Fascinated by buildings and identifying their technical problems? Want to help converse historical buildings and be involved in the design, planning and construction stages of projects? Then our surveying clearing courses are for you.

We’ve designed our building surveying and quantity surveying clearing degrees so that you can develop an industry perspective on contemporary issues in the field. Much of your learning will be hands-on - you will learn through a blend of academic study and project work, mirroring the multidisciplinary, team-based approaches used by the construction industry.

Surveying Clearing Degrees

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By choosing to enrol on one of our building or quantity surveying courses in clearing, you’ll experience a modern learning environment enriched with industry-standard computing suites and multimedia libraries, as well as access to databases and simulation software that will enable you to make the most of your studies.

Our experienced staff maintain strong links with the construction industry and a variety of professional bodies across the city and beyond, meaning you’ll benefit from site visits, guest speakers and work placements. Supported by experienced tutors who are ex-practitioners, you’ll develop your surveying skills by working on live projects with real clients and local surveying practices.

You will work on authentic industry-based projects with a wide range of private and public sector organisations. This will give you a real taste of professional practice.

Our surveying degrees

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying with Foundation Year

This pathway is an excellent route if you want to study the full honours degree, but don't meet the direct entry requirements. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress on to the full honours degree which will provide a route towards professional status. 

Our full honours quantity surveying degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES), so you’ll be educated to the highest professional standards.

Our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying with Foundation Year will help you build a strong foundation in construction, surveying, and design techniques. You will study a range of modules that are designed to develop your technical, interpersonal and professional skills so you’re ready for your future career.

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

Located at the heart of the largest property and construction market outside of London, Salford is a great place to study quantity surveying. Our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying is triple-accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES), which will help you stand out in the competitive job market.

Our quantity surveying degree in clearing is taught by an experienced academic team who draw on their strong links with local organisations to ensure you have a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, placements and career networking opportunities.

You will also have the option to take an industrial placement year between years two and three. These industry placements are an excellent way to enhance your CV and apply what you’ve learned to real-world scenarios.

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying with Foundation Year

Our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying with Foundation Year is designed to help you build a strong foundation in construction, surveying and design techniques, and the essential study skills you'll need to progress and succeed on the full degree.

Our building surveying degrees are accredited by Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Salford is at the heart of the largest property and construction market outside of London. Drawing on our strong industry links, you will experience site visits, guest speakers and placements. You’ll get hands-on experience using built environment-focused IT equipment and software. These experiences and skills will help enhance your CV, ready for a competitive graduate market.

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

With our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degree, you can develop a knowledge base and skill set that can lead to exciting global opportunities across many industries. Triple-accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), you will enter a gateway to professional building surveyor status.

During your degree, you will have the option to take an industrial placement between years two and three. Industry placements are a fantastic way to gain real-world experience and test your skills, as well as network with professionals in the built environment sector.

You could be like Charlotte France, a Salford Building Surveying alumna who graduated less than 10 years ago. She has achieved a milestone moment in her career that has seen her manage the construction of our new £65 million building in the heart of the main campus. Read more about Charlotte's story.

Contact us

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If you have a question about studying any of our courses, or you’d like to learn more about joining the University of Salford, contact our friendly team today on 0161 295 4545 or enquiries@salford.ac.uk.


What can I do with a quantity surveying degree?

Quantity surveying is a blend of engineering, construction and economics. Studying for this degree will teach you valuable skills that are sought-after in the property and construction sectors. Below is a list of jobs you could pursue after completing your degree:

  • Quantity surveyor
  • Project manager
  • Property consultant

As a quantity surveyor, you can typically expect to find roles working in both the public and private sectors. Popular destinations for graduates include construction companies, project management consultancies, and government departments. Today, you will find our quantity surveying alumni working with leading construction industry organisations, including Lend Lease, Kier, Laing O'Rourke, Gardiner and Theobald and Balfour Beatty.

Is quantity surveying a good degree?

The skills you will learn in your quantity surveying degree are highly sought after by employers in a variety of sectors. These skills include strong maths knowledge, analytical thinking, understanding of engineering science and technology, and the ability to use your initiative. Once in employment, quantity surveyors have many opportunities for career progression.

What can I do with a building surveying degree?

Studying for a building surveying degree covers a wide array of subjects, including the construction industry, its legal and regulatory aspects, and the correlation between buildings and their internal and external environments. This knowledge will allow you to pursue a range of careers, such as:

  • Building control surveyor
  • Commercial/residential surveyor
  • Minerals surveyor
  • Planning and development surveyor
  • Estimator

Our building surveying graduates have secured roles working with a number of regional and national organisations including B&Q, Darwen Borough Council, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, EG Group, JN Bentley Ltd, Manchester City Council, National Grid, Network Rail, Property Tectonics Ltd, and STMC Building Control Ltd.

Is building surveying a hard degree?

Working in the construction industry is an exciting prospect for those who want to become an expert in designing new buildings, exploring renovations and extensions, and monitoring structure performance. If you are passionate about identifying technical problems, finding solutions, and giving advice concisely, then this course is ideal for you.

You will need to learn a variety of skills and concepts to be successful in this degree, including finance and budgeting, health and safety, diagnosing defects in a diverse range of buildings, and understanding urban regeneration. There are methods to manage your studies, including improving time management and making time for yourself. If you find your studies overwhelming, there will be support available from your lecturers and university support staff.