Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management (QSCM) is a multidisciplinary subject involved in all aspects of construction, civil engineering works, the real estate and property business. Activities include procurement advice, commercial guidance, measurement of construction items, resource assessments, valuations, costing/estimating, value management, value engineering, contract administration/management, project management and other post construction management decisions.
With excellent prospects and attractive salaries, quantity surveying offers a rewarding and challenging career where no two days are ever likely to be the same. You could find yourself involved in all aspects of construction from feasibility and detailed design right through to construction and operation. A diverse portfolio of projects might range from property developments, including residential, commercial, industrial and retail, to major infrastructure projects, such as motorways, railways and airports.
This professionally accredited course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to give expert advice on the effective management of finance and costs throughout the building lifecycle. You will have the opportunity to gain a solid understanding of quantification and costing of construction works, financial control and reporting, risk management, design economics and cost planning.
You will be taught by staff with academic and professional experience in quantity surveying, architectural practice, civil engineering and the construction industry, having worked in a variety of professional roles such as building surveying, quantity surveying, construction management, architectural technology and a wide range of professional organisations. We also have a strong portfolio of industry-related research, particularly in the areas of low carbon building technology, sustainable construction materials and engineering education, which ensures you stay abreast of new technologies and emerging issues. Many of our teaching team are active researchers and consultants to RICS.
Teaching is highly practical; throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to draw on real-life case studies and participate in integrated project work, where theory is put into practice as soon as it is learned. For example, performing a real quantity survey in a commercial role for a client and presenting your findings to their asset management team.
You will also have opportunities to apply for industrial placements with a range of local and regional companies where you can exercise your technical skills in a professional environment. In the past, students have found roles as training and graduate quantity surveyors for major construction companies such as Barratt Home Limited, Balfour Beatty Plc, Laing O'Rourke and National Grid, for instance.