The course

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

Contact

Overview

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

1st in Scotland, 4th in the UK for building programmes in the Complete University Guide 2015 Subject Tables.

This programme provides 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 in any or all stages of the design and construction process, from providing business strategy advice, working with architects and design team consultants, through to overseeing the onsite construction phase. They require a sound understanding of construction technology, project cost planning and control and contractual issues. Watch this excellent RICS video which explains what surveying exactly is.

Please note: we are still taking applications for September 2017 entry.

CEMENT scheme

The aim of the CEMENT (Culture of External MENToring) programme is to link third year undergraduate students with professionals in practice (many of whom are alumni). This allows students to discuss the relevance of course content, approaches to study and career aspirations with a professional who can draw upon their own experiences.

CEMENT has so far proved highly successful, with students gaining access to work placements, site visits and graduate employment opportunities through the scheme. Such interaction between students and industry is imperative in moving the profession forward and supporting the next generation of built environment professionals.

Accreditation

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%

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