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Quantity Surveying

BSc (Hons)

School - School of the Built Environment

Subject area - Built Environment

UCAS Code: Full-time: K240; Part-time: K2K0P

Start Dates(s): January; September

Duration:

Three years full-time
Four years with work placement
Five years part-time

Two years Accelerated full-time

Three years Accelerated part-time

Fees:

UK - £9250 per year

Part-time - Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.

International - £12,300 per year

In Brief:

  • Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES)
  • Excellent career prospects - gain the qualifications and knowledge needed to take advantage of the skills shortage in the sector
  • There is the opportunity to complete a professional placement year, applying your knowledge to the real world, and boosting your employability
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Quantity surveyors manage and control financial aspects of the construction process and may also specialise in construction contract law, insurance and procurement. They work on behalf of contracting organisations or representatives of the client, aiming to maximise value and ensure that the project  is  completed  within budget.

As quantity surveyors often act as project managers, you will learn how to select, manage and coordinate the resources needed for the completion of a construction project. You will be taught how use to computing resources to financially manage the development, construction and long-term operation of  buildings.

This course is accredited by several professional institutions including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES), ensuring that you will be educated to the highest industry standards.

Study as an Accelerated Degree Foundation Year available

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Awards and Accreditation

Year 1 (If studied part-time Years 1 and 2) 

Year one of this course has modules in common with other related courses within the school, meaning that you will benefit from collaborative learning with students from other disciplines, gaining an understanding of essential foundation subjects.

Modules may include:

  • Introduction to Law and Regulatory Framework
  • Technology 1
  • Quantity Surveying Private and Commercial Practice 1
  • Economics and Management
  • Environmental Science and Services
  • Quantity Surveying Discipline Project 1

Year 2 (If studied part-time Years 3 and 4)

Year 2 introduces a number of subjects specific to this course focussing on your ability to perform in industry with the development of problem solving capacities embedded into the programme. Additionally, you will be involved in a multi-disciplinary project in order to further develop your experience of collaborative working, which is common practice in the career of a quantity surveyor.

Modules may include:  

  • Technology 2
  • Construction Process Management
  • Procurement and Administration
  • Quantity Surveying Private and Commercial Practice 2
  • Construction Economics
  • Multidisciplinary Project        

Year 3 (If studied part-time Years 4 and 5)

In your final year, you will be required to complete a number of modules as well as a research project on a built environment subject of your choice under the supervision of a member of the academic staff.

Modules may include: 

  • Quantity Surveying Discipline Project 2
  • Quantity Surveying Private and Commercial Practice 3
  • Construction Law and Dispute Resolution
  • Risk and Value Management
  • Discipline Research Project
  • Sustainable Design and Construction

Industrial placement year

If you are studying full-time, you'll have the option to take an industrial year-out placement between years two and three. If you wish to take a placement year you will be responsible for securing your own work placement. The university will help you to develop your employability skills and an academic member of staff is appointed to be your placement tutor. Your progress within the placement is monitored by the appointed placement tutor with 'telephone visits', visits to your place of employment and the assessment of a written end of placement report which you prepare.

Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE Grade C or above in Maths and English Language
UCAS tariff points 104 points
BTEC National Diploma National Diploma MMM
BTEC Higher National Diploma Higher National Diploma Pass in cognate subject for entry to level 5
Foundation Degree Pass in cognate subject for entry to level 5
International Baccalaureate 30 points
Other Qualification Degree in cognate subject for level 5 entry

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We 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 have received your application we will 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.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.

Applicant profile

Applicants will also need to have a minimum grade C pass in English and Mathematics at GCSE O level (or equivalent). There are no specific A level topics required.

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 fulfil your potential at university, but is also an essential requirement for a successful career in the built environment.

All our courses are management focused; therefore leadership skills and a hard-working approach are important. The built environment caters for many different skills from creativity and original thinking to efficiency and technical ability, so you should be willing to develop in new areas.

The modern built environment industry relies on a multidisciplinary team based approach to work. Therefore all our courses combine academic study with group project work, so it is essential that you are a good team player.

Most importantly we want you to have a real passion for developing, advancing and shaping the future of the built environment.

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Andy Fleming the Director of Admissions for further information.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £12,300 per year

Additional costs

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

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Directed study
  • Projects
  • Guest lectures
  • Visits to construction sites, completed buildings etc

Assessment

You will be assessed through coursework, projects, exams and a dissertation.

Employability

Career Prospects

Quantity surveyors are in high demand, and graduates from this course are sought after by employers. Recent graduates are working in a wide range of organisations in both the public and private sectors. These include construction companies, surveying consultancies, property developers, local authorities and government departments.

As well as cost management, quantity surveyors now provide an expanding range of services including:

  • Advice on development feasibility
  • Procurement routes
  • Cost planning and control
  • Financial accounting
  • Contractual management

Individual quantity surveyors can channel their careers into specialised roles such as project management, facilities management, contract consultancy and arbitration.

Companies that have previously employed our graduates include: 

  • Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd, 
  • Birse Civil, 
  • Bramhall Construction, 
  • BWS Abu Dhabi, 
  • Casey Group, 
  • Clarke Telecom Ltd, 
  • Cruden Properties Service Ltd, 
  • Daniel Contractors Ltd, 
  • Deacon & Jones, Frasc, 
  • G&J Seddon, 
  • Gardiner & Theobald, 
  • Gleeds Construction Consultants, 
  • Glencroft Civil Engineering, 
  • Kier North West, 
  • Laing O'Rourke, 
  • Lloyds TSB, 
  • Mace Ltd, 
  • Stuart Milner Contractors, 
  • Turner & Townsend, 
  • Wates Group Ltd.

Furthermore, the annual Built Environment Recruitment Fair that takes place on campus is an excellent way for  students to meet employers from industry and find out about jobs within the sector. Employers who attend the event promote a variety of opportunities that range from part-time, placement and graduate roles. This event is exclusive to students studying at the University of Salford.

Alumni Profile

Chim Lungu, graduate:

“I loved the variety and the type of projects that I got to complete- very high profile, complex projects. I also enjoyed the team aspect and meeting lots of people from different backgrounds. It was great to work on something from start to finish and see the results of your efforts take shape.”

Links with Industry

During the Multidisciplinary Projects module students get to work on some ‘live’ development projects. Previous students have helped to design a new club-house for Salford City FC and worked on the designs for Macclesfield Cricket Club and the Salford Woolpack community pub.

In addition, we have close associations with industry and professional bodies such as:

  • Birse Civil
  • Balfour Beatty Construction Limited
  • BAM Construction
  • Bovis Lend Lease
  • RICS
  • CIOB

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