Birmingham City University - BUILDING SURVEYING - BSC (HONS)

Birmingham City University


Looking to become a Building Surveyor? This course is founded on the core competencies of the Building Surveying profession, preparing you to pursue your journey to full professional chartership. Much of your learning will be hands-on, you’ll carry out survey work using a range of equipment and you will also be provided with the latest CAD software.


Our Building Surveying course matches the needs of industry, based on real-life building practice, building pathology, construction technology, and the legal framework for industry, risk management and building surveying practice.

The course not only encompasses the conservation, re-purposing and adaptation of the existing built environment, but also embraces innovation, preparing you to contribute to the success of the profession and supporting the development of a sustainable society for the twenty-first century and beyond.

During this course, you will develop a range of academic and technical skills relevant to the building surveying profession. As in industry itself, this course demands a broad range of technical and creative skills.

Our course is fundamentally based upon the core competencies which are outlined by our accrediting partners, RICS and CIOB, which gives you a good foundation for your future career. We focus on the core technical knowledge, such as building pathology, construction technology and sustainability, as well as the legal framework knowledge required for a career in building surveying.

We also believe that as the industry changes and adopts new approaches, we also, working with our industry partners, should give our students the opportunity to learn about the innovative changes which are impacting the industry today.

The BSc Building Surveying degree aims to produce building surveyors with a well-rounded ability to mix technical, creative and business skills, ready to join an equally fast-moving built environment. You will therefore be industry-ready and can look forward to a fulfilling and enjoyable career as a building surveyor.

Entry Requirements

Essential Requirements: 

  • 112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level.


  • GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C/4 or above
  • Equivalent level 2 qualifications can be accepted
  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment


  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

Career Prospects

Graduates in building surveying possess a comprehensive skill set, including understanding complex legal issues, building design, contract administrative procedures, building maintenance, and business systems. To succeed in the job market, it is crucial to engage with industry and gain work experience. The University supports students through its virtual learning environment, Moodle, which regularly updates with potential experience, placement opportunities, and employment offers. The University recognizes students who have made efforts to gain industry experience and offers various options for extra awards and recognition. Students can undertake an assessed sandwich year between their second and third years, providing valuable work experience and real-life skills.
The Graduate+ program, an extracurricular awards framework, enhances subject-based skills with broader employability attributes, enhancing employability options upon graduation. Opportunities for students to gain industry experience include working part-time for a building surveying practice, completing a placement year, or working directly for clients.

Course Details

This course focuses on developing a broad range of technical and built environment knowledge, focusing on producing consistent work in line with the high standards and competencies expected by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The first year of the course focuses on developing fundamental skills in residential areas of the built environment, exploring traditional areas, and gaining insight into future roles. The second year introduces students to modern construction projects, the Building Information Modelling (BIM) environment, legal requirements, and key technology related to residential built environments.
In the second year, skills are developed further with specialist modules and more challenging projects. Students learn more about commercial technology and surveying practice, working collaboratively with students from other courses. They also develop specialist skills in building pathology, advanced design skills, and facilities management.
The final year focuses on refining skills and realizing full potential. Students undertake surveys and prepare for their RICS Accreditation of Professional Competence through a series of events. The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), demonstrating the level of knowledge and skills required by the industry.
Site visits are available to enhance studies by applying course knowledge and experiencing real-world situations with professional partners. Previous visits have included Taylor Wimpey, CBRe, Cushman and Wakefield, and RICS.

Year One

Built Environment Technology 1 20 credits
Integrated Digital Design: Residential 20 credits
Professional Environmental and Materials Science 20 credits
Introduction to the Built Environment 20 credits
Law 20 credits
Design and Surveying Skills 20 credits

Year Two

Built Environment Technology 2 20 credits
Integrated Digital Design: Commercial 20 credits
BIM and Facilities Management 20 credits
Design Practice 20 credits
Building Pathology 20 credits
Advanced Design and Surveying Skills 20 credits

Final Year

Commercial Building Pathology and Surveying 20 credits
Professionalism and Citizenship 40 credits
Urban Design Practice in Context 20 credits
Digital Design Practice with Existing Buildings 20 credits
Individual Honours Project 40 credits

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