Course details

Study options

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

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

K240

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

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.

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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.

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).

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 individual or group assessment. Assessment of group work may entail an element of peer group review which will contribute to your overall performance.

What you will study

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3Optional Placement YearOptional Placement Year

Code: 4BU502

Construction Materials Technology

Practitioners within the construction industry must be able to choose the most effective material for design and build applications with due regard to the material properties, function, method of manufacture and cost.

This module introduces students to fundamental materials concepts that will enable them to understand and choose materials for practical applications within the construction industry. Use will be made of materials selection software and the module will have a practical applications-based slant. The environmental aspects of materials are also considered including sustainability, and the health and safety aspects related to the handling and use of construction materials.

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20 Credits
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Code: 4BU503

Construction Organisation and Economics

The initiation of a building project is a multifaceted process involving numerous industrial players. This module examines the framework that is the UK Construction Industry from the initial economic principles that underline the demand for built assets, through the design process to the construction process and ultimate satisfaction of the client body that initiated the project.

For access to large construction sites employees and construction professionals have to apply for and obtain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, to apply for this everyone working on a construction site have to pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test.

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20 Credits
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Code: 4BU504

Environmental Design and Services

The long term decline in the supply of fossil fuels and their contribution to climate change is resulting in the design of buildings undergoing significant re-analysis.

This module aims to develop a broad understanding of the environmental criteria that contribute to the creation of a healthy environment within a building without imposing more than necessary on natural resources and the local environment.

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20 Credits
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Code: 4BU506

Technology and Structures 1

The module aims to establish and develop a base of knowledge of the technology and structures associated with low-rise buildings and their infrastructure, comprising both predominantly masonry techniques and framed structures.

The learner will study health and safety requirements within a design and construction context. Designers’ concerns in choice and specification of components are considered along with assembly methods, against a background of regulatory controls and safety issues in the approaches and equipment deployed in construction operations. Sustainability and environmental concerns are considered throughout the module wherever appropriate, by looking at the different methods, materials and/or better practices. An illustrative approach is used to support learning, supplemented by site visits.

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20 Credits
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Code: 4BU512

CAD and Mathematics for Construction

Traditional design environments engage conventional drafting techniques to relay thoughts and ideas into reality, requiring competent personnel with considerable drafting experience. Any revisions have to be manually amended which impose constraints on resources (specifically time). The emergence of Computer Aided Design (CAD) packages has revolutionised the way designs are transformed into reality, significantly improving efficiency in term of editing and revising drawings.

This module invites you to prepare, modify and enhance designs using CAD software as the principal platform. You will be able to explore various features and functions of CAD software and apply them in the design process. It provides you with an introduction to the knowledge and skills required to use appropriate computer software as an aid to design in the built environment industry.

The primary aim of the maths element of this module is provide the fundamental knowledge and techniques required to underpin the core units of a construction or quantity surveying degree programme. The main mathematical topics covered by the module include geometry and trigonometry, mensuration, and statistics together with the algebraic processes that support these areas of study. The use of spreadsheets will be developed as an analytical tool. Assessment of the mathematics element of the module will be by a single piece of coursework involving the use of mathematical concepts in a construction context and a time constrained examination of 2 hours duration.

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20 Credits
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Code: 4BU513

Surveying and the Built Environment

Surveying techniques are of concern to many built environment practitioners – either for recording existing topographical and built features or measuring and quantifying building and construction quantities for new construction and refurbished buildings.

The relevant mathematical skills will be introduced and developed contextually. You are expected to be able to:

  • Identify the principles and select appropriate methods of recording measurements from drawn information and associated descriptions of works, as defined in the current RICS New Rules of Measurement.
  • Apply appropriate measurement techniques to given scenario
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20 Credits
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Code: 5BU503

Measurement and Cost Studies

This module introduces you to pre-contract quantification of construction work and the skills required for the preparation of Bills and Quantities. To provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to competently perform contractors estimating in a built environment context. An introduction to and application of the current method of measurement for building works with current methods of measurement (NRM2).

This is predominantly a workshop-based module with Tutor support. There will be a limited number of key lectures, with student-centred learning based upon core texts.

This module exposes you to building economics related to building design, traditional pre−contract estimating techniques (single and multi-rate). Measurement and cost planning at pre-contract stage. Sources of data for cost prediction. Tender stage planning as an aid to estimating; cost control techniques, cost prediction and control; Cost modelling.

The interpretation of graphical and textual project information; mensuration techniques and conventional methods of booking and preparing dimensions.

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20 Credits
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Code: 5BU504

Procurement, Contracts and Legal Studies

The module seeks to help students understand the relationships between parties involved in procuring, designing and delivering construction related services in an environment that reflects clients' changing requirements. Contractual responsibilities of parties are examined, and the central themes of cost, time and output/quality are illustrated to encourage you to think about appropriate administrative methods
20 Credits
core
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Code: 5BU510

Technology and Structures 2

This module enhances the capability of students to develop detailed analysis and synthesis skills to the understanding of framed structures and the materials used in their construction.

This is achieved by a clear demarcation between substructure and superstructure elements which is an essential element of the assessment strategy. In addition, you will develop recognition that the construction industry is moving towards greater use of prefabricated components and processes at the expense of traditional craft categorisation to meet the demands for buildings in the future.

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20 Credits
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Code: 5BU516

Measurement

This module introduces you to pre-contract quantification of construction work and the skills required for the preparation of Bills and Quantities. An introduction to and application of the current methods of measurement for building works. The interpretation of graphical and textual project information; mensuration techniques and conventional methods of booking and preparing dimensions. An introduction to computerised techniques for computerised BQ production methods.

This is predominantly a workshop-based module with Tutor support. There will be a limited number of key lectures, with student centred learning based upon core texts.

To provide the student with the ability to recognise the concept of pre-contract quantification of construction work and the skills required for the preparation of Bills and Quantities.

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20 Credits
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Code: 5BU519

Construction Value and Cost Studies 1

To provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to competently perform contractors estimating in a built environment context. This module develops your understanding of measurement principles and your ability to apply measurement skills for estimating.

You will also develop your understanding of how construction costs occur and your ability to prepare and manage cost estimates. To provide you with the skills to extract information from 3D drawn models in a format that can be used for estimating purposes. You will develop your commercial awareness skills within the estimating and tendering processes and the importance of this in the workplace.

It is a pre-requisite that Construction Value and Cost Studies 1 is passed before Construction Value and Cost Studies 2 is studied.

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20 Credits
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Code: 5BU520

Law and Construction Contracts

To provide you with the ability to analyse key legal issues relevant to the procurement and management of construction. You will study the English Legal System and its relationship to European Union law to help you understand how law is made, administered and enforced.

You will also study health and safety law, contract law, negligence, occupier’s liability and other construction related legal topics that have relevance to the construction and property environment. All of these will be considered from a construction perspective helping you understand how law fits into construction.

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20 Credits
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Code: 6BU503

Professional Practice and Project Management

This module is designed to give you the skills and confidence to work as part of a built environment interdisciplinary team to assess, plan and develop a simulated or real built environment development project brief.

It will enable you to assess the skills, knowledge and experiences gained from your programme and bring these to an interdisciplinary team environment in order to collaborate successfully with other professions to produce a complete design and build solution for a set brief. It further aims to allow you to reflect on the experience of working in an interdisciplinary team and evaluate your professional performance in this scenario.

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20 Credits
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Code: 6BU509

Advanced Quantity Surveying

Recognise the concept of pre contract quantification of building and civil engineering construction work and the skills required for the preparation of Bills of Quantities

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a key part of the construction industry and is redefining roles and working practices of its stakeholders.

BIM is a process for creating and managing all of the information on a project – before, during and after construction. The output of this process is the Building Information Model, the digital description of every aspect of the built asset.

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20 Credits
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Code: 6BU510

Construction Value and Cost Studies 2

To provide the student with the knowledge and ability to apply the principles and practices of financial modelling and development appraisal and valuation in a built environment context.
20 Credits
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Code: 6BU511

Construction Risk Management

To provide the student with the ability to develop the principles and applications of risk management as they apply to the built environment. Minimising uncertainty on projects or during changes in company organisation; better decision-making – risk management either as a stand-alone projects or linked with a value management exercise can ensure that strategic decisions are well founded; providing a hard focus on critical problems. For construction projects these will include risks associated with design, construction and maintenance/operation.
20 Credits
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Code: 6BU996

Independent Study

The module provides a framework for selecting a feasible topic and clarifying the scope of a proposal; an introduction to planning research and finding sources of information; a context for structuring and presenting written information.

This module requires you to produce a coherent, sustained and comprehensive research based study, demonstrating an ability to generate complex proposals with awareness of current issues in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management. And Construction Management. It provides the continuation of personal development skills from what you have learnt at level 4 and 5. It is a rigorous and distinguishing feature of honours degree programmes. It is a vehicle to both fully develop and test your ability to work independently on a study, critically analyse data, argue rationally, and to draw independent conclusions that are clearly presented.

The study encourages in- depth, detailed study of a topic derived from your own area of special interest in order to expand understanding of cultural, managerial, technological, scientific, or design aspects associated with Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management; Construction Management. Research ethics should be guided the University research ethics committee; details can be found at: http://www.derby.ac.uk/research/uod/researchethicsandintegrity/researchethics/

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40 Credits
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Code: 5ME886

Applied Professional Practice

This module provides a framework for the development of “lifelong learning” skills appropriate to all areas of professional practice; including objective setting, planning, negotiating, implementing, demonstrating and reflecting.

The emphasis in this module is on the analysis and evaluation of the work completed within the organisation. This module also gives you the opportunity to relate your academic knowledge to the work environment.

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40 Credits
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Code: 5ME887

Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice

Students need to be aware of the commercial realities and external factors that influence the success of an organisation. This module provides opportunities for students to acquire an understanding of contemporary issues that may impact on industrial and professional practices relevant to a career within their chosen discipline.

During this period of work experience, students can gain a deeper appreciation of the responsibilities arising from both corporate and individual responses to such issues, thus enabling them to relate to the wider world when exploring a personal direction for potential career development.

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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.

Who will teach you

Programme leader

Philip Hunt

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

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:

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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Part time: Up to six years. 

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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.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

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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