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Sheffield Hallam University

Building Surveying

UCAS Code: K230

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

At least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE in mathematics and English language at grade C or grade 4 or above. We may accept GCSE equivalents.

Advanced entry – for direct entry to year two you must have a minimum of all merits on all H2 level units in a construction related HND/HNC, not including key or common skills. Compensation for a pass in one H2 unit with a distinction in another H2 unit is permitted.

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This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: •BBC at A Level. •DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. •A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

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About this course

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Course option


Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019


Building surveying

Study all the key areas of building surveying, such as building pathology, the environment, building conservation, building information modelling (BIM) and fire safety, on this professionally focused course. We are a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) approved partnership centre for surveying education. You are provided with the practical and thorough training needed to become a successful, well-rounded surveyor with a strong emphasis on employability.

The course introduces you to the academic and theoretical aspects of the subject through a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials. You put this knowledge into practice in • laboratory classes • workshops • fieldwork • site visits • self-directed project work.

On all three years of the course, interdisciplinary projects are carried out that show the roles of other professionals within the industry.


You are taught by a teaching team consisting of experienced building surveyors and other building professionals who can give you first-hand perspectives on the industry. Law is taught by lawyers and economics by economists who are also Chartered Surveyors. You also benefit from the expertise of visiting lecturers from consultancy companies and large contractors, reinforcing your practical and professional knowledge.

**Real-world experience**

We have good links with local professional and voluntary groups with large property portfolios. They provide various building stock for case studies and project work, which centre on actual buildings with real clients. We also own a Georgian terraced house which had been adapted to an interactive teaching space. You also inspect under utilised University building assets so that the amount of site based work is maximised.

**Field trips**

You are invited to go on residential field trips in the first and second years. During year one you typically visit a UK World Unesco heritage site staying in a city centre hotel. In year two you go to a European city with an emphasis on repair and maintenance of historic buildings. An optional international field trip is also available for final year students.

**Work placements**

These links can also give you a head-start in your final year when you have the opportunity to apply what you've learnt on a one year placement. It’s an excellent opportunity to enhance your career and starting salary prospects, by working full-time in a building organisation or professional practice. Currently all our students who want a placement are securing relevant paid work.

After completing the placement, some students can take up full-time employment with their placement organisation and finish their studies part-time.

There are many rewarding and well-paid opportunities for surveyors, and our graduate surveyors are sought by leading organisations.


**Year one core modules** • domestic construction technology and environmental services • built environment law • building surveying • development project • economics • material science

**Year two core modules**- • building pathology • commercial and industrial construction technical and environmental services • health and safety management • surveying of commercial buildings • collaborative project (based in Lisbon for 2016/17)

**Year three**- • optional work placement

**Final year core modules** • professional studies • conservation heritage • facilities management • advanced building surveying • dissertation

Additional fees may apply for any residential field visits on your course. There will normally be a UK residential field visit in the first year – this trip is included in your fees. In the second year, you will normally be offered an international residential field visit. The department contributes £200 to the cost of the trip and you will be asked to pay the remaining amount. In your final year, you may have the option of another international field course, but if you select this option you would pay the full field course fee.

Assessment methods

• Continuous assessment
• Written assignments
• Examinations
• Project work

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What students say

We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Teaching and learning

Staff make the subject interesting
Staff are good at explaining things
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

Library resources
IT resources
Course specific equipment and facilities
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

UK students
International students
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2:1 or above
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)


After graduation

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What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

Average annual salary
Employed or in further education
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Architects, town planners and surveyors
Business, research and administrative professionals
Production managers and directors
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to take a degree that is definitely in demand? Try building! We're short of graduates in this area, so most graduates get jobs quickly. Building graduates make excellent surveyors, and that's currently one of the jobs that employers find hardest to fill, so there are great opportunities available of you want to try your hand at a surveying career. Building graduates also go into jobs in site and project management and other high skilled parts of the construction industry. There are jobs to be had in most parts of the country, so if you're technically-inclined and want to work somewhere specific, it might be worth considering this as an option. Building graduates are more likely than most to start their career with an employer who gave them work experience, so it’s particularly worth trying to secure links with industry if you take this degree.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.







Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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