Surveying - Building

BSc (Hons)
BSc (Hons) Surveying - Building

This BSc (Hons) Building Surveying course at Robert Gordon University is now only available for direct entry to Year 3 from September 2022. You may be interested in our new 4-year BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management course.

Building surveying is concerned with the maintenance, adaptation, refurbishment and repair of buildings. You will develop a range of skills relating to the built environment including, managing tasks and solving problems, applying numeracy, as well as design, technology and management skills and communication.

The course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of how to manage, maintain and adapt buildings to ensure the continued use of our built environment assets.

You will develop a deep understanding of how buildings function by developing detailed knowledge of construction technology and building pathology.

1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK* for overall student satisfaction in Building (National Student Survey 2022, *excluding colleges, small, specialist and private institutions)

1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction in Building (Complete University Guide 2023)

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

2 years

This course is only available for direct entry into Year 3 from September 2022.

Year 3

You will have the opportunity to participate in the Exchange Programme or a period of industrial placement.

You will continue to increase your knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of both traditional and contemporary buildings and building decay/ deterioration.

Year 4

You will undertake advanced study in your chosen discipline of Building Surveying with a proper concern for scholarship, rigor and undertake critical investigation using appropriate research methods and independent, self-motivational skills. You can use the dissertation module to advance your knowledge gained in the industry placement.


We have on campus and virtual events to help you find out more about study, student experience and future career paths.



Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information

Learning Methods

You will learn in relatively small class sizes in our dedicated Surveying and Construction Management Studio. Teaching is through a blend of directed learning, tutorials and live situations where you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in practice.

Our learning is ‘hands on’ and you will work seamlessly between drawings, computer packages and note taking, both individually and in groups.  

In addition to classroom based lectures and workshops, you will be able to take part in organised visits to construction sites, undertake field studies and building surveys, hear from industry professionals in guest lectures and attend lunch time CPD sessions.

Activity Summary

  • Lectures - max 20 students per group, max 9 hours per week
  • Tutorial - max 20 students per group, max 9 hours per week
  • Practical class or workshop - max 20 students per group, max 6 hours per week
  • Supervised time in studio / workshop - max 20 students per group, max 8 hours per week
  • Field Work - max 30 students per group, max 8 hours per week
  • External Visits - max 20 students per group, max 8 hours per week.

How long is the BSc (Hons) Surveying - Building course?

The Building Surveying course is now only available for direct entry to Year 3 from September 2022. The course can be completed in 2 years.

Independent Study

As you progress, the level of independent learning increases significantly within specialist areas of the course. You are expected to have the confidence to apply your knowledge to more complex contexts and work on your initiative as you progress towards graduation.

Staff Delivering on This Course

We operate an open-door policy and enjoy strong relations between our students and staff. Many of our staff members are Chartered Surveyors with many years of senior professional experience, allowing you to benefit directly from their guidance and experience.

All staff have teaching qualifications, including fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, recognising their practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning.

We involve distinguished practitioners as core members of our teaching team, which directly connects your learning to professional practice. You will benefit from lectures and presentations from visiting practitioners as well as site visits and field studies.


Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 3

  • 4 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 report
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 group critique

Year 4

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 3 reports
  • 1 dissertation
  • 2 portfolios


We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.



In Year 3 you may have the opportunity to undertake an eight month (approximate) paid industrial placement allowing you to gain valuable professional experience in an industry setting. In some instances, your placement will count towards the RICS/ APC professional training requirements, shortening the postgraduate period required to achieve full professional status.

Many students return from their industrial experience with the offer of continued employment from their placement employer.

Past placements have included Robertson’s, J&E Shepherd, McLeod and Aitken, Graham and Sibbald

Placements at RGU

Study Abroad

In Year 3 you can undertake a period of study in Europe with one of our European partner institutions or undertake a further term of academic study which includes a module that simulates industrial experience. This dependent on similar programmes being offered by partner institutions.

Job Prospects


Whether you’re interested in how to become a Building Surveyor, or going down a different career path, surveying equips you with a skill set that opens many alternative doors. Possible career areas include built heritage conservation, contracting, project and supply chain management and procurement.

Is Building Surveying a good career choice?

Both building and quantity surveying graduates are sought by a wide variety of employers for their transferable skills, commercial, financial and business acumen, and their technical abilities.

Building Surveyors can work for any employer who uses, adapts, maintains or services property as well as in surveying practice or local and national government.

Fields of work include:

  • Property development
  • Premises and home adaptation 
  • Building repair 
  • Conservation 
  • Property maintenance 
  • Building design 
  • Refurbishment
  • Property valuation

There is a strong demand for Building Surveyors within the property and construction industries. Outside of these industries, the specialised skillset of a Building Surveyor is also in high demand. This means there’s a wide range of opportunities on offer for graduates who take this course.

Many of our surveying graduates currently hold senior positions in a variety of companies and organisations. A recent RGU graduate is employed by KPMG, whilst another is developing their career with Aberdeen Asset Management.


What is needed for a BSc (Hons) Surveying - Building degree?

Applicants from Partner Colleges

A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3.

Advanced Entry

All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

International Students 

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Academic Year 2022-2023

Scottish Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £1,820
Year 2 £1,820
Year 3 £1,820
Year 4 £1,820

Rest of UK Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £6,750
Year 2 £6,750
Year 3 £6,750
Year 4 £6,750

EU Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £6,750
Year 2 £6,750
Year 3 £6,750
Year 4 £6,750

International Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £15,490
Year 2 £15,490
Year 3 £15,490
Year 4 £15,490

Academic Year 2021-2022

Scottish Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £1,820
Year 2 £1,820
Year 3 £1,820
Year 4 £1,820

Rest of UK Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £6,750
Year 2 £6,750
Year 3 £6,750
Year 4 £6,750

EU Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £6,750
Year 2 £6,750
Year 3 £6,750
Year 4 £6,750

International Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £15,040
Year 2 £15,040
Year 3 £15,040
Year 4 £15,040

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Printing
  • £100 per year printing costs
  • £30 per year (maximum) study trips
  • £800 for a laptop (Windows preferred, minimum 8Gb RAM


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

The Technip Surveying Scholarship is available to Year 2 students. 

Widening Access Accommodation and Welcome Pack Offer

If you are applying to RGU for September 2022 and meet widening access criteria, you may qualify for free accommodation in your first year of study, along with our welcome pack to support your transition to university. Find out if you are eligible:


Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Service and we'll do our best to help.

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