BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying


Program Description

Accredited by: CIOB RICS

Quantity Surveyors are an essential link between the designer and contractor on construction projects, providing key advice on costs and contracts.

Quantity Surveyors require a wide range of skills and knowledge covering the financial, legal, managerial, economic and communicative aspects of a project from inception to completion.

The programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). These accreditations provide graduates access to RICS and CIOB membership via the graduate routes. All second-year full-time students have the opportunity to spend one week in Europe as part of their studies.

A 24-week industrial placement is incorporated into year 3 of the programme. The industry placement allows students to understand the application of their taught skills and benefit from work-based learning. Full-time students in Year 3 also take part in an "Interact" design project, working as a team with students from the Glasgow School of Art, the University of Glasgow and the University of the West of Scotland to develop a network of contacts and solve a specific design problem.

Your career

Graduates from the programme have been recruited by leading organizations in the construction and property sectors such as BAM Group, Laing O'Rourke, Lend Lease, Balfour Beatty, Turner and Townsend and Doig+Smith.

What you will study

Year 1

Fundamental Principles of Basic Technology and Design, including Materials and construction Techniques, and Introduction to the Legal and Commercial sides of Quantity Surveying.

Year 2

Core Quantity Surveying skills including Contractual and Commercial Knowledge and Key Quantification and Technology Skills.

Year 3

Industry Placement and Estimating, Further Technology Skills.

Year 4

Project Management & Construction Contracts, elective option including commercial Management, Dispute Resolution, Negotiation and Sustainability in the Built Environment.

Entry requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1


Minimum of BBC at SQA Higher

Year 2


SQA HNC Quantity Surveying or Built Environment subject with B in the Graded Unit

Year 3


SQA HNC Quantity Surveying or Built Environment subject with B in the Graded Unit and minimum of two-years work experience. Or SQA HND Quantity Surveying with B in the Graded Unit.

Employment requirements

Part-time students

Applicants to the part-time programme must be in suitable full-time employment as a trainee Quantity Surveyor or Estimator and be supervised by more senior staff within the organization.

English language

Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognized professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £1820
  • RUK: £9250*
  • EU: £1820
  • International: £11,500

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four-year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Students on a part-time programme may be invoiced for the full annual fee or for the number of modules completed per academic year. Students may be eligible to pay this in installments over the course of the year. View part-time and distance learning fees.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student inquiries team.

International student start dates

For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Work placement

All second-year full-time students have the opportunity to spend one week in Europe as part of their studies. A 24-week industrial placement is incorporated into year three of the programme. It allows students to understand the application of their taught skills and benefit from work-based learning.

Professional accreditation

The programme both full-time and part-time is fully accredited by the RICS Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and CICES the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors. Representatives of RICS visit students during the programme in order to set exercises and assess their performance. On successful completion of their Honours degree, graduates may commence working towards their professional qualification to obtain Chartered Membership of the Institution (MRICS).

Study abroad

Students have the opportunity for International Exchange. This could be for one trimester or a whole year study at another institution, often at one of our European partners, where courses are offered in English. Currently, students taking this option do so at Year 3 and gain credits towards their degree.

HM Forces

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

Assessment methods

Expect a variety of assessment methods including coursework activities and formal examinations. You take part in the unique Interact Project where you work with students of other disciplines from three other universities. As part of your overall assessment, you are asked to prepare a cost plan and cost report based on the architectural drawings given while keeping within budget. This project is sponsored by the Sweett Group, with the best individual Quantity Surveying student and team winning an award.

Teaching methods

You will experience a variety of teaching methods based in workshops, laboratories and tutorials as well as industrial and site visits. Industry professionals will deliver guest lectures, while you will be able to access web-based materials through the Management Learning Environment. You will be expected to work on projects individually as well as in a group and will have the chance to go on field trips and study tours, including the annual European trip, which is open to all Level 2 students.

Last updated July 2018

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