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Building Surveying

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2023



Course length

Full time: 4 years, including 1-year work placement

Part time: Please contact us for details


Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

UCAS Tariff Points


  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors


Our Building Surveying degree prepares you for a range of careers in the design, construction and management of real estate assets. 

You’ll develop skills in;

  • building design, construction and administration
  • building pathology and inspection
  • building surveying practice
  • law and procurement
  • construction communication and information technology.

Specialisms include; 

  • defects
  • dilapidations
  • maintenance
  • repair
  • refurbishment and restoration
  • building regulations
  • construction contracts
  • dispute resolution
  • health and safety
  • project management.

Years 1 and 2 are the same as our Construction Project Management and Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management courses. You can take your industry placement in Year 3 then decide which course to graduate from. 

We have excellent links with local and national construction and property consultant companies. So you'll have opportunities for work placements and sponsorship. 

Our graduates have found jobs with top firms such as;

  • Berkeley Homes
  • Taylor Wimpey
  • Turner and Townsend
  • BAM Construction.
Students on a construction site

How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Further offer details

Applications are welcomed from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A Level: BBC

GCSE: Mathematics grade C / 4

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

We value personal statements that provide evidence of motivation and commitment. For example, tells us what interests you about the subject and why you want to study it. We are also interested in your relevant work experience and what you like to do in your spare time.

After reading personal statements and considering predicted grades, we will invite eligible applicants to attend an interview (usually between November and mid-March). We usually do not make offers without an interview. 

If you cannot attend the first suggested date offered to you, there will be provision to attend alternatives - please be communicative with the Faculty Programme Administrator.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Funding your studies

Financial support and scholarships

Featured funding opportunities available for this course.

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The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements

Learning and assessment

In Years 1 and 2 you will study similar modules as our Construction Project Management and Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management courses. This helps you decide what to specialise in.

In Year 1 you’ll gain a key understanding in:

  • building design and construction
  • building services and materials
  • information technology
  • law
  • quantity surveying.

In Years 2 and 4 you’ll take modules to develop your knowledge. Technology Studies will prepare you for your year in industry. You'll also learn;

  • building pathology and inspection
  • building surveying practice and procedure
  • contract procurement and administration
  • design specification
  • building information modelling (BIM).

You will develop your skills through simulated construction projects.

In Year 3 you’ll gain key industry experience through a work placement.

In Year 4 you’ll undertake a supervised dissertation in an area of your choice and decide which course to graduate in. Your final year modules vary depending on the course you choose.

Student looking at a computer in the library

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Foundation Construction Law (15 credits)

Construction Communication and Information Technology I (15 credits)

Integrative Project I (15 credits)

Quantity Surveying Practice I (15 credits)

Introduction to Construction Practice (15 credits)

Introduction to Building Services (15 credits)

Building Design and Construction 1 (15 credits)

Building Design and Construction 2 (15 credits)

Optional modules

Languages modules

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Construction Technology I (15 credits)

Construction Practice and Procedure (15 credits)

Construction Technology 2 (15 credits)

Construction Procurement and Law (15 credits)

Construction Communication and Information Technology II (15 credits)

Integrative Project II (15 credits)

Design and Administration (15 credits)

Building Pathology and Inspection (15 credits)

36 Week Industrial Placement Experience


Optional modules

Quantity Surveying Practice 2 (15 credits)

Construction Project Management (15 credits)

independent Study (15 credits)

Languages modules

Year 3 (placement year)

Compulsory modules

Work placement year

The compulsory work placement, taken in Year 3, provides a valuable learning experience and is an important part of the course, consolidating your knowledge and preparing you for your final-year studies. During this year you will work in the construction industry for a minimum of 36 weeks. Oxford Brookes has strong links with a variety of construction-based employers ranging from local house-builders to international construction companies. Work experience opportunities are broad; from managing the restoration of a country manor house to the commercial and project management of a multi-million-pound city office development. If you are a part-time student working in the industry in a suitable capacity, you will be exempt from industrial placement.

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Advanced Procurement and Dispute Resolution (15 credits)

Facilities and Maintenance and Management (15 credits)

Building Surveying Law (15 credits)

Advanced Building Surveying Practice (15 credits)

Conservation and Restoration (15 credits)

Building Surveying Dissertation (Double) (30 credits)

Project Management (15 credits)

Optional modules

Independent Study (15 credits)

Innovation in Management and Technology (15 credits)

Quantity Surveying Studies (15 credits)

Building Pathology and Inspection studies (15 credits)

Languages modules

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to develop your personal, professional and study skills.

Our teaching methods include:

  • demonstrations
  • tutorials
  • practical work
  • role plays
  • simulations
  • problem-solving exercises
  • presentations.

Field trips

There are a number of one-day UK field trips during the course to aid knowledge and understanding through live projects.

In Year 2 there is a mandatory European field trip aimed at broadening the understanding of construction design and management outside the UK.

For field trip costs see Tuition Fees. 


Assessment methods used on this course

We use a variety of assessment methods, including:

  • coursework
  • assignments
  • laboratory and field practicals
  • class and web-based tests
  • oral presentations
  • group work examinations.

After you graduate

Career prospects

The School of the Built Environment is known for producing high calibre graduates who are equipped with the deep and broad range of skills necessary to succeed at the highest levels of their sectors. Our graduates have gone on to work for leading businesses in their field as well as NGOs and government bodies.

The School has key international and national industry links, which means our students have the chance to make valuable connections and take part in networking opportunities. The School also runs its own careers fair dedicated to employers who operate within the built environment sector.

Information from Discover Uni

Full-time study

Part-time study

Programme Changes:

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.