Edinburgh Napier University Building Surveying

Edinburgh Napier University Building Surveying

BSc/BSc (Hons)Building Surveying

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Building surveying

Learn how to inspect buildings and diagnose faults on our courses, which are fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. You’ll get the chance to specialise in historic building conservation or innovative building techniques.

Develop a wide range of skills relating to construction practices, as well as general study and communication skills.

Course introduction

As a building surveyor, you’ll be a professional working in the construction industry, advising clients on residential and commercial building activities.

As most of these issues need solutions, you’ll be calling on your ability to investigate and think independently – an enquiring and logical mind is a great asset.

You may decide to specialise in historic building conservation, or concentrate on innovative building techniques.

Edinburgh Napier University Building Surveying

What you’ll learn

You’ll learn to diagnose building faults, undertake inspections, and apply construction technology principles when advising on preventative or remedial solutions.

Develop knowledge of contractual procedures, insurance requirements, data collation methods and their application and the use of maintenance information and operational building maintenance policies.

The course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and you will be eligible for Chartered Surveyor status once you have gained suitable experience after graduating and met the competency requirements of the RICS.

You will study the same modules, and complete the same course work as a full-time student, but over a longer period of time. You’ll generally come in to University for one day per week, and a four-year Honours degree will take around six years to complete part-time.

What you study

Trimester 1

  • Building Design and Technology 1
  • Building Engineering and Construction Maths
  • Principles of Economics
  • Surveying 1 (General Surveying Techniques)
  • Property and Construction Business Law
  • Option

Trimester 2

  • Building Design and Technology 2
  • Building Economics 1
  • Surveying 2 (Maintenance & Property Management)
  • Construction Management 1
  • Construction Cost Procedures
  • Design Information Technology (CAAD 1)

Trimester 3

  • Surveying 3 (Conservation)
  • Construction Management 2
  • Building Economics 2
  • Building Control and Fire Engineering
  • Contract Administration and Practice
  • Surveying 4 (Building Pathology)

Trimester 4

  • Project Evaluation
  • Sustainable Development
  • Facilities Management
  • Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Edinburgh Napier University Building Surveying


The construction industry is always in need of building surveyors.

Once qualified, you could find a position in private practice (architects or surveyors), government and public authorities, construction companies or property companies.

You may also have the opportunity to continue on to further study at Masters and PhD level.

Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,000
Overseas £13,740 £13,900