The course

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

Heriot-Watt's top ranking reputation leads to great career prospects in the construction industry. We are ranked 1st Scotland and 3rd in the UK for Building in The Complete University Guide 2022.

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Overview

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.

Heriot-Watt's top ranking reputation leads to great career prospects in the construction industry. We are ranked 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for Building in The Complete University Guide 2022.

Our Quantity Surveying course will give you all the skills and knowledge necessary to become a successful quantity surveyor. While studying quantity surveying (QS) 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.

Facilities

We have a suite of built environment facilities including: a light structures lab, an Instron Universal testing machine, an immersive virtual reality system, Autodesk Revit software and Synchro 4D virtual construction software to create simulations.

Highlights

In year 1 you can participate in a walking tour of Edinburgh viewing the architecture of the Old and New Town.

In year 2 you have the opportunity to participate in Constructionarium, which provides hands-on construction working alongside professional engineers and tradesmen to construct scaled down versions of bridges, buildings, dams and civil engineering projects from all around the world.

In year 3, you have the opportunity to gain work experience via the Culture of External MENToring (CEMENT) scheme, which links students with professionals in practice to offer work placements, graduate employment opportunities and site visits. There are also field trip opportunities to a European city looking at the construction of some of the world’s most recognisable buildings.

In year 4, students undertake a week long collaborative design project working with students from across the built environment disciplines.

Global College pathway for this degree

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, have a look at Heriot-Watt Global College, where you can follow an accelerated pathway which will get you onto the second year of this degree.

Accreditation

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

Course content

Year 1

Note that the below course structure is subject to developmental change.

In the first year, students learn the fundamental and basic themes of building as well as the roles of the relevant professions. 

Semester 1

  • Management in a Global Context
  • Introductory Economics
  • Construction Technology 1
  • Shaping Tomorrow Together A

Semester 2

  • Cost Control Principles
  • Construction Modelling
  • Human Geography & The City
  • Shaping Tomorrow Together B

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Commercial Law
  • Surveying and GIS
  • Construction Technology 2
  • Optional course

Semester 2

  • Building Services Technology
  • Cost Modelling and Measurement
  • eConstructon
  • Optional Course

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Design Cost Planning and Control
  • Safety Management and Site Establishment
  • Procurement and Contracts
  • Construction Technology 3

Semester 2

  • Innovation in Construction Practice
  • Design for Construction
  • Measurement and Cost Evaluation
  • Optional course

Year 4

Semester 1

  • Design Project
  • Dissertation
  • Quantity Surveying Practice
  • Cost and Value Management

Semester 2

  • Design Project
  • Dissertation
  • Construction Information Management
  • Optional

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Employability

Salary

  • The average salary of students 15 months after graduating: £26000
  • The average UK salary of students 15 months after graduating from a similar course: £26500

Jobs

These are the most common high skilled jobs students go into 15 months after graduating:

  • Architects, Chartered Architectural Technologists, Planning Officers, Surveyors and Construction professionals
  • Business and public service associate professionals

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements

  • Highers ABBB 
  • A-Levels BCC - BBB
  • Int. Baccalaureate 28 points
  • BTEC MMM (in relevant subject)
  • HNC C in graded unit (in a relevant subject area)

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC
  • A-Levels BCC - BBB

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers BC plus ABBB at Higher
  • A-Levels BBB
  • Int. Baccalaureate 33 points
  • HNC B in graded unit (in a relevant subject area)
  • HND BC in graded units (in a relevant subject area)
  • BTEC DMM (in relevant subject)
  • Global College Successful completion of Bachelors Degree Accelerator Foundation - Built Environment

Year 3

  • HND BB in graded units (in a relevant subject area)

Additional information

English language requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2022 entry
Status* Scotland England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland International**
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £16,000

* 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.

** 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above). Read more about the application process for EU nationals.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales

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

  • Heriot-Watt University Bursary (up to £3,100 per year)
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