Quantity Surveying at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

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Course summary

This is a Connected Degree Portsmouth is the only University in the UK with the flexibility to choose when to do an optional paid placement or self-employed year. Either take a placement in your third year, or finish your studies first and complete a placement in your fourth year. You can decide if and when to take a placement after you've started your course. 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
Careers and opportunities Due to the high costs and risks associated with construction projects, your skills as a quantity surveyor will always be in high demand. 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. Graduate destinations Our graduates have worked for national and global companies such as:
  • Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Skanska
  • R&W Civil Engineering
  • Severn Water
  • Diamond Build PLC
Roles you could go onto include:
  • quantity surveyor
  • commercial specialist
  • project manager
  • dispute resolution specialist
Get experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work experience. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role. Placement year opportunities Taking an optional placement year gives you the experience you need to increase your chances of landing your perfect role after graduation. You could work in a paid role in a professional organisation (our students earn an average salary of £19,000 during their placements) or set up your own business, giving you the chance to grow your professional network and enhance your CV. We'll give you all the support you need to find a placement that prepares you for your career, and we'll continue to mentor you throughout your placement. Previous students have been successful in placement roles such as:
  • assistant quantity surveyor
  • assistant cost manager
  • construction trainee
  • intern and commercial assistant
  • industrial placement student
They've worked at exciting companies, including:
  • Keltbray
  • Beard Construction
  • Osborne
  • Alinea Consultants LLP
  • Kier Group


Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) (20 credits)
  • Construction Design & Sustainability (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Law for the Built Environment (20 credits)
  • Multidisciplinary Project (40 credits)
  • Property Economics & Financial Accounting (20 credits)
There are no optional modules in this year. Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Applied Building Information Modeling (BIM) (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles (20 credits)
  • Procurement & Pre-Contract Practice (20 credits)
  • Professional Studies & Applied Project (20 credits)
  • Tender Documentation and Measurement (20 credits)
Optional modules in this year currently include:
  • Fieldwork for Construction (20 credits)
  • Heritage Property (20 credits)
  • Urban Regeneration (20 credits)
Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Application of IT in Measurement & Tender Documentation (20 credits)
  • Contract Administration, Claims Management & Dispute Resolution (20 credits)
  • Individual Major Project (40 credits)
  • Professional Practice (20 credits)
  • Quantity Surveying Practice (20 credits)
There are no optional modules in this year. Placement year After your second or third year, you can do an optional study abroad or work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written exams
  • web assessments
  • essays and reports
  • project presentations
  • a dissertation
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chartered Surveyors, Royal Institution of

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £19200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1,385 EU – £1,385 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £2,875. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to port.ac.uk/ug-tuition-fees
Quantity Surveying at University of Portsmouth - UCAS