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Quantity Surveying (Delivered in Sri Lanka)

BSc (Hons)

School - School of the Built Environment

Subject area - Built Environment

UCAS Code:

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time
Four years with work placement


International - £2,000 (to be confirmed)

In Brief:

  • Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • You can stay local and still live at home to reduce your costs
  • Supported by leading contractors, consultants, trade associations, professional bodies and the Chamber of Construction Industry in Sri Lanka
  • 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 delivered at Colombo School of Construction Technology (CSCT), in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The course offers the opportunity to work with local organisations within the construction sector in Sri Lanka and also gives students the option to complete part of their studies in the UK.  This course is fully accredited by the University of Salford.

Applications can be made on the CSCT website

Course Details

This course is modular in structure and combines academic study with project work. You will study essential foundation subjects as well as subjects specific to the course. You will complete a research dissertation on a built environment subject in your final year.

Year 1

Modules may include:

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

Year 2

Modules may include: 

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

Year 3

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

Industrial placement year

You’ll have the option to take an industrial year-out placement between years 2 and 3. 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 their 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 'telephone visits', visits to your place of employment and the assessment of a written end of placement report which you prepare.

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.
English Language and Maths at grade C or above
UCAS tariff points 104 points
GCE A level Typically BBB, no specific subjects required
BTEC National Diploma MMM
BTEC Higher National Diploma Pass (any subject)
Foundation Degree Pass (any subject)
Other Qualification Equivalents including international

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element 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 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time International £2,000 (to be confirmed)

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time International £2,000 (to be confirmed)

Additional costs

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


Your studies will include lectures, seminars, directed study, projects, guest lectures and visits to construction sites, completed buildings etc


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


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

Chim Lungu, Graduate:

“I love the variety and the type of projects - very high profile, complex projects. I also like the team aspect and meeting lots of people from different backgrounds. It's great to work on something from start to finish and see the results of your efforts take shape.”

Links with Industry

The University of Salford has close associations with industry and professional bodies such as:

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

This may provide you with a number of benefits such as site visits, guest speakers and placements. Placements are a key feature of the course and take place between academic years 2 and 3. This offers the opportunity to apply your knowledge in the workplace and to develop your professional and technical skills.

Further Study

  • MSc Quantity Surveying (Delivered in Sri Lanka)
  • MSc Project Management in Construction (Delivered in Sri Lanka)
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