BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

Programme overview

The BSc (Hons) Building Surveying provides students with a rigorous understanding of the principles and practice involved in building surveying up to Bachelor’s degree standard. This programme is delivered by supported online learning and is therefore very flexible as it can be studied in any location at any time.

The programme provides the academic underpinning necessary to prepare students for a career as a Chartered Surveyor and is accredited by RICS and other related international professional bodies.

This programme is primarily designed for people with an interest in building, facilities management or property who wish to further their career with a degree, or gain professional membership of one of the accrediting organisations. Many of our students often already work in, or are associated with, the property and building sectors.

This programme is also registered with the Hong Kong Non-local Courses Registry (NCR registration number 252440). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this programme may lead.

If you would like to find out more about this programme, sign up for our undergraduate webinar on 19 February 2019 here or sign up to one of our open events in January 2019 here.

Why study this programme?

  • Further your career in building, facilities management and property
  • Satisfy the academic requirements for Chartered Membership of RICS, CIOB and/or CABE
  • Learn from the largest provider of qualified building surveyors to the industry, with an outstanding reputation
  • Strengthen your skills in building surveying


BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

Programme outline

The modules included in this programme, the assessment method for each module and the structure which they follow through the standard route is available below, according to your start date.

Module information and structure for your start date:

Please note that from autumn 2020, UCEM will be making changes to its semester structure and module delivery as part of an ongoing commitment to provide an excellent student experience. If you enrol prior to autumn 2020, you will experience these changes as we move to a new structure and delivery model. You can find more information about the Transform Project here.

Should you require further information about programme content please view the programme specification, which sets out aims and intended learning outcomes. If you are granted module exemptions due to recognition of prior learning, then your route will look a little different. Your study route will be confirmed in your offer to study on the programme.

UCEM has the right to revise and amend the programme in order to:

  • comply with external professional, accrediting or other regulatory body requirements
  • implement changes for the benefit of students as a consequence of evidence from programme monitoring
  • ensure the curriculum is current and relevant to intended learning outcomes and/or standards of any relevant professional, accrediting and/or regulatory bodies and/or requirements of employers
  • implement feedback and other recommendations from External Examiners

All changes to the programme will be implemented in  consultation with relevant students and other stakeholders, setting out the reasons for the proposed amendment(s), and compliance with the requirements of the UCEM Code of Practice on Programme Monitoring, Amendment, Review and Discontinuation. Should such an eventuality occur during the admissions and registration process, applicants will be informed immediately of any change and the alternative arrangements that have been put in place. Existing students will be informed of when the changes will be effective from, which will usually be the next academic year (commencing the 1st September)


BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

Career & study progression

The BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a requirement on the path to membership of the RICS. The degree is recognised worldwide, leading to employment opportunities wherever you are, or may wish to be.

The course at UCEM will provide the academic rigour of meeting specific learning outcomes tailored to the technical and problem-solving skills required of the 21st century Building Surveyor. You will be better prepared to meet the continuing professional development required of the professional surveyor, with increasing opportunities to develop your career via private or public sector organisations, working in building control, building surveying or project management.

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

Entry requirements

You should have

Tariff points:

  • 96 UCAS tariff points. National Certificates and National Diplomas will be considered but must have good merit and distinction profiles (excluding common skills)
  • Any HNCs and HNDs will be considered


  • Completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Surveying* or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction Technical* through which a Construction and Built Environment Diploma with a minimum DD profile was obtained or through which a Construction and Built Environment Extended Diploma with a minimum MMM profile was obtained, or an equivalent qualification


  • A current Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Associate qualification (AssocRICS) and be in relevant employment**

* Completion of this apprenticeship will need to be evidenced through a verified copy of the apprenticeship completion certificate as issued by the apprenticeship certification body.

** Relevant employment is employment in a job role that will support the applicant in developing the required skills, knowledge and behaviours.


  • Mathematics Grade C or above at GCSE or equivalent (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England)

And one of the following:

  • Grade C or above in English (Language or Literature) at GCSE or its equivalent (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England)
  • Grade 5.5 or above, with at least 5.0 in the reading, writing and listening modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test administered by the British Council in the academic test
  • 79 or above in the Internet option, 213 or above in the computer-based option or 550 or above in the paper-based option, of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Grade C or above in Use of English at A/S Level

Applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who wish to be considered for this programme should refer to the UCEM Code of Practice: Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning for the policy on non-standard admission.

Evidence is required in the form of certificates or statements. You should send photocopies that have been certified by a Member or Fellow of RICS, CIOB or HKIS. Please do not send original documents.

Recognised qualifications having an equivalent level of attainment as those recognised by UCAS include: HND/HNCs, professional qualifications from recognised institutions, certain armed forces qualifications and partially completed degrees. There are also a wide range of international qualifications that are deemed to have UCAS point equivalent values.

Applications are assessed in accordance with the UCEM Admissions Policy.

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying


Pete Ewbank

“The College of Estate Management (CEM) offered a way of gaining an RICS/CIOB accredited degree via supported online learning, in my own time and around full time work commitments. This method of learning was perfect for me and the fees were also very reasonable, which was important as the course was self-funded. The tutors and support staff were always very helpful and informative, and always at the end of an email or phone call to help. The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is also a great tool for communicating with other students and tutors when studying for assignments and revising for exams. I used the VLE more than I thought I would, to discuss ideas and theories with other students, to obtain clarification from tutors on assignment queries, and also to generally communicate with other people who were in the same boat as me. I found the VLE to be very useful and would definitely recommend it to all future students.

Due to the flexibility and structure of courses, I would definitely consider an additional course and recommend CEM to others considering undertaking a professional, construction related degree, who may be restricted by full time work constraints and personal commitments.

Gaining the BSc (Hons) Building Surveying is by far the most valuable qualification I have achieved to date and has since helped me to secure a more senior role, become involved in larger construction projects and also enrol onto the RICS APC to fulfil my ultimate achievement in becoming a Chartered Surveyor. I thank CEM for the help and support in achieving this goal.”

Pete Ewbank, BSc (Hons) Building Surveying
Senior Building Surveyor, Fairhurst Estates Ltd, UK


BSc (Hons) Building Surveying


3 - 4 years



This programme is delivered by supported online learning and can be studied in any location.

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

Key information

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow

Apply by 4 March 2019 to start 1 April 2019


2018/19 academic year:
£1,100 per module x 17 modules (usually students undertake 2 modules per semester).
Total programme fee £18,700

Student Loans:
This programme is designated for student finance and students in England and Wales may apply to Student Finance for a tuition fee loan. Eligible students can apply for funding for up to £6,165 each academic year.
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Student Bursary Scheme:
Our bursary scheme is designed to assist those new students who are able to demonstrate need. It is open to new students from all countries and will provide a discount on fees for the duration of the programme.
Find out more here >

Find out more about our payment options here 

Your programme fees are fixed for the duration of your studies. This means that the fee you pay per module will not increase from one year to the next, as long as you remain registered on the same programme. Different fees may be applicable if you decided to transfer to a different programme.

You may be required to pay an additional retake fee if you are unable to pass a module at the first attempt, and are then offered a further attempt. The retake fee is 50% of the full module fee in each case.

UCEM provides examination centres all over the world in addition to the UK. You should expect to incur travel costs to attend your nearest examination centre, for those modules which contain examinations.

All learning resources required for successful completion of each module are provided as part of your fee. The core texts within each module will be provided via an e-book platform, hard copy books will only be supplied if the core text is not available as an e-book. Additional supplementary resources to support your studies are available through the UCEM e-library. It is a matter of individual choice whether you wish to buy your own hard copies of textbooks independently


This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) and Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers (HKICM).




Available routesaccordion-arrow

Standard route:

  • Duration: 4 years
  • Time commitment: 15-20 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum
  • You will study two modules per six-month semester

Apprentice route:

  • Duration: 4 years, plus external end point assessment (Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) leading to RICS chartered membership and the MRICS professional qualification)
  • Time commitment: 15-20 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum – typically one working day per week will be allocated to off the job study
  • You will study 2 modules per six month semester, plus a Work Based Learning Project over years 3 and 4

Accelerated route:

  • Duration: 3 years
  • Time commitment: 25-30 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum
  • You will study 3 modules per six-month semester
  • This route is recommended only for those who are not in full-time employment

Changes from Autumn 2020: Transform Project

From autumn 2020, UCEM will be making changes to its semester structure and module delivery as part of an ongoing commitment to provide an excellent student experience. If you enrol prior to autumn 2020, you will experience these changes as we move to a new structure and delivery model. You can find more information about the Transform Project here.

The changes you can expect to see will include:

  • A simpler, more focused semester structure, where modules will be studied one at a time, in 9-week blocks
  • More down-time from study
  • A shift away from traditional methods of examination, towards online assessment in line with industry practice
  • Visibility of assessment results prior to starting the next module, and the availability of in-year re-sits
  • Improvements to how our modules are designed using the latest online learning approaches
  • Single start and re-registration dates across all our programmes, and automatic re-enrolment for continuing students

Exactly how you will be affected by the changes will depend on where you are in your studies by autumn 2020. As you progress through your programme, we will provide you with more information about how the changes will work for you and your particular situation, and how you will be supported during the transition to the new semester structure.

Expected workload and contact hoursaccordion-arrow

Each 20 credit module equates to a total of 200 study hours broken down between directed online learning self-directed learning and assessment. The breakdown between these three types of activity may vary between modules but on average is as follows:

  • Directed online learning (50%)
  • Self-directed reading (17%)
  • Assessment (33%).

Directed online learning is the term used to describe a range of learning activities which you access via the UCEM Virtual Learning Environment, as this is more appropriate for an online learning programme than the term “contact hours”. As a guide it includes, for example, participating in web classes and online discussion forums, watching video material and voice-over PowerPoint presentations and undertaking exercises and quizzes linked to programme materials. Self-directed learning includes reading textbooks and study papers to develop your knowledge of the subject matter. Assessment includes all activity related to the summative assessment of the module such as planning and writing coursework, revising for examinations and taking the exams themselves.

How the programme will be assessedaccordion-arrow

Assessment consists of a mix of coursework and examinations. The module information sheet provides details of the assessment method for each module.


Examinations will be held in August and February.


If you successfully complete all elements of the programme, you will be awarded the BSc Building Surveying from the University College of Estate Management and will be entitled to use the designatory letters BSc. If applicable, you will be entitled to denote Honours, i.e. BSc (Hons), which is a current requirement for Membership of RICS and/or CIOB.