BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

Undergraduate, Part-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 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:

Part-time

(available as Full-time)

Duration:

5 years

Start date:

Sep


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Student stories

"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."

How to apply

Find out how to apply for our undergraduate courses and what to expect after you have submitted your application. You'll find advice and support on completing your application, including your personal statement.

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.

  • 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 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.
  • briefcase Work placement Optional supervised work placement or overseas study module. 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.

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Disclaimer

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

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Highers

BBC 

National 5 C in English and Maths

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.


HNC

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

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.

International students

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:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult or Mental Health)
  • 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

Learn more about Quantity Surveying

Quantity surveying is an important part of all construction and property management projects. A quantity surveyor is responsible for all elements of building cost management, from initial estimate through to project completion, ensuring everything is met within the given budget.

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 2021/22 2022/23
Scotland *£305 *tba
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland *£1,157 *tba
Overseas and EU £2,660 tba

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. For EU students who commenced their studies prior to 1 August 2021 or hold pre or settled status in the UK, fees will remain the same as Scottish Students.


Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.

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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