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BSc (Hons)Quantity Surveying

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UCAS code: QS01
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a quantity surveying degree at Solent University

Learn the fundamentals of construction cost management - from estimating project bids, to analysing cashflow and managing contracts - vital skills to start your career as a quantity surveyor.

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  • Developed with the main contractor in mind, this course provides the essential knowledge, skills, and behaviours required by construction industry employers.
  • The course has excellent links with both regional and national contractors who contribute to the course content.
  • You will use a range of specialist facilities, including construction laboratories, a dedicated drawing studio and industry-standard software.
  • You'll be taught by qualified professionals with extensive industry experience.
  • Part-time option available.

Course overview

This vocationally-focused course delivers all the knowledge and skills you'll need to start a career as a quantity surveyor in construction: from tendering to win a project bid, to analysing cash flow, and effectively managing contracts.

Throughout the course, you'll build a sound knowledge and understanding of the role of cost management professionals in construction, as defined by the professional bodies, and its application in different contexts within the built environment.

At the heart of the course is the development of your problem-solving skills, providing you with the knowledge to provide sound and justified cost management advice and guidance in a variety of different formats.  To aid this, you'll be encouraged to develop your technical writing and presentation skills throughout the course. 

This course sits alongside an already well-established portfolio of built environment courses with outstanding credentials, and strong links to industry. 

While work experience and placements are not mandatory to the course, students are strongly encouraged to complete it where possible. Using our industry links, the course team will endeavour to provide a range of suitable opportunities for you over the duration of your course, in between formal study periods.

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Course features

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Part-time option

    You can study this course part-time

Who is this course for?

This course is ideally suited to students who have a general interest in construction and who want to specialise in cost management. Applicants should have a logical approach to thinking and have an eye for detail.

What does this course lead to?

Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates will be able to commence a career in cost management in the construction industry.  Typical roles for graduates would include assistant quantity surveyor, assistant commercial manager or assistant contracts manager.

Solent stories

Hear from Solent alumni about where their careers have taken them and how studying at Solent prepared them for their future.

Quantity surveying is for you if you have an analytical brain, and enjoy working with numbers and working with people.

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Paige Gough

Assistant Quantity Surveyor

Meet the team

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Students make use of modern construction laboratories, a dedicated drawing studio, and industry-standard software during their degree.

This modern studio space has been developed to give students access to an environment which mirrors the feel and atmosphere of a working professional studio. This encourages students from various different built environment courses to come together and collaborate on multidisciplinary projects, just as they would in the workplace.

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