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Study a graduate program in surveying

What will I study in a graduate surveying program?

A graduate surveying program is ideal if you are interested in the construction and maintenance of buildings, and want to be able to convert to the surveying industry from another discipline. A postgraduate course in surveying can cover a number of different areas, from quantity surveying to planning and sustainability.
 
Most graduate surveying programs will be vocationally based (aimed at getting you professional skills), so expect to spend lots of time studying laws and regulations and then putting them into practice in the field.

Many surveying courses will include modules or exams that form part of your professional qualifications or exams.

Length of program

The length of a graduate surveying program depends on where you study and how the course is structured. Programs generally last the following duration in these countries: 

  • UK – 2-4 years
  • US – 2-4 years
  • China – 2-4 years
  • Canada – 2-4 years

Entry requirements

Graduate surveying programs will require you to have a previous degree in a related subject or an equivalent professional surveying qualification. Relevant industry work experience will also be looked on favourably for competitive courses. 

If you are studying in a country where the first language is different from your own, you may be required to take a language test to prove your skills. 

Career development

A postgraduate course in surveying will give you all the training you need to enter the surveying industry at a junior level – it may even by possible to start a job in some countries while you are still completing your postgraduate education.

Most graduates will start out as a trainee surveyor, building up your experience and contacts as you work your way forwards towards chartered or managerial status.

Most surveyors specialise in a particular field, such as either commercial or residential surveying. Within these two fields, you can work for a number of employers, such as local authorities, the public sector, universities or governments.

Some of the jobs included in this field are:

  • Commercial surveyor
  • Residential surveyor
  • Architect
  • Quantity surveyor

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate surveying programs varies widely from country to country and the type of advertising course you take. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:

  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 22,000-28,000

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