Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Quantity Surveying

School of the Built Environment

Full-time

With placement

Attendance

Three year

Four year

Course

September 2019

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Introduction

In a nutshell

Quantity surveyors manage the financial aspects of the construction process. Working on behalf of contractors, agencies and clients, they apply cost engineering to ensure developments are physically built on time to budget. If you’re looking for a career where you can influence developments, our triple-accredited BSc Quantity Surveying course can open up exciting career prospects both in the UK and overseas

Salford is consistently ranked in the World Top 100 universities (QS 2019) for Architecture and Built Environment study. Providing a pathway to professional status, our Quantity Surveying course will advance your financial, technical and managerial construction related knowledge. Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES), you’ll be educated to the highest professional standards.

With a focus on your future employability, you’ll develop a broad spectrum of finance, management, and team working skills. You’ll build advanced measurement and quantification techniques with detailed knowledge of estimating and cost management methods. You’ll learn about the legal and regulatory framework and the economic environment. You’ll differentiate the processes, tools and techniques used to evaluate risk and value management, and develop comprehensive recognition of sustainable design.

You will:
  • Study the role of the contemporary quantity surveyor, and gain a critical awareness of the construction lifecycle
  • Examine construction law and the commercial practices that affect the use, management and development of land
  • Develop an understanding of the interactions between a building and its internal and external environments
  • Learn how effective planning and resource management can impact on a project and its supply chain
  • Explore how risk and value management techniques can optimise whole life cost solutions
  • Benefit from field visits and real-world projects with our established built environment industry partnerships
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

Course accreditations
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) logo
Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) logo
Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) logo

This is for you if...

1.

You have a passion for developing, advancing and shaping the future of the built environment

2.

You're keen to develop knowledge and technical skills in a recognised profession

3.

You're enthusiastic, a good team player and want to develop professional skills

Course details

All about the course

Our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree is delivered using modules that combine theoretical knowledge with the practical development of professional skills and competencies. 

Across three years of study, you'll cover topics that include regulation, economics, management, surveying, process management, construction law, dispute resolution, risk, value management, and technology. In your final year, you'll also complete a research dissertation.

Take a placement

Industry placements are a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience and make those early career connections.  On this course, you'll have the option to take an industry placement between years two and three. Although you’ll be responsible for securing your placement, our tutors will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report. 

Year one

Introduction to Law and Regulatory Framework

You will be introduced to English Law and relevant statutory requirements for studying for vocational qualifications in the construction and property professions. The module also introduces you to the workings of the English legal system, to the law relating to contracts and to the regulatory framework affecting the use, management and development of land, in particular, planning, building control and the CDM regulations.

Technology 1

You will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to describe, explain, evaluate, compare and apply building construction techniques and materials used in typical low-rise, domestic type buildings, with a focus on contemporary construction techniques. You will develop a systematic understanding of the sustainable practices involved in building construction.

Quantity Surveying Private and Commercial Practice 1

You will explore the role of the quantity surveyor in the contemporary construction industry. You will learn to quantify basic domestic building construction work, using industry measurement guidelines and principles. You will also learn to estimate and prepare bills for domestic building construction, understand the tendering processes and apply ICT to quantity surveying practice.

Quantity Surveying Discipline Project 1

This project is an opportunity to develop investigation skills using case studies. You will develop an awareness of the key quantity surveying skills used in a real world/problem based scenario. The module will encourage you to develop self-discipline, personal planning/organisation and reflection, whilst also developing your communication and personal skills.

Economics and Management

You will develop an understanding of basic economic concepts and principles and of the economic environment, in which the construction and property sectors operate. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of the construction environment within which you will operate as well as management and organisational theories in the construction and property context.

Environmental Science and Services

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the interactions between a building and its internal and external environments. You will learn about the principles involved in building heat transfer, occupant thermal comfort, illumination and acoustics. You will explore the need for mechanical and electrical engineering services in the building envelope and develop an understanding of typical building services systems technology.

Year two

Construction Process Management

You will develop a critical awareness and understanding of the construction process, at all stages, from inception to delivery. You will gain a practical understanding of the methods and techniques used in the planning and production stages of a construction project and competence in their application. This module will enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding of how effective planning and control of resources impacts on the control of a construction project and the supply chain. You will be able to understand and evaluate the concepts of risk and value and examine and apply techniques for their control and consider and review environmental impact, health & safety and other constraints on the construction process.

Quantity Surveying Private and Commercial Practice 2

You will understand advanced measurement and quantification relating to construction work by using measurement guidelines and principles. Using relevant ICT, you will develop detailed knowledge of estimating and cost management methods for construction projects and understand valuation methods during the construction stages.

Construction Economics

You will build a theoretical and practical understanding of how construction costs can be controlled at the pre-contract and post contract stages. You will also learn how alternative design solution can impact on life cycle costs and the methods used to establish costs.

Multi-Disciplinary Project

This project is an opportunity to experience collaborative working in multi-disciplinary team. It will promote reflection on individual and team working and the nature of built environment projects. You will practice and further develop key skills required by a built environment professional. You will also develop written/oral communication, team working and inter-personal skills.

Technology 2

You will enhance your knowledge and skills to describe, explain, evaluate, compare and apply building construction techniques and materials used in typical medium to large span single storey buildings and multi-storey industrial/commercial buildings. You will develop an understanding of both historic and contemporary construction techniques for medium to large buildings. You will learn to identify and critically review alternative construction technologies, and make informed decisions and recommendations.

Procurement and Administration

This module enables you to explore and differentiate the principal types of procurement systems and associated contracts used in the UK, you will also explore the fundamental procedures related to contract administration.

Year three

Quantity Surveying Discipline Project 2

You will work in a disciplinary team in the context of a complex refurbishment, design and construction project based environment. The project will highlight the working skills required by quantity surveyors and the real world/problem based scenario they face. The experience will help you to develop a personal development plan based on your learning needs, career aspirations or professional requirements. You will develop a broad knowledge of the principles of civil engineering construction and the measurement capability in accordance with the civil engineering standard method of measurement (CESMM4).

Quantity Surveying Private and Commercial Practice 3

You will gain advanced measurement and quantification skills relating to construction work by using industry measurement guidelines and principles. You will develop detailed knowledge of estimating and cost management methods for construction projects. The module will help you to understand valuation methods during construction, and the management of change throughout a project. You will learn to apply advanced ICT technologies used by construction industry professionals.

Research Project

You will develop your knowledge of good research practice through the completion of a written research proposal and a research document. You will also develop data analysis skills through the collection and critical appraisal of different sources of data.

Construction Law and Dispute Resolution

You will expand your knowledge of construction law, raise your commercial awareness and learn to consider risk management from a commercial perspective. You will explore the nature and causes of disputes between contracting parties and stakeholders in the construction industry, and the mechanisms for dispute avoidance and resolution.

Risk and Value Management

You will understand and learn to differentiate the processes, tools and techniques used to evaluate risk and value management of construction and property activities. The module content will also encourage you to explore and explain how risk and value management techniques can optimise whole life cost solutions for construction and property activities.

Sustainable Design and Construction

You will develop comprehensive recognition of the principles of sustainable design and their application in the practice of construction. The module content aims to reinforce the relationship between sustainable design and construction processes.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

Teaching

You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods. These include:

  • Studio projects, both individual and group
  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Directed study
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)
  • Guest lecturers and visits to construction sites etc.
Assessment

You will be assessed using a combination of exams, projects, and coursework, including:

  • Design projects
  • Essays
  • Case study analysis
  • Precedent studies
  • Examinations

School overview

The School of the Built Environment (SoBE) aims to transform the quality of life for society and the wellbeing of future generations through a better and more sustainable urban future. With a focus on architecture, building and construction, SoBE has over 1,000 undergraduates, 800 postgraduates, and over 200 PhD research students from across the world. Having led the built environment research agenda for more than 20 years, our rich community of internationally-recognised scholars works with students, business and industry across all levels of study and research.

Facilities

Our carefully-designed studios and study spaces provide an inspiring environment to develop ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice. 

Salford is also home to the unique Energy House – the only fully climate-controlled research facility of its kind in the world. Built in 2011, this full-sized, two-bedroom terraced house is built inside an environmental chamber that can replicate almost any weather conditions. It is packed with a vast array of sensors that can monitor a wide range of variables.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Employment

Completing our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree will open up diverse and rewarding careers opportunities. Quantity surveyors are in demand throughout the world, and you'll be highly-sought by employers.

You can expect to work in a wide range of public and private sector organisations, including construction companies, project management consultancies, and government departments.

Salford's quantity surveying alumni have progressed to work at leading construction industry organisations, including Lend Lease, Kier, Laing O'Rourke, Gardiner and Theobald, and Balfour Beatty. 

Further Study

You might find you want to learn more about the built environment, so we offer a range of specialism postgraduate study options to help you take your career and interests even further. Salford graduates and alumni will also receive a generous fees discount. 

A taste of what you could become

A project manager

A quantity surveyor

A property consultant

A realtor

A management consultant

And more...

Career Links

This course is extensively informed by collaboration between the university’s academics and industry partners from the built environment. Our experienced teaching team maintain strong links with the architecture, engineering and construction sectors, both local and international.

This collaboration with the professions ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as career networking opportunities. You will benefit from field visits, practitioner-led lectures and real-world problem-solving work developed for and by industry.  

Recent partners have included:

  • Birse Civil
  • BAM Construction
  • Balfour Beatty Construction
  • Bovis Lend Lease
  • Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Requirements

What you need to know

English Language Requirements

International applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.

Applicant Profile

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each student. Possessing these characteristics will not only help you to fulfill your potential at university, but they are also an essential requisite for a successful career in the built environment.

Standard Entry

GCSE

English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

104 points

GCE A Levels

104 points

BTEC National Diploma

MMM

BTEC Higher National Diploma

Pass in a related subject for entry to level 5. Related subjects include Architecture, Construction, Civil Engineering, Building Studies, Estate Management 

Foundation Degree

Pass in a related subject for entry to level 5. Related subjects include Architecture, Construction, Civil Engineering, Building Studies, Estate Management 

Scottish Highers

104 points

Irish Leaving Cetificate

104 points

European Baccalaureate

Please contact Admissions for further information

International Baccalaureate

29 points

Access to HE

104 points

Other Qualifications

Degree in a related subject for entry to level 5. Related subjects include Architecture, Construction, Civil Engineering, Building Studies, Estate Management

Alternative Entry

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we receive your application, we'll assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

Please contact Admissions for further information.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019 £12,960per year
Part-time 2019 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

January 2020

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID K240

Institution S03