Building Surveying BSc (Hons)

UCAS code K230 BSC/BS

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About this course 2018/19

The work of a building surveyor is varied with no two days being the same and requires a technically minded pragmatic thinker who will become very adaptable.

You can expect to use your technical and legal expertise in projects ranging from brand new multi million pound commercial developments to small-scale refurbishments and conversions of residential buildings in a variety of different roles including project manager, designer and contract administrator.

Building pathology skills and knowledge will be regularly tested in the preservation of fragile or historic structures and the survey and inspection of a range of properties. As a building surveyor you will have a rewarding and fulfilling career due to the breadth of skills, knowledge and abilities you will gain. 

This professional course focuses heavily on employability with many of our graduates being retained by their placement employers for post-graduation employment across many different sectors from national consultancies, international employers to local practices and public sector employers. Our strong links with industry mean you will get to experience site visits and hear from professionals within industry to contextualise your academic studies. You will attend a residential trip field study visit to one of the UK major cities to compare practices. Through this course you will begin to develop the core competencies required to become a Chartered Building Survey along with some of the softer skills required within industry.

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of Graduate membership.

Learning outcomes are aligned with the professional requirements of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and provide you with the foundations to allow you to develop the practical, analytical and problem-solving skills to be eligible for graduate membership and work towards being awarded chartered status post graduation.

94% of students were in work or further study within six months of finishing (Unistats, 2016)

Learn from the best

Your academic team come from a range of backgrounds, including surveyors, planners, construction professionals, project managers and solicitors.

Lecturers balance their teaching and research with external industry-related projects and they use this knowledge to inform your learning. This approach creates a research-rich, practice-based environment which will develop your critical abilities, problem solving skills and lay a firm foundation for a career in the property industry.

Our strong links with the sector give you the opportunity to work on live projects as part of your course. We also invite industry professionals to deliver guest lectures and share their experiences.



caption: Principle Lecturer - John  caption: Learn from the best  caption: Meet the team


Teaching and Assessment

Modules include the evolution of the built environment, law, and building performance, pathology and sustainability, developed in line with professional requirements. As pioneers in Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology, we embed these processes into all aspects of the course, from lectures and seminars to tutorials and studio-based sessions, to ensure you are at the forefront of this emerging field.

As the course progresses you further develop your inspection, surveying and appraisal skills. You can put theory into practice during the residential trip and the popular Building Advice Centre module in the final year, where you can advise real clients on building issues. 

You can choose to spend the third year on placement to deepen the practical element of your degree. If you are planning to work towards a professional qualification with RICS, the placement can count towards the assessment of professional competence (APC), the first step towards full chartered surveyor status.

Learning Environment

At Northumbria you’ll find the latest technologies to support you in our specialist laboratories and studios. From modelling workshops and a materials lab to prototyping and architecture studios, you’ll have access to a wide range of industry related facilities. Built environment students also benefit from dedicated project space and study areas for group and individual work.

The programme team have developed a coherent approach to technology enabled learning (TEL) which includes specialist software and online access to module information, key texts, podcasts and a range of teaching-related materials.

caption: University Library   caption: Our Facilities

Research-rich Learning

We take a research-led approach to all aspects of teaching. As practicing researchers, our lecturers pass on the latest techniques from their ongoing work to ensure your learning is current and relevant at both an academic and a practical level.

We are a top 30 research department, with 50% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK wide Research Excellence Framework (REF2014, UoA16) and the department is ranked 21st in the UK for the reach and significance of our research impact. This means we are well placed to support you to develop your own research skills.

Specialist areas of staff research include the design, use and production of space, office to residential conversions, sustainable urban development and heritage preservation.


caption: University Research  caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

Our degrees are designed to make you as employable as possible. From academic theory to real world application, work placements to guest lecturers, the Building Surveying programme has been influenced and shaped by professional and industry practice to ensure you gain the specific skills and experience that employers are looking for, including time management, communication, research, evaluation, and team-working.    

The course has been developed to meet the professional requirements of RICS and on completion you will be eligible for graduate membership, the first step to becoming a fully qualified chartered surveyor.

The optional placement year gives you the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience in surveying or property related employment. Placement students typically work as trainee surveyors in in either public or private sector organisations in the UK or globally with students previously working in New Zealand and Hong Kong. This year in industry counts as one of the two years in professional practice that you need to become fully chartered.

caption: Plan your career

Your Future

You will graduate with a respected qualification and the knowledge and practical experience that will prepare you for a career inbuilding surveying.

The majority of our graduates progress into chartered surveying with global companies such as CBRE, Cushman and Wakefield, Knight Frank, , with others moving into related areas including project management and sustainable building technology. Whether you want to work in the public sector, for an independent surveying company or a multinational corporation, this degree will equip you with the tools and techniques you will need to work in this field.

The design of the programme strongly supports postgraduate study and many former graduates have moved on to Masters or PhD level study. 

About this course 2019/20

The work of a building surveyor is varied with no two days being the same and requires a technically minded pragmatic thinker who will become very adaptable.

You can expect to use your technical and legal expertise in projects ranging from brand new multi million pound commercial developments to small-scale refurbishments and conversions of residential buildings in a variety of different roles including project manager, designer and contract administrator.

Building pathology skills and knowledge will be regularly tested in the preservation of fragile or historic structures and the survey and inspection of a range of properties. As a building surveyor you will have a rewarding and fulfilling career due to the breadth of skills, knowledge and abilities you will gain. 

This professional course focuses heavily on employability with many of our graduates being retained by their placement employers for post-graduation employment across many different sectors from national consultancies, international employers to local practices and public sector employers. Our strong links with industry mean you will get to experience site visits and hear from professionals within industry to contextualise your academic studies. You will attend a residential trip field study visit to one of the UK major cities to compare practices. Through this course you will begin to develop the core competencies required to become a Chartered Building Survey along with some of the softer skills required within industry.

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of Graduate membership.

Learning outcomes are aligned with the professional requirements of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and provide you with the foundations to allow you to develop the practical, analytical and problem-solving skills to be eligible for graduate membership and work towards being awarded chartered status post graduation.

94% of students were in work or further study within six months of finishing (Unistats, 2016)

Learn from the best

Your academic team come from a range of backgrounds, including surveyors, planners, construction professionals, project managers and solicitors.

Lecturers balance their teaching and research with external industry-related projects and they use this knowledge to inform your learning. This approach creates a research-rich, practice-based environment which will develop your critical abilities, problem solving skills and lay a firm foundation for a career in the property industry.

Our strong links with the sector give you the opportunity to work on live projects as part of your course. We also invite industry professionals to deliver guest lectures and share their experiences.



caption: Principle Lecturer - John  caption: Learn from the best  caption: Meet the team


Teaching and Assessment

Modules include the evolution of the built environment, law, and building performance, pathology and sustainability, developed in line with professional requirements. As pioneers in Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology, we embed these processes into all aspects of the course, from lectures and seminars to tutorials and studio-based sessions, to ensure you are at the forefront of this emerging field.

As the course progresses you further develop your inspection, surveying and appraisal skills. You can put theory into practice during the residential trip and the popular Building Advice Centre module in the final year, where you can advise real clients on building issues. 

You can choose to spend the third year on placement to deepen the practical element of your degree. If you are planning to work towards a professional qualification with RICS, the placement can count towards the assessment of professional competence (APC), the first step towards full chartered surveyor status.

Learning Environment

At Northumbria you’ll find the latest technologies to support you in our specialist laboratories and studios. From modelling workshops and a materials lab to prototyping and architecture studios, you’ll have access to a wide range of industry related facilities. Built environment students also benefit from dedicated project space and study areas for group and individual work.

The programme team have developed a coherent approach to technology enabled learning (TEL) which includes specialist software and online access to module information, key texts, podcasts and a range of teaching-related materials.

caption: University Library   caption: Our Facilities

Research-rich Learning

We take a research-led approach to all aspects of teaching. As practicing researchers, our lecturers pass on the latest techniques from their ongoing work to ensure your learning is current and relevant at both an academic and a practical level.

We are a top 30 research department, with 50% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK wide Research Excellence Framework (REF2014, UoA16) and the department is ranked 21st in the UK for the reach and significance of our research impact. This means we are well placed to support you to develop your own research skills.

Specialist areas of staff research include the design, use and production of space, office to residential conversions, sustainable urban development and heritage preservation.


caption: University Research  caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

Our degrees are designed to make you as employable as possible. From academic theory to real world application, work placements to guest lecturers, the Building Surveying programme has been influenced and shaped by professional and industry practice to ensure you gain the specific skills and experience that employers are looking for, including time management, communication, research, evaluation, and team-working.    

The course has been developed to meet the professional requirements of RICS and on completion you will be eligible for graduate membership, the first step to becoming a fully qualified chartered surveyor.

The optional placement year gives you the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience in surveying or property related employment. Placement students typically work as trainee surveyors in in either public or private sector organisations in the UK or globally with students previously working in New Zealand and Hong Kong. This year in industry counts as one of the two years in professional practice that you need to become fully chartered.

caption: Plan your career

Your Future

You will graduate with a respected qualification and the knowledge and practical experience that will prepare you for a career inbuilding surveying.

The majority of our graduates progress into chartered surveying with global companies such as CBRE, Cushman and Wakefield, Knight Frank, , with others moving into related areas including project management and sustainable building technology. Whether you want to work in the public sector, for an independent surveying company or a multinational corporation, this degree will equip you with the tools and techniques you will need to work in this field.

The design of the programme strongly supports postgraduate study and many former graduates have moved on to Masters or PhD level study. 

Course info

UCAS Code K230 BSC/BS

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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