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Surveying - Building

BSc (Hons)
BSc (Hons) Surveying - Building

Building Surveying is concerned with the maintenance, adaptation, refurbishment and repair of buildings. You will develop a range of skills relating to the built environment including; managing tasks and solving problems, applying numeracy, as well as design, technology and management skills and communication.

On the building surveying route, you will gain an in-depth understanding of how to manage, maintain and adapt buildings to ensure the continued use of our built environment assets.

You will develop an in-depth understanding of how buildings function by developing detailed knowledge of construction technology and building pathology.

This 4-year course, is now only available for direct entry to Year 2 from September 2021.

Top in Scotland and 10th in the UK for course satisfaction in Building and Town and Country Planning (The Guardian University Guide 2021)

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

4 years

This course is only available for direct entry into Year 2 from September 2021.


You will develop an appreciation of the technology involved in moderately complex buildings, and an understanding of the processes in design and construction which concern the Building Surveyor.

You will instil the fundamental skills and the ability to employ techniques of your chosen discipline including building pathology and building control.


You will have the opportunity to participate in the Exchange Programme or a period of industrial placement.

You will continue to increase your knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of both traditional and contemporary buildings and building decay/ deterioration.


You will undertake advanced study in your chosen discipline of Building Surveying with a proper concern for scholarship, rigor and undertake critical investigation using appropriate research methods and independent, self-motivational skills. You can use the dissertation module to advance your knowledge gained in the industry placement.


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information

You will learn in relatively small class sizes in our dedicated Surveying and Construction Management Studio. Teaching is through a blend of directed learning, tutorials and live situations where you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in practice.

Our learning is ‘hands on’ and you will work seamlessly between drawings, computer packages and note taking, both individually and in groups.  

In addition to classroom based lectures and workshops, you will be able to take part in organised visits to construction sites, undertake field studies and building surveys, hear from industry professionals in guest lectures and attend lunch time CPD sessions.

  • Lectures - max 20 students per group, max 9 hours per week
  • Tutorial - max 20 students per group, max 9 hours per week
  • Practical class or workshop - max 20 students per group, max 6 hours per week
  • Supervised time in studio / workshop - max 20 students per group, max 8 hours per week
  • Field Work - max 30 students per group, max 8 hours per week
  • External Visits - max 20 students per group, max 8 hours per week

As you progress, the level of independent learning increases significantly within specialist areas of the course. You are expected to have the confidence to apply your knowledge to more complex contexts and work on your initiative as you progress towards graduation.


We operate an open-door policy and enjoy strong relations between our students and staff. 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.

All staff have teaching qualifications, including fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, recognising their practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning.

We involve distinguished practitioners as core members of our teaching team, which directly connects your learning to professional practice. You will benefit from lectures and presentations from visiting practitioners as well as site visits and field studies.


Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 2

  • 4 written exams, various times for various exams
  • 1 written assignment, including essay
  • 3 reports
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 1 group critique

Year 3

  • 4 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 report
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 group critique

Year 4

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 3 reports
  • 1 dissertation
  • 2 portfolios

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.



The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

The inclusion CENTRE


All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.



The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support


Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library


In Year 3 you may have the opportunity to undertake an eight month (approximate) paid industrial placement allowing you to gain valuable professional experience in an industry setting. In some instances, your placement will count towards the RICS/ APC professional training requirements, shortening the postgraduate period required to achieve full professional status.

Many students return from their industrial experience with the offer of continued employment from their placement employer.

Past placements have included Robertson’s, J&E Shepherd, McLeod and Aitken, Graham and Sibbald



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. This dependent on similar programmes being offered by partner institutions.



Whether you’re interested in how to become a Building Surveyor, or going down a different career path, surveying equips you with a skill set that opens many alternative doors. Possible career areas include built heritage conservation, contracting, project and supply chain management and procurement.

Is Building Surveying a good career choice?

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.

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.

Fields of work include:

  • Property development
  • Premises and home adaptation 
  • Building repair 
  • Conservation 
  • Property maintenance 
  • Building design 
  • Refurbishment
  • Property valuation

There is a strong demand for Building Surveyors within the property and construction industries. Outside of these industries, the specialised skillset of a Building Surveyor is also in high demand. This means there’s a wide range of opportunities on offer for graduates who take this course.

Many of our surveying graduates currently hold senior positions in a variety of companies and organisations. A recent RGU graduate is employed by KPMG, whilst another is developing their career with Aberdeen Asset Management.

find your CAREER path

There are certain requirements you’ll need to meet to be eligible for this Building Surveying degree. 
Standard 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.
Minimum entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for widening access applicants are:

  • SQA Higher: BCC/CCCC to include English or a written subject requiring the use of English. Maths or a Science required at National 5 C if not held at Higher.
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.

Advanced Entry

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

International Students 

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 Requirements

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

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Tuition fees for the Building Surveying course


Scottish Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

EU Students

  • Fee to be confirmed

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £15,040 per academic year

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £15,040 per academic year
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Printing
  • £100 per year printing costs
  • £30 per year (maximum) study trips
  • £800 for a laptop (Windows preferred, minimum 8Gb RAM



For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


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:




Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

The Technip Surveying Scholarship is available to Year 2 students. 



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

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