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Quantity Surveying Consultancy BSc(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time K281 2017
4 years full time including sandwich year K240 2017
5 years part time Apply direct to the University 2017

Why choose this course?

Quantity surveyors ensure that developments and construction projects are completed on time and within budget. Much of their work is concerned with financial aspects of construction, and they are increasingly involved in providing clients with strategic business advice. This degree reflects the mix of technical, economic, legal and managerial skills required in this industry.

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Find out more.

What you will study

The quantity surveyor's role is to provide advice on the cost implications of construction and minimise the whole-life costs of a project while still achieving the required standards of quality, many of which are specified by statute or regulations. The need to incorporate sustainability is also now a key consideration. This course gives you sound knowledge of the construction and development processes, helping you develop the competencies you need to enter practice as a quantity surveyor.

Year 1 explores the legal, technical and economic context within which construction professionals work. Modules in sustainable design and development and construction technology will prepare you for measurements – one of the core technical skills of a quantity surveyor.

Year 2 builds on this knowledge and applies it to more-complex commercial structures. You will be introduced to cost-planning techniques, contract law and the pre/post-contract financial and contract administration duties of the quantity surveyor.

The course will give you a business perspective, enabling you to understand the construction industry and its relationship to the consultancy market. Therefore, in Year 3, specialist modules in consultancy and project management cover topics such as the consultant–client relationship, organisational change management, project control and project team leadership.

Becoming a chartered professional is not just about gaining knowledge. You will be guided in developing skills such as: how to present yourself; how to work in teams; how to write reports and debate current topics; and how to apply IT to your discipline. You will also learn how to initiate and execute simple research projects.

The course enables you to practise these skills, and culminates in a major group project in Year 3, along with an independent research project, enabling you to graduate confident that you have the knowledge and skills to begin your career as a professional quantity surveyor.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • This module aims to introduce you to the principles of professional quantity surveying and the work undertaken by quantity surveyors within a wide arena of professional practice. You will initially develop an understanding of the nature and structure of the property and construction industries. In appreciating the wider context, you will be introduced to basic economics theory and principles and understand the effect of economic forces on the performance of the construction sector. The module reviews key stages of the development process analysing the roles and responsibilities of quantity surveyors and their interrelationships with other construction professionals. You will develop knowledge and understanding of various procurement routes used in the UK and critically evaluate their appropriateness to project scenarios. An introduction to measurement and specification writing will be applied to worked examples. The module is taught by a series of lectures, workshops and visits and you will be expected to take an active part in applying worked examples within the workshop format. Assessment is by in-class tests and assignments.

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  • This module provides you with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the history and development of planning theory and practice and an understanding of the ways in which urban developments have taken shape over time. Through a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials combined with site visits, which may include a short residential field trip, you learn about the urban form and the nature of sustainable development, together with how legislation and changing occupation and investment requirements influence building design including aesthetics. You are also given the opportunity to acquire design and drawing skills and by the end of the module you should be able to produce a simple residential scheme designs based on practical scenarios. Assessment is through coursework which includes in-class tests, a practical field trip study and a design project.

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  • This module introduces you to construction methods and structural behaviours as they apply to residential buildings; you also learn the basic concepts of building performance and how to undertake detailing of a buildings. A key component of the module is an introduction to building pathology and how and why building components fails. No prior knowledge of construction is required and the module is taught by a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials supported by site visits where applicable. You will be assessed by the production of a portfolio of technical drawings which they will develop during the teaching year and an examination.

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  • This introductory module gives you a thorough grounding in both the basics of organisational management and the legal context in which property and construction operates. Lectures introduce you to the principles of English law and its relationship with European Union (EU) law; to the nature of business and other organisation structures, such as charities and professional bodies. A series of scenario exercises, which may involve a site visit, supported by tutorials, helps you through the learning process. Assessment is by coursework comprising both group and individual elements and a timed computer-based test.

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Year 2

  • The module aims to extend your knowledge and skill in construction technology including services from the basic types of construction to framed and more complex commercial structures. By the end of the module you should have developed a critical knowledge of building types, be able to interpret drawings, produce sketches and appreciate the reasons for the selection and use of different construction materials and services solutions. The module is taught by lectures and tutorials and assessed by a report and drawn portfolio.

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  • This module builds on your understanding of economic principles developed at Level 4 and aims to apply these into the context of property and construction investment. You will develop the skills of building price estimating, cost planning and contract pricing. Emphasis will be placed on cost planning techniques based on elemental analysis and the relationship between building morphology and costs. Topics will also include value management, lifecycle costing and risk quantification. Upon completion you will be able to apply the concepts and practice of construction pricing in real-life scenarios. The module also introduces you to academic writing and criticism related to their field of study providing an opportunity for them to develop both their reflective research and plan making skills. The module is taught by lectures and seminars in which you will be expected to take an active role. Assessment is through a practical exercise and an individual coursework in which you will undertake a literature review in order to produce a mock issue of a journal on a subject relevant to the module.

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  • This module aims to assist you in building on your understanding of the English legal system and law of contract developed at Level 4. You will gain deep and broad knowledge of standard contract forms used in the UK construction industry and the legal duties and responsibilities of the parties involved in construction contracts. The module further extends your critical knowledge and understanding of the contract administration and financial management duties of the quantity surveyor. Although there will be some lectures, the teaching and learning emphasis is placed on you developing your core knowledge and associated interpersonal skills through the use of scenarios and workshops and a residential field trip to a European city. Assessment will comprise a group project which will be based on the field trip, an in-class test and an examination.

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  • This module builds on your understanding of the basic principles of measurement developed at Level 4 (Year 1). It focuses on the detailed quantification and costing of commercial buildings and engineering projects and aims to enable you to gain working knowledge of the principal methods of measurement and your application in such complex construction works. Upon completion you should be able to carry out building measurement competently. The module is taught by a series of lectures. These will be supported by workshops and tutorials during which students will be expected to take an active part by applying to worked examples as formative work. Formal assessment comprises two practical exercises.

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Optional sandwich year

Year 3

  • This module aims to help you explore the principles and theories of project management applied in the context of construction. It introduces you to project management standards and documentation and reviews the project manager's role throughout the project lifecycle. The module places emphasis on project planning and control techniques. It further considers a range of soft skills project managers need to posses to lead and manage project teams effectively. The module is taught by a series of lectures and workshops and you will be expected to take an active part in applying to worked examples within the workshop format. Assessment is by coursework and an examination.

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  • This module integrates knowledge and skills you acquired in the complete suite of modules of this programme. It enables you to develop a deeper understanding of cross subject synergies. The module provides the framework for advanced practical applications of quantity surveying knowledge and skills into consultancy practice scenarios. You will learn how to develop and implement a consultancy strategy and provide reasoned advice and complete solutions to clients on a wide range of issues. You will be expected to think strategically, innovate and develop your own skills awareness and development needs. The module is delivered by keynote lectures and workshops. Assessment is by coursework including a brief based on a short residential field trip.

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  • This module builds on your existing knowledge of the law and professional practice related to your subject-specific route. It further develops your analytical and critical skills when encountering legal and professional practice problems. Your knowledge of professional liability law is developed, together with other aspects of professional practice, ethical, legal and due diligence requirements. This module also ensures you have developed a holistic understanding of sustainability as it applies to built environment professional practice. This module is taught by a series of lectures and practical skills-based application seminars. Assessment is by coursework assignments, one of which normally includes oral argument and debate.

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  • In your final year of study, this module provides an opportunity for you to initiate, design and execute a small-scale research project under supervision. You will have the opportunity to study, in depth, a relevant topic you find particularly stimulating.  You will also further develop and practise the research skills you acquired at earlier stages of your studies..

    In undertaking the project you should demonstrate knowledge and competence in reviewing literature and in using one or more of a range of research methods to collect and analyse data and draw well-founded conclusions. You will be supported by a series of lectures in research methods, plus individual one-to-one supervision.

    Assessment is by submission of an interim assessment and the completed project. An oral defence, either at the interim stage or at final submission, will form part of the process, thereby checking your understanding and assessing your ability to articulate your ideas and knowledge.

    If you are studying part time, you may undertake a project that relates to your workplace if deemed appropriate.

    The project will give you an opportunity to synthesise all your learning from the programme and is the final 'capstone' project. This project, together with your capstone project in your route-specific module and the Year 2 major project ensures you have integrated your learning and have developed a particular skill and expertise relevant to your future employability.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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