Quantity Surveying BSc (Hons)

Quantity Surveying BSc (Hons)

School of Engineering




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-Time: Three years, Four year Sandwich Part-Time: Five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    K241; Short form: BSc/QS

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Quantity Surveyors, with their strong commercial and contractual bias, are the financial services of the construction industry - the kind of position that suits problem-solvers with analytical minds. On this accredited degree you will follow a broad and rigorous programme of studies, picking up a sound understanding of the fundamentals, principles and applications of construction technology, management and economics. You will also explore the legal issues relevant to the building industry. You will graduate safe in the knowledge that you have a thorough understanding of your chosen profession, and ready to progress to higher managerial positions. 


Entry Requirements 2017/18

96 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access to HE with 96 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate 26P
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE 5 at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Construction Technology
  • STET
  • Professional Practice (A)
  • Professional Practice (B)
  • Introduction to Law & Procurement
  • Management & Economics

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Construction Technology 
  • Production Economics
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Quantification
  • Management & Project Planning 
  • Professional Practice - QS

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

  • Facilities Management (optional)
  • Project Analysis & Appraisal
  • Maintenance Management
  • Professional Practice - BS
  • Professional Practice - QS
  • Dissertation/Project
  • Project Management & BIM

Further Information

Our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree will develop the professional skills of project management, negotiation and dispute resolution which are applied throughout the project. You will also learn how to use the subject-specific software associated with quantity surveying, all of which help prepare you for a smooth transition into the workplace. You will also study alongside students on the construction management, facilities management and building surveying degrees, allowing you to share knowledge across programmes and the opportunity to transfer if you wish to.

The course has been designed to be delivered to give you the opportunity to spend one year working in the profession. The remaining years are spent in full-time study at the university. A part-time route is available for students already working in the profession and who wish to seek professional recognition.

Quantity surveyors are closely involved in the design and construction process right from the start of the construction or development process. The main tasks of the quantity surveyor are challenging and varied and include acting as financial adviser to the client or contractor, undertaking cost control and managing costs on construction sites, and providing ideas and creative solutions in the early stages of the project. As cost consultants, commercial managers or contract administrators, quantity surveyors are also involved in the design and production of tender and contract documentation, which means that an in-depth working knowledge of construction law and contracts is essential in order to manage this part of the process.



My time at UCLan has shaped me into a better person and more open minded. The education and the life skills gained at UCLan are invaluable and gaining my 1st class degree has impacted on my status in the company.

Richard Smith, Surveying Graduate and Quantity Surveyor


We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions. In achieving this commitment the Quantity Surveying degree is delivered in conjunction with the degrees in Building Surveying and Construction Project Management. This delivery model enables the subject experts to share their knowledge and experience across degree programmes, enhancing the student experience. As an example, the specific quantity surveying content of the programme is delivered by five Chartered Quantity Surveyors with substantial experience in both academia and practice.

The professional knowledge and expertise of the staff delivering the programme are reflected in the coursework undertaken by students, which is often based upon real life projects and case studies, using a problem based learning approach for achieving the specific learning outcomes of the programme. Staff have active research interests in public private partnerships, dispute resolution, project management, sustainability and construction law and these interests are incorporated into the delivery of the degree.


What I enjoyed most about the course was the wide range of lecturers who teach the programme, many of whom are experts in the field. They were always on hand to offer career advice and guidance

Zoe Nicholls, BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying graduate.


Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

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+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

The course is well received by industry and a construction career event is held in the Autumn term so potential employees can recruit graduates and placement students.

Professional Accreditation

This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), which means you have the opportunity to progress to high level positions, including partner in a private practice, or senior manager in an organisation with a large property portfolio, local authorities for example or large construction or civil engineering companies.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A variety of processes are developed including essays, reports, individual and group presentations, laboratory experiments, reports and examinations.

Facilities available to students include:

  • Microcomputer laboratories
  • Networked software
  • Internet access
  • University central library and resources service
  • Specialist information centre
  • Undergraduate resource centre

Part-time Study

Fit part-time study into your working life

Flexible delivery of this course allows you to study whilst in employment – our part-time teaching is delivered just one day per week.


You’ll graduate with a specialist skill set that will enable you to carry out a range of duties within the construction industry, from site-based quantity surveying to estimating and management roles.

Put simply, the staff. UCLan may have many new buildings and fantastic facilities, but they are nothing without the excellent staff. I have been very lucky to be guided by excellent tutors who are extremely knowledgeable, professional and committed.

Peter Hughes, Surveying Student

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