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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • E C Harris
  • Malcolm Hollis
  • MLM Building Control
  • Moore McDonald
  • VB Evans
  • W H Stephens
  • Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Building Control Surveyor
  • Building Surveyor
  • Contracts Manager
  • Development Officer
  • Estate Surveyor
  • Graduate Surveyor


Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

The effective assessment and care of our built environment through a professionally informed approach.


Building surveyors are concerned with the provision of expert advice on all aspects of design, construction, maintenance and repair of buildings and the conservation of the built heritage. Much of their work involves the assessment of the condition of buildings and specifying remedial work to be undertaken.

The work of the Building Surveyor is wide ranging and involves both site and office based activities.

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About this course

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The degree programme in Building Surveying provides the specialist knowledge and skills necessary to enter the Building Surveying profession at graduate level with a view to completing the Assessment of Professional Competence to gain professional membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Course content is aimed at providing an understanding of the roles and purposes of building surveying and its relationship with other disciplines within the industry. In addition to core areas of technology, maintenance management and building conservation, professional practice skills are further developed through integrated project work in all years of the programme.


This part-time course is normally of 6 years duration, however, depending on previous experience and qualifications gained, some level of exemption may be available.

Each academic year comprises 2 semesters with 60 credit points taught in each academic year, normally 3 modules of 20 credit points. Each credit point represents ten hours of study with approximately 25% being in the form of lectures/tutorials/directed study, the remaining time being used for independent study.

Start dates

  • September 2018
How to apply


Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Construction Technology 1

Year: 1

This module provides a general introduction to construction technology with specific
emphasis on the sustainable construction of small-scale, low-rise buildings.

The module also introduces the factors that affect and systems that control the internal
environment of domestic buildings.

Building Surveying Project 1

Year: 1

This module will introduce the student to the procedural and practical requirements of Project Development; a key role of a Building Surveyor. It will allow the students, working in teams, to relate to the concept of the client brief. Students will then aim to meet the client's needs and gain experience in a Building Surveying role by planning and designing a domestic build project. The module will also provide an opportune time for students to relate to their own PDP within a Building Surveying context.


Year: 1

Built environment professionals must be aware of the legal boundaries within which they are required to operate. They must have knowledge of and a practical understanding of the legal rules which regulate transactions and relationships. They must appreciate and understand the fundamental principles of the legal framework within which they operate. The module is designed to develop in students an understanding of the above and will enable them to appreciate the importance of the correlation between law and their own specific discipline.

Surveying Measurement

Year: 1

This module develops some of the professional skills of a surveyor working in the Built Environment. The theory and principles of site surveying and measured building surveys are established to provide the student with the skills required in a practice based environment.

Year two

Construction materials 1

Year: 2

Construction professionals are responsible for specifying, designing and manufacturing the materials with which structures are built. This module will provide students with a basic understanding of fundamental material science and a comprehensive understanding of the composition, microstructure, and engineering behaviour of materials used in construction applications.


Year: 2

The application of scientific knowledge, and the technologies involved in the control of internal environments to create healthy spaces in buildings for people.


Year: 2

This module will introduce the principles, implications and outcomes of economic behaviour as they relate to the built and business environments with an emphasis on demonstrating a real world application, where appropriate. The module provides a basis for the study of any second or third year modules with economic content.

Design and Structural Principles

Year: 2

This module introduces the student to the theoretical principles, procedures and analytical techniques required for the investigation of the strength, stability and performance of statically determinate structures with particular focus on domestic buildings.


Year: 2

This module develops some of the professional skills of a surveyor working in the Built Environment. Basic design and drafting skills are accommodated within a Computer Aided Design (CAD) component to provide the student with the skills required in a practice based environment for the preparation of construction drawings and scheme designs.

Year three

Building Design

Year: 3

This module covers introductory design of sub-structures, super-structures, and their elements made from; timber, steel, reinforced concrete, masonry, and aims to develop an awareness of the design and production imperatives involved in practical construction situations.

Built and Environmental Conservation

Year: 3

This module highlights the challenges that exist within the construction industry regarding environmental conservation and illustrates how these challenges can be met. Emphasis is placed on developing student awareness of how traditional building and construction activities need to be altered to respond to the new emerging sustainability and natural resource use agendas facing surveyors.

Building Surveying Project 2

Year: 3

This module will develop the students understanding and experience in the procedural and practical requirements of Project Development. It will allow the students, working in teams, to manage client expectations, realise their role within a professional team and manage the practical and other responsibilities involved in group project work. Students will gain experience in the design, surveying, technical & legislative facets of non- domestic renovation projects. The module will also provide an opportune time for students to relate to their own employability skills within a Building Surveying context.

Year four

Construction Technology 2

Year: 4

The module enhances the understanding of functions, principles and sustainable methods in the design and construction of buildings, and develops greater awareness of the role of building technology and its interactive nature. Teaching methods include lectures supported by tutorials and case studies.

Professional Practice

Year: 4

This module introduces the student to the role of Chartered Building Surveyors in the Property Cycle, together with the RICS Regulatory framework therein associated. It introduces building survey principles for residential and commercial buildings. It also introduces the student to legal issues and procedures associated with property ownership, occupation and disposal.

Hygrothermal Building Performance

Year: 4

Heat, air and moisture transport and storage in buildings has the potential to impact significantly on the design performance of buildings and durability of building fabric as well as the comfort and wellbeing of the building occupants. This module will establish how the impacts develop in buildings and how these impacts can be assessed and evaluated.

Property and Construction Law

Year: 4

This module will consider the fundamental principles and rules of the law of real property. Specifically the module will consider: the distinction between real & personal property; concurrent ownership; landlord & tenant; licenses & estoppel; trespass & control of access to land; adverse possession; freehold covenants; incorporeal hereditaments and mortgages.

Factors associated with the form and selection of contract in procuring building work associated with property will be detailed.

Year five

Building Performance and Regulation

Year: 5

This module investigates the performance requirements of buildings, including environmental impacts and the technology required to ensure that the requirements are met.

The influence of building regulations and construction codes on the achievement of performance requirements is evaluated.

Research and Dissertation

Year: 5

The Research and Dissertation module provides the opportunity to explore in-depth an area of particular significance relating to the course of study. Students are responsible for collating information necessary for the selection and execution of the dissertation. They are required to critically evaluate the practicality, availability of reference material and access to individuals or records. Clear aims and objectives must be established, together with the methods to be used to attain these objectives. The dissertation is a mechanism that underwrites and supports analytical and evaluation skills, logical thought, and the ability to communicate effectively in terms of verbal and written material.

Building Surveying Project 3

Year: 5

This module provides an opportunity for the building surveying student to utilise skills, techniques, knowledge and information drawn from other modules of both the building surveying and quantity surveying programmes and to apply these in a structured manner to the investigation and resolution of work based scenarios and related problems.

Financial Management and Economics

Year: 5

The module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the procedures and techniques used in the financial control and management of construction projects. It also explores the synergy between the economy and the construction industry and the implications on critical decision making with relation to design and cost planning of construction projects. There is a key focus on value engineering of projects to achieve best value design facilitated with modern design thinking with regards to building occupation and the whole life value of the project.

Year six

Conversion and Adaptation

Year: 6

This module will provide the student with practical knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in the evaluation of existing buildings for conversion and adaptation within the property cycle. The student will develop core building surveying skills associated with the re-use of existing buildings by conversion to new uses.

Building Assessment

Year: 6

This module will provide students with the practical knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in building analysis, repair and conservation of existing buildings of all types.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBB to include a Science or Mathematics based subject.

Applicants can satisfy the requirement for one of the A level grades (or equivalent) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University.

Applied General Qualifications

Overall BTEC award profile of DDM to include 9 Distinctions.

Acceptable Diplomas include: Construction, Engineering, Land Use and Surveying and Land Administration.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile to include Grades H3, H3, H3, H3, H3 to include a Science or Mathematics based subject. Mathematics, and English at grade O4 required.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers minimum requirement for this course is BBBCC to include a Science or Mathematics based subject.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC to include a Mathematics or Science based subject.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile Minimum 26 points (13 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile mark of 70%. In Science, Science and Technology, Humanities or Social Science.


GCSE Profile to include C in Mathematics and C in English Language.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

The programme incorporates a range of teaching methods to encourage students to adopt a knowledge seeking attitude; to build up confidence in their own ability to learn to make reasoned judgements based on available evidence and to incorporate a practical-based dimension to their studies. The teaching and learning methods are designed to offer both academic and subject progression from Level 4 through to Level 6. In conjunction with the respective learning methods at each level, students are encouraged to adopt a student centred approach to their learning, through directed reading and individual research of projects and case studies.

Exemptions and transferability

Most students enter into Year 1, however if evidence of previous relevant study exists you may be considered for entry to later years. Transfer may also be available between part-time and full-time modes of study. Each year of study on the part-time mode equates to 1/2 a year of study on a full-time mode. Transfer to full-time study would normally be at the end of years 2 or 4.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • E C Harris
  • Malcolm Hollis
  • MLM Building Control
  • Moore McDonald
  • VB Evans
  • W H Stephens
  • Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Building Control Surveyor
  • Building Surveyor
  • Contracts Manager
  • Development Officer
  • Estate Surveyor
  • Graduate Surveyor

Career options

Most graduates are employed in professional surveying practices, government or commercial organisations.

This course also provides an ideal foundation for graduates who wish to undertake postgraduate study or research within the Ulster University or other academic institutions.

Professional recognition

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership.

Academic profile

The course is actively supported by a team of professionally and academically recognised teaching staff.

Mr Ken Boston is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the Building Surveying Professional Practice Group. He has been appointed by the Environment Minister to the ‘Historic Buildings Council of Northern Ireland’. In addition, he has been appointed by the DOE / NIEA to the ‘Joint Council of Industrial Heritage of Northern Ireland’.

Dr Trevor Hyde has an internationally recognised profile for research in advanced glazing and renewable energy technologies. He has received several Local, National and International research grant awards and has worked widely with industrial partners on product research and development.

Mrs Joanne Wright is a member of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers and is an educational and training advisor for the region.

Dr Chapman has a PhD in the ‘Non destructive testing of timber’ and was extensively involved with the partner colleges offering Built Environment programmes.


How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

Start dates

  • September 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
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Northern Ireland & EU:

Scholarships, awards and prizes

RICS - Best Student in Final Year Surveying Programmes £75.

School of the Built Environment Prize - Best student in Level 5 Building Surveying £50.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


“During my placement year I worked for a major Health Trust. I found the year to be incredibly beneficial in terms of both my personal development and the exposure to a range of problem solving activities presented in maintaining the portfolio of buildings.”

Fintan (Final Year)

“My placement role has had a profound effect on me. The skills and knowledge I have acquired have been incredibly beneficial for my final year studies and my future career as a Chartered Building Surveyor.”

Adam (Final Year)

“The course allowed me to embark on a great career and find the right job. The stresses of University and the subsequent search for employment are worth it in the end. You have to find the job. The job won’t find you. BE PROACTIVE”

Stephen (Graduate Project Leader, Houses of Parliament)

“The Building Surveying degree is so varied it opens up so many opportunities in all facets of the construction industry”

Daniel (City & Country, Graduate Building Surveyor)

“Achieving a good degree in BSc Building Surveying gave me the platform to continue to Postgraduate Study, which allowed me to specialize in an area of Surveying I perhaps could not have done otherwise.”

David (Surveyor, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Africa & Asia Pacific Area)