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Building Surveying BSc(Hons): What our students say

Student profiles

Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.

Adam Brown

Name: Adam Brown
Course: Building Surveying BSc(Hons)

Here Adam talks about the second year fieldtrip to Dublin. Students form multidisciplinary groups (from different undergraduate courses) and complete a group project based on the trip. This module comprises a lot of research, report writing, and a formal presentation to academic staff who act as potential clients. The groups with the highest scores are then invited to the DTZ head office in London to take part in the DTZ-Kingston Challenge with a cash prize given to the winning group.

You can also read more about Adam's experiences once he finished his degree in the After you graduate section.

"I chose Kingston University because of the location and because of the good vibe that I got from the open day I attended – the staff there were friendly yet professional. I'd been working within the built environment sector previously and had worked with building surveyors, so I thought that studying this degree would be a good opportunity to expand and take on a new route.

The first year taught me time management and organisation skills, and really improved the way that I communicate, which meant that I was ready for the second year and was able to embrace it although it is a lot harder and busier.

The course has helped me academically with my reading and report writing. My verbal and written communication skills have really shot through the roof. I would say that my knowledge base has tripled due to doing a lot of research for the coursework and to understand the subjects.

The highlight of the course so far for me was the second year fieldtrip to Dublin. The fieldtrip was excellent and the opportunity to take part in the DTZ Challenge at their head office in London was a great activity – we actually won the top prize for the best presentation.

During my degree I have formed excellent relationships with both staff and students above and beyond what I expected with some big time support from the tutors. The best part of the course is the fact that you can be yourself – I think that you would be crazy not to attend Kingston University!"


Kerri Bennett

Name: Kerri Bennett
Course: Building Surveying BSc(Hons)
Level: Final-year student

Kerri was also awarded a Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Fund Scholarship. The award is open to students studying a CIOB-accredited course in the penultimate year of their studies and who had approval from the course director.

"I am enjoying the Building Surveying BSc(Hons)course so far and it has definitely improved my confidence. The group work that we do is very worthwhile as the teamwork skills you gain are similar to those you need in a professional environment. Or dealing with conflict may be something we have to manage with a client one day!

There is a good variety of subjects on the course. Although I enjoy most of the modules that I study, the highlight of the course for me is the Building Heritage module – I am currently undertaking my dissertation on this subject as I am passionately interested in historic buildings and sustainability.

In fact I intend to into this sector and possibility do a masters in building heritage or historic building conservation – you may see me here next year!"

I was shocked but really elated when I received the letter telling me I had been awarded the CIOB scholarship. I heard about the Jubilee Fund through an email notification sent to all of the students advising them of the scholarship and telling them how to apply. I submitted my individual paper from the Research Journal in Context module. The paper was titled 'Does the law and regulation for dilapidated listed buildings support or contradict saving listed buildings?'

I think that all students studying quantity surveying and building surveying should apply for the CIOB Jubilee Scholarship as there is an excellent financial incentive as well as looking very good on the CV."


Name: Jonathan Francois
Age: 37
Course: Building Surveying BSc(Hons)
Level: Completed 2nd year
Route to University: Mature student
Accommodation: Own home

"I want to become a chartered building surveyor and the first step towards this is a degree recognised by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveying (RICS), so I contacted the RICS and it highlighted Kingston University as a good place to study.

Building surveying appeals to me because the construction industry is so diverse. I want to be in an environment where I can control my diary and the type of work I do and where I won't be office based 100 per cent of the time. 

There have been a number of highlights on the course – getting accepted in the first place and then passing the first year among them. As far as the modules are concerned, law has been a fascinating area for me. There are a number of aspects of law that are critical to surveying and I feel the way we are taught these is fantastic. 

All the teaching has been first class. Every lecturer has their own style – some of them teach in a classroom environment answering questions as they go along, others prefer to talk to you one to one after the session. But they are all open and really helpful. I am used to the commercial world where it can be dog eat dog, so the university environment where everyone really does their best to assist you is very refreshing.

The social life around the course is another element I've really enjoyed. There are lots of proactive student events which I've been involved with, such as the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme where second years support first years in their studies. I am also a student ambassador and on open days I meet and greet parents and prospective students to give them a relaxed but informed view of the University.

When I joined the course I had quite a clear idea of what I wanted to do but I have realised I could raise my aspirations much higher and this has given me new ideas about my future. My aims should be helped by my industrial placement year which will enable me to gain greater experience.

As a mature student I was apprehensive about going to university and coming here without an academic background was tough. However I found the PAL scheme provided a great deal of support in my first year and the degree has exceeded my expectations. The teaching is fantastic and, for me, the best aspect of the University is the support you receive as well as the whole vibe of education and collaboration."


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