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Quantity Surveying (Accelerated Degree)

BSc (Hons)

School - School of the Built Environment

Subject area - Built Environment

UCAS Code: Full-time accelerated: K243, Day-release accelerated:K244

Start Date(s): January; June; September


2 years full-time; 3 years full-time with placement

3 years day-release; 4 years day-release with placement

Full-time start: September
Day-release starts: September, January and June


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £17,910 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)
  • Studying at an accelerated rate enables faster progression into a career or postgraduate opportunities.
  • There is the opportunity to complete a professional placement year, applying your knowledge to the real world, and boosting your employability
  • Accelerated two-year degree option available
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

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.

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.

New way to study

The School of the Built Environment now offers 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.

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Awards and Accreditation

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*  

Modules may include:     

  • Introduction to Law and Regulatory Framework    
  • Technology 1   
  • QS Private and Commercial Practice 1    
  • Economics and Management 
  • Environmental Science and Services  
  • QS Discipline Project 1    
  • Procurement and 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.

Modules may include:   

  • Technology 2    
  • Construction Process Management    
  • QS Private and Commercial Practice 2     
  • Construction Law and Dispute Resolution    
  • Sustainable Design and 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 and Services 
  • QS Discipline Project 1 
  • Introduction to Law and Regulatory Framework 
  • Economics and Management 

Year 2*

Example modules include: 

  • Construction Process Management 
  • Technology 2 
  • Procurement and 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 and Construction 
  • Construction Law and 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
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Grade C or above in Maths and English Language
UCAS tariff points 104 points
GCE A level 104 points
Irish Leaving Certificate 30 points

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.

Study this programme as a Degree Apprenticeship  

This programme is also available as a Degree Apprenticeship. In order to apply for the apprenticeship route, please email us at or alternatively, complete our online enquiry form here. Please do not apply through UCAS for this mode of study as this is not the correct route to apply for a Degree Apprenticeship programme.  For more information on all of our apprenticeship programmes, please visit our website.

In order to do a degree apprenticeship, you must be employed full-time in a relevant role and your employer must be willing to sponsor you. If you are not currently employed, you can find apprenticeship vacancies on the portal here.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 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 £17,910 per year

Additional costs

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


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


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


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.

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.

Links with Industry

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

This provides our students with a number of benefits such as site visits, guest speakers and placements.

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