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Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

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About this course

Accreditations and partnerships:

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia Chartered Institutes of Civil Engineering Surveyors
  • Entry year: 2015/16
  • Course code: KN21
  • Applications: Full-time: UCAS
    Part-time: University
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Tariff points: 280
  • Department: Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Campus: Frenchay
  • Duration: Three years full-time, four years sandwich, five years part-time by day release
  • Delivery: Full-time, part-time day release, sandwich
  • Programme leader: Jason Southan
  • Key fact: Study full or part-time on this dual-accredited course and develop valuable industry collaboration skills on projects with students from related disciplines.


Why BSc(Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management?

The effective management of finance and costs is vital throughout the building lifecycle from inception to completion. This requires a good understanding of the commercial aspects of development and construction, and the environment in which these operate. With new developments being built and existing ones requiring management, demand has increased for professionals with the knowledge and skills to manage this process.

Why study our course?

Recognising the needs of modern industry, this course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES). It is also available on a part-time basis so you can boost your career prospects if you are already working in the industry.

You will develop the wide range of skills and knowledge required for quantity surveying and commercial management. Through placing these in a wider business context you will be equipped to take advantage of new opportunities in the construction, civil engineering and property industries upon graduation.

Real world experience

Our construction partner employers are involved throughout the course providing industry knowledge, placements and recruitment advice. You will get to work in teams across professional disciplines in a way that reflects industry. You will learn about different careers and approaches on day trips and field trips. You can also apply your skills on a placement, which may qualify as part of the professional development required to achieve Chartered status.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you can go into a choice of careers. These include: professional quantity surveying, commercial management; project and facilities management; value and risk management; procurement management; arbitration and dispute resolution; capital allowances and tax consultancy; property development; construction manufacturing; and supply.

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>> Structure



Year 1

In your first year you will develop an understanding of relevant legal, economic, management and technology principles.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Quantity Surveying Practice and Procedure
  • Law, Economics and Management
  • Building Science
  • Construction Technology and Services

Year 2

The second year focuses on enhancing your understanding of the commercial aspects of development and construction. You will learn how to measure and evaluate the costs associated with construction projects. Other areas covered include construction law and contract administration, development and design economics, construction procurement and business organisation.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Quantity Surveying Project
  • Procurement and Contract Practice
  • Construction Technology and Building Services
  • Development and Design Economics
  • Research Skills

All students are encouraged to spend their third year on placement. The curriculum in the second year includes support finding this placement.

Final Year

In the final year, you will apply your skills and knowledge through real projects and problem-solving scenarios. You will also be encouraged to question and critique UK practice and procedures and to make comparisons with European and international practice.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Strategic Cost Planning
  • Commercial Cost Management
  • Advanced Quantity Surveying
  • Collaborative Practice

Plus one of the following optional modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Work-Based Research Project (studied during placement year)

Please note course content and structure can change from year to year. As a result there can be variation between the information shown here and the course when it is delivered. Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery the same modules will be studied however the structure will differ.

Learning and teaching

Our tutors provide a friendly, collaborative environment for learning. They are also actively engaged in research or professional practice so you learn directly from the latest academic and business developments.

The course is taught through a blend of learning activities, which include tutor led and face-to-face learning, student led and independent study, online study, group projects and students supporting one another's learning. Practical skills are developed through role-plays and employer visits.

You are encouraged to do 'formative work' to prepare for assessments: this does not count towards your marks but feedback will help improve your performance. Support is available for students who have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy and study skills.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work, and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact time per week. You will also be expected to spend at least double this time (24 hours) in essential independent study.


You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, unseen and seen examinations. As well as assessing your knowledge and skills, these develop graduate attributes valued by employers. These include communication, presentation, negotiation, IT and numeracy, team working, project and time management skills. Also, the intellectual skills of problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, creativity and innovation.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

>> Features

Special Features

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and satisfies the academic requirements for full membership. On successful completion, you will need to spend at least two years in practice and pass an Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to gain full membership. Your placement may qualify as one year of your APC. This means that you will only need to complete one to two years after graduation to become a member of the RICS.

The course is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES), and the Board of Quantity Surveying Profession of Malaysia (BQSM).


Students who do a placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and get higher quality work on graduation. So as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a work placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

Our students secure placements in a range of organisations as well as with construction partner employers. Students in previous years have worked on placements with some of the top 10 construction contractors and cost consultancy firms in the UK. The majority have been offered a position with their placement employer on graduation.


We arrange regular site visits and industry field trips in and around Bristol throughout the course so you can consider construction related topics in the field. We also arrange residential field trips, which are subsidised by the Department.

  • In Year 1, we arrange two site visits. One involves visiting Slimbridge, where we consider options for their new visitors centre. The second is a team-building trip such as go-karting or outward-bound activities.
  • In your final year, we arrange an international field trip, usually to Berlin, where you can visit a construction site and hear presentations from local industry.

All field trips are optional.

Study facilities

A range of specialist facilities is available to help with your studies.

  • Study and collaborate with classmates in our new 'Hive' lounge and open computing area.
  • Develop skills in computer aided design (CAD), project management and building information modelling (BIM) on industry standard software.
  • Access industry leading resources, specialist journals and publications through UWE Bristol's online portal.
  • Visualise two-dimensional drawings using modern industry standard drawings and a three-dimensional 'fly through'.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn from industry

Our construction partner employers get involved throughout your degree. These offer sponsorship and placements to students and are keen to employ graduates. They also run a final year Job Bootcamp helping you prepare for applications through developing your CV, presentation and interview skills.

Hear about best practice

We have strong relationships with local professional organisations such as the RICS. As a result, students have free access to their events and workshops promoting best practice.

We also arrange regular presentations from visiting professionals, academics and past students so you can learn about industry challenges and best practice.

Showcase your ideas

Our final year students regularly showcase their projects and case studies to local employers and the public at UWE Bristol's annual degree show.

>> Careers

Careers/further study

Employment and career opportunities for graduates are varied.  There are currently insufficient professionals with this combination of knowledge and skills to meet high employer demand.

On graduation, you can go into a choice of careers. These include: professional quantity surveying; commercial management; project and facilities management; value and risk management; procurement management; arbitration and dispute resolution; capital allowances and tax consultancy; property development; construction manufacturing; and supply.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for construction partners including Aecom, Interserve, Wilmott-Dixon and Balfour Beatty.  Others are working in the public sector, specifically with local authorities.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your graduate employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, graduate jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurs and access to employer events.

Graduate destinations

Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating- includes examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE Bristol initiatives, which nurture talent and encourage innovation, students gain valuable real world experience and graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Be inspired

Read about some of the key jobs in construction and property.

Useful links

Prospects - Careers in Property and Construction

>> Fees


Full time course

FeeAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Home/EU-Full Time-15 Credit Module Fee1125
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee11250
International-Full Time 15 Credit Module Fee1406
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Offshore-Full Time 15 Credit Module Fee1125

Part time course

FeeAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-15 Credit Module Fee1125
Offshore-Part Time-15 Credit Module Fee1125

Full time course with placement year

FeeAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1800
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee3000
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1800
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Reduced Final Year fee7200
Home/EU-Full Time-15 Credit Module Fee1125
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee11250
International-Full Time 15 Credit Module Fee1406
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual Reduced Final Year fee7200
Offshore-Full Time 15 Credit Module Fee1125
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Full Final Year Fee90000
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual Full Final Year Fee9000

Supplementary fee information

For general information about managing money, FAQs and tips see our fees and funding pages.

Part-time students  

The honours degree is 360 credits in total. Part-time students generally study between 60 (15 credits x 4) and 90 (15 credits x 6) each year and will pay annually for credits taken in that year.

As a part-time student you are eligible for a fees loan from the Government. Find more information on our part time UK students funding pages.

There are also several sponsorship options for employers. For more information please visit our We Mean Business pages.

>> Entry


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 280
  • GCSE: Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent.
    Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: None specified
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: A minimum of DMM from the BTEC Diploma
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 15 Level 3 credits at Merit; Level 2 credits giving GCSE equivalency (where appropriate) in English Language and Mathematics.
  • Baccalaureate IB: 25 points

Entry requirements

If you have a Foundation Degree, Higher National Diploma or Certificate in a closely related subject, you may be able to join the course in the second year (full-time) or third year (part-time) or be credited with certain modules, which will shorten the course for you.

We welcome applications from students without the conventional entrance requirements but who do have substantial relevant work or other experience and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course.

Students with disabilities

We welcome applications from people with disabilities.

Following is a list of the types of activities that the course normally involves. We are committed to supporting students with disabilities, and wherever possible we will make reasonable adjustments to these activities to enable students with disabilities to successfully complete the course. We encourage applicants to disclose any disabilities or support needs in their application forms, so that we can offer information, advice and support. There is a Disability Service at UWE Bristol and a Disability Support Co-ordinator in the Faculty.

  • Use a computer
  • Visually inspect buildings and locations, including physical movement around and through buildings and locations
  • Visually inspect construction sites, including physical movement around and through construction sites
  • Participate in field courses or activities away from the University
  • Measure distances and sizes of buildings, materials or sites
  • Team working and negotiation
  • Laboratory work involving observations and physical manipulation
  • Take part in discussions and presentations

Open Days

We run Open Days throughout the year, when you can meet lecturers and current students, see the facilities and resources that we offer, and visit the student accommodation. Please ask for details. For further information regarding the course, you are welcome to contact Jason Southan, Programme Leader by e-mail at

How to apply

UCAS Extra We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this programme from 25 February until 2 July 2015. Responses to UCAS Extra applications will be given within 14 working days.

Applications and enquiries for part-time day-release study are made directly to Admissions and International Development on the telephone number or e-mail address below. Applicants should expect to be invited to UWE for an informal discussion.

Please see the general information about applications.

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