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Building Surveying

BSc (Hons)

School - School of the Built Environment

Subject area - Built Environment

UCAS Code: Full-time: K230; Part-time: K23PX

Start Date(s): January; September


Three years full-time
Four years with work placement
Five years part-time  

Two years Accelerated full-time

Three years Accelerated part-time

January starts available for entry onto level 4 and 6.


UK - £9,250 per year

Part-time - Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.

International - £12,960 per year

In Brief:

  • Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Course can be studied as an Accelerated Degree
  • An industrial placement year opportunity for full-time students
  • Outstanding 100% student satisfaction rate for this course (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS data, 2018)
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Building surveyors are sought after professionals, and the work of a chartered building surveyor can be varied or involve high levels of specialism. A chartered building surveyor can be involved in a construction project from its inception, through design and procurement, to managing its fulfilment,  and  eventually  overseeing  the  building  in use.

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), meaning that you will be educated to the highest industry standards. As this programme is the gateway to professional status, it will develop your professional and technical skills specific to building surveying, as well as your presentation,  communication  and collaboration  skills,  which  are  vital in everyday life in practice.

This course combines academic study with the application of professional skills and competencies and is taught through a combination of academic study and project work. You will work with students from other related courses, mirroring the multidisciplinary, team-based approach of the modern construction  and property industry.

In year one, you will study alongside other related built environment courses within the school, so you experience collaborative learning and gain an understanding of built environment essentials.  During year two, you will follow building surveying specific modules, as well as the multi-disciplinary project. In your final year, you will take a further series of building surveying specific modules and complete a research dissertation on a built environment subject of your choice under the supervision of our academic staff.

Ex-armed forces Captain Charlie Powell

Final year Building Surveying student

This course is extremely well delivered and has prepared me for a career as a Building Surveyor in the best possible way, with a varied curriculum and high calibre teaching. The head of Building Surveying - Simon McLean - has been especially influential in my growing interest and understanding of this  topic. I highly recommend studying the BSc in Building Surveying at the University of Salford.

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Awards and Accreditation

Year 1    

You will be introduced to English Law and relevant statutory requirements for studying for vocational qualifications in the construction and property professions. The module also introduces you to the workings of the English legal system, to the law relating to contracts and to the regulatory framework affecting the use, management and development of land, in particular, planning, building control and the CDM regulations.
You will gain the necessary knowledge and skills  to describe, explain, evaluate, compare and apply building construction techniques and materials used in typical low-rise, domestic type buildings, with a focus on contemporary construction techniques. You will develop a systematic understanding of the sustainable practices involved in building construction.
You will learn to identify and use appropriate strategies that are applicable to building surveying practice. You will be able to recognise and apply discipline specific knowledge and practice to solve discipline related tasks as well as ethical codes of behaviour appropriate to built environment professional practice. As part of this module you will experience applicable ICT technologies relevant to building surveying.
You will develop an understanding of basic economic concepts and principles and of the economic environment, in which the construction and property sectors operate. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of the construction environment within which you will operate as well as management and organisational theories in the construction and property context.
You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the interactions between a building and its internal and external environments. You will gain a fundamental understanding of the principles involved in building heat transfer, occupant thermal comfort, illumination and acoustics. You will also develop the ability to appraise and critically analyse the choices available to engineers when selecting systems to meet specifications.
You will gain the competence to identify and use appropriate ICT tools that are applicable for building surveying.

Year 2  

You will enhance your knowledge and skills to describe, explain, evaluate, compare and apply building construction techniques and materials used in typical medium to large span single storey buildings and multi-storey industrial/commercial buildings. You will develop an understanding of both historic and contemporary construction techniques for medium to large buildings. You will learn to identify and critically review alternative construction technologies, and make informed decisions and recommendations.
Gain awareness and build knowledge about a range of building and structural designs.
You will explore and differentiate the principal types of procurement systems and associated contracts used in the UK. You will also gain an understanding of the fundamental procedures related to contract administration.
You will further develop legal skills and knowledge relevant to the construction and property professions. The module will introduce you to aspects of the Law of Tort, Land Law and the Law of Landlord & Tenant which are directly relevant to the use, management and development of land, and to your future professional roles.
You will gain the ability to demonstrate a working knowledge to identify symptoms and diagnose defects found in a diverse range of building types and advise appropriate repair/remedial measures. You will learn to critically evaluate the implications of building condition and level of repair on functional use, value, aesthetic standards, and maintenance obligations.
This project is an opportunity to experience collaborative working in multi-disciplinary team. It will promote reflection on individual and team working and the nature of built environment projects. You will practice and further develop key skills required by a built environment professional. You will also develop written/oral communication, team working and inter-personal skills.

Year 3  

You will further develop a working knowledge of Identifying symptoms and diagnosing defects in existing buildings. You will learn to understand and appraise different types of survey, their applicability to different situations and the problems of accuracy and consistency. You will become conversant with issues that will become important to the early practice life of a building surveyor.
You will work in a disciplinary team in the context of a complex refurbishment, design and construction project based environment. The project will highlight the working skills required by building surveyors and the real world/problem based scenario they face. The experience will help you to develop a personal development plan based on your learning needs, career aspirations or professional requirements e.g. RICS.
You will acquire an appreciation, understanding and working knowledge of the principles of professional practice activities in relation to a range of surveys used in the commercial market. You will develop advanced knowledge of the legal framework covering Dilapidations, Party Walls and Commercial Surveys with particular reference to professional liability when acting on behalf of the client and discharging obligations.
You will develop a recognition and critical evaluation of the principles and practices associated with the conservation of the historic environment in the UK. The knowledge you will develop will enable you to prepare for when dealing with listed buildings in future practice and you will become conversant with common documentation used within building surveying practice.
You will gain a holistic view of urban regeneration process so you are able to understand and participate in sustainable regeneration initiatives in the future. You will examine a wide range of interconnected physical, economic, social and environmental issues, with a strong emphasis on forming integrated regeneration strategies for better implementation of community based regeneration for long term sustainability. On completion of the module, you will recognise and apply building surveying related skills and knowledge in the context of complex urban regeneration projects.
You will develop your knowledge of good research practice through the completion of a written research proposal and a research document. You will also develop data analysis skills through the collection and critical appraisal of different sources of data.

Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Grade C or above in Maths and English language
UCAS tariff points 104 points
GCE A level 104
BTEC National Diploma National Diploma MMM
BTEC Higher National Diploma Higher National Diploma Pass in cognate subject for entry to level 5
Foundation Degree Pass in cognate subject for entry to level 5
International Baccalaureate 30 points
Other Qualification Degree in cognate subject for level 5 entry

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.

Applicant profile

Applicants will also need to have a minimum grade C pass in English and Mathematics at GCSE, O level (or equivalent). There are no specific A level topics required.

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each student. Possessing these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your potential at university, but is also an essential requirement for a successful career in the built environment.

All our courses are management focused; therefore leadership skills and a hard-working approach are important. The built environment caters for many different skills from creativity and original thinking to efficiency and technical ability, so you should be willing to develop in new areas.

The modern built environment industry relies on a multidisciplinary team-based approach to work. Therefore all our courses combine academic study with group project work, so it is essential that you are a good team player.

Most importantly we want you to have a real passion for developing, advancing and shaping the future of the built environment.

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Andy Fleming the Director of Admissions for further information.


This programme is also available as a Degree Apprenticeship. In order to apply for the apprenticeship route, please email us at or alternatively, complete our online enquiry form here. Please do not apply through UCAS for this mode of study as this is not the correct route to apply for a Degree Apprenticeship programme.  For more information on all of our apprenticeship programmes, please visit our website.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £12,960 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £12,600 per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


  • Coursework
  • Projects
  • Work with other students from Architectural Design and Technology, Construction Project Management, Quantity Surveying and Property Management programmes
  • Exams at the end of each semester
  • Guest lecturers and visits to construction sites, completed buildings, historic structures etc.


You will be assessed through coursework, projects and exams.


Joseph Lockley

BSc Building Surveying graduate

I studied this degree on a part-time basis over five years, attending university one day a week. I was already employed as a building surveyor for the local authority and continued to work whilst I studied. 

This degree helped me immensely with my day-to-day job, professional undertaking and overall academic ability. Since my graduation, I have gained a higher level of responsibility and workload.

Career Prospects

With an extensive understanding of the industry, you will be well equipped to pursue roles in a variety of areas including: the design of new buildings, the specification and supervision of construction work, refurbishments alterations and extensions, acquisition and condition surveying and building defect diagnostics.

Graduates of this course have found employment with a number of organisations including: B&Q, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gleeds Construction Consultants, Manchester City Council, Mansell Construction Services, National Grid, Network Rail, Property Tectonics Ltd, STMC Building Control Ltd.

Furthermore, the annual Built Environment Recruitment Fair that takes place on campus is an excellent way for  students to meet employers from industry and find out about jobs within the sector. Employers who attend the event promote a variety of opportunities that range from part-time, placement and graduate roles. This event is exclusive to students studying at the University of Salford.

Links with Industry

Working with ex-practitioner tutors, BSc Building Surveying students hone their surveying skills by working upon live local projects with real clients and local surveying practices. In 2016 our building surveying students undertook project and survey work at the Edgar Woods Centre in Middleton, Manchester; Port Sunlight Village on the Wirral; Dunham Massey (National Trust) in Cheshire; the Inland Waterways Centre at Elsmere Port and Ordsall Hall in Salford.  Our current final year students will embark upon a project to try to establish a future for the at risk grade 2* Brookfield Unitarian Church in Gorton, Manchester.

Furthermore, during the Multidisciplinary Projects module students get to work on some ‘live’ development projects. Previous students have helped to design a new club-house for Salford City FC and worked on the designs for Macclesfield Cricket Club and the Salford Woolpack community pub.

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