Quantity Surveying

Quantity Surveying BSc (Hons)

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. 

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • The course is delivered flexibly, including part-time delivery just one day per week, allowing you to study whilst in employment.
  • The course has been recognised with triple accreditation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).
  • You will also study alongside students on the construction project management, facilities management and quantity surveying degrees, allowing you to share knowledge.
  • Benefit from significant investment in the latest high-quality equipment and facilities available through our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre.

Course Overview

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
  • Expenditure Planning and Control
  • Construction Law (level 6)
  • Professional Practice - QS
  • Dissertation/Project
  • Project Management & BIM

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 96 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 96 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 96 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

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Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

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Further Information

During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).

Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), 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.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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

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.


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.

Part time study

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

Facilities available to students include:

  • Microcomputer laboratories
  • University central library and resources service
  • Specialist information centre

Library open access study area

Course Enquiries

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Engineering

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.