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
  • Integrated Project 1
  • Working with Construction Detail for Surveyors

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
      • Performance Evaluation

Year 4

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

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.

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.

* 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 2015/2016

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,500 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.

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

Our building surveying graduates secure employment in building maintenance and adaption or as facilities/property managers or in Property Valuation. Our quantity surveyors are highly sought after due to their financial and business acumen and many hold very senior positions in industry, local government and central government. Opportunities also exist in a number of related fields, including the built environment, civil and heavy engineering and the offshore and petrochemical industries.

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BSc (Hons)
Start date
September 2015
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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