BSc (Hons) in Building Surveying

Course Points
301
Course Duration
4 Years
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
40 Places

Course Summary

This four-year honours degree in Building Surveying trains students for entry into building surveying practice, and for providing a professional building surveying service. While Building Surveyors are qualified to design and oversee the construction of new buildings, they specialise in the sustainable management, maintenance and upgrade of existing buildings.

This Honours Degree in Building Surveying trains students for entry into building surveying practice, and for providing a professional building surveying service.

While Building Surveyors are qualified to design and oversee the construction of new buildings, they specialise in the sustainable management, maintenance and upgrade of existing buildings, work that is necessary irrespective of economic conditions.

There is a growing demand for building surveying expertise. Environmental awareness, sustainability issues, economic restraint and building legislation dictate that increasing emphasis is placed on the effective utilisation of proposed and existing buildings. In particular, property owners, developers and purchasers are encouraged to more closely assess the life cycle performance of proposed and existing buildings and the possible reuse of existing buildings as an alternative to demolition and rebuilding.

The roles of the professions associated with the development and use of buildings are continually changing in response to changes in owner / user attitudes and needs, building technologies, legislation, the economic environment, work practices and information technology. In this regard, this Honours Degree course prepares graduates for a building surveying profession which, with its broad-based education and training encompassing physical and social sciences, is well placed to provide, directly and indirectly, an ever-increasing range of services to those seeking to develop and utilise building assets. It also benefits from a formal work preparation and placement module in stage 3, ensuring that students develop key technical and interpersonal skills and foster a commercial awareness prior to completing the course.

This course is unique in the Republic of Ireland in that it is the only such course that is specifically recognised in the Building Control Act 2007. It is also currently the ONLY Building Surveying course recognised by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) as meeting the education standard leading to recognition as Chartered Building Surveyor in this jurisdiction.

Graduates holding this qualification will also be recognised worldwide through the SCSI affiliation with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

One of the key advantages of Building Surveying is that it is a broadly based professional qualification providing graduates with a wide range of career opportunities within the public and private sectors.

Career options include:

  • design consultancy
  • building refurbishment
  • building control
  • fire safety
  • project management
  • planning consultation
  • building
  • conservation
  • environmental and energy management
  • property management including landlord and tenant matters
  • facilities and maintenance management, building surveys and inspections, building insurance
  • expert witness and legal issues 

Professionals in the property and construction sector are now seeing an increase in activity driven by demand for the refurbishment of existing buildings for energy efficiency purposes, and through overseas investment in new Irish commercial property by expanding international purchasers.

The SCSI estimates that within 3 to 5 years, there will be an insufficient supply of graduates from professional Building Surveying programmes to satisfy demand.

Graduates may, subject to fulfilling experiential requirements, progress to become a Chartered Building Surveyor with the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) and/or a Chartered Building Engineer with the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). Programme accreditation is subject to ongoing review.

Graduates are also eligible to teach ‘Construction Studies’ at secondary level (Postgraduate Diploma in Education required, plus Teaching Council registration). For further details visit: www.teachingcouncil.ie

Please find information on fees and funding here: www.dkit.ie/fees

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate including:

  • At least two H5 Grades
  • AND Mathematics Grade O6 or H7
  • AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7
  • PLUS Minimum Points Score of 300.

Northern Ireland/UK Entry Requirements:

Applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 6 different subjects which must include: 

  • Mathematics at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
  • English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
  • Two subjects at either:
        • ‘A Level’ (Grade A* - C)
        • AND/OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - C)
        • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction).
        • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction)
        • OR BTEC National Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
        • OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
        • OR BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma (Grade min: MMP)
  • The remaining subjects must be different from that presented above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:
        • GCSE (Grade A* - C)
        • AND/OR AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
        • AND/OR A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
        • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
        • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
        • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
  • And a minimum score of 300 points

This programme includes formal work placement and a workplace preparation module in year 3.

Antoinette Rourke (Programme Director)
Phone: +353-0429370200 ext 2539
Email: Antoinette.Rourke@dkit.ie

Noel McKenna (Head of Department of the Built Environment)
Phone: +353 429370200
Email: noel.mckenna@dkit.ie

Course ID DK830
Level 8
Duration 4 Years
Points 301
Places 40
School School of Engineering
Department Built Environment
Recognition Information

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Building Surveying has normally been accredited for full exemption from the Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCS) examinations in Building Surveying and full exemption from the direct entrance examinations of the Association of Building Engineers (ABE).

Consequently, graduates may, subject to fulfilling experiential requirements, progress to Chartered Building Surveyor membership of the SCS and/or Corporate Building Engineer membership of the ABE. Accreditation is subject to ongoing review.

Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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How to Apply

All applications for this course must be made directly to the CAO by using the course ID
DK830.

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Northern Ireland & UK

Applicants from Northern Ireland/UK must also apply through CAO. Find out more information about
applying to DkIT from Northern Ireland or the UK.

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