BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

Undergraduate, Full-time

Quantity Surveying BSc (Hons)



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Overview

On the BSc Honours Quantity Surveying programme, our students are taught by Chartered Surveyors who have extensive professional practice experience. 

The course will allow you to learn the skills involved in design economics, procurement methods, cost planning and estimating, life cycle costing, measurement and quantification of construction work and contract management.

We have regular guest lectures from industry experts who talk about working examples of their projects, which will give you a real feel of how the construction industry works. These strong links mean our students are in high demand from potential employers before they graduate.

The work placement module in third year allows you to apply the knowledge you have learned in the classroom to live projects under professional supervision. The year-out is fully credit-bearing.

Furthermore, our BSc Quantity Surveying course offers part-time and full-time options of learning making the course flexible to suit your requirements.

After graduating, you can find yourself managing the finances and contracts of high-profile construction projects worldwide.

Quantity surveyors are widely employed throughout the construction and property industries including Quantity Surveying consultancies, construction companies, specialist sub-contractors, local authorities, specialist tax consultants and housebuilding companies.

Our course is fully accredited by the RICS and is based on construction economics.

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Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as Part-time)

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

K242


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Olivia's story

"I love that there's a legal side to it, there's a finance side to it, you're negotiating contracts, you're speaking to people every day, and you're out and about."

Course details

In year one you will learn from a broad range of topics to give you a feel for Surveying as a profession including introductions to Construction Costs and Measurement, Building Design and Technology, Property Value Studies and Property and Construction Law.

You will then progress on to more specialist subjects including Construction Financial Management, Construction Project Management and Construction Contracts and further develop your skills in Cost Planning and Estimating, Measurement and Quantification of Construction and Engineering Works, Contractor’s Estimating and Building Design and Technology.

The third year is spent in the workplace, which is fully credit-bearing towards your final Honours degree.

In your final year you will work on your Honours project as well as gaining enhanced skills in areas of presenting, negotiating, soft skills, Commercial Management and Conservation Surveying, to prepare you for your role in the construction industry.
  • calendar How you’ll be taught Classes are presented using a blend of face-to-face teaching and online resources through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. The practical application of knowledge is the foundation for the QS course where we recreate real-life scenarios and learn how to deal with them in a classroom environment.
  • note and pen Assessments

    No exams in year 1. Assignments comprise mainly scenario-based activities emphasising the applied knowledge approach and employing an active learning ethos.

  • briefcase Work placement Students are encouraged to seek part-time relevant employment as the flexible timetable allows students the time to do this.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and 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.

This course is only available for entry into Year 1 or Year 2. 

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

BBCC

National 5 C in Maths and English.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

CCCC

National 5 C in Maths and English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

CCD

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System

B3,B3,B3,B3 at Higher Level.

C2 at Ordinary Level in Maths and English also required.

New Grading System

Grades H3, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level including a Science.

Grade O4 at Ordinary Level in Maths and English also required.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

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

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

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

4 points in SL Maths and English.

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC

National 5 C in English and Maths

A Level

BBB

GCSE grade C/4 in English and Maths


HNC

Pass in a related subject with B in the graded unit.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2019/20 2020/21
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,250 £9,250
Overseas £14,925 £15,522
Students from England, Wales, and Northern Ireland starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.


Eligible students enrolled on this course can receive a bursary from the Scottish Building Federation Edinburgh and District Charitable Trust. Speak to Ben Waite, Development Executive, or your Programme Leader for more information.

Careers

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If you have a knack for maths and are intrigued by large-scale construction efforts, then this is a great career path for you.


As a quantity surveyor, you are there at every step of the construction process; overseeing, analysing and reporting on its progress and quality while maintaining the building standards.

Quantity Surveying gives you the chance to work on exciting projects, ranging from small buildings through to large multimillion pound construction sites. Career prospects include:

• Chartered Surveyor
• Quantity Surveyor
• Construction costs manager
• Contracts manager

With the construction industry growing, Quantity Surveying is an exciting career path which offers lots of career routes and progression opportunities

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