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Surveying (Quantity Surveying) BSc(Hons)

2023-24 (also available for 2022-23)

Start date

25 September 2023

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBC

BTEC - DMM

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Places available (subject to change)

40

About the course

The Quantity Surveying BSc(Hons) course at Huddersfield looks at the latest surveying practice, both in the UK and internationally. The course focuses particularly on the role of Quantity Surveyor, aiming to give you the skills and experience to find employment in the global construction industry.

Quantity Surveyors can take on a number of roles in the construction industry. Working on behalf of contractors, consultants and clients, they manage the commercial and contractual aspects of the construction process.

The course is tailored to meet the demands of the employers and is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Why study Quantity Surveying?

  • This course gives you the chance to develop the skills you need to work in construction teams, applying the latest processes and technologies.
  • Two crucial tools for today’s Quantity Surveyor are Lean Construction and Building Information Modelling (BIM). Our course will give you the chance to explore both areas and understand their relevance to construction.
  • Opportunities to work collaboratively with students across other courses in Architecture and Built Environment may give you experience and understanding in how to work in multidisciplinary teams.

Lean Construction focuses on delivering minimum cost and maximum value for a construction project, looking at how the process of design, construction and end-use of a building is managed. Building Information Modelling is used to enhance Lean Construction, giving surveyors tools to manage the costs of materials and labour in projects. On the course you’ll be able to explore both areas to understand how you could deliver better value for clients, wherever your career may take you.

As a student on the Surveying (Quantity Surveying) BSc(Hons), you’ll be studying with peers from other subjects such as Construction Project Management, Architecture and Architectural Technology.

Surveying (Quantity Surveying) BSc(Hons) is part of a suite of courses that also includes Construction Project Management BSc(Hons). Once you’ve enrolled on one of the courses, you’re free to switch to one of the others (with the agreement of your tutors) between the first and second year if your interests change. You only have to apply for one course within the suite we offer.

The course has allowed me to gain further knowledge on the role of a surveyor and deeper insight into the construction industry. My favourite project was a collaborative one where I worked with academics and students across disciplines. It helped me understand how to form a successful construction project team.

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Umar Athir, Surveying (Quantity Surveying) BSc(Hons) student

Course detail

Core modules:

Technology 1: An Introduction to Architectural Technology

This module introduces three main areas. Firstly, Structures - through an exploration of structural equilibrium and the assessment of stress and deformation in simple elements, the module will discuss the properties of building materials and the implications for element design. An introduction to civil engineering and groundworks is provided. Secondly, Buildings Fabric Design - common materials, assemblies and construction techniques used to achieve safe, environmentally sound and aesthetic constructions will be explained and exemplified. Common failures in materials and assemblies will be highlighted. Thirdly, Environmental Design - a building’s fabric and services combine to create an internal environment that the occupants find comfortable and pleasurable. This extends to physiological (and psychological), thermal, visual and acoustic comfort, and the health and wellbeing of the occupants. You’ll consider how responsive design (both passive and interactive) can be utilised to provide the internal conditions necessary for comfort. All of the above topics will be considered in relation to sustainable design necessary for protecting local and global environments.

Construction Business

This module will introduce the overall construction business to you. The content is structured into three distinctive, but interrelated areas, namely, business at industry level, business at project level and business at individual level.

Environmental Science and Services

Services in buildings facilitate interactions between the building and its internal and external environments. As such, buildings should be equipped with appropriate services to make those habitable. The current global drive for sustainable environments demands that the modern services in buildings should focus on providing comfortable living environments to building occupants through the most sustainable means. Within this context, this module provides an opportunity for you to explore the concepts and relevant technologies in building services and their links with environmental sciences.

Construction Law and Regulatory Framework

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to English Law and relevant statutory requirements for the construction, property and surveying practice. You will be introduced to the workings of the English legal system, to the law relating to contracts and to the regulatory framework affecting the use, management and development of land, in particular, planning, building control and the Construction Design Management (CDM) regulations.

Digital Technology 1

This module aims to provide an introduction to the digital technologies in construction, with a focus on the applications of Building Information Modelling (BIM). The module will start from the traditional Computer Aided Design (CAD) applications, such as 2D and 3D CAD, and continue to the latest development of BIM, including 4D and 5D BIM. The concept of nD modelling is introduced together with other emerging technologies including robotics, laser scanning and 3D printing, which are used in the construction industry worldwide.

Entry requirements

BBCat A Level or equivalent

112 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

Merit at T Level.

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above
  • 112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

Read our guidance on developing your portfolio and what to expect from your interview.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Placements


The course offers an optional one-year (36 week minimum) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University’s Enterprise Team. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year.

You can find out more information on placements here.

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Your career


The course aims to help you to develop the necessary skills leading to be a professionally qualified Chartered Quantity Surveyor. As a graduate you could consider a career as a quantity surveyor, possibly through first working as an assistant.

*Percentage of graduates from this subject area who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 18/19, UK domiciled graduates).

75% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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