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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Graham Construction
  • Lagan Construction
  • Whitemountain Quarries
  • F P McCann
  • Bruce Shaw Partnership

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Commercial Manager
  • Construction Cost Consultant
  • Cost Engineer
  • Measurement Engineer


Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus in September 2019.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

Give yourself the competitive advantage by joining a winning team to become one of the best quantity surveying graduates in the world.


Study Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

Quantity Surveyors are construction professionals who manage and control the cost of major construction projects. You will be advising on the economic affordability of projects, typical development costs, procurement, tendering, contractual management, dispute avoidance and resolution, measurement and payment for completed works, ultimately striving to deliver projects within budget.

RICS accreditation provides you with global opportunities, which span key stakeholders throughout the construction supply chain, central and local government and as self-employed practitioners. Your transferrable skills will be equally sought after in other industries.

Job satisfaction is a key benefit in this highly rewarding career, contributing positively to the sustainable built environment of the future.

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About this course

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Typically students who enrol on this programme are already employed in a quantity surveying role but cannot progress further on their career ladder or achieve chartered membership of the RICS without first completing a professionally accredited degree programme. Others have decided that they wish to embark upon a change in career and enrol on the programme on a part time basis. We can use our contacts within industry to introduce you to employers, for those not currently employed in a QS capacity. Demand for quantity surveying graduates is forecast to exceed demand for the next 10 years.

We aim to prepare you to make a positive impact on society and contribute to the economic growth of the construction sector within which you will be employed. Our experienced teaching team are at the cutting edge of the discipline through academic enterprise which provides Continuing Professional Development to industry on topics spanning the likes of standard forms of contract, new rules of measurement and building information modelling. We incorporate all knowledge obtained from academic enterprise into the programme. In addition we map the modules against the professional competencies required by the RICS’s Assessment of Professional Competence. This knowledge base and resources provide you with the relevant and current data to develop your understanding of procurement, contract administration, data management, estimating and managing costs. The acquiring of the knowledge will allow you to apply these tools to any building or civil engineering project of any scale, or to other projects in other industries of similar scale and complexity, like renewable energies or oil and gas. Your skills will embody the core technical competencies that define the quantity surveying profession as well as the soft transferrable skills valued and highly sought after by many key employers.

Fundamental themes of construction measurement, construction technology, law and economics and principles of ethics and sustainability are threaded throughout the sixyears of study.


Six years. Part Time.

Each year based on 2 semesters of 12 weeks with approximately one day dedicated to face to face teaching, in the form of lectures, tutorials, seminars and practicals. Part time students must find additional time for independent learning and study to complete the necessary assignment workload and prepare for examinations in January and May.

We attempt to timetable all required classes into 1 day per week for each semester, however some semesters require an additional half day of attendance. The day can change from one semester to the next within each academic year. Please check with the Course Director for details.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is 300 UCAS Tariff points to include Grades BB at A level .


Overall BTEC award profile with D,D,M to include 9 Distinctions. All subject areas considered.

Irish Leaving Certificate

300 UCAS tariff points to include Grades BBBBB (from 5 Highers) and C in Mathematics and C in English Language (ordinary Level).

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is 300 UCAS Tariff points with AABCC.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is 300 UCAS Tariff points with BBB.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile 300 UCAS Tariff points with a minimum 26 points(13 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall average of 70% for year 1 entry (Science/Science & Technology/Humanities, Social Science or Construction).


GCSE Profile to include grades C in English and B in Mathematics.

Grade C in Mathematics will be considered for entry if a Mathematics related Level 3 subject (e.g. A Level / National Diploma module or the like) is taken and the resulting grade demonstrates an improved competence in Mathematics.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

Knowledge and understanding of the subject are acquired mainly through lectures, tutorials, directed reading, laboratories, case studies, seminars, and IT based resources. Intelectual qualities are developed through exercise classes/tutorials, coursework assignments, individual and group studio work and simulation exercises. Professional and practical skills are gained through coursework assignments including, laboratory work, problem solving assignments and studio work undertaken individually or in small groups, a group project and an individual final year research dissertation. Basic IT and communication skills are taught in Year 1. These and the other transferrable skills including delivering presentations are developed through coursework assignments including the preparation of reports, problem solving assignments / studio work undertaken individually or in small groups and an individual final year research dissertation.

Assessment of the above is principally through formal closed book examinations, class tests and coursework assignments consisting of reports, essays, individual and group exercises, group projects, oral/poster presentations and an individual final year research dissertation.

Exemptions and transferability

Students normally enter into Year 1.

Transfer may be available between part-time and full-time modes of study at appropriate transfer stages (i.e. level 4 or level 5) in the course.

There is no direct transferability between the surveying related courses within the School.

Direct Entry to Year 3:

In exceptional circumstances, if evidence of previous relevant study can be provided, consideration may be given to entry into the Third year.

Pass in Foundation Degree in "Sustainable Construction" with 55% overall in second year modules to include 65% in both "Construction Economics & Business Environment" and "Measurement & Costing" modules for entry to year 2.

Lower pass grades in "Sustainable Construction" and passes in other Foundation Degree subjects will facilitate entry to year 1 only.

Entry to Final Year:

A minimum of one third of the degree must be undertaken at Ulster University, which would require 20 credit points from a year 2 module from the programme to be passed prior to starting final year. Modules passed at other institutions must be reviewed to check alignment with Learning Outcomes from Ulster University's programme. Please contact the Course Director to discuss.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Graham Construction
  • Lagan Construction
  • Whitemountain Quarries
  • F P McCann
  • Bruce Shaw Partnership

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Commercial Manager
  • Construction Cost Consultant
  • Cost Engineer
  • Measurement Engineer

Career options

Most part-time students are already working in a quantity surveying role and are undertaking the degree as a pathway to attain MRICS status.

Typically graduates of the programme are working in positions, involving the financial and administrative management of construction projects, development companies, contracting organisations and property departments in both the public or private professional sectors. The course is also of relevance to those intending to map out a progressive career in any aspect of the construction industry. RICS accreditation provides graduates with global opportunities.

In addition, the course provides an excellent foundation for graduates who wish to undertake postgraduate study or research.

Professional recognition

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership.

Academic profile

All lecturing staff are experienced professionals in their fields and the majority delivering the Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management programme maintain membership of the RICS (MRICS).


Apply online at for the part time programme.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Scholarships, awards and prizes

Dean's List: For outstanding performance of students within the Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Undergraduate Prize, for final year students who are members of RICS, for highest aggregate mark in level 6 modules. £75 RICS book token (Redeemable only through RICS [NI]).

Level 5 Modules:

  • McLaughlin and Harvey Commercial Management Prize for best overall grade in SUR327 Commercial Management module: £100.
  • Gilbert Ash Collaboration Project Prize. Best group presentation for the second year joint Architectural Technology and Management/Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management collaborative project (i.e. Coursework 2 in SUR327 Commercial Management): Gift vouchers to a total value of £100.
  • MFS Procurement and Administration Groupwork Prize, Highest group assessment mark in module, SUR308 Procurement and Administration: £500 to winning group.

Level 6 Modules:

  • MFS Advanced Measurement Prize, Highest mark in module SUR509 Advanced Measurement: £100.
  • F P McCann prize for best Civil Engineering Technology student in module SUR506 Civil Engineering Technology.

Additional mandatory costs


Year 1 - New Rules and Measurements (NRM2) £45 approx.

Year 2 - New Rules and Measurements (NRM1) £45 approx and Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement 4th Edition (CESMM4) £50 approx.


Faculty Office:

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6521

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Course Director: Gervase Cunningham

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 8179



Maurice Flynn & Sons:

“The QS degree course offered by Ulster University covered a wide variety of aspects of the construction industry. As we progressed through our studies we were able to gain a more detailed insight into how the industry works day to day. The inclusion of a placement year is a fantastic aspect of the degree and offers a foothold into the working world. The university recruitment fair offered a wide variety of opportunities to help us gain employment after graduation.” Michael McCormick, Patrick Loughran & Sean McGuigan

O’Hare & McGovern:

“I found the course very interesting and I felt that it taught the basic principles of the job very well. It provided a clear understanding of the job role and of the processes involved. It gave a good into to the contracts in use and with the aid of the industrial placement year provided a great opportunity for an immediate career upon graduating.” Jonathan Stevenson (Class of 2012).

Tinnelly Construction Ltd:

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying within the QS programme. I feel that once I have embarked into the working world I have taken a lot from the course with me which has set me up for a career as a graduate QS. I feel a lot of the modules studied have been very relevant to reality and would definitely recommend the QS & CM degree” Mark Hadden (class of 2015).