BSc/BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

Undergraduate, Part-time

Graduate with an Honours degree in Quantity Surveying and find yourself managing the finances and contracts of high-profile construction projects worldwide.

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  • Duration:

    One day per week attendance (Day Release), and 4 modules completed each year (2 per semester). Honours Degree - 24 modules; Ordinary Degree - 18 modules.

  • Award:

    BSc/BSc (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

Your eventual role will see you liaising with fellow construction professionals, legal and accounting teams and clients, offering strategic advice on design and budget management.

Learn the skills involved in design economics, procurement methods, cost planning, life cycle costing, budget management and measurement and quantification of construction work.

quantity surveying

The QS or Construction Cost Manager is responsible for the financial and contractual management of construction and is active in every stage of the development process.

Increasingly they direct and help clients achieve their corporate and business requirements throughout a construction project. In both the public and private sectors they contribute to responsible budgeting and achieving value for money.

A QS must be skilled in all aspects of the construction programme and building cycle from feasibility to completion. The ability to manage cost effectively, equating quality and value with individual client needs is essential.

Within contracting organisations, a QS is also involved in a commercial management role, ensuring that the financial well-being of the business itself is maintained.

You will study the same modules, and complete the same course work as a full-time student, but over a longer period of time. You’ll generally come in to University for one day per week, and a four-year Honours degree will take around six years to complete part-time.

You will acquire the tools necessary to provide an immediate contribution to the construction industry.

It is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and you will be eligible for Chartered Surveyor status once you have gained suitable professional experience and met the competency requirements of the RICS.

What you study

Year 1

  • Surveying 1
  • Property and Construction Business Law
  • Building Design and Technology 1
  • Building Engineering and Construction Maths
  • Principles of Economics
  • Option

Year 2

  • Quantity Surveying 1
  • Building Design and Technology 2
  • Building Economics 1
  • Construction Management 1
  • Construction Cost Procedures
  • Option

Year 3

  • Quantity Surveying 2
  • Construction Management 2
  • Building Economics 2
  • Construction Project Management 1
  • Contract Administration and Practice
  • Building Economics 3

Year 4

  • Project Evaluation
  • Sustainable Development
  • Building Economics 4
  • Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Quantity surveyors enjoy a high degree of employability. You could find a position in:

  • private practice consultancy
  • government and public authorities
  • commercial clients
  • financial institutions

Quantity surveyors are widely employed by construction companies, civil engineering contractors, specialist engineering firms and many sub-contracting organisations.

You may also have the opportunity to continue on to further study at Masters and PhD level.

Minimum Year 1

SQA Higher


National 5 C in Maths and English.

A Level


GCSE Grade C in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre 2017: B3,B3,B3,B3 at HL + OL Maths and English at C2

2017 onwards: H3,H3,H3,H3 at HL +  OL Maths and English at O4

BTEC Extended Diploma

MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE Grade C in Maths and English. 

BTEC Diploma

DD (Distinction, Distinction) plus A-Level grade C.

GCSE Grade C in Maths and English. 

International Baccalaureate

26 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 5, 5, 5.

SL Maths and English at 5 points.

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher




BTEC Extended Diploma

DDM (Distinction, Distinction, Merit) in a related subject.


Pass in a relevant subject with Grade B in the graded unit.

Minimum Year 3

Irish Ordinary Degree

50% or above at first sitting in all final year subjects.


Pass in a relevant subject with Grade B in the graded unit.


Minimum Year 4

Irish Ordinary Degree

60% at first sitting, with minimum 50% in all final year subjects.



English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply. This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you. 

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students.Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol on our nursing courses (except Veterinary Nursing).

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Scotland/EU *£305 *£305
England Wales and Northern Ireland *£1,125 *£1,125
Overseas *£2,290 *£2,317
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.

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