BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

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Start an exciting professional career as a building surveyor by studying for our Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors accredited course in Chelmsford.

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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.

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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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Facilities and accreditation

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.

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.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Our course 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. We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need, setting you up for an interesting and varied career.

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 Management or MSc Project Management. It’s a great opportunity to build upon your knowledge or develop a specialism. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship


"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."


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Life in Chelmsford

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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