BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

Undergraduate, Full-time

Quantity Surveying BSc (Hons)



Vocational & industry focussed with an emphasis on practical skills, includes a one-year credit-bearing formal work placement.

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 have resulted in our students being in high demand from industry before they graduate.

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

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 QS consultancies, construction companies, specialist sub-contractors, local authorities, specialist tax consultants and housebuilding companies.
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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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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 emphasizing 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.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Building Design and Technology 1 
  • Surveying
  • Property Value Studies
  • Property and Construction Business Law
  • Building Maintenance and Management
  • Construction Cost Studies 1

Year 2

Year 3

  • Year-out Placement

Year 4

  • Project Evaluation (Group project)
  • Commercial Management

  • Conservation Surveying

  • Dissertation

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.

Advanced entry

Advanced entry into Year 2 or Year 3 is possible for students with suitable qualifications.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement

BBCC.

National 5 C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

CCCC.

National 5 C in Maths and English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Find out more 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.

European Baccalaureate

70% with Grade 7 in three subjects.

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

Minimum Year 2

HNC

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

Minimum Year 3

HND

Pass in a related subject with Grades BB at SCQF Level 8 in the graded units.

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 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £14,350 £14,925
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

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Career opportunities include:

  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Chartered Surveyor
  • Chartered Quantity Surveyor
  • Contracts Manager
  • Construction Cost Manager
  • Commercial Manager
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