BSc/BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

Undergraduate, Full-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:

    4 years

  • 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.

The professional Construction Cost Manager 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.

This course is studied for four years full-time or six years part-time by students in related employment.You will acquire the relevant skills necessary to provide an immediate contribution to the construction industry upon graduation.

The Quantity Surveying programme 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.

A number of industry professionals are invited in to most of the teaching modules to give the students a real-world perspective of their potential roles in the construction industry, allowing the students to see that what is being taught is up-to-date and relevant.

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. When the economy is buoyant the demand is driven by new projects, in more austere times, the QS is still valuable as clients try and save money and achieve best value for money.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 Grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement


National 5 Grade 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. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies. 

A Level


GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System: 

B3, B3, B3, B3 at HL 

OL Maths and English at C2

New Grading System: 

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/4 in Maths and English. 

BTEC Diploma

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.

Grade 5 in SL Maths and English.

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher


National 5 Grade C in Maths and English.

A Level


GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.

BTEC Extended Diploma

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

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths and English.


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

Minimum Year 3

Irish Ordinary Degree

Pass in a relevant subject with 50% or above at first sitting in all final year subjects.


Pass HND in a relevant subject with Grade B at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.

Minimum Year 4

Irish Ordinary Degree

Pass in a relevant subject with 60% overall, with minimum 50% at first sitting 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 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 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 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £13,900 £14,350

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