Bsc Hons Quantity Surveying With Placement

University Of Portsmouth

Program Overview

Be a leading figure in the next generation of innovative construction projects.


Designed and delivered by a team of experienced professionals, this BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree will prepare you for a successful career calculating and managing costs relating to the built environment. You'll learn to think like an entrepreneur, develop professional business acumen and learn sought after quantity surveying skills. 


Become a financial and contractual expert in cost and value management, contract law and risk assessment. When you graduate, you'll be prepared to address the social, economic and technical aspects of construction projects of all sizes, anywhere in the world.


Course highlights

  • Learn commercial and business methods to shape and develop construction projects
  • Discover the latest industry developments, with teaching informed by the University's Construction Management and Surveying (CMS) Research Group
  • Get industry insights and contribute to current debates in lectures led by visiting guest speakers
  • See theory in action and get a taste of your future workplace on field trips to construction projects in the UK and Europe
  • Develop solutions to industry projects – a previous student supported the development of our University Estate Masterplan before rising to a senior position in a major surveying and project management consultancy

PortsmouthUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 18,300



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Year 1


Core modules

CAD and BIM – 20 credits
This module will introduce you to the principles of computer aided design (CAD) and building information modelling (BIM) in the construction industry, including 3D architectural and structural modelling using Revit.


Construction Design and Sustainability – 20 credits
Develop your understanding of building design concepts, theory and execution.


Introduction To Construction Measurement – 20 credits
Quantification and measurement are viewed as core quantity surveying skills and are always required at some point during a project. 


Introduction to Law for the Built Environment – 20 credits
Get a basic introduction of the English legal system and the principles that underpin the law of tort and contract law.


Multidisciplinary Project – 20 credits
This module develops your employability and professionalism, including the application and communication of your knowledge and skills. 


Property Economics and Financial Accounting – 20 credits
Develop skills, concepts and theories related to financial accounting and the economics of real estate assets.


Year 2


Core modules

Applied BIM – 20 credits
You'll look at building information modelling (BIM) in a multi-disciplinary setting and a collaborative environment to address problems associated with this fragmentation.


Introduction To Project Management Principles – 20 credits
An introduction to the principles of project management. 


Procurement and Pre-Contract Practice – 20 credits
Get an understanding of the pre-contract role of the construction professional using the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Plan of Work.


Professional Studies and Applied Project – 20 credits
Develop your employability and professionalism, including the application and communication of your knowledge and skills.


Tender Documentation And Measurement - 20 credits
Develop your understanding of the process, sequence and function of a Bill of Quantities so that you can prepare tender documentation yourself or understand tender documentation you've received.


Optional modules

Heritage Property – 20 credits
Evaluate the conservation, management, development and values of heritage property by examining the literature, recognising refurbishment issues in neighbourhoods and regeneration sites, and assessing the conditions of historic buildings.


Industrial Placement – Surveying And Property Development – 20 credits
You'll take part in a placement as an employee or set up a small business and operate on a self-employed basis.


International Built Environment Fieldwork – 20 credits
This module focuses on the policy, legal and institutional frameworks in which property development markets operate in other countries.


Modern Foreign Language (IWLP) – 20 credits
Study 1 of 8 modern languages on the University's free Institution-Wide Language Programme.


Year 3


Core modules

Application of IT in Measurement and Tender Documentation – 20 credits
Learn how computer software has enabled large projects to be measured in just a few minutes.


Contract Administration, Claims Management and Dispute Resolution – 20 credits
Get an understanding of project team member roles in the administration of the construction contract.


Individual Major Project – 40 credits
You'll carry out an individual in-depth investigation into a major theme of surveying.


Professional Practice – 20 credits
Focus on your own personal development as a Chartered Surveyor.


Quantity Surveying Practice – 20 credits
Get an appreciation of the post-contract duties of the quantity surveyor in relation to other project team members.

Typical offers


  • A levels – ABB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–128 points (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T levels – Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM

English language requirements
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Tuition fees (2022 start)


  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase) 
  • International students – £18,300 per year (subject to annual increase)

Due to the high costs and risks associated with construction projects, your skills as a quantity surveyor will always be in high demand.


95% of our graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduation and 100% are working in highly skilled roles in all sectors of construction – from housing to major infrastructure projects (such as HS2) throughout the UK and internationally.


As a graduate apprentice starting your career, you could earn up to £28,000. And once you've gained more experience in industry, salaries can go up as high as £55,000, or £80,000 if you're aiming for a management role.

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