Quantity Surveying (Accelerated degree)
BSc (Hons)

Industrial Placement
Alternative start dates available
International Students can apply
Accelerated degree

3 good reasons to study Quantity Surveying (Accelerated degree) at Salford


Accredited by professional institutions including Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES)


Studying at an accelerated rate enables faster progression into a career or postgraduate opportunities.


Strong links with industry, business and the wider community

Course Summary

Accelerated Degree    

From 2016 the School of the Built Environment is introducing a new mode of study for many of its undergraduate courses; the Accelerated Degree. Whilst covering the same content as a traditional three year undergraduate degree, the accelerated degree is taught over three trimesters rather than two semesters.

This more intense mode of study means that you can complete your degree in a shorter period of time, therefore allowing you to progress more quickly into work or further study.

If you choose to study Quantity Surveying full-time as an accelerated degree, you will complete it in two years rather than three. If you choose the day-release option, you will complete your degree in three years rather than five. You still have the option to complete a placement year if you choose the full-time accelerated pathway with the full-time accelerated degree with placement year taking three years to complete. The traditional three year full-time and five year part time options for this course are still available.

Course Information

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

This course will educate and train you to the highest standards set by the RICS, developing your knowledge of the economic, legal, technical and managerial aspects of quantity surveying.

You will learn how use to computing resources to financially manage the development, construction and long-term operation of buildings. 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.

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Course Details

Course Structure

Depending on whether you choose the full-time accelerated degree pathway, or the day-release accelerated degree option, the structure of this course will vary as follows:

Full-time accelerated

Year 1*  

Example modules include:
*    Intro to Law & Regulatory Framework
*    Technology 1
*    QS Private and Commercial Practice 1

*    Economics & Management
*    Environmental Science & Services
*    QS Discipline Project 1

*    Procurement & Administration
*    Construction Economics
*    Multi-Disciplinary Project

Year 2*

Your second year introduces a number of subjects which are specific to this course as well as others which are in common with other courses. Subjects focus on your ability to perform in industry with the development of problem solving capacities embedded into the programme.Example modules include:

*    Technology 2
*    Construction Process Management
*    QS Private and Commercial Practice 2

*    Construction Law & Dispute Resolution
*    Sustainable Design & Construction
*    Discipline Research Project

*    QS Discipline Project 2
*    Risk and Value Management
*    QS Private and Commercial Practice 3

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.

Day-release accelerated

Year 1*

Example modules include:

  • Technology 1
  • QS Private and Commercial Practice 1
  • Environmental Science & Services
  • QS Discipline Project 1
  • Intro to Law & Regulatory Framework
  • Economics & Management

Year 2*

Example modules include:

  • Construction Process Management
  • Technology 2
  • Procurement & Administration
  • Construction Economics
  • QS Private and Commercial Practice 2
  • Multi-Disciplinary Project

Year 3*

Example modules include:

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

Industrial placement year

You also have the option to take a placement year after year 2. 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. An academic member of staff is appointed to be your placement tutor. Your progress within your placement is monitored by the appointed placement tutor with visits to your place of employment, 'telephone visits' and the assessment of a written end of placement report which you prepare.

*Please note students who fail a module are allowed a maximum of 40 credits of concurrent study however the Student Loan Company will not fund the element relating to the repeating modules and therefore if the student wishes to study this concurrently they will have to fund the additional cost themselves.

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.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE Grade C or above in Maths and English Language
UCAS tariff points 104 points
GCE A level 104 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

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.


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



If you choose to study an accelerated degree you will benefit from faster progression into a career, giving you a competitive advantage over your peers. Additionally, as a graduate of this mode of study, you will have completed a more intensive training programme, which is better aligned to the realities of the workplace.

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.

Alumni Profile

Links with Industry

Students who study on the Multidisciplinary Projects module have worked on some ‘live’ development projects. In 2010, students helped design a new club-house for Salford City FC. In 2011, students 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

Placement Opportunities

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9250 per year
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.


A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.

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All students from the School of the Built Environment have the full access to the School’s computing suite – Learning Resource Centre (LRC). The Centre also has a dedicated manager to help students with any technical issues when using the computing equipment at the centre.