If the university lifestyle appeals to you and you want to study a subject leading to a fast-paced, high-tech career, then a surveying-related degree could be ideal for you.
There are more than 300 courses at UK universities covering land, property and construction that are accredited by RICS. So, there's a surveying course suited for you – no matter where you want to study or what your career ambitions are.
I read political science as an undergraduate, so the jump to property was seen to be outlandish. My political background, however, has consistently proven to be a good foundation. I opted for an MSc in Real Estate Management as I was confident it would equip me with the skills and knowledge to succeed.
Senior commercial surveyor, CBRE
Surveying-related university courses are hugely varied and cover subjects like: environment and sustainable development; real estate management; building surveying; geospatial science; commercial property; construction management; spatial planning; city planning and design; urban studies; architectural technology; city and regional planning; property investment; management consultancy...
After finishing your A levels/Highers (or equivalent) a surveying degree course will put you on the path to joining a high-profile profession playing a key role in developing new high-tech, sustainable cities, tackling climate change and solving global issues like urbanisation, migration and resource scarcity.
If you already have any undergraduate degree, you can take a master's degree in surveying to become part of a global profession with a huge variety of exciting, well-paid career opportunities.
I chose to study Estate Management at university because its format of a three-year sandwich course really appealed to me.
As a surveyor, the work is extremely sociable. You’re constantly dealing with a whole range of people and that’s certainly one of the benefits of the job.
Development surveyor, Henry Boot Developments
RICS is the thought leader across land, property, construction and infrastructure with a wealth of information to help your studies.
RICS student status provides free study help and networking opportunities meaning you’ll be able to excel on your course and enhance your progress towards becoming a future business leader. It's free and is available to full- and part-time students, as well as apprentices.
Fitter cities: "active" transport systems are being developed to encourage running, walking and cycling: reducing pollution and improving health. For example: in Auckland, New Zealand, the bright pink Te Ara I Whiti cycleway replaced a major freeway.
Sustainability and the environment: innovative new construction methods are being used – from bamboo housing to 3D-printed buildings – while surveyors are also protecting coral reefs and even rewilding areas of countryside with wolves, beavers and other long-departed species.
Fair land rights: in Africa and other parts of the developing world many people live on land without secure property rights – land surveyors are helping to establish formal rights for vulnerable families.
Fighting money laundering: research by the International Monetary Fund estimates global money laundering at up to $2tn a year – real estate surveyors are helping to clamp down on illegal property purchases and the flow of criminal money.