BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

Building surveyors are involved in construction projects throughout the whole lifecycle: from buying the land, making professional assessments and giving advice on the demolition, conservation and restoration of existing buildings; planning and monitoring the construction process; and managing the finished building.

You will learn about subjects such as building pathology and forensics, including diagnosis of common building defects, development of condition surveys, health and safety and sustainable practices in remediating building defects, dilapidations, building maintenance management, feasibility studies and property legal services.

Course details

Learn using industry-standard facilities, resources and equipment, including a designated design studio space, specialist laboratories (materials and immersive visualisation) and Mac and PC suites with industry-standard software (such as Revit, AutoCAD, MS Project and BCIS database).

  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Plymouth campus
University of Plymouth

Course overview

Build your knowledge and skills in the physical care, repair, conservation, restoration and refurbishment of buildings. The combination of lectures, site visits, tutorials and an optional year-long paid industry placement will prepare you for a range of routes in the construction and surveying sector, including building surveying, property management, project management, or building regulation.


Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

96 – 112

A level
A minimum of 2 A levels; General Studies accepted.

International Baccalaureate
26–28 points.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma

BTEC National Diploma modules

Mathematics and English Language grade C.

T level
Merit in any subject.


With close industry links, we’re able to offer a course that is relevant and up-to-date with great career prospects.

To enhance your degree experience and boost your future employability, you can choose to undertake a one-year paid industry work placement.

Our graduates gain employment in surveying and project management consultancies, both in the private and public sector.


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

  • Principles of Economics and Management (BLDG402)
  • Built Environment Project 1 (BLDG405)
  • Fundamentals of Construction (BLDG406)
  • Building Physics (BLDG407)
  • Digital Built Environment (BLDG409)
  • Construction Materials and Site Surveying (CIVL102)
  • Stage 1 Placement Preparation (FAPY100)

Core modules

  • Construction technology (BLDG512)
  • Property development and refurbishment (BLDG510)
  • Building surveying principles and practice (BLDG504)
  • Common Challenge: Built Environment (BLDG515)
  • Building services engineering (BLDG511)
  • Contract procedures (BLDG506)

Core modules

  • Building Surveying Principles and Practices (BLDG504)
  • Contract Procedures (BLDG506)
  • Property Development and Refurbishment (BLDG510)
  • Building Services Engineering (BLDG511)
  • Stage 2 Placement Preparation (FAPY200)
  • Construction Technology (BLDG512)
  • Common Challenge: Built Environment (BLDG515)

Core modules

  • Common Dissertation (ADA600)
  • Sustainable and safe construction (BLDG603)
  • Building and property law (BLDG604)
  • Dissertation Project (BLDG612)
  • Built environment project 3 (BLDG609)
  • Building surveying and professional practice (BLDG607)

Core modules

  • Sustainable and Safe Construction (BLDG603)
  • Building and Property Law (BLDG604)
  • Building Surveying Professional Practice (BLDG607)
  • Built Environment Project 3 (BLDG609)
  • Dissertation Project (BLDG612)
  • Research Methods in the Built Environment (BLDG611)