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Quantity Surveying Course by complete University Guide

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Subject description

Surveyors work in a variety of different settings including people's homes, the sea bed, roads and motorways, collectables and large construction sites. They are also responsible for the protection of the environment in which they are working.

Quantity surveying is primarily centred on construction and the management of the costs and budgets of large projects. From the moment a plan is drawn until a large construction project has been completed, a quantity surveyor is likely to be involved in a legal, technical and financial capacity. The functions of a quantity surveyor are broadly concerned with the control of the cost on construction projects, the management and maintenance of the budget, valuations and any legal matters arising through the course of the project. They are required to make sure that the project remains profitable and efficient.


Example areas of study

Courses in quantity surveying vary in their content and structure. Some courses will have a sandwich year where you can undertake a year in industry where you can gain valuable experience in quantity surveying and learn relevant skills. Each course will have different teaching styles and different modules, so you will need to check with the institutions that you wish to apply to for up to date information. Some areas you may study include:

  • Construction technology

  • Business and construction economics

  • Construction law

  • Arbitration

  • Building technology and services

  • People and information management

  • Facilities management

  • Estate management

  • Architecture and design appraisal

  • Professional development

  • Computer-aided design

  • Value engineering

  • Feasibility studies

  • Planning law

  • Risk analysis

  • Estimating and valuation

  • Substructures and drainage

  • Floors and roofs

  • Commercial management

  • Conversion and refurbishment

  • Property development

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