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Building guide

A Building degree gives you the knowledge of how to plan, create, maintain and conserve buildings.

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  1. What's Building?

  2. Why study Building?

  3. What jobs can you get as a Building graduate?

  4. What qualifications do you need?

  5. What degrees can you study?

  6. How will you be assessed?

  7. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

What's Building?

A Building degree covers the study of building materials, techniques, building economics, quantity surveying and property development, among other aspects.

Why study Building?

Building graduates have exceptional employment prospects. Professional employment is above average and shows that a degree in this subject area will increase your employability. You can also expect a healthy graduate starting salary.

If you decide not to pursue a career in this field, you needn't worry – a Building degree will give you more than enough skills that are useful to other careers. Upon graduation, you should be able to count logical thinking, teamwork, communication, technical expertise, leadership and the ability to deal with complex technical details among your skillset.

Many Building courses are professionally accredited, meaning you'll be readily qualified to work in the industry. As such, courses tend to contain multiple compulsory work placements, allowing you to increase your skills in a practical capacity.

What jobs can you get as a Building graduate?

As you'd expect, the job opportunities that arise from a Building degree are largely based in the construction industry – or at the very least, dealing with the physical world.

Examples of professions include quantity surveyor, property developer, conservationist and environmental impact auditor.

Professional job: Usually needs a degree
Non-professional job: Doesn't usually need a degree

What qualifications do you need? 

Entry requirements for Building courses vary from university to university, and you should always check the specific criteria of any university/course that interests you.

That said, there are some trends. For example, most universities don’t request that applicants hold any specific A Levels or equivalent.

What degrees can you study?

There's a range of courses that come under the title 'Building', including:

  • BSc Construction Building Surveying
  • BSc Building Surveying
  • BSc Construction Management
  • BSc Building Technology

How will you be assessed?

Assessment comes in a mixture of examinations, project work, coursework and presentations.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

There are plenty of options if you’d like to continue in education after graduating. This includes:

  • MSc Building Design Management
  • PhD Building Technology
  • MSc Asset Management & Development

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