Quantity surveyors manage all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects, from the initial calculations to the final figures. They are specialised accountants for the construction industry, aiming to minimise costs and enhance value for money, delivering projects to the required quality and on time. You will need strong financial skills, and the ability to negotiate and develop relationships with suppliers.
Our accredited course is designed for those who want to be the centre of the management of construction procurement process. If you think logically, enjoy using your own initiative, are interested in financial matters, like dealing with people and want to work in and out of the office, then this is the course for you.
Why study this course?
- Benefit from excellent employability prospects:100% of our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management sandwich students are in professional or managerial jobs, just six months after graduating, earning an average salary of £26,600 (DLHE survey 2015/16).
- NTU is one of the leading providers of property education in the UK. We're ranked as the 5th university in the UK for Building, Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2018).
- Our course is accredited by two professional bodies, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), recognising the quality and relevance of our course content.
- Apply your learning to the real world, with opportunities to take part in site visits and live projects as part of the course.
- Learn from our experienced academic team, staff who have recently joined from industry, and visiting experts. Benefit from our established partnerships with employing organisations.
- Benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, supporting you throughout your time at NTU and enabling you to make the most of your studies. As well as money towards the cost of your course materials, you'll also benefit from free personal protective equipment (PPE) and a pre-paid printing allowance.
- Study a course with outstanding student satisfaction; 95% of our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management sandwich students are satisfied with the quality of their course (National Student Survey, 2017).
- Tailor your studies to your circumstances, with the flexibility to switch between full-time, part-time and sandwich options, to suit your own requirements.
Taught for one day a week, our part-time BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management study route enables those already working in the industry, or with work experience, to acquire further professional qualifications and apply their learning.
We also offer this course as a full-time study route and as a Degree Apprenticeship.
How you're taught
How will I learn?
- The part-time study route is taught one day a week, and where possible part-time students are taught alongside full-time students on the BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management course.
- Your typical day will run from 9 am through to about 7.30 pm, and normally three different subject areas are taught on each day.
- The course is organised into structured modules and is delivered through lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminar groups, site visits, laboratory sessions, and individual and group projects. As this course is taught on a part-time day release basis, no formal placement is provided by the University.
- The delivery of the course is enhanced by the incorporation of guest lectures delivered by external practitioner experts, extensive use of case studies and projects (some set by real companies), and field trips.
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.
Careers and employability
Your future professional career
Completing this degree will start you on the path to a professional career as a Quantity Surveyor or Commercial Manager in the dynamic and varied construction industry.
Where do Quantity Surveying graduates from NTU work?
NTU has a strong construction and quantity surveying alumni community, with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies. Recent graduate destinations have included:
- Balfour Beatty
- Davis Langdon
- Faithful & Gould
- John Fisk
- Morgan Sindall
- Paul John Construction
- Transport For London (TfL)
- Wates Construction.
Graduate roles have included: quantity surveyor, assistant quantity surveyor, assistant contract manager, graduate quantity surveyor, and commercial management trainee.
Getting your full RICS membership
If you aspire to become a RICS Chartered Surveyor, you will need to complete two years of relevant professional work experience – the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).
This course is designed to prepare you for future employment in a number of the RICS APC pathways.
Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service. Our Employability team runs a series of events throughout the year specifically for Construction students, including our Property, Design and Construction fair, bringing our students together with prospective employers.
Find out more about career options in the construction industry on the Chartered Institute of Building website.
Facilities for Construction students
The majority of your lectures and seminars will take place in the Newton building. You will also benefit from dedicated lab spaces in the Maudslay building, including a hydraulics lab and concrete testing lab. See a full gallery of facilities used by our students studying a construction-related course.
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 and desk space, together with the latest, and archived, journals and publications.
This resource centre is open from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday.
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 subject knowledge. They can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources and also support on things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.