BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

University of Westminster - Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

Program Description

BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

University of Westminster - Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

Quantity surveyors and commercial managers operate in all sectors of the built environment and are primarily concerned with the value and financial management of construction projects and the subsequent building life cycle. They have specialist skills and knowledge relating to cost and contract management, which require an expert understanding of construction techniques, procurement options and legal matters, and the sustainable use of resources.

Quantity surveyors provide clients with detailed information on which to base decisions and are valued for their creative ideas and solutions at the early stages of a construction project. They add value by monitoring the functions of cost, time and quality in projects of any scale. The commercial manager's role is vital to the success of the construction project and requires excellent business sense and a good understanding of management and construction processes. They assess the value of work to be done and manage and monitor costs as the project progresses.

This course gives you the skills and knowledge to take up these roles, along with the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Part-time applicants: Competition for our part-time construction-related courses is strong and we have a limited number of places. To avoid disappointment, please make sure you apply by 30 June 2017.

Course content

Our construction courses share a common Year 1, so students interact with those studying different pathways, gain some knowledge of the work of all professionals working in the construction industry promoting the interdisciplinary nature of the modern construction industry. Throughout the course, construction technology and management remain central, the issue of health and safety is addressed, and the importance of sustainability is considered.

All of our courses are delivered using an inquiry-based blended learning approach involving workshops, lectures, tutorials and independent study. Our technology-enhanced learning supports independent study via synchronous online lectures, tutorials and seminars, which are captured and stored to enable you to revisit sessions online after the event. We assess your learning through a variety of methods including project work, essays, and exams.

Subjects of study

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

Subjects of study include:

  • Technology 1 – Construction Technology and Surveying
  • Technology 2 – Building Design & Environmental Engineering
  • Technology 3 – Building Science and Structures
  • Management 1 – Built Environment and Graduate Attributes
  • Management 2 – Project, Commercial and Organisational Environment
  • Design 1 – Design Principles

Year 2 (Credit Level 5)

Subjects of study include:

  • Technology 2 - Building Design & Environmental Engineering
  • Technology 4 – Fabric, Design, and Performance
  • Management 3 – Commercial, Legal and Organisational Management
  • Management 4 – Construction Project Based Learning
  • Management 5 – Project and Commercial Management
  • Management 6 – Structural Principles

Year 3 (Credit Level 6)

Subjects of study include:

  • Technology 7 – Sustainable Design and Construction
  • Technology 8 – Refurbishment and Maintenance
  • Management 6 – Professional Practice
  • Management 8 – Project and Commercial Management
  • Management 9 – Project Evaluation and Development
  • Management 10 – Sustainable Development and Lean Construction

The course content is listed by year, corresponding to the full-time mode of study. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over five years.

Professional recognition

This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

"CABE is proud to accredit the degree programmes within the built environment at the University of Westminster. This brings us closer to talented students who will build their global future as Chartered Building Engineers and as other professionals within the industry."
Chartered Association of Building Engineers.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 3, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
3 - 5 years
Part time
Full time
9,250 GBP
Home/EU: £9,250 - Overseas: £12,500
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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