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Surveying and construction courses

Our courses are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). This means you can be confident that your degree is professionally relevant and of a high quality.

These courses share a common first two years, where you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the principles that underpin construction management and surveying. At the end of your second year, you can choose to continue on your existing degree or switch to another of our undergraduate surveying and construction courses. 

Read our undergraduate surveying and construction brochure (PDF, 1.6 MB)


BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

You'll analyse building performance and material lifecycles to establish the cause and effect of building defects. This course is designed to prepare you for a successful career in building surveying.

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

Learn about the mechanisms that determine the cost and price of construction, and how to complete projects on budget and on time. You'll develop specialist knowledge of construction economics and contract law.

BSc (Hons) Construction Management

Build the technical knowledge and practical skills you need to manage construction operations. You’ll have the opportunity to explore subjects such as green innovation and historic built environments.

BSc (Hons) Construction Management and Surveying

Gain a thorough knowledge of technical and managerial issues. You'll learn the latest thinking in management expertise and specialise in the area that you’re most passionate about.

Architectural engineering courses

An architectural engineering degree from Reading provides a solid foundation for a range of careers, including in building design and project management. You'll study the design, management and operation of efficient buildings in an urban context.  

We offer architectural engineering as a BEng or a MEng degree. On both courses you'll develop the engineering skills and knowledge you need to creatively solve current and future problems facing the built environment. 

Read our undergraduate architectural engineering brochure (PDF, 1MB)


Courses for 2023/24

BEng (Hons) Architectural Engineering

This course will equip you with in-depth scientific knowledge of energy systems and environmental factors, and skills in architectural and building design. 

Areas of study include design and management of building environmental systems, construction site engineering, and numerical modelling and programming.

MEng (Hons) Architectural Engineering

This integrated master's degree provides an opportunity for more advanced study, with an added focus on creating sustainable building environments for the future. 

You'll develop a thorough understanding of renewable energy technologies, urban microclimates, and energy management, and taking a holistic approach to design.

Gain the required entry qualifications with an International Foundation Year

If you want to study surveying and construction or architectural engineering at a British university, but don't have the correct qualifications, we offer an International Foundation Year option with each of our undergraduate courses.

The foundation year is designed to equip you with the subject-specific and general study skills needed to cope with the demands of undergraduate study. 

Learn more about our architectural engineering degrees with International Foundation Year

Learn more about our surveying and construction degrees with International Foundation Year


Optional modules

In the third year of your degree you are able to choose optional research-led modules. This enables you to customise the course to meet your needs and interests.


Placement year options

All of our undergraduate degrees offer the opportunity to transfer onto a course that includes a one-year paid industry placement just before your final year. 

Although our courses don't include a "Year in Industry" on UCAS, we'll work with you when you arrive at university to see whether a placement year could benefit your individual aspirations. We'll then support you to seek out appropriate opportunities. 

We also encourage you to seek out summer placement opportunities.

I started researching universities and it was the University of Reading that stood out. The umbrella course for both construction management and quantity surveying gave great flexibility to specialise in one subject in my final year. I wanted to gain experience in both specialisms before I chose.
Lanre Onanuga
BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying graduate

Courses that boost your employability

The content and flexibility of our courses means that you can choose a degree that reflects society's needs. You can graduate confident that your degree is relevant to the job market.

In the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey, 98% of graduates from Construction Management and Engineering are in work or further study within 15 months of graduation; of those in full-time employment, 98% are in graduate-level roles (Based on our analysis of HESA data © HESA 2022, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20; includes first degree Construction Management and Engineering responders).


Fees, funding and scholarships

There is a variety of funding support available to our undergraduate students. You may be eligible for government loans, grants or bursaries.

Students from the UK can receive government loans to help towards tuition fees and living costs. UK students may also be eligible for other grants and bursaries depending on their circumstances.

Students enrolling on many of our courses in 2024 have the opportunity to secure a scholarship worth £1,000 for each year of their course (subject to conditions for 2024 entry).

Fees and funding at the University of Reading

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