BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

Building Surveyors are key professionals within the acquisition, building management and development sectors of the property profession, advising on both commercial and residential building issues.

Building Surveying is an extremely varied profession, with main areas covering design, construction technology, conservation, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Building Information Modeling (BIM), professional practice/studies, building pathology, performance, sustainability and regulation.

At GCU the emphasis is firmly on practical experience with site visits and live project work. Industry experts provide guest lectures and you will spend six to eight months on a work placement in Year 3. Those who aspire to become Chartered Surveyors will be working in a dominantly client facing environment. Excellent communication skills are therefore essential. There are opportunities to study abroad at our partner universities across Europe. Honours graduates can begin working to gain full membership of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Your career

There is always a high demand for our graduates; they have gone on to work for practices such as Jones Lang Lasalle, Watts, Trident, Cushman and Wakefield, CBRE, Doig + Smith, Colliers, Brown & Wallace, Knight Frank, Davis Langdon, Graham & Sibbald, Workman LLP, Thomson Bethune, P3 Consulting, GVA & City Property Glasgow. Others opt for employment within the public sector. Those that opt for Chartered Surveyor status (RICS) will have worldwide opportunities.

Year 1

Principles of Construction Technology and Materials Study, Professional Orientation,Construction Engineering and Structures, Construction Contracts, Property Legislation and Economics, and an Introduction to CAD Design.

Year 2

Building Performance, Construction Process Management and Safety, Design and Regulation (inc intermediate CAD), Construction Cost Studies.

Year 3

Placement, Construction Technology, Design and Regulation, CAD Application and Innovation, Building Inspection and Pathology.

Year 4

Building Development, Sustainability and Building Surveying Studies with an option from Conservation, Facilities or Project Management, Honours Dissertation.

Part-time students

Please note that in your final year, subject variety will be limited should you wish to restrict your attendance. For some site visits, it may also be necessary to negotiate additional time with your employer or take annual leave. In all cases, students will be required to attend an evening class outside normal day(s) of attendance.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2021/22

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UCAS

BSc (Hons)
Full Time
2 - 4 Years
28 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
K230
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 2 - 4 Years 28 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Full-time entry requirements

Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: ABBC Nat 5: C (English and Maths)
Minimum entry requirement*: ACCC Nat 5: C (English and Maths)
A level: CCC GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths)
ILC Higher: H2 H2 H2 H2 O2: (English and Maths) if not achieved at Higher level
IB Diploma: 24 points (incl Maths and English at 4)
BTEC: MMM Ext Dip in relevant subject GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths)
SWAP: Access to STEM - BBB

Year 2
College HNC: Built Environment - graded unit B
A level: BBC GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths)
BTEC: DMM Ext Dip in relevant subject GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths)

Year 3
College HND: Building Surveying - graded unit A

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5

Part-time entry requirements

Year 1
Scottish Higher: BBC Nat 5: C (English and Maths)
A level: BC GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths)
ILC Higher: H3 H3 H5 H5 O2: (English and Maths)
BTEC: Extended Diploma in relevant subject GCSE: C (English and Maths)
SWAP: Access to STEM - BBB

Year 2
College HNC: Built Environment - graded unit B

Year 3
College HND: Building Surveying - graded unit B

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5

Part-time applicants must be in suitable full-time employment as trainee building surveyor or similar

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2021/22

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU and International: £12,250

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Part-time and distance-learning tuition fees

Visit our part-time and distance-learning fee schedules.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

View our Undergraduate scholarships.

Your 6-8 month work placement in third year can be completed in Scotland or abroad.

The Building Surveying degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). On successful completion of your degree, you can work towards Chartered Membership of both RICS and CIOB (MRICS/MCIOB).

There are opportunities to study abroad including a week-long European city study trip.

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

Assessment methods include coursework activities and formal examinations. Our students have many opportunities to enhance their employability by studying abroad. Through KAR Scholarship funding our students have worked in Ladakh in India and Guedelon in France; students have enjoyed placements in New Zealand while next year, two students will be attending Barcelona University for a six month Erasmus Exchange.

The employability of our students is in part due to our excellent links with our professional partners which include the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Building (who provide our industry standard course accreditation) and Historic Scotland, as well as a six month industry placement at the beginning of third year, something no other Scottish institution offers. For their final year, our students undertake Building Surveying Studies, an industry based project driven by the professional competency requirements deemed essential by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. This project is fully supported through our Industry links with site visits accompanied by and lectures often provided by Professional Practitioner partners.