BSc (Hons)

Building Surveying

Matthew Brennan
  • UCAS code(s): K230 / K231
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich / Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 4 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

Building surveyors are advisors for the property and construction industry, identifying defects and suggesting options for maintenance and repair. Core aspects of the role include the development of new buildings, alongside the refurbishment and restoration of existing properties. This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to become a specialist in this field.

You will develop a detailed understanding of architectural styles and influences, the history of buildings and building techniques, the evaluation of building elements, and the performance of building materials. You’ll learn to test and analyse all aspects of building performance, advise on alternative uses of existing buildings, supervise remediation and refurbishment projects, and to apply health and safety legislation.

Why study this course?

  • You'll benefit from outstanding career prospects. 94% of our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying sandwich students are in work or further study within six months of finishing their studies, earning an average graduate salary of £26,600 (DLHE, 2016-2017).
  • NTU is one of the leading providers of property education in the UK – we're ranked 2nd in the UK for Building, Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2019).
  • Benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, supporting you throughout your time at NTU and enabling you to make the most of your studies. As well as money towards the cost of your course materials, you’ll also benefit from study trips and live projects, included in the cost of your course fees, and a pre-paid printing allowance.
  • Our course is triple-accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Buildings (CIOB), and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers, recognising the quality and relevance of our course content.
  • You'll join a course with excellent student satisfaction. 94% of our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying sandwich students are satisfied with the quality of their course (National Student Survey 2017).
  • Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement.
  • Experience inspiring trips in the UK and abroad, the cost of which is included in your course fees. Previous trips have included visits to Prague, Malta, Milan and Berlin.
  • Successful completion of our course is the professional route to becoming a chartered surveyor.
  • Apply your learning to the real world, with opportunities to take part in site visits and live projects as part of the course. Previous projects have been set by companies such as Faithful+Gould and Gleeds.
  • Benefit from our expert academic team, who have extensive professional practice experience, and links with industry and professional bodies. You'll also benefit from visiting industry experts who lecture as part of the course.

Accredited by:

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What you'll study

You'll learn to diagnose, investigate, analyse and test all aspects of building performance and deterioration, enabling you to advise on relevant processes, including maintenance, refurbishment and restoration.

  • Year One

    Professional, Academic and Business Skills (20 credits)

    • This module provides you with an introduction to academic study, to the built environment professions, and to the nature of the work carried out by surveyors.

    Surveying Skills (20 credits)

    • This module will provide you with an introduction to practice and surveying skills that will be developed throughout the course of your degree and in the workplace.

    Construction (20 credits)

    • This module introduces you to a range of technical, practical and environmental principles involved in the construction of a range of traditional and nontraditional buildings.
    • It provides a framework for understanding the environmental impact of buildings and introduces the concept of building pathology, which examines why buildings fail.

    Economics and Valuation (20 credits)

    • This module introduces property economics and the links between the economy and the property market, as well as giving you a overview of property valuation.
    • By the end of the module, you will be able to use economic concepts and the theory of supply and demand to explain activities in the construction and property market.

    Law (20 credits)

    • This module introduces you to the English legal system and its relationship with European Union law.
    • You will gain an understanding of how law is made, applied and developed, and how it impacts professional activities within the development and property professions.

    Planning and Land Use (20 credits)

    • This module introduces the concepts and principles of the planning system.
    • The content of the module is underpinned by the concept of sustainable development. and it considers the impact of climate change on how cities will evolve and adapt in the future.
  • Year Two

    Structural Appraisal (20 credits)

    • This module develops your knowledge of the performance of buildings and their component parts.
    • You will gain an understanding of the modes of failure and different construction materials, and be introduced to basic structural design, disrepair, and methods of remediation.

    Contract Administration and Procurement (20 credits)

    • In this module you will analyse the procurement process involved in appointing consultants and contractors for building projects.

    Building Design Project (40 credits)

    • During this module you will work in the studio to explore options in the selection of building materials, construction methods, and environmental services.
    • You will develop your proficiency at carrying out a range of surveys associated with land and buildings.

    Property Development: Principles and Practice (20 credits)

    • This module introduces you to the development process and the commercial drivers behind them.
    • You will examine the roles of various participants in the development process and how they affect its end product.

    Employability and Commercial Awareness (20 credits)

    • This module provides guidance for gaining, and preparing for, employment within the property sector.
    • You will be introduced to the requirements for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence and the principles of employment law, Health and Safety at Work regulations, and related procedures.
  • Year Three

    You will get the opportunity to spend a year working in industry.  This will give you real, hands-on experience and open exciting opportunities for your future employment. Many students return to their placement company after graduation.

    Recent placement destinations have included Faithful+Gould, Arcadis, Tower Surveys, Watts Group, and more. The majority of these roles come with a salary, with some students earning up to £20,000 for their year. Roles have included Building Surveyor, Trainee Technical Adviser, Assistant Project Officer, and many more.

    The majority of companies are RICS accredited, which means the year counts towards your RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and becoming a Chartered Surveyor.

  • Final Year

    Heritage and Conservation (20 credits)

    • This module develops your knowledge and skills in relation to architectural history and conservation, and heritage philosophy and practice.
    • You will learn how to identify different architectural styles, appraise culturally significant buildings, and manage proposed uses and interventions in line with current legal, technical and procedural considerations.

    Building Surveying Practice (40 credits)

    • This module develops your knowledge of the performance of buildings and their component parts.
    • It will provide an understanding of the current best practice in terms of building management and maintenance. You will be taught how to identify and diagnose complex defects in existing buildings and suggest methods of remediation.
    • You will also look at the drawing up of schedules of planned and programmed maintenance work, gaining an understanding of budgetary control.

    Building Pathology (40 credits)

    • This module develops your knowledge of building pathology so that you can diagnose, assess and classify defects in low-rise buildings in a practical setting.
    • The aim is that you will be able to apply your knowledge to practical situations and specify the use of appropriate methods of diagnosis to deal with hidden defects and sensitive locations.

    Research Project (20 credits)

    • This module requires you to investigate a topic of your choice in an extended project.
    • You will critically analyse existing literature, recommend and apply suitable research methods, analyse data, and produce conclusions and recommendations.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

NTU is ranked 2nd in the UK for Building and Town and Country Planning (The Guardian University Guide 2019).

How you’re taught

  • Most content is delivered through practice-based teaching, which gives you the opportunity to understand the course material and its theoretical framework within the context of real professional practice and activity.
  • Based on a 40 hour week during term time, approximately 12 to 15 hours is spent in scheduled learning. This includes lectures, seminars and tutorials, and field work that includes site visits, field trips and practical exercises.
  • You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.
  • Outside of the timetabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, completing coursework, and directed reading to expand your knowledge.

Trips and study visits

Site visits and field trips form an integral part of the learning process, allowing you to put theory into practice. Recent UK-based field trips have included:

  • London – as part of the Law module, students visited the Houses of Parliament and the High Court, and were given a lecture by a London-based lawyer
  • Savills – students visited their offices in the West End of London and were given a presentation on the current market and career development
  • Nottingham Regeneration Ltd – guest lecture on regeneration projects around Nottingham train station.

You'll also go on a week-long European field trip in your second year, designed to help you investigate and research aspects of building surveying.

Recent destinations have included Berlin, Malta and Rome, with these trips being included within your course fees.

Property students in Malta

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a mix of coursework, practical exercises, and exams. The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and will consist of group and individual projects, reports, presentations to your peers, and essays. You'll receive feedback throughout each module.

Year OneCoursework59%Written work20%Practical work21%
Year TwoCoursework75%Written work25%
Year ThreeOptional placement year
Year FourCoursework100%

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year OneLectures/seminars/workshops30%Independent study70%
Year TwoLectures/seminars/workshops34%Independent study66%
Year ThreeOptional placement year
Year FourLectures/seminars/workshops31%Independent study69%

Join a course with excellent student satisfaction: 100% of our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying sandwich students are satisfied with their student experience (National Student Survey 2016).

Careers and employability

Our course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the property industry, through work placements, working on real projects from industry, input from industry professionals, and regularly updated course content. 94% of our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying sandwich students are in work or further study within six months of finishing their studies, earning an average graduate salary of £26,600 (DLHE, 2016-2017).

Where do Building Surveying graduates from NTU work?

NTU has a strong building surveying alumni community, with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies.

Recent BSc Hons) Building Surveying graduate destinations have included:

  • Bailey Garner
  • Deloitte
  • EC Harris LLP
  • Faithful+Gould
  • Watts
  • Savills
  • Croudace Homes
  • Gleeds
  • Royal Households
  • Cubitt Consulting
  • CBRE.

Graduate roles include graduate surveyor, building surveyor, and site manager.

Getting your full RICS membership

If you aspire to become a RICS Chartered Surveyor, you will need to complete at least two years of relevant professional work experience – the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). If you undertake a sandwich placement, this will normally count as the first year of your professional work experience (only for RICS), however at least 12 months of study must take place on a graduate training scheme. Find out more about how to complete your APC and become RICS qualified.

This course is designed to prepare you for future employment in a number of the RICS APC pathways.

Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service. Our Employability team runs a series of events throughout the year specifically for Property Management and Development students, including our Property, Design and Construction fair, bringing together our students with prospective employers.

Find out more about career options in the construction industry on the Chartered Institute of Building website.


Excellent placement opportunities

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying students have the opportunity to apply for a year-long work placement (minimum of 36 weeks in one or more organisations). This will give you real, hands-on experience within the industry, opening up exciting opportunities for future employment. Our sandwich route offers this year-long placement option, with a total course length of four years.

Where can I work?

Building Surveying students typically gain placements with consultancies, developers, real estate management companies and investors, as well as on the client side, looking after large retail and leisure estates.

Recent destinations have included: Baily Garner; Buckingham Palace; Cubit Consulting; Derbyshire County Council; Faithful+Gould; Great Ormond Street Hospital; Gleeds; Michael Dyson; Mitchells & Butlers; and Nottingham City Homes.

Typical job roles include: assistant building surveyor, trainee building surveyor, junior project manager, project assistant, and facility assessor.

Professional qualification

Successful completion of the 36 weeks leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice, which will further enhance your CV.

94% of our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying sandwich students are in work or further study within six months of finishing their studies, earning an average graduate salary of £26,600 (DLHE, 2016-2017).

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff was changed in 2017. In the new Tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff was changed in 2017. In the new Tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

How to apply

Applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal - click on the Apply button at the top of the page to be taken straight through to the Portal.

Ready to join us? Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline – 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that we can only make a decision based on what you tell us, so include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place in just 4,000 characters. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Non-standard applicants

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the entry criteria but hold relevant work experience. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis. If you are a non-standard applicant, you will still need to apply to us using the UCAS form.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team, or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here, you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University, please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa, please visit our visa information page.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline – 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Non-standard applicants

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the entry criteria but hold relevant work experience. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis. If you are a non-standard applicant, you will still need to apply to us using the UCAS form.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that we can only make a decision based on what you tell us, so include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place in just 4,000 characters. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application.

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about to the University.

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, or speak to one of our official NTU representatives in your country.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for lots of handy advice and guidance.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, industry-standard workshops and study spaces, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • Free travel and accommodation for all of the mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events included on your course, including overseas trips (where offered).
  • £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years). You’ll be able to spend this at our Bonington art shop, fully stocked with a wide range of art and design materials at student-friendly prices, and at our School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment workshops and print facilities.
  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, goggles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers.

You’ll need to cover the cost of your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables. However, our City Campus library is home to four floors of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! Our library team work closely with our academics to ensure that our library collection closely matches the topics you’ll be studying, to provide relevant resources for you to use, free of charge.

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus. Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for lots of handy advice and guidance.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, industry-standard workshops and study spaces, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • Free travel and accommodation for all of the mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events included on your course, including overseas trips (where offered).
  • £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years). You’ll be able to spend this at our Bonington art shop, fully stocked with a wide range of art and design materials at student-friendly prices, and at our School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment workshops and print facilities.
  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, goggles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers.

You’ll need to cover the cost of your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables. However, our City Campus library is home to four floors of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! Our library team work closely with our academics to ensure that our library collection closely matches the topics you’ll be studying, to provide relevant resources for you to use, free of charge.

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus. Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418