The course

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

Contact

Overview

Our Quantity Surveying course will give you all the skills and knowledge necessary to become a successful quantity surveyor. Quantity Surveying provides clients of the construction industry with financial, contractual and technical advice ensuring they get value for money from the buildings they construct. The modern quantity surveyor is a construction professional who may be involved at all stages of the design and construction process, from providing business strategy and advice, working with architects and design team consultants, through to overseeing the onsite construction phase.

While studying Quantity Surveying at Heriot-Watt you will learn the fundamental elements of building before focusing on QS practice and learning how to manage the cost, legal and economic elements.

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

Facilities

The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) has a suite of unique state-of-the-art built environment facilities and software systems that are used by all of our undergraduate students throughout their studies as well as postgraduate and research students. For Construction and Surveying purposes students have access to:

  • Light Structures Lab using the Denison Machine to test steel rods to destruction.
  • Immersive Virtual Reality System A unique system showing the value of immersive technology within industry.
  • Autodesk Revit a modelling software to design buildings and structures in 3D.
  • Synchro a 4D virtual construction software to create simulations.

Go Global

Option to study at our Malaysia campus through Heriot-Watt’s Go Global programme.

Accreditation

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

Course content

Learn to manage construction projects from inception to the point at which a building is occupied through all the stages of the design and construction process.

Learn about the management and supervision of construction sites and the resource planning associated with large-scale projects.

This course has a strong emphasis on construction technology with module options that give students a background in valuation and procurement.

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

8 mandatory modules

In the first year, students learn the fundamental and basic themes of building as well as the roles of the relevant professions. Topics include construction modelling, construction technology, management practice, cost control principles, the built environment and microeconomics.

  • Walking tour of Edinburgh viewing the architecture of the Old and New Town.
Year 2

6 mandatory modules | 2 optional modules

Further developing the economical, legal and managerial elements of the course, mandatory modules include commercial law, facilities management principles and cost modelling and measuring. While the optional modules allow students to choose from various language courses as well as principles of property valuationand introductory microeconomics.

  • Take part in a week-long field course, Constructionarium, that gives hands-on experience working with industry professionals.
Year 3

6 mandatory modules | 2 optional modules

Students will gain knowledge in subjects such as, safety management, procurement and contract, design cost planning and control while selecting 2 modules from 5 options including design issues, property development and energy and buildings.

  • Field trip to a European city looking at the construction of some of the world’s most recognisable buildings.
  • Participate in an industry mentoring scheme, CEMENT, which links students with industry professionals.
Year 4

Dissertation | Design project | 4 mandatory modules

Students complete an individual research dissertation and 4 core modules which include, QS practice, cost and value management, innovation in construction practice and construction project management.

  • Undertake a week long collaborative design project working with students from across disciplines within the school.

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