BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
Why study Quantity Surveying at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)
- Opportunity to undertake a year's industrial placement or study abroad
- Opportunity to participate in an exciting international experience abroad
- £6 million investment in developing state-of-the-art teaching facilities
- Stepping stone to a varied career with UK and overseas employment opportunities
Minimum UCAS points required: To be confirmed
Limited places available. Apply now or register your interest using our online Clearing form (link will open in a new tab).
About your course
The professionally-accredited BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying at Liverpool John Moores University is tailored to meet the needs of employers and offers exciting paid placement opportunities where you can gain invaluable 'hands' on experience.
Additional course costs
The purchase of site safety boots will be required. Optional study trips will have costs involved.
This BSc Quantity Surveying course focuses on the factors that affect the procurement and construction of a building or structure over its complete life cycle, with particular emphasis on the economic, legal, financial and managerial considerations of the construction process.
Once you have developed the technical skills required of a quantity surveyor, you will apply them to projects that are based on 'real' construction scenarios. This way of working not only gives you invaluable hands-on practice, it also allows you to develop a variety of transferable skills that will give you a professional edge when you eventually start applying for your first quantity surveying job.
Strong links with industry mean that you will have opportunities to meet quantity surveyors and other professionals working in the construction industry through guest lectures and site visits.
The course also offers a sandwich route which involves a paid placement where you can apply what you have learnt at LJMU out in the workplace. Such experience will enhance both your professional skills development and your CV, boosting your employment prospects after graduation.
Students not undertaking a placement year are registered on the non-Sandwich version of the programme and will have the opportunity of an additional study year abroad following Level 5, providing students with an additional year of study at an approved overseas partner that will complement their programme at LJMU.
"The course is both challenging and satisfying. If you put the effort in then the rewards are definitely there for the taking. At LJMU the resources at your disposal are fantastic. You just need to make use of them."
- Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership.
- Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), having been judged to meet the CIOB Education Framework. Prospective members holding these qualifications have full academic exemption and may enter CIOB membership without the requirement for an Individual Assessment.
- Accredited by the Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM) for the purpose of eligibility for registration with that body.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
You will enjoy varied career opportunities both in the UK and overseas.
Career prospects for quantity surveying graduates are excellent, with many students securing their first professional position working for clients, contractors or professional practices either before or after graduation. You can work in the Public or the Private sector and will be equipped with skills to work in the building or civil engineering field.
You can also enjoy varied career opportunities overseas in addition to the UK.
If you decide not to go into the profession, however, you can still take advantage of your transferable skills and work experience to enter other careers.
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.
Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: email@example.com.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:Programme specification document (PDF)
Construction Technology 1
This module introduces you to construction techniques associated with domestic dwellings including building regulations and building services. It develops your understanding of the performance of buildings and the influence of materials and workmanship specification on performance.
Collaborative Interdisciplinary Project 1
The central theme of this module is the production of a work derived project and it is supported by the other modules within the first year programme. You will be introduced to your professional subject area and be provided with an early opportunity to engage in a collaborative environment with Level 4 students from Built Environment disciplines. It highlights the interdisciplinary nature of the construction and property markets and the roles each make at various stages of the project.
Introduction to Law
This module provides you with a working knowledge of the English legal system and an introduction to the principles of the law including contract, tort and property law. You will learn how to:
• Define and explain the principles and procedures of the English legal system
• Recount and illustrate the liabilities and responsibilities of stakeholders in tort and contract
• Explain and discuss statutory legislation as it pertains to the construction and property industries
• Explain and discuss the principles and procedures of Property law.
Construction and Property Economics
This module introduces you to economic theories and principles with particular reference to the built environment, property and society in general. You will learn to:
• Identify the causes and the impact of business cycles with particular reference to the construction and property industries
• Describe the main objectives of macroeconomic policy and the impact of macroeconomic policy on the built environment and the construction industry in the UK
• Identify the demands on the construction industry: housing, commercial, industrial and refurbishment, repair and maintenance.
Academic and Digital Literacy
This module enables you to develop the academic and digital literacy skills necessary to perform effectively in a Higher Education context. You will learn to explain and apply academic problem solving processes and recognise its appropriate use.
Management Theory and Practice
This module enables you to develop a factual and conceptual knowledge base in current management theory and organisations as related to the construction industry.
Measurement and Costing
This module establishes the principles and conventions for the quantification and costing of building works and considers their application by the Quantity Surveyor and the Estimator, as part of their key role in the economic and financial management of the construction process.
Construction Technology 2
This module provides an advanced knowledge of construction technology through more complex building types and systems. You will be able to explore construction technology through more analytical methods to enable you to evaluate the relative merits of the various construction forms in any given situation. The module will also introduce you to the technology of building services installations for commercial and industrial buildings.
This research methods module enables you to develop and research a proposal that could potentially be used for your final year research project. A supervisor will be nominated at the beginning of the module to work individually with you. You will develop your research skills and the differing techniques, strategies and methods used to undertake research in the built environment.
Collaborative Interdisciplinary Project 2
This module aims to bring together different professions from the built environment disciplines and enables you to work collaboratively on a BIM (Building Information Modelling) project. It highlights the interdisciplinary nature of the construction and property roles using industry standard software to support the decision-making process in a sustainable environment.
Construction Contract Law
This module provides you with a detailed understanding of construction contract law as part of your role as a quantity surveyor.
This module aims to establish an awareness of the project stakeholders, the various procurement options and their associated contracts. You will develop the ability to interpret the particular needs of different client groups to develop relevant procurement strategies and to apply techniques to support the implementation of those strategies ensuring that the project criteria are satisfactorily achieved.
Construction Project Management
This module introduces you to concepts, procedures and techniques used in the planning and control of construction projects. You will learn to apply the principles of site planning to a construction project and use appropriate construction project management relevant software.
Advanced Measurement and Contract Administration
This module enables you to refine and extend your abilities in the measurement and quantification of complex buildings. You will also demonstrate knowledge and understanding of implementing construction contract administrative procedures.
The research project module enables you to revise/apply the initial proposal developed in Level 5 and complete an in-depth study on a topic related to your chosen discipline. The module applies your practical research skills and enhances your knowledge and expertise in the selected subject area. As the completion is principally student-led the module offers the opportunity to further develop time management, presentation and communication skills.
Collaborative Interdisciplinary Project 3
This module aims to bring together different professions as represented by Level 6 students on Built Environment programmes and to work collaboratively on a large scale development project. BIM (Building Information Modelling) techniques will be utilised within the project. It highlights the interdisciplinary nature of the construction and property industry using softwares to support the decision making process in a sustainable environment.
Contract and Procurement Strategies
In this module you will examine the development of strategies for the procurement of construction work within the legal and contractual frameworks operating in the construction industry.
This module consolidates and builds upon your learning to date in the fields of measurement and BIM technologies and processes. You will examine the most effective quantification techniques for complex construction and engineering projects through analysis of and comparison between available measurement protocols.
Project Economics and Management
This module introduces you to project economics and management techniques used in client based pre-contract design management systems and contractor based post contract cost management systems in construction.
Business Management and Entrepreneurship
This module enables you to develop an advanced, factual and conceptual knowledge base in contemporary Business Management and Entrepreneurship theory. It will enable you to have a stronger understanding of the business environment you are about to enter.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
You can expect to spend on average 14-16 hours in the classroom which may be in the form of lectures, tutorials, online activities and workshops, combined with your own research using our library and the web. You should spend around 35 hours per week in private study.
The best way to experience working in the quantity surveying industry is to undertake a year's professional work placement, either in the UK or overseas, so you can put into practice what you have learnt in your first two years at LJMU. Taking the sandwich option will greatly improve your career prospects and could even lead to a permanent position with your placement employer.
The placement is fully paid and is an invaluable opportunity to learn new skills and gain hands-on experience that will add real value to your CV and impress future employers. The direct work experience could also count towards a professional qualification. It can even count towards the professional MRICS qualification.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support
Throughout the course you will have the support of a personal tutor who can provide one-to-one guidance and advice on course-related issues.
If you decide to take up a third year work placement, there is plenty of support available from the Faculty placement team, both in finding and securing the placement. During the placement year one of your tutors will visit you in your workplace to check on your progress.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
All students perform differently depending on the type of assessment they are asked to do, and so a variety of assessment methods are used. These include exams (open and closed book), coursework (projects, technical reports, reviews, etc), and presentations (individual and group).
Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.
What you can expect from your School
This programme is delivered in the Byrom Street complex of LJMU’s City Campus. Here you’ll find high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus social spaces and a large café. The Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semester, is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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