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. 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
  • Detailing & Specification

Year 2

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

Year 3

  • Research Methods
  • Management for the Built Environment 2
  • Contract Administration
  • Environment & Services 2 (BS route)
  • Building Pathology 2 (BS route)
  • Value & Cost Studies 2 (QS route)
  • Measurement 2 (QS route)
  • Either A, B or C below:
    • Route A: Industrial Placement
    • Route B: European Exchange Programme
    • Route C: Academic Study Route:

Year 4

  • Dissertation
  • Value and Cost Studies 3 (QS route)
  • Building Pathology 3 (BS Route)
  • Construction Management (QS route)
  • Integrative Studies 3 - Surveying
  • Internal Materials & Finishes (BS Route)
  • Property Management (BS route)
  • Measurement 3 (QS route)
  • Built Heritage Conservation (BS route)
  • Advanced Construction Technology (QS elective)
  • Introduction to Energy Industry (QS elective)

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 written subject requiring the use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at National 5 grade C or above if not held at Higher.

GCE A Level: CCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at GCSE grade 5/C or above if not held at A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H3H3H3H3 to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at grade O3 or above if not held at Higher.

IB Diploma: 26 to include Higher Level English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths is required at Standard Level grade 4 or above if not held at Higher Level.

Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants from Partner Colleges: A relevant HNC or HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3. Find out more about Degree Link.

Advanced Entry: All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

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 2017/2018

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,880 per academic year

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

Surveying - Additional Course Costs


Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. 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

Home, EU and Rest of UK applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online at

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

International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

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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BSc (Hons)



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Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance


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

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