Surveying - Building
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A distinctive feature of the BSc (Hons) Surveying course is our common first year, which allows you the flexibility to experience construction modules alongside both building and quantity surveying based modules, to then decide which discipline you wish to pursue throughout the remainder of your studies.
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.
Ranked 1st in Scotland for Student Experience in Building - Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, published September 2018
YEAR 1You will be provided with an introduction to general surveying, focusing upon the construction industry and the environment within which it exists. This will include the technology involved, the systems and processes which operate within it, and an introduction to the basic skills that are required by all construction and property professionals.
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 from Year 1 to Year 4, 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.
STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE
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:
- 2 written exams, typically for 2.5 hours
- 2 written assignments, including essays
- 2 reports
- 2 portfolios
- 2 oral assessments
- 2 practical skills assessments
- 2 group critiques
- 2 journals
- 4 written exams, various times for various exams
- 1 written assignment, including essay
- 3 reports
- 1 portfolio
- 1 oral assessmnet
- 1 group critique
- 4 written assignments, including essays
- 1 report
- 1 portfolio
- 1 group critique
- 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 Disability & Dyslexia 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.
ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT
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.
STUDY SKILLS 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
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.
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.
Surveying equips you with a skill set that opens many alternative doors including careers in built heritage conservation, contracting, project and supply chain management and procurement. 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, adaptation, repair, conservation, maintenance, design, refurbishment, dilapidation and valuation.
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.
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.
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.
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 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:
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.
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
- £1,820 per academic year
Rest of UK Students
- £6,750 per academic year
- £13,670 per academic year
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
- £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:
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.
The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), thereby allowing you to follow a future career path as a professional Chartered Surveyor in either building or quantity surveying. The course is also accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).
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