Quantity Surveying BSc (Hons)

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


On the BSc Honours Quantity Surveying programme 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 industry works. These strong links have resulted in students being in high demand from industry before they even graduate.

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:


(available as Full-time)


5 years

Start date:


Course details

In the first year, 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

In your final two years 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 full-time role in the construction industry.

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    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.
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    No exams for all level 7 modules in the first 18 months of the programme.

    Assignments comprise mainly scenario-based activities emphasizing the applied knowledge approach and employing an active learning ethos.
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    Work placement

    Students will utilise their current employment related to their part-time surveying studies by undertaking the work placement module in Trimester 3 of years 4 and 5.



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

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for Quantity Surveying?

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 Years 1 and 2.

The University does not sponsor students to study on part-time programmes in the UK under the Student Visa route. International Applicants must therefore have other valid immigration leave to study on this programme.

Can you go straight into second year of university?

Advanced entry into Year 2 of this course is possible for students with suitable qualifications. See the individual year tabs for more information.

Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?

If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the undergraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.

Minimum Year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement: BBBC. National 5 C in Maths (Applications of Maths is acceptedand English.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement: CCCC. National 5 C in Maths (Applications of Maths is acceptedand 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

  • CCC
  • GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

  • Grades H3, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level.
  • 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.

BTEC (QCF) National Diploma Level 3

  • Minimum grades DD (Distinction, Distinction) 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.


  • Pass including GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Highers

  • BBC
  • National 5 C in English and Maths (Applications of Maths is accepted

A Levels

  • BBB
  • GCSE grade C/4 in English and Maths

BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3

  • DDM (Distinction, Distinction, Merit) in a related subject.
  • GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.


  • Pass HNC in Construction, Construction Management, Built Environment, Architectural Technology, Quantity Surveying with grade B in the graded unit.

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.

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

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

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

Get ahead

Quantity surveying is a well-paid and valuable professional career route. If you are at school and enjoy subjects such as Computing, Maths, Geography, Graphic Communication and English then you are already on the right path to becoming a surveyor.

You may also want to consider doing subjects such as Physics and Design Technology as these will teach you valuable skills that will help you during your studies.

Coming from college?

Edinburgh Napier University has articulation agreements with many partner colleges so if you are already studying surveying at college you could gain advanced entry into second year and continue your studies towards your honours degree in Quantity Surveying.

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 2024/25 2025/26
Scotland *£305 *£tba
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland *£1,157 *£tba
Overseas and EU *£3,225 *£tba
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
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.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.

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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What can you do with a Quantity Surveying degree?

A quantity surveying degree will offer you a rewarding professional career with opportunities to work with a wide range of people on many exciting projects, ranging from small buildings through to large multimillion pound construction sites. 

Edinburgh Napier University's quantity surveying course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and upon graduating you can further develop your professional skills to gain Chartered status through RICS.
Choosing to become a surveyor will put you on an exciting career path that will enable you to make a difference to the world around you through the impact of your work.

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:

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

The construction industry is growing, making quantity surveying a great career path that offers excellent opportunities and progression, where a job could take you anywhere in the world.

What do Quantity Surveyors do?

Quantity surveyors are the experts who bring together construction, engineering and economics. The nature of this profession requires good analytical and financial management skills, along with the ability to mix creativity with problem solving.

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

As a quantity surveyor, you are involved at every stage of construction projects by overseeing, analysing and reporting on progress to ensure quality and building standards are met. These responsibilities can also include working with subcontractors, purchasing construction materials, monitoring all spend to avoid unnecessary costs and prevent overspend.

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.


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