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Geography and Environmental ScienceUndergraduate study

Qualifying as a surveyor

This page looks at some of the usual requirements for getting into surveying.


  1. Positions usually require a bachelor’s degree in any subject, though your geography degree may increase your chances of success as it is in a relevant area to the post.
  2. Membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors is advisable as chartered status is widely recognised and may be beneficial in succeeding. Student membership is free so you can join while studying to gain contacts and knowledge early.
  3. Gaining chartered status requires a postgraduate course accredited by the RICS and two years of experience


Work experience

Highly desirable work experience can be found in surveying or geological environment. Experience is especially important if your degree is not directly related to surveying.

The British Geological Society occasionally has volunteer placements for work experience, short term vacancies and summer field workers.

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