BSc/BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

Undergraduate, Part-time

Quantity Surveying BSc/BSc (Hons)



Study at a unique institution where our Quantity Surveying course is vocational and industry focussed

Overview

We teach you the academic theory with a strong emphasis on the practical requirements of the role of the Quantity Surveyor, allowing you to make an immediate contribution to the workplace.

On the BSc Honours Quantity Surveying course 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. This strong link has 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 by 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:

variable

Start date:

SepJan

Placement:

Yes


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Course details

In the first two years 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 and negotiating soft skills, Commercial Management and advanced Construction Project Management to prepare you for your full-time role in the construction industry.

Attendance is one day per week (by day release), completing four modules each year (two per semester). An Honours Degree is made up of 24 modules total, and an Ordinary Degree is made up of 18 modules.

  • 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 Part-time students will normally be working in the construction industry 4 days per week and attend Edinburgh Napier University for one day on a day-release basis.

Popular modules

Year 1

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

Year 2

  • Construction Management 1
  • Property Value Studies
  • Two Option Modules

Year 3

  • Building Economics 1
  • Building Design and Technology 2
  • Quantity Surveying 1
  • Construction Cost Procedures

Year 4

  • Construction Project Management 1
  • Building Economics 2
  • Building Economics 3
  • Construction Management 2

Year 5

  • Building Economics 4
  • Contract Administration and Practice
  • Quantity Surveying 2
  • Construction Project Management 2

Year 6

  • Project Evaluation (Group Project)
  • Dissertation

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Disclaimer

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.

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, Year 3 or Year 4 is possible for students with suitable qualifications.

Minimum Year 1

SQA Higher

BBCC

National 5 Grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

CCCC

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. For further information see 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 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

BBC

National 5 Grade C in Maths and English.

A Level

BBB

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.

HNC

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.

HND

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.

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 *£305 *£305
England Wales and Northern Ireland *£1,157 tba
Overseas £2,392 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*.
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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