Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2022/23)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2022/23)

UCAS points

112-120 (September 2023 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

Quantity surveyors are highly sought after because they combine financial and business acumen with first-rate technical skills. This degree will put you on the path to senior positions in the construction industry.

  • This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Join a course accredited by the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Building
  • Gain the ideal preparation for a demanding, responsible and rewarding career as a chartered quantity surveyor
  • Develop a broad and sound understanding of the scientific, technological, professional, legal and management skills related to key areas of quantity surveying
  • Choose a course designed in close collaboration with employers and aligned to professional practice in the industry
  • Take an optional work placement between stages two and three – you will gain valuable experience in developing the skills and knowledge employers are looking for
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Our accreditations

There are many benefits to studying an accredited course. This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)RICS is a globally recognised and highly regarded professional body that promotes positive change in the built and natural environments. They advocate and enforce the highest professional standards in the development and management of land, real-estate, construction, and infrastructure around the world.

This prestigious RICS accreditation sets a quality benchmark which ensures that the BSc (Hons) Construction Management course is delivered to a high standard, includes content relevant to current industrial practice and is future ready, enabling you to tackle societal challenges and create better places to live.

Become a Chartered Surveyor in 2 years through APC-24

If you are aspiring to become a Chartered Surveyor, then this accredited course will put you on track to achieve MRICS status in just 2 years. Upon completing the course, you will be able to go on to complete the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC-24) which requires 24 months of structured workplace training prior to undertaking the final APC assessment.

The RICS Chartered qualification (MRICS) is a highly valued asset in built environment sector, worldwide. This status can provide many professional benefits including being part of a global professional network, access to jobs around the work, and expanding your skills and knowledge, future career prospects and earning potential.

Build your professional network and strengthen your employability

If you are enrolled onto a RICS accredited course, you can:

  • Join RICS as a student member for free, where you'll be able to:
    • Access an elite network of 134,000 RICS professional worldwide and join the Surveying professional community via the RICS LinkedIn Group
    • Benefit from RICS Matrics which supports trainee or newly qualified surveyors to build your professional network, expand your skills set and develop connections with other like-minded professionals
    • Gain knowledge and view resources to keep you at the forefront of industry including RICS Journals, conferences and seminars, training, international practice standards and professional guidance, CPD resources, independent research and cutting-edge thinking
  • Add value to your CV with an internationally recognised accredited degree and highly regarded qualification, valued by employers as the benchmark of quality

This course is also accredited by The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). The CIOB is the most influential professional body for construction management and leadership, and if you become a student member you'll receive:

  • Invites to CPD, Hub networking and NOVUS events
  • Members newsletters
  • Access to the online CIOB library to gain the latest news and industry insights
  • Public online CPD opportunities

As well as both of these accreditations, the course is also accredited by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES). This guarantees that the course meets the standards set by industry, which will provide you with an advantage in the job market after graduating. You can also subscribe to CICES student membership for free and for a year after graduating, where you can:

  • Access electronic resources including the monthly journal 'Civil Engineering Surveyor'
  • Log into the library of the Institution of Civil Engineers to receive invitations to regional CPD events, read the monthly eNewsletters and become eligible to enter the ICES student prize and awards scheme
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If you are looking for a varied and challenging career, our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management is a smart choice. We will equip you with all the skills you need to provide clients with value for money while meeting the strict regulations which govern the construction industry.

A dynamic profession

Quantity surveying entails essential skills related to the planning and procurement of construction activity, including involvement in various parts of the design and construction process. It could be advising a client about this month’s valuation or speaking with an engineer to assess the cost implications of a design solution.

Our new BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management programme will help you to develop, enhance and deepen those skills in accordance with latest industry thinking.

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The University helped me to prepare for my career as the topics studied during the course were similar, if not the same, as what I am currently doing in the real world at Atkins. I was familiar with everything presented to me in my job role.

Idah Makombe
BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management graduate

Important industry partnerships

Developed in close collaboration with employers, this course is aligned to professional practice in the construction industry. Our strong industrial links will ensure that your studies are technologically relevant and that you acquire all the knowledge and abilities you need to practise as a quantity surveyor.

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

A rich learning experience

You will learn through group work, individual assignments, lectures, seminars, site visits, field studies and site/building surveys. All these serve a variety of functions essential to the education of built environment professionals.

Assessment of your project work will be undertaken on a continuous basis, involving either an individual or group assessment. Assessment of group work may entail an element of peer group review which will contribute to your overall performance.

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Open to all students at the University of Derby the Makerspace is a student-led workshop based at our Markeaton Street site. There is a large range of tools in the Makerspace that you are able to use in your own time to design and develop projects.

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What you will study

    Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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    How you will learn

    Real world learning

    You will learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, site visits and visits to companies.

    How you are assessed

    You will be assessed through computer workshops, surveying field work, group work and individual assignments and examinations.

    Personal academic tutoring

    Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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    Entry requirements

    2023 entry

    These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2023 entry.

    RequirementWhat we're looking for
    UCAS points112-120
    A LevelBBB-BBC
    T LevelMerit
    GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
    Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6

    English language requirements

    IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

    Fees and funding

    2022/23 Fees (August 2022 - July 2023)


    £9,250 per year

    £1,155 per 20 credit module


    £14,045 per year


    Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

    Additional costs and optional extras

    How to apply

    Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

    UK students

    Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

    Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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    International students

    On-campus courses starting in September 2022 and January 2023 are now closed to new applications from international students due to unprecedented demand. Applications for September 2023 will open in October. If you have any questions, please email

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    Highly sought after due to their financial and business acumen, quantity surveyors often hold very senior positions in industry, local government and central government. You will find that career opportunities also exist in a number of related fields, including the built environment, civil and heavy engineering and the offshore and petrochemical industries.

    Quantity surveyors are responsible for the cost of any building project - from initial estimates right through to the final acquisition of materials. Surveying jobs and their associated roles are varied, but generally focussed on providing clients with value for money while adhering to the strict regulations which govern every aspect of the construction industry.

    Day-to-day responsibilities include roles inside the office, on the construction site or in meetings with clients and other project personnel. While the very nature of construction work ensures that no two projects are ever the same, a typical work day might involve:

    • preparation of contracts, including details regarding the quantities of required materials
    • on-going cost analysis of maintenance and repair work
    • feasibility studies of client requests
    • analysing completed work and arranging payment to contractors
    • allocating upcoming work to contractors
    • site visits, assessments and projections for future work

    Quantity surveyors may choose to specialise in a specific area of the construction industry and concentrate on areas like property taxation, costing advice, maintenance of existing buildings and application to funding sources.

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    If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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    † Additional information about your studies

    Part time: Up to six years. 

    Teaching hours

    Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

    Additional costs and optional extras

    We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

    Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.

    The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

    Included in your fees
    • Use of resources
    • First year field trips
    • All necessary PPE, including safety boots
    • Day field trip within the UK and transport provided
    Mandatory costs not included in your fees
    • Books, approx. £200
    • Additional field trips, approx. £100
    • Site visits, approx. £50
    • Cost of meals on trips
    Optional costs not included in your fees
    • Free student membership Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
    • Any cost for final year project over £75
    • Printing, approx. £100

    Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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