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Building surveyors are advisors for the property and construction industry, identifying defects and suggesting options for maintenance and repair. Core aspects of the role include the development of new buildings, alongside the refurbishment and restoration of existing properties. This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to become a specialist in this field.
You will develop a detailed understanding of architectural styles and influences, the history of buildings and building techniques, the evaluation of building elements, and the performance of building materials. You’ll learn to test and analyse all aspects of building performance, advise on alternative uses of existing buildings, supervise remediation and refurbishment projects, and to apply health and safety legislation.
Why study this course?
- You’ll benefit from outstanding career prospects. 94% of our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying sandwich students are in work or further study within six months of finishing their studies, earning an average graduate salary of £26,600 (DLHE, 2016-2017).
- NTU is one of the leading providers of property education in the UK. We’re ranked 2nd in the UK for Building and Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2019).
- Benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, supporting you throughout your time at NTU and enabling you to make the most of your studies. As well as money towards the cost of your course materials, you’ll also benefit from study trips and live projects, included in the cost of your course fees, and a pre-paid printing allowance.
- Our course is triple-accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Buildings (CIOB), and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), recognising the quality and relevance of our course content.
- You’ll join a course with excellent student satisfaction. 92% of our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying Sandwich students are satisfied with the quality of their course (National Student Survey 2018).
- Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement.
- Experience inspiring trips in the UK and abroad, the cost of which is included in your course fees. Previous trips have included visits to Prague, Malta, Milan and Berlin.
- Successful completion of our course is the professional route to becoming a chartered surveyor.
- Apply your learning to the real world, with opportunities to take part in site visits and live projects as part of the course. Previous projects have been set by companies such as Faithful+Gould and Gleeds.
- Benefit from our expert academic team, who have extensive professional practice experience, and links with industry and professional bodies. You’ll also benefit from visiting industry experts who lecture as part of the course.
Trips and study visits
Site visits and field trips form an integral part of the learning process, allowing you to put theory into practice. Recent UK-based field trips have included:
- London – as part of the Law module, students visited the Houses of Parliament and the High Court, and were given a lecture by a London-based lawyer
- Savills – students visited their offices in the West End of London and were given a presentation on the current market and career development
- Nottingham Regeneration Ltd – guest lecture on regeneration projects around Nottingham train station.
You’ll also go on a week-long European field trip in your second year, designed to help you investigate and research aspects of building surveying.
Recent destinations have included Berlin, Malta and Rome, with these trips being included within your course fees.
Careers and employability
Our course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the property industry, through work placements, working on real projects from industry, input from industry professionals, and regularly updated course content. 94% of our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying sandwich students are in work or further study within six months of finishing their studies (DLHE, 2015-2016).
Where do Building Surveying graduates from NTU work?
NTU has a strong building surveying alumni community, with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies.
Recent BSc (Hons) Building Surveying graduate destinations have included:
- Baily Garner
- EC Harris LLP
- Croudace Homes
- Royal Households
- Cubitt Consulting
Graduate roles include graduate surveyor, building surveyor, and site manager.
Getting your full RICS membership
If you aspire to become a RICS Chartered Surveyor, you will need to complete at least two years of relevant professional work experience – the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). If you undertake a sandwich placement, this will normally count as the first year of your professional work experience (only for RICS), however at least 12 months of study must take place on a graduate training scheme.
This course is designed to prepare you for future employment in a number of the RICS APC pathways.