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BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

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Introduction to our Building Surveying degree

Start an exciting professional career as a building surveyor by studying for our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degree in Chelmsford.

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A 60 second seminar from Building Surveying lecturer Andrew Thompson.

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Study at an award-winning university

We're the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year. We've also been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a reflection of the outstanding education we offer our students.

Why Building Surveying at ARU?

  • Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), ensuring you gain the full range of professional and technical skills required, from converting buildings to performing surveys and valuations.
  • Get hands-on by developing skills in all aspects of surveying buildings. Learn how to recognise and tackle defects, and identify technical problems in construction.
  • Utilise our state-of-the-art facilities including industry standard equipment, AutoCAD Studios and testing and surveying labs.
  • Bring the world of work to life through Live Briefs; designed and developed with regional employers to give you exposure to ‘real world’ problem-solving.
  • Benefit from strong industry links with professional institutions, local firms and building surveying experts to increase your employability upon graduation.

Building surveyors advise clients about new builds, listed buildings and historic structures.

Study at ARU, and learn how to evaluate the design, specification and performance of buildings. Develop skills in building inspection and analysis, and use industry-standard equipment to tackle technical problems in construction.

There are plenty of opportunities to get hands-on in specialist labs for materials and testing, environmental science and design, and surveying. You’ll also work in our design and AutoCAD studios.

You can choose to take a placement year as part of this course, putting your skills into practice in a real working environment.

Course options

Course options

You have the option to take this course as a four-year degree with foundation year. If you choose this option, you'll study with our partner, ARU College, in either Cambridge or Chelmsford for Year 1, then Chelmsford for years 2-4.

Key facts

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Specialist facilities

As a student at ARU you’ll use:

  • industry-standard equipment to learn how to conduct site surveys and property inspections
  • design and AutoCAD studios
  • a materials and testing laboratory
  • environmental science and design laboratory
  • surveying laboratory.

Take a guided tour and meet our students.

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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • benefit from a Personal Development Tutor from day one, who's there to support you throughout your time at university
  • make full use of facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


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Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Our course in Chelmsford is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). When you graduate, you can take your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and qualify as a Chartered Surveyor.


As a skilled Building Surveying graduate, you’ll be in demand.

Our hands-on course offers several opportunities to experience construction environments, enhancing your employability and giving you a taster of some of the places you could choose to work as a building surveyor.

If you study in Chelmsford, our Building Surveying degree course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), so when you graduate, you can take your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and qualify as a Chartered Surveyor.

Or you might decide to stay at ARU, and study a postgraduate degree such as our MSc Construction Project Management. It’s a great opportunity to build upon your knowledge or develop a specialism. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

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"I have enjoyed every aspect of the course. I'm constantly learning from informative and instructive lectures and can't wait to exercise my knowledge in the workplace."


BSc (Hons) Building Surveying student

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Life in Chelmsford

Chelmsford has something for everyone, and our green, modern campus is just ten minutes from the city centre.

Get to know Chelmsford

Want to talk to someone?

Do you have a question that we haven't answered so far? Talk to our application experts. You can also ask our Student Ambassadors about life at ARU.

We're here Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm (please note we close at 3.30pm on the first and third Thursday of the month for staff training), and Friday 9am-4.30pm.

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Placement year available

You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.

Your guide to placements