A female quantity surveying student, smiling
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019


Construction isn’t cheap. That’s why the skills of a quantity surveyor will always be in high demand. If you want to combine entrepreneurial thinking with professional acumen and a sought after skill set, quantity surveying is a great career option.

This BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree course provides you with the knowledge and skills to confidently tackle the social, economic and technical issues around construction projects of all sizes.

Accredited by

This degree course is accredited by the following professional bodies:

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) – once you’ve started your first job, you’ll be able to start training to become a chartered quantity surveyor
  • Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM) – this makes you eligible for registration to the BQSM once you graduate

Professional accreditation also lets potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Learn the professional skills of the surveyor plus the broader business acumen to help shape construction projects
  • Use our suite of Building Information Modelling (BIM) software
  • Keep up to date with the latest industry developments with teaching informed by research and professional practice
  • Contribute to current debates by attending lectures from visiting guest speakers
  • Experience your future working environment by conducting field work in locations in the UK and Europe
  • Work on real projects as part of our partnerships with charities, local and global organisations

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the construction industry.

You’ll be ready to take on a variety of roles in the when you graduate, including:

  • trainee quantity surveyor
  • property developer
  • project manager
  • construction law
  • claims specialist
  • BIM coordinator

Whatever your plans once you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our careers and employability service as you advance in your career.

Fieldtrips have always been very useful. They allow us to get the real feel of a problem when we see it for ourselves.

Deepu Prabhakaran, Construction Student

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree course

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Professional Development
  • Construction, Design and Sustainability
  • Introduction to Building Measurement
  • Introduction to Law for the Built Environment
  • Property Economics and Financial Accounting
  • Quantitative Methods for Property Studies

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Professional Development
  • Procurement and Pre-contract Practice
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Tender Documentation and Measurement
  • Building Futures

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Heritage property
  • International Built Environment Fieldwork
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles

To give yourself an edge when it comes to starting your career, you can do an optional work placement year between your second and final year.

Previous students have done placements across the construction industry in businesses such as:

  • MDA Consulting
  • Keltbray

We’ll help you secure a work placement that gets you closer to your dream job. We’ll also provide you with mentoring and support throughout your placement year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Contract Administration, Claims Management and Dispute Resolution
  • Integrating Interprofessional Project
  • Measurement, Tender Documentation and Quantity Surveying Practice
  • Project Management for Surveyors
  • Research Methods and Individual Project

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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and set you up for future career.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers free advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • group work

This course is structured to provide you with practical experience.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

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.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 43% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 49% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 37% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 46% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 30% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 62% by coursework

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

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

See alternative English language qualifications

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

We provide hard hats, hi-vis vests, eye protection and gloves. But you’ll need to buy your own safety boots, which cost around £35.

If you go on the optional international field trip in year 2 you’ll need to contribute approximately £500 to the cost.


How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – K240
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.