Quantity Surveying, BSc (Hons)

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Quantity Surveying, BSc (Hons)

Nottingham Trent University
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Description

This course, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), is designed for students who want to manage the financial and procurement process of construction projects. Through a combination of theory, practical work and a work placement you will learn how to organise, control and manage the costing of construction projects.

If you are interested in buildings, finance, sustainability and technology and you enjoy challenges and problem-solving - this is the course for you.

You'll learn the skills required to be a Quantity Surveyor. Quantity surveyors manage all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects, from the initial calculations to the final figures. They aim …

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This course, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), is designed for students who want to manage the financial and procurement process of construction projects. Through a combination of theory, practical work and a work placement you will learn how to organise, control and manage the costing of construction projects.

If you are interested in buildings, finance, sustainability and technology and you enjoy challenges and problem-solving - this is the course for you.

You'll learn the skills required to be a Quantity Surveyor. Quantity surveyors manage all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects, from the initial calculations to the final figures. They aim to minimise costs and enhance value for money, delivering projects to the required quality and on time.

Why choose this course?
  • It is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
  • You will have the opportunity to apply for a one-year work placement, with support from our dedicated placement team.
  • You will be involved in practical, project work and go on site visits.
  • Students on this course benefit from our long-standing and continuing partnerships with employing organisations.
  • You will learn from a team of experienced academics, staff who have recently joined from industry and visiting experts.
  • You can switch between full-time, part-time and sandwich options to suit your own requirements.
Did you know?

NTU is second in the UK for the number of students on Building related courses on year-long placements (HESA data 2010 / 11)

What our students say

"My favourite project would have to be in Sustainable Technology where we had to identify a low energy building identifying the key features. I enjoyed the research aspect and finding out about some very innovative building designs and methods of sustainable construction."

Charlie O'Loughlin, BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

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Part-time option

The course can also be studied part-time in up to five years. Please see the part-time entry for further details.

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How many places are available on this course?

There are 35 places in total across the sandwich and full-time routes.

When does the course start?

This course starts in September. For more information, take a look at our academic calendar for details of term start and end dates.

What will I study?

This course develops the knowledge and skills to successfully undertake the role of quantity surveyor - ensuring that the aims and objectives of construction projects are met in terms of cost, value, quality and time.

Below is a list of the modules you'll study and the attached document explains each module in more detail.

Year One

  • Introduction to Measurement and Cost (20 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Construction and Practice (40 credits)
  • Numerical and Professional Skills (20 credits)
  • Law and Health & Safety (20 credits)
  • Architectural Science and Building Engineering Services (20 credits)

Year Two

  • Construction Technology (20 credits)
  • Estimating, Measurement and Cost (40 credits)
  • Sustainable Technology with Environmental Control (20 credits)
  • Contract Administration: Control and Finance (20 credits)
  • Law and Contemporary Economics (20 credits)

Year Three
Optional work placement year
This is your opportunity to gain real experience in industry through a work placement year.

Final year

  • Construction Procurement and International Studies (20 credits)
  • Contract Practice (20 credits)
  • Industrial Practice for Quantity Surveyors (20 credits)
  • Facilities Management and Maintenance (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)
Course content and module descriptions

Please download a full description of each module and further detail about what is covered in each year.

How will I study?

You will spend approximately 10 hours in scheduled learning sessions. This includes lectures, supported by smaller group sessions including:

  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratory sessions
  • workshops.

You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.

Outside of the timetabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, completing coursework, developing a portfolio and directed reading to expand your knowledge.

Trips and study visits

Site visits and field trips form an integral part of the learning process, allowing you to put theory into practice. Recent trips have included visits to the new Wembley stadium, the Eco build exhibition and the JCB headquarters. These are all designed to help you understand and apply what you're learning in a real world context.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and exams. The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and will consist of group and individual projects, reports, presentations and essays.

You will receive feedback throughout each module. To progress through the course you will need to achieve 120 credits each year. The amount of credits for each module are listed above.

Is the course professionally accredited?

Yes, the course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). This accreditation is a seal of approval that NTU reaches the highest standards of governance, quality assurance and resource management.

Graduating from an accredited course makes you eligible to join the CIOB as an Incorporate member (ICIOB) and enrol on their Professional Development Programme (PDP) to become a progress to Chartered membership (MCIOB).
CIOB membership will enhance your employability and open up opportunities to work on high profile projects across the world.

Learn from expert staff

Our Construction subject team is made up of experienced academics and staff who have recently joined from industry. These, together with regular visiting experts, provide a rounded, up-to-date education, informed by current practice and industry developments.

Find out more about the BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying .

Our links with industry

You will benefit from our great links with industry which help ensure that everything you learn can be applied to the real world. This will be through real-life briefs set by real companies, guest lecturers from industry, visits to working sites, industry sponsored awards and work placements.

What do the course fees cover?

Find out what's included in your course fees.

It's a flexible course

The modules in Year One are shared with:

  • BSc (Hons) Construction Management
  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Construction Commercial Management.

This enables you to develop a multi-disciplinary perspective and also have the flexibility to switch to either of the other courses at the start of your second year (subject to your original entry qualifications) if you feel they are more aligned to your career aspirations.

You can also switch between study modes – full-time, sandwich or part-time.

International students

This course will set you on a path to CIOB membership. This is recognised and respected internationally as the mark of true construction professionalism, opening doors to a great career.

Where will I study?

You will study on the City site. Most of your lectures will be taught in the recently renovated Newton building. You will also work in the Maudslay building for some of the practical session, such as concrete testing and soil labs.

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The majority of your lectures and seminars will take place in the Newton building. This building has recently undergone a major renovation making it a great environment to study in.

Laboratory spaces

You will also benefit from dedicated lab spaces in the Maudslay building. These include a hydraulics lab and concrete testing lab

Dedicated resource centre

Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre, based in the Maudslay building, enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with computers, large format plotters, desk space together with the latest, and archived, journals and publications. This resource centre is open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City site, with PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage and high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student). Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.

Books and library resources

In the library you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within the Built Environment. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books.

Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist Construction subject knowledge and can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources and also support on things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

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