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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
  • Northern Ireland Housing Executive
  • VB Evans
  • W H Stephens

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

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

Overview

Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus in September 2019.  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.

Summary

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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About

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.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

This full-time sandwich course is normally of 4 years duration, including the placement year.

Each academic year comprises 2 semesters with 120 credit points taught in each academic year, normally 6 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

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.

BTEC

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, also required. All subject areas considered.

Scottish Highers

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

Scottish Advanced Highers

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

International Baccalaureate

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

Access to Higher Education (HE)

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

GCSE

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 you to adopt a knowledge seeking attitude; to build up confidence in your own ability to learn to make reasoned judgements based on available evidence and to incorporate a practical-based dimension to your 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 full-time and part-time modes of study.

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
  • Northern Ireland Housing Executive
  • VB Evans
  • W H Stephens

Job roles

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

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

Work placement / study abroad

Work based learning/Industrial Placement is a fundamental part of the BSc Hons Building Surveying programme which aims to provide you with a wide range of experiences and skills relevant to the industry and to develop your personal, professional and employability skills. Industrial placement seeks to co-ordinate theory and practice.

Professional recognition

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

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

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,030.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00  Discounts available - find out more
International:
£13,240.00

Scholarships, awards and prizes

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

School of the Built Environment Prize --- Best student in year 2 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.

Contact

Course Director: Ken Boston (Full-time course)

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6575

E: kw.boston@Ulster.ac.uk

Faculty Office

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6521

E: adbe@ulster.ac.uk

Testimonials

‘’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)