The course

UCAS code
K241
Duration
Up to 4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

Our Quantity Surveying course offers you everything you’ll need be successful in this field. The role of a Quantity Surveyor involves all stages of the design and construction process. That includes everything from providing business strategy advice, to working with architects and overseeing the on-site construction phase. You’ll also have access to the CEMENT (Culture of External MENToring) scheme – where third year students will be linked together with professionals in the industry. This has already proved to be successful, with students gaining access to work placements, site visits and graduate employment opportunities.

To find out where our Quantity Surveying course could take you, watch this RICS video which explains the role in more detail.

We are ranked:

1st in Scotland, 2nd in the UK for Building and Town and Country Planning courses in the Guardian University League Table 2017 and 2018.

1st in Scotland, 2nd in the UK for Building courses in The Complete University Guide 2017 and 2018.

Accreditation

Our Quantity Surveying degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership.

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Note that the below programme structure is provided to illustrate distribution of teaching and is subject to developmental change.

Semester 1

  • Construction Modelling
  • Construction Technology 1
  • Introduction to Design
  • Introductory Microeconomics

Semester 2

  • Cost Control Principles
  • Management Practice in Construction
  • Introduction to the Environment
  • Property Development and Planning 2

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 38%
  • Independent study: 62%

Assessment

  • Written: 25%
  • Practical: 11%
  • Coursework: 64%
Year 2

Semester 1

  • Construction Technology 2
  • Commercial Law
  • Surveying and Monitoring in the Built and Natural Environment
  • Optional course

Semester 2

  • Cost Modelling and Measurement
  • eConstruction
  • Facilities Management Principles
  • Optional course

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the week-long Constructionarium programme.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 36%
  • Independent study: 64%

Assessment

  • Written: 49%
  • Practical: 1%
  • Coursework: 50%
Year 3

Semester 1

  • Construction Technology 2
  • Commercial Law
  • Surveying and Monitoring in the Built and Natural Environment
  • Optional course

Semester 2

  • Cost Modelling and Measurement
  • eConstruction
  • Facilities Management Principles
  • Optional course

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the week-long Constructionarium programme.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 40%
  • Independent study: 60%

Assessment

  • Written: 75%
  • Practical: 4%
  • Coursework: 21%
Year 4

Semester 1

  • Cost and Value Management
  • Quantity Surveying Practice

Semester 2

  • Construction Project Management
  • Innovation in Construction Practice

Across both semesters

  • Design Project
  • Dissertation

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 33%
  • Independent study: 67%

Assessment

  • Written: 50%
  • Practical: 15%
  • Coursework: 35%

Employability

Work and study

This is what our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 95% are working
  • 0% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 100% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £25000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £24000

Jobs

These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Architects, town planners and surveyors

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AAAB or BBBBC
  • A-Levels ABC or BBB
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Pass

Year 2

  • A-Levels ABB
  • Advanced Highers BB plus BBC at Higher in other subjects
  • HNC A in graded unit
  • HND BB in graded unit
  • Int. Baccalaureate 34 points
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction

Year 3

  • HND AB in graded units with A in final graded unit

Additional information

  • Additional information For all years, applications are welcomed from holders of non-school qualifications and mature candidates. All EU and overseas candidates will require an IELTS overall grade 6.0 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 5.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.

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