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Surveying degrees abroad

Qualified surveyors are experts at analyzing, measuring, and recording the spatial characteristics of landscapes. This data is then used to inform the mapping, planning, and construction stages of projects.

Surveying is a broad field with plenty of opportunities to specialize in different areas, including quantity, building, property, and environmental surveying. You’ll gain a detailed understanding of the techniques and processes used by surveyors, as well as gathering hands-on experience that will prepare you for a successful career in the sector.

The global need for surveyors means that you can choose to study abroad in several different countries. Not only will you encounter new landscapes and technologies that will enrich your knowledge of surveying, but you’ll meet international professionals, explore a new country, and make new friends.

Surveying program structure

You can study surveying as a diploma, certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree.

The most popular course of study is to complete a BSc. Most universities strongly recommend that you undertake at least one placement year during your studies to gain industry insight and practical experience, so undergraduate courses will typically last at least four years.

Once you’ve finished your BSc, you can go on to study a postgraduate qualification. An MSc usually takes between one and two years to complete, whereas a PhD can take anywhere from four to seven years.

Most of your teaching will be done through lectures, seminars, practical workshops, and tutorials. Many universities will also organize guest presentations from industry experts, as well as field trips to local surveying projects. The way you’re assessed will depend on the module, but you can expect to complete exams, coursework, presentations, group projects, and practical assessments.

What you study on your surveying degree will vary from university to university. However, most programs will cover these core topics:

  • The built environment
  • Understanding construction
  • Construction technology
  • Construction design
  • Land law and registration
  • Analytical skills
  • Managing contracts
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Types of surveying degrees

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Surveying study abroad programs

What are the top surveying undergraduate programs abroad?

  • RMIT UniversitySurveying with honours - BSurv

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Feb, Jul
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Surveying
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Next start date
    February 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    38,400AUD
  • Troy UniversitySurveying and Geomatics Sciences Program - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Surveying
    Location
    Troy, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    22,050USD
  • University of PortsmouthBuilding Surveying - BSc (Hons) (with placement)

    • 3 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Surveying
    Location
    Portsmouth, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    20,200GBP
  • University of the West of England BristolBuilding Surveying - BSc (Hons)

    • 3 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Surveying
    Location
    Bristol, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    15,850GBP
  • UWE Bristol’s International CollegeBuilding Surveying - BSc (Hons) (with foundation)

    • 3 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Surveying
    Location
    Bristol, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    15,850GBP

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What are the top surveying postgraduate programs abroad?

  • University of PortsmouthCivil Engineering and Surveying - MPhil

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Part-time
    • Oct, Feb
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Civil Engineering, Surveying
    Location
    Portsmouth, UK
    Next start date
    October 2024 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    8,800GBP
  • University of the West of England BristolBuilding Surveying - MSc

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Surveying
    Location
    Bristol, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    17,250GBP
  • London South Bank UniversityBuilding Surveying - MSc/PGDip

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Surveying
    Location
    London, UK
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    20,667GBP
  • University of PortsmouthCivil Engineering and Surveying - PhD

    • 6 years
    • On campus
    • Part-time
    • Oct, Feb
    Program type
    Doctorate
    Subject area
    Civil Engineering, Surveying
    Location
    Portsmouth, UK
    Next start date
    October 2024 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    8,800GBP
  • London South Bank UniversityBuilding Surveying - MSc/PGDip

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Surveying
    Location
    London, UK
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    20,667GBP

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Future surveying careers

Thanks to the global shortage of surveyors, the career prospects for surveying graduates are exciting. Every country around the world needs skilled surveyors if they are to construct safe and modern buildings, so you’ll be in high-demand when it comes to the following roles:

  • Building surveyor
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Commercial/residential surveyor
  • Architectural technologist
  • Estimator
  • Planning and development surveyor
  • Project manager
  • Site engineer

If you’re unsure about what type of surveying you’d like to specialize in, discuss the differences and similarities between roles with your career advice service. They’ll help you to secure some work experience with surveying companies where you’ll be able to get a taste of what aspects you enjoy most.

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