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What’s covered in the course?
Quantity surveyors ensure that developments and construction projects are completed on time and within budget. Their work is often concerned with financial aspects of construction, such as providing clients with strategic business advice. This degree reflects the mix of technical, economic, legal and managerial skills required in this industry, helping you develop the competencies you need for practice as a quantity surveyor.
Today’s construction industry is facing the challenges of globalisation, climate change, demanding clients and a complex regulatory framework. The growing importance of technology and integrated delivery plays an increasingly important role in the industry.
- Thermal Comfort
- Domestic Heating
- Building Tech
- Measurement & Analysis of Prices
- Building Contract Law
- Building Procurement
- Strategic studies
- Project management
The quantity surveyor’s role is to provide advice on the cost implications of construction, minimising a project’s costs while still meeting the required standards of quality, many of which are specified by statute or regulations. The need to incorporate sustainability is also paramount.
Year 1 explores the legal, technical and economic context within which construction professionals work. Modules in sustainable design and development and construction technology will prepare you for measurement – one of the core technical skills of a quantity surveyor.
Year 2 examines more complex commercial structures. You will be introduced to cost-planning techniques, contract law and the pre/post-contract financial and contract administration duties of the quantity surveyor.
The course gives you a business perspective, enabling you to understand the construction industry and its relationship to the consultancy market. In Year 3, modules in consultancy and project management cover the consultant-client relationship, organisational change management, project control and project team leadership. The course culminates in a major group project, along with an independent research project.
Becoming a chartered professional is not just about gaining knowledge. This course also develops skills such as: presenting yourself; working in teams; writing reports; debating current topics; using IT; and initiating and executing research projects.