BSc (Hons) in Building Surveying
Glasgow Caledonian University - The School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Glasgow, United Kingdom
2 - 5 years
Full time, Part time
GBP 1,820 / per year *
Earliest start date
* Home/EU students; £9250 RUK students; £11,500 International students
Explore scholarship opportunities to help fund your studies
Accredited by: CIOB RICS CABE
Building Surveyors are key professionals in the acquisition, building management and development sectors of the property profession, advising on both commercial and residential building issues.
Building Surveying is an extremely varied profession, with main areas covering design, construction technology, conservation, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Building Information Modeling (BIM), professional practice/studies, building pathology, performance, sustainability and regulation.
At GCU the emphasis is firmly on practical experience with site visits and live project work. Industry experts provide guest lectures and you will spend six to eight months on a work placement in Year 3. Those who aspire to become Chartered Surveyors will be working in a dominant client facing environment. Excellent communication skills are therefore essential. There are opportunities to study abroad at our partner universities across Europe. Honours graduates can begin working to gain full membership of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
There is always a high demand for our graduates; they have gone on to work for practices such as Jones Lang Lasalle, Watts, Trident, Cushman and Wakefield, CBRE, Doig + Smith, Colliers, Brown & Wallace, Knight Frank, Davis Langdon, Graham & Sibbald, Workman LLP, Thomson Bethune, P3 Consulting, GVA & City Property Glasgow. Others opt for employment within the public sector. Those that opt for Chartered Surveyor status (RICS) will have worldwide opportunities.
International student start dates
For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.
There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.
Your 6-8 month work placement in the third year can be completed in Scotland or abroad.
The Building Surveying degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Graduates can go on to chartered membership status (MRICS/MCIOB).
There are opportunities to study abroad including a week-long European city study trip.
In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.
The Building Surveying degree is accredited by RICS The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and CIOB The Chartered Institute of Building. On successful completion of your degree, you can work towards MEICS Chartered Membership of RICS and MICOB Chartered Membership of CIOB.
Assessment methods include coursework activities and formal examinations. Our students have many opportunities to enhance their employability by studying abroad. Through KAR Scholarship funding our students have worked in Ladakh in India and Guedelon in France; students have enjoyed placements in New Zealand while next year, two students will be attending Barcelona University for a six month Erasmus Exchange.
The employability of our students is in part due to our excellent links with our professional partners which include the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Building (who provide our industry standard course accreditation) and Historic Scotland, as well as a six month industry placement at the beginning of third year, something no other Scottish institution offers. For their final year, our students undertake Building Surveying Studies, an industry based project driven by the professional competency requirements deemed essential by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. This project is fully supported through our Industry links with site visits accompanied by and lectures often provided by Professional Practitioner partners.
What you will study
Principles of Construction Technology & Materials Study, Professional Orientation, Construction Engineering & Structures, Construction Contracts, PropertyLegislation & Economics, and an Introduction to CAD Design.
Building Performance, Construction Process Management & Safety, Design &Regulation (inc intermediate CAD), Construction Cost Studies.
Placement, Construction Technology, Design & Regulation, CAD Application &Innovation, Building Inspection and Pathology.
Building Development, Sustainability & Building Surveying Studies with an option from Conservation, Facilities or Project Management, Honours Dissertation.
Please note that in your final year, subject variety will be limited should you wish to restrict your attendance. For some site visits, it may also be necessary to negotiate additional time with your employer or take annual leave. In all cases, students will be required to attend an evening class outside normal day(s) of attendance.