 4 July 2018. We aim to give you a response to your application within 21 days.

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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