Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Building Surveying



With placement


Three year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

Building surveyors look at building pathology, focusing on refurbishment, reuse, development, restoration, repair, and conservation.  With our Building Surveying degree course, you can develop a knowledge base and skillset that can lead to exciting global opportunities across many industries in the the built environment sector.

A gateway to professional status, our Building Surveying degree course is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Association of Building engineers (CABE) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Studying an accredited course ensures that the knowledge and skills you develop will meet the highest industry standards.

Covering a broad range of key industry areas, you will learn about the construction industry and its legal and regulatory framework, and explore the relationship between a building and its internal and external environments. You’ll recognise how to diagnose problems with existing buildings and be aware of conservation and regeneration.

Start your study journey

Register for our next Open Day to learn more about studying Building Surveying, explore our facilities and meet the course team

You will:

  • Build knowledge and skills to describe, explain, evaluate, and apply building construction techniques
  • Learn to identify and use appropriate strategies and technologies applicable to building surveying practice
  • Develop an understanding of the interactions between a building and its internal and external environments
  • Gain the ability to identify symptoms and diagnose defects found in a diverse range of building types
  • Understand urban regeneration so you can participate in future sustainable regeneration initiatives

options available


students accepted

Course accreditations

This is for you if...


You have a passion for developing, advancing and shaping the future of the built environment


You're keen to develop technical and professional skills in a recognised role


You're interested in urban regeneration and building development, repair and restoration

Course details

All about the course

Manchester skyline with buildings

Course delivery

Delivered over three years full-time, our BSc Building Surveying course combines theoretical knowledge with the application of professional skills and competencies. You will learn through a blend of academic study and project work, mirroring the multidisciplinary, team-based approaches used by the construction industry.

In year one, you will build a strong foundation of knowledge, with essential modules covering regulation, economics, management, surveying and design, as you progress into year two, you’ll focus on specific topics and start your industry placement. By the final year, you’ll explore advanced modules and complete a research dissertation.

Learn more about the course modules in the section below.

Learning experience

Located at the heart of the largest property and construction market outside of London, Salford is a great choice for building surveying. Drawing on our strong links with the construction industry and professional bodies, you will experience site visits, guest speakers and placements. Working with ex-practitioner tutors, you will develop your surveying skills by working on live local projects with real clients and local surveying practices.

In year one, you will study the Building Surveying Practice 1 module so that you can solve discipline related tasks as well as ethical codes of behaviour appropriate to built environment practice.

Along with our series of theoretical modules, you’ll learn from external guest lectures, collaborate with students from related courses and experience group projects that will build your confidence and desirable skills for real-world construction careers.

Industry placement

On this course, you will have the option to take an industry placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your placement, our tutors will support you in finding a role, and monitor your progress throughout.

Industry placements are an excellent way to enhance your CV, gain hands-on work experience and build industry connections. We often find that placement students achieve higher final year grades.

Year one

Introduction to Law and Regulatory Frameworks

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.

Economics and Management

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of basic economic concepts and principles of the economic environment in which the construction and property industry operates and knowledge of management theories in the construction context. You will be able to discuss the key role of the construction industry in the economy, current economic issues and management challenges in the construction and property context.

Environmental Science and Services

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the interactions between a building and its internal and external environments. You will learn about the principles involved in building heat transfer, occupant thermal comfort, illumination and acoustics. You will explore the need for mechanical and electrical engineering services in the building envelope and develop an understanding of typical building services systems technology.


Surveying Practice

This module covers the basic principles and computer software that you will need to understand to enter into a career in the property industry. You will become familiar with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and begin to understand what your preferred pathway into chartership will be.

The module will also help to enhance your academic writing, and you will learn how to undertake referencing at degree level. You will also become conversant in the mandatory competency requirements of the RICS. 


Building Construction and Defects

This module aims to provide you with the ability to understand how buildings are constructed and what defects are common given the method of construction. You will also understand how this affects the value of the property. Within this module, you will have the opportunity to develop building construction and pathology knowledge and develop the ability to undertake critical analysis, self-reflection and personal development.


Introduction to Valuation

This module introduces you to the 5 conventional methods of valuation and how to apply the correct method to various types of property. You will become familiar with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ “Red Book” and follow the relevant guidance laid out to allow you to competently complete formal valuation reports for residential property. This module will help to enhance your professional report writing skills and teach you the mathematics behind property valuation, as well as becoming familiar with the property market and the factors that instigate change.

Year two

Technology 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.

Building Design Studies

The module enables you to work on the building design process, creating practical design solutions and specifications for new and existing buildings, as well as the selection of appropriate materials and construction methods, considering functional, technical, aesthetical, economic, and sustainable feasibility. You will learn how to represent a building project graphically, and apply building design principles to produce building drawings using Computer Aided Design (CAD) techniques and schedules of work. 

Procurement and Administration

This module enables you to explore and differentiate the principal types of procurement systems and associated contracts used in the UK, you will also explore the fundamental procedures related to contract administration.

Sustainable & Energy Efficient Buildings

This module addresses the basic theory of sustainability within the context of the built environment and key principles of energy efficiency in construction. Throughout the module a range of cultural and intellectual factors including social, political, economic, and technical that shape the built environment are considered. The module fosters broad understanding of energy efficiency construction which takes net zero carbon policies and building physics principles into account. 

Development Appraisal and Viability

The purpose of the module is to provide you with a good working knowledge and understanding of the aims and objectives of delivering a property development scheme. You will be able to identify opportunities, undertake feasibility studies and development appraisals to ascertain the viability of a proposed project or site. You will be required to understand a variety of funding options and how to apply them dependent on your client’s needs.  

Property Law

This module further enhances your reporting and client advisory skills, allowing application of the main legal principles studied to a range of complex and in-depth problems. You will also learn to apply relevant case law relating to property for a variety of scenarios, such as trespass, nuisance, negligence, party wall matters and a variety of legal issues that often arise in property transactions. This module will help to enhance your professional report writing skills and capacity to act in an advisory manner. You will also address client care and diversity skills.

Year three

Building Surveying Practice 2

The Building Surveying Practice 2 module aims to further develop a knowledge and understanding of the theories and issues that might impact on the recently graduated surveyor as they move into practice and training roles. The module will seek to consider a range of contemporary areas of interest relating to surveying buildings under the prevailing legal requirements and statutory obligations as well as the professional and ethical codes of the professional bodies.

Discipline Research Project

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.

Building Surveying Project

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.

Building Maintenance and Retrofit

This module will explore retrofitting buildings to improve energy efficiency. Key retrofit solutions and underlying causes of potential risks will be investigated, and decision-making proves to avoid these risks will be demonstrated. The module addresses key building maintenance and construction management principles considering assessment methods and innovative technologies.

Conservation and Urban Regeneration

Conservation and Urban Regeneration aims to provide students with a fundamental knowledge and understanding of theories and issues relating to the fields of conservation of historic buildings and urban regeneration. The module will seek to consider a range of relevant contemporary areas including insight into relevant policy and regulatory requirements alongside the professional and ethical codes of professional bodies. Contemporary real world case studies will be studied alongside an overview of theory, policy and practice techniques where experienced practicing professionals will deliver guest lectures providing real world insight and a firm foundation for more advanced study and practice.

Building Pathology

The Building Pathology Module at Level 6 looks at the theory and practice of building pathology whilst exploring destructive and non-destructive methods of testing and how buildings are constructed in a modern setting and historical setting analysing materials on differing contexts and the use or misuse of deleterious materials.  

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods:

  • Studio projects
  • Projects with other built environment students
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Directed study
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)
  • Guest lecturers and visits to construction sites, completed buildings, historic structures etc.


You will be assessed through a combination of exams, projects and coursework:

  • Design projects
  • Essays
  • Case study analysis
  • Precedent studies
  • Examinations
What you want to know

Frequently asked questions

Is building surveying a good career?

A degree in building surveying could open global opportunities within the built environment industry. It can be a very rewarding career, working on-site on exciting new projects and seeing your work come to fruition when projects are finished. 

What does a building surveyor look for? 

The role of a building surveyor is to assess the quality of a building’s relationship with its internal and external environments. A building surveyor might also have to consider other factors such as conservation and regeneration. 

Is building surveying a stressful job? 

Building surveying could be considered a challenging field due to the size, complexity, and busy nature of buildings and surveying projects. However, our students find our programmes incredibly rewarding when gaining a wide range of skills during their studies. 

There are methods to ensure you’re getting the best of your degree, including practicing good time management and making time for yourself to recharge. If you find your studies overwhelming, there will be support available from your lecturers and university support staff. 

Do building surveyors get paid well? 

Building surveying can be a very financially rewarding career with graduate-level salaries at around £26,000. 

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our degree courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers and industry leaders. 

Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to become unstoppable in your career.


As a building surveying student, you will learn in our carefully-designed study spaces that provide an inspiring environment to develop ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice.


Industry collaboration and research

When you start this degree with Salford, you are also joining a community making a difference in industry, our local region and in our wider society.

Many of our academics and technicians who support your course also deliver collaborative, interdisciplinary, high-impact work in a range of local and global built environment issues and challenges.

Discover how you are part of something bigger.

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What about after uni?



We have designed the course to help you to develop a range of technical and professional skills which will make you highly-employable. Along with gaining a solid understanding of the built environment, you will build communication and presentation skills, develop your collaborative techniques and acquire project management skills.

As a building surveying graduate, 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.

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.

Charlotte France, a Salford Building Surveying alumna who graduated less than 10 years ago, is weeks away from achieving a milestone moment in her career that has seen her manage the construction of our new £65 million building in the heart of main campus. Read Charlotte's story.

Further study

You might find you want to learn more about the built environment. Building on our expertise, we offer a range of specialised postgraduate courses that can help you take your knowledge and career opportunities even further. Salford graduates and alumni will also receive a substantial fees discount.

A taste of what you could become

A building surveyor

An urbanist

A project manager

A construction contractor

And more...


What you need to know

Applicant profile

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for applicants who enjoy teamworking, have good communication skills and show initiative. Possessing these characteristics will not only help you to fulfil your potential at university, but will also be essential for a successful career working in the built environment.

English language requirements

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5. We also accept a range of other English language qualifications.

If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take the Pre-Sessional English course, or the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree.

Standard entry requirements


English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

104 points

A Levels

104 points

BTEC National Diploma


BTEC Higher National Diploma

Pass in a related subject for entry to level 5. Related subjects include Architecture, Construction, Civil Engineering, Building Studies, Estate Management 

Foundation Degree

Pass in a related subject for entry to level 5. Related subjects include Architecture, Construction, Civil Engineering, Building Studies, Estate Management 

Scottish Highers

104 points from Higher Level

Irish Leaving

104 points from Higher Level

European Baccalaureate

Please contact Admissions for further information

International Baccalaureate

28 points

Access to HE

104 points

Other Qualifications

Degree in cognate subject for level 5 entry

International students

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree.

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively 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 receive your application, we'll 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.

To be considered for the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme you must have already achieved or be working towards GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 (or equivalent).

Please contact Admissions for further information.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2024/25 £9,250.00per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £17,040.00per year
Full-time home 2025/26 £9,250.00per year
Full-time international 2025/26 £17,650.00per year

Additional costs

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

International student scholarships

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. 

Learn more about our latest international scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025

UCAS information

Course ID K230

Institution S03