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

  • Graham Construction
  • Bruce Shaw Partnership
  • Transport for London
  • Lagan Construction
  • F P McCann
  • Rainey & Best

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Surveyor/Project Manager
  • Graduate Costs and Project Manager
  • 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 100% of our graduates gain graduate positions on an average salary of circa £25K or enrol in a postgraduate course within 6 months of graduation. The majority confirm their destinations before leaving the programme, so our employability statistics compare favourably to other programmes in the university and any comparable course. Demand for graduates with these skills is forecast to exceed demand for the next 10 years.

We aim to prepare you to make a positive impact on the economic sector within which you will be employed. Our experienced teaching team are at the cutting edge of the discipline through academic enterprise, providing 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 these topics into the programme, in addition to mapping the modules against the professional competencies required by the RICS’s Assessment of Professional Competence. You can therefore take advantage of the resources we provide to develop your understanding of procurement, contract administration, data management, estimating and managing costs. You can then 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 by many key employers.

Fundamental themes of construction measurement, construction technology, law and economics and principles of ethics and sustainability are threaded throughout the four years of study. You will be provided with an opportunity to undertake a paid placement year, where you put your learning into practice, with an average salary of circa £15K, most of which lead to full time graduate employment offers.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards


Four years (including placement year). Full-time.

Years one, two and four are each based on 2 semesters of 12 weeks on a five day per week schedule where approximately three days are dedicated to face to face, teaching, in terms of lectures, tutorials, seminars and practicals and the remaining two days are designated to independent learning and study to complete the necessary assignment workload.

In year three (Placement Year) students will be required to work in practice as per the office hours of the employing company. This is normally for a full one year duration.

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 Access profile 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. Intellectual 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 full-time and part-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 2:

In exceptional circumstances, if evidence of previous relevant study can be provided, consideration may be given to entry into the second 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
  • Bruce Shaw Partnership
  • Transport for London
  • Lagan Construction
  • F P McCann
  • Rainey & Best

Job roles

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

  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Surveyor/Project Manager
  • Graduate Costs and Project Manager
  • Commercial Manager
  • Construction Cost Consultant
  • Cost Engineer
  • Measurement Engineer

Career options

Most quantity surveying graduates take up 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.

Work placement / study abroad

Year 3 is spent in supervised professional practice comprising a module of 60 credit points.

Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP)

As part of the 3rd year of the full time programme, this is awarded following the satisfactory achievement of the learning outcomes associated with the SUR318 Quantity Surveying Placement module, when placement is undertaken within the UK / Ireland.

Diploma in Professional Practice (International) (DPP(I))

As part of the 3rd year of the full time programme, this is awarded following the satisfactory achievement of the learning outcomes associated with the SUR318 Quantity Surveying Placement module, when placement is undertaken outside the UK / Ireland.

Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS)

As part of the 3rd year of the full time programme, this is awarded following the satisfactory achievement of the learning outcomes associated with an approved international study programme which would be taken instead of SUR318 Quantity Surveying Placement module / DPP Award.

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).


Applications for full time undergraduate courses are made through UCAS

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Deans 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]).

Year 1

  • WYG Prize - Best Overall Year 1 student: £750 and 2 week work placement.

Year 2:

  • McLaughlin and Harvey Commercial Management Prize for best overall grade in SUR327 Commercial Management module: £100.
  • Whitemountain Quarries Estimating and Tendering Prize. Best Group presentation (coursework 1) in module SUR327 Commercial Management: Gift Vouchers to the value of approx. £100 (for Victoria Square Shopping Mall, Belfast).
  • 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.

Final Year:

  • 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.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.


Faculty Office

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6521


Course Director: Mark McKane

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 8899



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 will 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).