Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Full-time: UCAS
Part-time: University
Tariff points:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Three years full-time, four years sandwich, five years part-time by day release
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.

Page last updated 11 October 2016


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.

Accreditations and partnerships:



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
  • Professional Practice for the Built Environment Professional

Optional Placement Year

All students are encouraged to spend their third year on placement. The curriculum in the second year includes support finding this placement. Students who undertake a placement year will complete a work based research project.

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 Management
  • Advanced Quantity Surveying
  • Dissertation

Plus one of the following optional modules:

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

Please 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.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

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.


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.

Read how Joe developed professional skills while applying knowledge learnt at UWE during his placement year at global giant Lafarge.

Watch Carlos's YouTube video. He meets the Prime Minister and talks about his placement on Europe's biggest construction project.


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. In recent years these have included a visit to Slimbridge to consider options for a new visitors centre, together with 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 work

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 / 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 employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

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

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Be inspired

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

Useful links

Prospects - Careers in Property and Construction


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International - Full Time - Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International - Full Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich- Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12250
International-Sandwich- Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10719
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1531
Offshore-Sandwich Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Part time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing. For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.

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 UK or EU student you may be entitled to 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.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, 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.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

The 'Typical offers' information above is for students planning to enter the first year of the course.

If you have a Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) or Foundation Degree in a closely related subject, we may be able to credit you with some of the modules in our course. In particular, if you have an HNC Construction with all Merits in your second year units, you would normally be able to join the second year of the full-time course, or the third year of the part-time course. In your application, please give full details of all your qualifications (including modules and units).

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

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. In your application, please give full details of all your work experience and all your qualifications (including modules and units).

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

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