Surveying Degree BSc (Hons)

BSc (Hons) Surveying

1. Overview

Surveying is a diverse, rewarding and well-paid career choice that enables you to shape the world that we live in.

Building Surveying is concerned with the maintenance, adaption and repair of buildings. Building surveying also involves providing clients with strategic property advice in order to ensure that built assets contribute appropriately to business success. By selecting this route, you will gain an in-depth understanding of how buildings function by working at the point of interaction between materials, the environment and people over time in an ever-changing world. You will also develop the skills required to prepare scheme designs, programmes for completion and specification of works.

Quantity Surveying is the provision of advice and services associated with procurement, value and cost, contract administration and project management. Quantity Surveyors are focused upon providing clients with value for money. They work on projects, from inception to demolition, across a wide range of schemes, including those in building, civil engineering, heavy and offshore engineering and the oil and petrochemical industries.

A distinctive feature of this surveying degree is our common first year, which allows you the flexibility to experience both building and quantity surveying based modules. You will then decide which of these two disciplines you wish to pursue throughout the remainder of your studies.

The course is accredited by the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), thereby allowing you to follow a future career path as a professional Chartered Surveyor in either Building or Quantity Surveying.

Many of our staff members are Chartered Surveyors with many years of senior professional experience; allowing you to benefit directly from their guidance and experience. In addition you will benefit from lectures and presentations from visiting practitioners as well as site visits and field studies.

2. What you will study

Year 1

  • Introduction to Building Technology 
  • Introduction to Building Design
  • Built Environment Communication and Scholarship Skills
  • Surveying Methods
  • Building Technology 2
  • Economics for the Built Environment
  • Numerical Processing using Spreadsheets
  • Orthographic Drawing and Detailing

Year 2

  • Management for the Built Environment 1 
  • Building Structure and Technology
  • Value and Cost Studies 1
  • Mensuration and Measurement (QS route)
  • Building Control and Administration (BS route)
  • Business Law
  • Environment and Services
  • Integrative Studies 2 - Surveying
  • Building Pathology (BS route)
  • Procurement for the Built Environment 1 (QS route)

Year 3

  • Management for the Built Environment 2
  • Law and Construction Contracts
  • Procurement for the Built Environment 2
  • Value and Cost Studies 2 (QS route)
  • Building Pathology 2 (BS route)
  • Either A, B or C below:
    • Route A: Industrial Placement
    • Route B: European Exchange Programme
    • Route C: Academic Study Route:
      • Professional Practice Simulation
      • Built Heritage Conservation

Year 4

  • Dissertation
  • Value and Cost Studies 3
  • Building Pathology 3 (BS Route)
  • Construction Management (QS route)
  • Integrative Studies 3 - Surveying
  • Performance Evaluation (BS Route)
  • Property Management (BS route)
  • Advanced Construction Technology (QS route)
  • Risk Management (QS route)

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. Entry requirements

SQA Higher: BBCC to include English (or a subject requiring the use of English) Maths or a Science subject is required at National 5 level Grade C or above.

GCE A Level: CCC to include English (or subject requiring the use of English) Maths or a Science subject is required at GCSE Grade C or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate: B2B2C1C1 to include English (or a  subject requiring the use of English) Maths or a Science subject is required at Ordinary Grade C1 or above.

Alternative qualification: Equivalent qualifications, e.g. SQA, BTEC, S/NVQs, overseas qualifications and access programmes will be considered on an individual basis. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience are welcomed. Entry to year 1 may be possible with any (non-cognate or cognate) HNC or HND.

Degree Link Programme: A relevant HNC from one of our partner FE colleges may be considered for year 2 entry. A relevant HND from one of our partner FE colleges may be considered for year 3 entry. Advanced entry can only be obtained with B Grade minimums in both HNC and HND grade units.

A relevant HNC or HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3.

* 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.

English language requirementsFor those whose firs language is not English

4. Placements and accreditations


There is the option in year 3 for you to undertake an eight-month paid industrial placement as part of your course. This is a period of structured learning in the workplace and can, in some instances, also count towards the RICS/APC professional training requirements, shortening the postgraduate period required to achieve full professional status.

Study Abroad

In year 3 you can undertake a period of study in Europe with one of our European partner institutions or undertake a further semester of academic study which includes a module that simulates industrial experience.


The Technip Surveying Scholarship is available to second-year students. Further information about our scholarships.


The course is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Graduates can join the RICS as graduate members and follow the Assessment of Professional Competence route to full chartered membership which typically takes two years. The course is also accredited by the Association of Building Engineers (ABE). 

5. Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:


6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2016/2017

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,940 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £10,900 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £10,100 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students


  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students


  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £9,700 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


7. How to apply

All full-time undergraduate course applications to Robert Gordon University must be made through UCAS at

It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will let you know whether you have been offered a place at the University. It is also where you should receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course and respond to offers, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

8. Prospects

Both building and quantity surveying graduates are sought by a wide variety of employers for their transferable skills, commercial, financial and business acumen, and their technical abilities. Many of our surveying graduates currently hold senior positions in a variety of companies and organisations.

A degree in building surveying affords access to a wide field of work, including property development, adaptation, repair, conservation, maintenance, design, refurbishment, dilapidation and valuation. Building surveyors can work for any employer who uses, adapts, maintains or services property as well as in surveying practice or local and national government.

A degree in quantity surveying affords access to work in construction procurement, cost analysis, cost control, commercial risk assessment, valuation of construction works, supply chain management in the oil and gas industry and, control of commercial contracts. On graduation opportunities exist for Quantity Surveyors in the fields of surveying practice, construction, heavy and civil engineering, supply chain management for the energy and petro-chemical industries and local and national government.

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Course length

4 years

Mode of Attendance


Academic school
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment
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Accredited By
Association of Building Engineers

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