Construction isn’t cheap. That’s why the skills of a quantity surveyor will always be in high demand. If you want to combine entrepreneurial thinking with professional acumen and a sought after skill set, quantity surveying is a great career option.
This BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree course provides you with the knowledge and skills to confidently tackle the social, economic and technical issues around construction projects of all sizes.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
- Learn the professional skills of the surveyor plus the broader business acumen to help shape construction projects
- Use our suite of Building Information Modelling (BIM) software
- Keep up to date with the latest industry developments with teaching informed by research and professional practice
- Contribute to current debates by attending lectures from visiting guest speakers
- Experience your future working environment by conducting field work in locations in the UK and Europe
- Work on real projects as part of our partnerships with charities, local and global organisations
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and set you up for future career.
What you'll study
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
CAD and BIM – 20 credits - This module will introduce you to the principles of computer aided design (CAD) and building information modelling (BIM) in the construction industry, including 3D architectural and structural modelling using Revit.
Construction Design and Sustainability – 20 credits - On this module you'll develop your understanding of building design concepts, theory and execution.
Introduction To Building Measurement – 20 credits - Quantification and measurement are viewed as core quantity surveying skills and are always required at some point during a project.
Introduction to Law for the Built Environment – 20 credits - This module gives you a basic introduction to the English legal system and the principles that underpin the law of tort and contract law.
Multidisciplinary Project – 20 credits - This module develops your employability and professionalism, including the application and communication of your knowledge and skills.
Property Economics and Financial Accounting – 20 credits - On this module you'll develop skills, concepts and theories related to financial accounting and the economics of real estate assets.
Applied BIM – 20 credits - On this module you'll look at building information modelling (BIM) in a multi-disciplinary setting and a collaborative environment to address problems associated with this fragmentation.
Building Futures – 20 credits - On this module you'll develop your understanding of basic large scale building design and construction principles.
Procurement and Pre-Contract Practice – 20 credits - On this module you'll get an understanding of the pre-contract role of the construction professional using the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Plan of Work.
Professional Studies & Applied Project – 20 credits - This module develops your employability and professionalism, including the application and communication of your knowledge and skills.
Tender Documentation And Measurement - 20 credits - On this module you'll develop your understanding of the process, sequence and function of a Bill of Quantities so that you can prepare tender documentation yourself or understand tender documentation you've received.
Heritage Property – 20 credits - On this module you'll evaluate the conservation, management, development and values of heritage property by examining the literature, recognising refurbishment issues in neighbourhoods and regeneration sites, and assessing the conditions of historic buildings.
Industrial Placement – Surveying And Property Development – 20 credits - On this module you'll take part in a placement as an employee or set up a small business and operate on a self-employed basis.
International Built Environment Fieldwork – 20 credits - This module focuses on the policy, legal and institutional frameworks in which property development markets operate in other countries.
Introduction To Project Management Principles – 20 credits - This module will introduce you to the principles of project management.
Modern Foreign Language (IWLP) - 20 credits - In this module, you'll study 1 of 8 modern languages on the University's free Institution-Wide Language Programme.
Application of IT in Measurement and Tender Documentation – 20 credits - On this module you'll learn how computer software has enabled large projects to be measured in just a few minutes.
Contract Administration, Claims Management and Dispute Resolution – 20 credits - On this module you'll get an understanding of project team member roles in the administration of the construction contract.
Individual Major Project – 40 credits - On this module you'll carry out an individual in-depth investigation into a major theme of surveying.
Professional Practice – 20 credits - This module focuses on your own personal development as a Chartered Surveyor.
Quantity Surveying Practice – 20 credits - On this module you'll get an appreciation of the post-contract duties of the quantity surveyor in relation to other project team members.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- group work
This course is structured to provide you with practical experience.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- written exams
- web assessments
- essays and reports
- project presentations
- a dissertation
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 43% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 49% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 37% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 46% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 30% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 62% by coursework
Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the construction industry.
What jobs can you do with a Quantity Surveying degree?
You’ll be ready to take on a variety of roles in the when you graduate, including:
- quantity surveyor
- property developer
- project manager
- construction law and claims specialist
- BIM coordinator
Whatever your plans once you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our careers and employability service as you advance in your career.