BSc (Hons)

Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

Alfie Molloy
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In the UK for Building and town and country planning
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  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement

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Quantity surveyors manage the commercial aspects of building and civil engineering projects, from the initial calculations to the final figures. Their aim is to minimise costs and enhance value for money, delivering projects to the required quality and on time. You'll need strong financial skills, and the ability to negotiate and develop relationships with suppliers.

Our accredited course is designed for those who want to be the centre of the management of construction procurement process. If you think logically, enjoy using your own initiative, are interested in financial matters, enjoy dealing with people and want to work in and out of the office, then this is the course for you.

Why study this course?

  • NTU is one of the leading providers of property education in the UK. We're ranked 2nd in the UK for Building and Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2019) and we have over 30 years’ experience in developing successful construction graduates.
  • Benefit from excellent employability prospects: 95% of our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management sandwich students are in graduate level employment within six months of finishing their studies, earning an average salary of £28,200 (DLHE survey 2016/17).
  • Benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, supporting you throughout your time at NTU and enabling you to make the most of your studies. As well as money towards the cost of your course materials, you’ll also benefit from study trips and live projects, included in the cost of your course fees, free personal protective equipment (PPE) and a pre-paid printing allowance.
  • Our course is accredited by two professional bodies, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), recognising the quality and relevance of our course content.
  • Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement.
  • Apply your learning to the real world, with opportunities to take part in site visits and live projects as part of the course.
  • Learn from our experienced academic team, staff who have recently joined from industry, and visiting experts. Benefit from our established partnerships with employing organisations.
  • Tailor your studies to your circumstances, with the flexibility to switch between full-time, part-time and sandwich options, to suit your own requirements.

We also offer this course with a part-time study route and as a Degree Apprenticeship.

Accredited by:

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors logo
Chartered Institute of Building logo

What you'll study

Linking an understanding of the construction process with key numerical and cost-management skills, you'll develop a cohesive understanding of the role of the quantity surveyor, alongside the relevant skills, knowledge and experience.

  • Year One

    Fundamentals of Construction (40 credits)

    • This module will introduce you to the domestic construction industry and the technology associated with it, looking at modern and sustainable forms of construction.
    • You'll develop an understanding of building materials and their properties, studying a range of building components, elements and forms.

    Introduction to Measurement and Cost (20 credits)

    • This module will introduce and develop your understanding of measurement principles, and your ability to apply measurement skills.
    • You'll develop an understanding of how construction costs occur, learn how to prepare estimates of these costs, and how to manage their occurrence during the construction process.

    Architectural Science and Building Engineering Services (20 credits)

    • This module will introduce you to the methods of providing comfortable internal thermal, visual and acoustic environments – the ways in which buildings are appropriately heated, cooled, quietened and illuminated.
    • You'll study the basic principles underlying the operation and function of building engineering services: how buildings are provided with water supplies and concentrated energy, such as gas and electricity, and how waste and refuse are removed.

    Numerical and Professional Skills for the Construction Industry (20 credits)

    • This module has a two-fold purpose: to provide you with an opportunity to develop your employability skills, developing your English language skills including writing and referencing, and provide you with the opportunity to discuss your personal and academic development.
    • You'll also develop your numerical skills appropriately in order to provide the basis of knowledge required for a professional graduate role in the construction industry.

    Construction Industry Practice (20 credits)

    • This module will introduce you to some of the important roles carried out by professionals in order to create the built environment.
    • Focus will be on the structure of the industry, the professions within the industry and where you will fit into it - forming construction teams, tendering for construction work, and health and safety within the industry.
  • Year Two

    Construction Technology (20 credits)

    • This module will primarily focus on industrial and commercial buildings. The key aim is for you to understand modern and traditional building technologies.
    • It will also consider international construction methods and materials. Sustainability is an intrinsic driver in all construction matters, and its consideration will be an overriding requirement in this module.

    Sustainable Technology with Environmental Control (20 credits)

    • In this module you will explore the techniques of sustainability used in building technology and environmental engineering.
    • You will also learn about providing internal environments within buildings using both active and passive control methods.

    Measurement (20 credits)

    • The ability to measure quantities is very important and much sought-after skill for a quantity surveyor. This module will cover the measurement of building works, building engineering services, and civil engineering works.

    Contract Administration: Control and Finance (20 credits)

    • Contract administration is the study of construction contracts and practice. Construction related contracts are widely used in the industry and play an important role in your working practices.
    • This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of this area by studying key topics related to the administration of construction-related contracts, and applying the practices and procedures to industry-related scenarios.
    • These topics are crucial to any construction-related project, and represent the fundamental building blocks of a relationship between a client and a contractor, and will form a daily part of a future professional career in construction.

    Law (20 credits)

    • This module will introduce you to the English Legal System, to help you understand how law is made, administered and enforced. You will also study health and safety, negligence, occupier's liability, and other relevant construction-related legal topics.
    • The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of legal duties and responsibilities. One particular theme is effective decision-making for construction professionals, and in particular manager's duties in employment and business law.

    Cost Planning and Estimating (20 credits)

    • This module aims to develop your understanding of how construction costs occur, your ability to prepare estimates of cost and to manage the occurrence of cost during the construction process.
    • The ability to produce residual valuations, life-cycle costing and cost plans is very important as a quantity surveyor. This module will cover most of the pre-tender stage estimating techniques.
  • Year Three

    In your third year, you'll have the opportunity to take a year-long, full-time placement. This year in industry will offer you hands-on experience, adding invaluable knowledge and skills to your CV. Many students return to their placement company after graduation, having developed a useful network of contacts within the industry.

    Recent placement destinations have included VolkerFitzpatrick, Arcadis, Interserve, RG Group, MACE, and many more. The majority of these roles come with a salary, with some students earning over £20,000 for their year.

    Successful completion of the placement year leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice.

  • Final Year

    Quantity Surveying Project (40 credits)

    • This module aims to integrate knowledge and skills derived from the study programme, through application to a specific project scenario. It draws on industry practice to provide an overview of the fundamental principles of the construction development and delivery process.
    • You will further develop your analytical, problem-solving and creative-thinking skills, and your ability to work both independently and in teams, with minimal reliance on close supervision, preparing you for your role in the construction industry.

    Contract Practice (20 credits)

    • Construction-related contracts are used widely in the industry, and play an increasingly important role in your everyday working practice.
    • This module will develop your existing knowledge so that you're able to undertake contract practice duties, and give reasoned professional advice on matters relating to construction contracts.
    • By drawing on relevant statute, case law and research, the module aims to allow you to develop a critical, rounded knowledge base of the key issues.

    Project and Financial Management (20 credits)

    • This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the UK and international construction industry, and the strategies which can be adopted by clients to successfully procure and manage construction projects.
    • You will develop the ability to interpret the particular needs of different client groups, to develop relevant procurement strategies, and to apply tools and techniques to support the implementation of those strategies - both procedural and financial.

    Dissertation (40 credits)

    • This module offers an opportunity to develop and utilise a range of research skills to produce a thesis based on a topic you have selected.
    • Through intensive research and knowledge of appropriate theory, you'll develop an extended research dissertation, guided by your dissertation supervisor.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Our course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), recognising the quality and relevance of our course content.

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

  • You will spend approximately 10 hours per week in scheduled learning. This includes lectures, supported by smaller group sessions including seminars, tutorials, laboratory sessions, and workshops.
  • You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.
  • Outside of timetabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, completing coursework, developing a portfolio, and directed reading to expand your knowledge.

Trips and study visits

Site visits and field trips form an integral part of the learning process, allowing you to put theory into practice. Recent trips have included visits to the new Wembley stadium, an eco-build exhibition, and JCB headquarters. These are all designed to help you understand and apply what you're learning in a real-world context.

Students on a site visit to Interserve

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and exams. The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and will consist of group and individual projects, reports, presentations, and essays. You will receive feedback throughout each module.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and exams. The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and will consist of group and individual projects, reports, presentations, and essays. You will receive feedback throughout each module.

Year OneCoursework92%Written work8%
Year TwoCoursework83%Written work17%
Year ThreeOptional placement year
Year FourCoursework83%Written work17%

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year OneLectures/seminars/workshops30%Independent study70%
Year TwoLectures/seminars/workshops26%Independent study74%
Year ThreeOptional placement year
Year FourLectures/seminars/workshops21%Independent study79%

Apply your learning to the real world, with opportunities to take part in site visits and live projects as part of the course.

Careers and employability

Our course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the construction industry. 95% of our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management sandwich students are in graduate level employment within six months of finishing their studies, earning an average salary of £28,200 (DLHE survey 2016/17).

Where do Quantity Surveying graduates from NTU work?

NTU has a strong construction and quantity surveying alumni community, with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies. Recent graduate destinations have included:

  • Arcadis
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Davis Langdon
  • Faithful+Gould
  • Gleeds
  • John Fisk
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Paul John Construction
  • Ringway
  • Transport For London (TfL)
  • Wates Construction.

Graduate roles have included: quantity surveyor, assistant quantity surveyor, assistant contract manager, graduate quantity surveyor, and commercial management trainee.

Getting your full RICS membership

If you aspire to become a RICS Chartered Surveyor, you will need to complete at least two years of relevant professional work experience – the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). If you undertake a sandwich placement, this will normally count as the first year of your professional work experience (only for RICS), however at least 12 months of study must take place on a graduate training scheme. Find out more about how to complete your APC and become RICS qualified.

This course is designed to prepare you for future employment in a number of the RICS APC pathways.

Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service. Our Employability team runs a series of events throughout the year specifically for Construction students, including our Property, Design and Construction fair, bringing together our students with prospective employers.

Find out more about career options in the construction industry on the Chartered Institute of Building website.


Excellent placement opportunities

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management students have the opportunity to apply for a year-long work placement.This will give you real, hands-on experience within the industry, opening up exciting opportunities for future employment. Our sandwich route offers this year-long placement option, with a total course length of four years.

Where can I work?

Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management students typically gain placements at construction main contractors, civil engineering main contractors, house builders, construction consultancies, project management consultancies, and local authorities.

Recent destinations have included:

  • Morgan Sindall
  • Interserve Project Services Limited
  • Mansell
  • Gleeds
  • Volker Fitzpatrick
  • J N Bentley
  • Laing O'Rourke
  • Transport for London (TfL).

The majority of students from this course work as assistant quantity surveyors during their placement.

Professional qualification

Successful completion of the 36 weeks leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice, which will further enhance your CV.

95% of our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management sandwich students are in graduate level employment within six months of finishing their studies, earning an average salary of £28,200 (DLHE survey 2016/17).

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Use our helpful UCAS tariff calculator to convert your qualifications and grades into points, so you can find out if you meet the course requirements.

All applications welcome

We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to complement any qualifications. All applicants still need to apply to us through UCAS.

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Use our helpful UCAS tariff calculator to convert your qualifications and grades into points, so you can find out if you meet the course requirements.

All applications welcome

We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to complement any qualifications. All applicants still need to apply to us through UCAS.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS.

As part of your application, you’ll submit a personal statement. Tell us about your ambitions, skills and experience. You have 4,000 characters to impress us – here’s how to make your words count.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

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Your application

As part of your application, you’ll submit a personal statement. This is your opportunity to tell us about your ambitions, skills and experience. You have 4,000 characters to impress us – here’s how to make your words count.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, or speak to one of our official NTU representatives in your country.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

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Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for lots of handy advice and guidance.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, industry-standard workshops and study spaces, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • Free travel and accommodation for all of the mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events included on your course, including overseas trips (where offered).
  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, goggles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers.

You’ll need to cover the cost of your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables. However, our City Campus library is home to four floors of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! Our library team work closely with our academics to ensure that our library collection closely matches the topics you’ll be studying, to provide relevant resources for you to use, free of charge.

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus. Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for lots of handy advice and guidance.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, industry-standard workshops and study spaces, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • Free travel and accommodation for all of the mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events included on your course, including overseas trips (where offered).
  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, goggles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers.

You’ll need to cover the cost of your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables. However, our City Campus library is home to four floors of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! Our library team work closely with our academics to ensure that our library collection closely matches the topics you’ll be studying, to provide relevant resources for you to use, free of charge.

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus. Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418