Building Surveying BSc (Hons)

Building Surveying BSc (Hons)

School of Engineering




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full time: Three years, Part time: Five years (Day release) , Sandwich: Four years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    K230; Short form: BSc/BuiS

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Develop the analytical and intellectual skills you need for a successful career in surveying on this hands-on course. Our stimulating, problem-solving approach engages you with the whole building surveying process, and not by simply sitting in a classroom with text books - you’ll spend time out and about in the local environment and on construction sites, gaining real world experience of the industry. Assessment of your work is balanced between the academic requirement of a degree and the practical nature of your chosen career - so, rather than write academic essays, you’ll be expected to produce reports and projects based on real-life scenarios.


Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 at A2, General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction Merit Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*Distinction*
Pass Access Course: Distinction in 30 Level 3 credits
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P 
GCSE: Maths and English C or equivalent
IELTS: 6.0 (with no component below 5.5)

Entry Requirements 2017/18

96 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 96 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 26P
IELTS: 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5
GCSE: Maths & English C or equivalent 

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory Modules - Full-time

  • Construction Technology
  • Sustainable Environment
  • Professional Practice (A)
  • Professional Practice (B)
  • Introduction to Law & Procurement
  • Management & Economics

Year 2

Compulsory Modules - Full-time

  • Construction Technology
  • Building Services
  • Contract Law
  • Production Economics
  • Town Planning & Building Control
  • Management & Project Planning
  • Professional Practice - BS

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Building Conservation
  • Project Analysis & Appraisal
  • Maintenance Management
  • Professional Practice - BS
  • Dissertation/Project

Optional modules

  • Owning & Leasing Land
  • Facilities Management

Further Information

The BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degree involves the identification, analysis, evaluation and subsequent solving of problems associated with the technological, economic and legal issues encountered in the field of building surveying. The importance for you to appreciate the significance of the subject matter in relation to your own particular working environment is considered to be fundamental.

The academic content of the Building Surveying course is approached in a manner which will encourage and develop an awareness of the contribution you are able to make in the improvement of both your employer’s interests and your own career prospects. You’ll study alongside students on the construction management, quantity surveying and facilities management degrees, and can transfer to one of these programmes if you like at the end of the first year.


  • Microcomputer laboratories
  • Networked software
  • Internet access
  • University central library and resources service
  • Specialist information centre
  • Undergraduate resource centre

Our lecturers have practical experience and maintain close links to the profession and industry - and some of them are RICS Assessors of Professional Competence, geared-up to help you develop the skills you need to pass your Assessment of Professional Competence following graduation.


We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions. 

This delivery model enables the subject experts to share their knowledge and experience across degree programmes, enhancing the student experience. As an example, the specific building surveying content of the degree is delivered by five Chartered Building Surveyors with substantial experience in both academia and practice.

The professional knowledge and expertise of the staff delivering the programme are reflected in the coursework undertaken by students, which is often based upon real life projects and case studies, using a problem based learning approach for achieving the specific learning outcomes of the course. Staff have active research interests in conservation, regeneration, project management, sustainability and construction law and these interests are incorporated into the delivery of the degree.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Professional Accreditation

This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), which means you have the opportunity to progress to high level positions, including partner in a private practice, or senior manager in an organisation with a large property portfolio, for example the National Trust, dealing with historical buildings and environment.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Assessment of your work is balanced between the academic requirement of a degree and the practical nature of the profession. So think reports and projects based on real life scenarios rather than academic essays, along with individual and group presentations, laboratory experiments and examinations.

Teaching will not just be in the classroom with text books – we will take you out into the local environment and on construction sites so you will gain real exposure to the workplace. Expect plenty of team building activities to help you acquire the skills to develop successful working relationships.

Part-time Study

Fit part-time study into your working life

Flexible delivery of this course allows you to study whilst in employment – our part-time teaching is delivered just one day per week.


Professional recognition is one of the reasons our graduates enjoy excellent career prospects. The provision of both academic and practical experience, coupled with our close involvement with employers, produces graduates who are highly regarded in the workplace. It will therefore come as no surprise that our graduates have secured employment in organisations such as BAE systems, Eric Wright Construction and EC Harris.

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