Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management (BSc (Hons))

Nottingham Trent University

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 13450 per year

All study options

About Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management at Nottingham Trent University

Quantity surveyors manage all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects, from the initial calculations to the final figures. They are specialised accountants for the construction industry, aiming to minimise costs and enhance value for money, delivering projects to the required quality and on time. You will need strong financial skills, and the ability to negotiate and develop relationships with suppliers.

Our accredited course is designed for those who want to be the centre of the management of construction procurement process. If you think logically, enjoy using your own initiative, are interested in financial matters, enjoy dealing with people and want to work in and out of the office, then this is the course for you.

Why study this course?

  • Benefit from excellent employability prospects:100% of our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management sandwich students are in professional or managerial jobs, just six months after graduating, earning an average salary of £26,600 (DLHE survey 2015/16).
  • Benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, supporting you throughout your time at NTU and enabling you to make the most of your studies. As well as money towards the cost of your course materials, you'll also benefit from study trips and live projects, included in the cost of your course fees, free personal protective equipment (PPE) and a pre-paid printing allowance.
  • NTU is one of the leading providers of property education in the UK. We're ranked as the 5th university in the UK for Building, Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • Our course is accredited by two professional bodies, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), recognising the quality and relevance of our course content.
  • Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement.
  • Apply your learning to the real world, with opportunities to take part in site visits and live projects as part of the course.
  • Learn from our experienced academic team, staff who have recently joined from industry, and visiting experts. Benefit from our established partnerships with employing organisations.
  • Study a course with outstanding student satisfaction; 95% of our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management sandwich students are satisfied with the quality of their course (National Student Survey, 2017).
  • Tailor your studies to your circumstances, with the flexibility to switch between full-time, part-time and sandwich options, to suit your own requirements.

We also offer this course with a part-time study route and as a Degree Apprenticeship.

How you're taught

How will I learn?

  • You will spend approximately 10 hours per week in scheduled learning. This includes lectures, supported by smaller group sessions including seminars, tutorials, laboratory sessions, and workshops.
  • You will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.
  • Outside of timetabled sessions you will need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, completing coursework, developing a portfolio, and directed reading to expand your knowledge.

Trips and study visits

Site visits and field trips form an integral part of the learning process, allowing you to put theory into practice. Recent trips have included visits to the new Wembley stadium, an eco-build exhibition, and JCB headquarters. These are all designed to help you understand and apply what you're learning in a real-world context.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and exams. The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and will consist of group and individual projects, reports, presentations, and essays. You will receive feedback throughout each module.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and exams. The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and will consist of group and individual projects, reports, presentations, and essays. You will receive feedback throughout each module.

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Careers and employability

Our course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the construction industry. 100% of our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management sandwich students are in professional or managerial jobs, just six months after graduating, earning an average salary of £26,600 (DLHE survey 2015/16).

Where do Quantity Surveying graduates from NTU work?

NTU has a strong construction and quantity surveying alumni community, with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies. Recent graduate destinations have included:

  • Arcadis
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Davis Langdon
  • Faithful+Gould
  • Gleeds
  • John Fisk
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Paul John Construction
  • Ringway
  • Transport For London (TfL)
  • Wates Construction.

Graduate roles have included: quantity surveyor, assistant quantity surveyor, assistant contract manager, graduate quantity surveyor, and commercial management trainee.

Getting your full RICS membership

If you aspire to become a RICS Chartered Surveyor, you will need to complete at least two years of relevant professional work experience – the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). If you undertake a sandwich placement, this will normally count as the first year of your professional work experience (only for RICS), however at least 12 months of study must take place on a graduate training scheme. Find out more about how to complete your APC and become RICS qualified.

This course is designed to prepare you for future employment in a number of the RICS APC pathways.

Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service. Our Employability team runs a series of events throughout the year specifically for Construction students, including our Property, Design and Construction fair, bringing together our students with prospective employers.

Find out more about career options in the construction industry on the Chartered Institute of Building website.

Excellent placement opportunities

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management students have the opportunity to apply for a year-long work placement.This will give you real, hands-on experience within the industry, opening up exciting opportunities for future employment. Our sandwich route offers this year-long placement option, with a total course length of four years.

Where can I work?

Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management students typically gain placements at construction main contractors, civil engineering main contractors, house builders, construction consultancies, project management consultancies, and local authorities.

Recent destinations have included:

  • Morgan Sindall
  • Interserve Project Services Limited
  • Mansell
  • Gleeds
  • Volker Fitzpatrick
  • J N Bentley
  • Laing O'Rourke
  • Transport for London (TfL).

The majority of students from this course work as assistant quantity surveyors during their placement.

Professional qualification

Successful completion of the 36 weeks leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice, which will further enhance your CV.


Facilities for Construction students

The majority of your lectures and seminars will take place in the Newton building. You will also benefit from dedicated lab spaces in the Maudslay building, including a hydraulics lab and concrete testing lab. See a full gallery of facilities used by our students studying a construction-related course.

Dedicated resource centre

Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre, based in the Maudslay building, enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with computers, large format plotters and desk space, together with the latest, and archived, journals and publications.

This resource centre is open from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City site, with PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage, and high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student). Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.

Books and library resources

In the library, you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within the Built Environment. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books.

Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist subject knowledge. They can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources and also support on things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

Entry requirements

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

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