About the programme


Do you want to make an impact on the growth of the world’s cities and the development of urban areas? Do you have an interest in both the property and construction industries? If the answer is yes, then a career in building surveying could be the perfect career for you. Building surveying is a growing, international, professional discipline dealing with the inspection, maintenance and refurbishment of existing buildings. Building surveyors also advise clients about sustainable design, planning and conservation, with clients ranging from homeowners to commercial and industrial companies.

This BSc programme is primarily designed for people with an interest in building, facilities management or property who wish to further their career with a degree or gain professional membership of one of the accrediting organisations. Many of our students often already work in, or are associated with, the property and building sectors.

If you have studied a related qualification* that is at level 4 or 5 on the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework, or equivalent (e.g. Associate Degree, Higher Diploma, BTEC Higher National Diploma etc), you may be able to transfer credits to one of our BSc programmes, allowing you to reduce the cost and time of your studies.

* A related qualification is one awarded in a surveying, building, or construction management discipline.


  1. You want to begin or further your career in building, facilities management and property
  2. You want to become professional members of RICS, HKIS, CIOB, CABE and HKICM
  3. You want to learn the principals of building surveying and strengthen your skills in the practice
  • Students who studied a related qualification may receive credit transfer toward the Top-up programme, saving the cost and time of your studies.
  • All modules are worth 20 credits, except the project module which is worth 40 credits.
  • Our programmes are flexible and can be studied in either Autumn or Spring.
  • Graduates of our BSc (Hons) Building Surveying can apply for the Probationer Membership of the following professional bodies: RICS, CIOB and CABE and HKICM

The modules

You’ll study (Shown as a full undergraduate programme)


Designed for busy working professionals, supported online education offers the flexibility to fit your studies around your work, enabling you to fast-track your career and directly apply your learning to
your work.

Full-time route

If you want to study full-time and complete your studies within three years, then this route is for you.

If starting in Autumn 2024


YearSemesterAutumn entry
11Introduction to the Built Environment 1

Introduction to Sustainability

2Professional and Business Practice

Construction Technology 1

21Introduction to Regulatory and Built Environment Law

Introduction to the Built Environment 2

2Construction Technology 2

Project and Contract Administration

31Building Control

Building Pathology and Conservation Principles

2Design and Environmental Science

Commercial Building Pathology

41Research Proposal

Project Management in the Built Environment

2Building Surveying Practice 1

Building Surveying Practice 2

51Fire Safety

Contemporary Issues Case Study


If you are studying this programme on the full-time route, the module table will vary. You can find more information on this in the programme specification below.

If starting in Spring 2025


YearSemesterSpring entry
11Introduction to the Built Environment 1

Introduction to Sustainability

2Introduction to Regulatory and Built Environment Law

Introduction to the Built Environment 2

21Professional and Business Practice

Construction Technology 1

2Construction Technology 2

Building Pathology and Conservation Principles

31Design and Environmental Science

Commercial Building Pathology

2Building Control

Project and Contract Administration

41Research Proposal

Building Surveying Practice 2

2Fire Safety

Project Management in the Built Environment

51Building Surveying Practice 1

Contemporary Issues Case Study


If you are studying this programme on the full-time route, the module table will vary. You can find more information on this in the programme specification below.

How you’ll learn

Study methods

Studying online means taking control of when and where you study, so you can study at your own pace, no matter where you are in the word. It means being able to balance your home and work life with your education, so you can earn while you learn.

When you study at UCEM, you’ll be using our state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), a specialised resource which provides you with everything you need to keep on top of your studies and succeed.

You’ll be guided through your learning with weekly study schedules and course guides, which you can adapt to suit your needs, pace and lifestyle. Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone, as you’ll also be fully supported by tutors and fellow students throughout your studies.

The online learning experience

Your learning experience with UCEM will be fully supported through a range of activities on our state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You’ll also have access to UCEM’s valuable and comprehensive e-Library service, providing you with a wealth of subject-specific materials to support you throughout your studies.

Your learning will be broken down into the following (on average):

Directed Study Time (45%)

Participating in web classes and online discussion forums
Watching video material and voice-over presentations

Undertaking exercises and quizzes linked to programme materials.

Self-Directed Study Time (25%)

Reading textbooks and study papers to develop your knowledge of the subject matter

Assessment Study Time (30%)

Planning and writing coursework

Each 20-credit module equates to a total of 200 study hours broken down between directed online learning, self-directed learning and assessment.

The types of assessments used on this programme will include coursework (such as essays, reports, portfolios, reflections, problem or short questions or video presentations), computer based assessments, and computer marked assessments (CMAs). The exact combinations of assessment will vary from module to module.


Part-time route:

Your expected time commitment for the part-time route is around 15-20 hours per week. This is based on you studying two modules per six-month semester.

Full-time route:

The expected time commitment for the full-time route is around 25-35 hours per week. This is based on you studying three modules per six-month semester.


How you’ll be supported during your studies

While studying with UCEM, you’ll be fully supported on your programme by our friendly and informative academic and support teams, who will be there to guide you from the moment you enrol until the day you graduate. They’ll assist you with your online learning experience, provide you with academic support, and be there for you if you have any disability or well-being support needs.


Support Tutor in HK

The HK-based Support Tutor will help you navigate the world of online learning. Whether you need help using the VLE or managing your workload, these tutors are here throughout your studies.

Student Engagement Team

Your first point of contact as a student. They will support you in your studies and queries, ensuring you’re put in touch with all of the right teams and services within UCEM.

Academic support

Our Academic staff are experts in their fields and are here to make your studies with UCEM both stimulating and inspiring, whilst offering vital support and guidance along the way.

Module Team

Your module leader is assisted by a team of module tutors to provide support via discussion forums and webinars.

Disability & Well-being

This friendly team is here to listen and provide expert guidance, support and assistance at any time throughout your studies.

Entry requirements

You are required to be 18 years or over at the start of your programme.

Entry requirements

Standard entry requirements

96 UCAS tariff points (for example, three HKDSEs at Grade 4). You can check your tariff points online at http://ucas.com/tariff

Applicants with one of the following qualifications are also eligible for entry:

  • Associate Degree
  • Higher Diploma
  • Professional Diploma
English and Maths requirements

All UCEM programmes are taught and assessed in English. In addition to the programme entry requirements listed above, all applicants will therefore be required to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language, as well as the Maths ability, before being admitted to a programme.

You should have:

  • Grade 5.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in the reading and writing modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and a relevant maths qualification as listed below;
  • A cognate sub-degree (Level 5) qualification taught and assessed in English from the University of Hong Kong or City University of Hong Kong and a relevant maths qualification as listed below;
  • HKDSE Grade 3 or above in English Language and grade 2 or above in maths;
  • HKCEE Grades A-D or 5*-3 in English (syllabus B only) and Grades A-E or 5*-3 in maths;
  • HKALE Grade E or above in English (advanced and advanced supplementary levels); and D or above in maths (advanced level).

Don’t meet the entry requirements listed above?

Applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who wish to be considered for this programme, should still apply. Such applications will be considered on merit in each case. Please contact us for further enquiry.

Applications are assessed in accordance with the UCEM Code of Practice on Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning.


2024/25 academic year
£1,500 per module, the total programme fee subjects to the number of credits which will be transferred. Please contact us for further information.

Bursaries and financial support

We have a number of bursaries and scholarships to help you with your studies.

"Building Surveyors are the ‘general practitioners’ of the Built Environment, often the first point of call for many people who don’t know quite what their needs are, or how to find a solution to what ails their home or workplace. The ability to diagnose and recommend a course of action, or refer to a construction specialist, is one of several key skills required of Building Surveyors; a UCEM degree will provide an accessible, flexible and cost-effective means of acquiring those skills."

James Ritson
Programme Leader, BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

Application process

It’s time to apply

Choose your semester and take the first steps towards your future

Autumn 2024

Apply by 26 August 2024 to start on 30 September 2024

Spring 2025

Apply by24 February 2025 to start on 31 March 2025




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