Building all-rounder

Whether you’re looking to start a career in building surveying, or are an established professional, this course will give you new routes into the construction and property practice industries. You’ll study a strong core of technology, alongside sustainable construction, property law, and business management. If you study full-time, there’ll be the chance to carry out a work placement in the third year, improving your employment prospects further.

Why study Building Surveying at LSBU?

  • Great teaching: No. 1 London university: for 'satisfied with teaching' and 'satisfied with assessment' in Building, town and country planning (Guardian League Table 2018).

  • History: we’ve been educating building professionals for over 100 years – and have strong industry connections

  • Professional accreditation: we’re fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building.

  • Career progression: This course will prepare you for a career in building surveying, allowing you to enter the profession at graduate surveyor level, where you can progress to chartered status through RICS-approved APC training.

  • Flexible study: study full-time or part-time one day a week.

  • This course is available as part of an apprenticeship programme. Find out more about apprenticeships.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 years September Southwark Campus
Part-time 5 years September Southwark Campus
Sandwich 4 years September Southwark Campus


With a broad construction curriculum, this course will help to develop the skills and expertise to feel confident working within the building surveying industry. We’ll cover construction technology; project management; law; economics; asset management; management and practice skills; and inspection, repair, and maintenance. You can choose to take an optional year in industry in your third year.

Methods of assessment for course overall: 68% coursework.

Year 1

  • Building services and environmental science
  • Building survey and inspection
  • Construction technology and materials
  • Construction technology and structures
  • Legal and economic context
  • Construction practice

Year 2

  • Construction contract law
  • Estate and property asset management
  • Planning and development controls
  • Property inspection, repair, and maintenance
  • Theory of architecture, design, and conservation
  • Sustainable construction and the environment

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Research paper
  • Project management
  • Management of the firm
  • Contract administration
  • European construction and property
  • Property law and valuation


For those who love buildings and enjoy variety in their work, building surveying is an interesting and stimulating career choice. Building surveyors advise clients about the design and construction of new buildings and maintenance and repair of existing buildings.

Many of our graduates enter the industry as trainees with quantity surveying/construction firms and organizations in the UK and abroad. Recent graduates have gone onto jobs such as Graduate Building Surveyor and Property Manager.

Continuing to postgraduate studies and APC training

This course prepares you for a career in building surveying, allowing you to enter postgraduate studies and the profession at graduate surveyor level. From there you can progress to chartered status through RICS-approved Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) training.

LSBU Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market, you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student, you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come into the network with students.
  • Job Shop – daily drop-in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job search. One to one appointments for further support also available.
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
  • It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities.
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics.
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university.

Teaching and learning

Your Lecturers are leading practitioners in their fields, so everything we do is industry relevant. Inspiring guest speakers from renowned arts organizations and theatre companies will give you further industry insight and build your professional connections.

Personal Tutoring

As a Built Environment and Architecture student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.

Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least once a year for approximately 30 minutes throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or phone.

Entry requirements

  • A Level BBB or
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or
  • Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits or
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points.
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Advanced entry

  • A surveying/building related BTEC HNC/HND/Foundation degree. Contact our admissions team for specific grades.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

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Last updated September 8, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sept. 2019
3 - 4 
9,250 GBP
Year 1 Full-time UK/EU fee: £9250; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £5550; International fee: £7875
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