Construction site in a city centre
UCAS Code
K240
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2022
Accredited
Yes

Overview

Be a leading figure in the next generation of innovative construction projects.

Designed and delivered by a team of experienced professionals, this BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree will prepare you for a successful career calculating and managing costs relating to the built environment. You'll learn to think like an entrepreneur, develop professional business acumen and learn sought after quantity surveying skills. 

Become a financial and contractual expert in cost and value management, contract law and risk assessment. When you graduate, you'll be prepared to address the social, economic and technical aspects of construction projects of all sizes, anywhere in the world.

Course highlights

  • Learn commercial and business methods to shape and develop construction projects
  • Discover the latest industry developments, with teaching informed by the University's Construction Management and Surveying (CMS) Research Group
  • Get industry insights and contribute to current debates in lectures led by visiting guest speakers
  • See theory in action and get a taste of your future workplace on field trips to construction projects in the UK and Europe
  • Develop solutions to industry projects – a previous student supported the development of our University Estate Masterplan before rising to a senior position in a major surveying and project management consultancy

From the first day I started I have enjoyed the course, the lectures and also the field trips as they have all helped gain my knowledge in this course.

Sean Cooper, BSc Quantity Surveying student

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

95% of graduates in work or further study 15 months after this course (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19)

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM).

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree entry requirements

Typical offers

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English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Facilities and specialist software

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Surveying Store

Get practical experience with all the equipment you'll need to develop your skills, including automatic levels, theodolites for measuring angles between designated points, computer-aided design and drafting software as well as a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers for surveying and marking land.

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Port-Eco House

Our Port-Eco House is a 3-bedroom property equipped with various monitoring systems, which measure everything from the efficiency of heating and insulation to dampness and exterior weather conditions.

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Design Studio and Modelling Workshop

The studio and workshop host integrated AV projection systems, a dedicate model-making workshop, a refitted modelling room and space for model building and large format poster design.

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Building Information Modelling (BIM) software

Use our suite of Building Information Modelling (BIM) software, including our computer-aided design tools that use digital images to show physical and functional characteristics.

Careers and opportunities

Due to the high costs and risks associated with construction projects, your skills as a quantity surveyor will always be in high demand.

95% of our graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduation and 100% are working in highly skilled roles in all sectors of construction – from housing to major infrastructure projects (such as HS2) throughout the UK and internationally.

As a graduate apprentice starting your career, you could earn up to £28,000. And once you've gained more experience in industry, salaries can go up as high as £55,000, or £80,000 if you're aiming for a management role.

 

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have worked for national and global companies such as:

  • Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Skanska
  • R&W Civil Engineering
  • Severn Water
  • Diamond Build PLC

What jobs can you do with a mechanical engineering degree?

Roles you could go onto include:

  • quantity surveyor
  • commercial specialist
  • project manager
  • dispute resolution specialist

Placement year opportunities

Taking an optional placement year gives you the experience you need to increase your chances of landing your perfect role after graduation. You could work in a paid role in a professional organisation (our students earn an average salary of £19,000 during their placements) or set up your own business, giving you the chance to grow your professional network and enhance your CV. 

We'll give you all the support you need to find a placement that prepares you for your career, and we'll continue to mentor you throughout your placement.

Potential roles

Previous students have been successful in roles such as:

  • assistant quantity surveyor
  • assistant cost manager
  • construction trainee
  • intern and commercial assistant
  • industrial placement student

Potential destinations

They've worked at exciting companies, including:

  • Keltbray
  • Beard Construction
  • Osborne
  • Alinea Consultants LLP
  • Kier Group

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules

What you’ll do

You'll learn basic drawing tools using CAD, and how to use them to communicate your designs. You'll produce full building models to visualise buildings and structures, learn key concepts of building design and construction through drawing and 3D visualition, and use emerging digital technologies to access and engage with new information.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Use CAD to produce basic drawings, professionally presented to an appropriate scale
  • Use CAD to effectively communicate a simple building design
  • Describe the use of 3D modelling and visualisation in the construction industry
  • Create 3D BIM models of simple buildings
  • Recognise data extraction and communication techniques using BIM models in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Explain building construction techniques, materials and processes through 3D visualisation in BIM
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a coursework exercise (40% of final mark)
  • a coursework exercise (60% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll learn to understand basic building design, construction principles and environmental issues often related to sustainable building design. You'll do all this in the context of residential and commercial property design.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe and illustrate the principles of building construction and explain the principles of appropriate material use in building construction
  • Examine and explain the impact of the Building Regulations, emerging legislation, innovative materials, and current practice on the built form
  • Identify and discuss different strategies of sustainable design and development, focusing on property
  • Reflect and elaborate on the significance of sustainability in property design, development and management
  • Select and employ a range of design strategies appropriate for application in a specific case
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 8 hours of supervised time in studio/workshop
  • 8 hours of fieldwork
  • 8 hours of external visits
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 60-minute written exam (50% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word coursework portfolio (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

On this module you'll learn techniques and approaches for the measurement of construction works and operations. 

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Interpret a set of construction drawings including specification details
  • Outline and apply basic industry-standard measurement techniques and conventions
  • Express and translate drawn information into recorded dimensions using industry recognised conventions
  • Outline and apply industry-standard techniques to work up quantities of building elements in a trade or work section
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 2-hour seminars
  • 2 x 1-hour lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 150 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 2 x 2,000-word coursework assignments (each worth 50% of the final mark)

What you'll do

You'll analyse legal sources, answer legal problem questions, and practice delivering advice to clients.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

    Identify and apply relevant sources of English law to practical scenarios and reach reasoned conclusions
    Explain the key principles of tort law
    Explain the key principles of contract law

Teaching activities
  • 24 x 1-hour lectures
  • 24 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 128 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 10-minute oral assessment and presentation (20% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word written assignment (30% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word coursework exercise (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll get a practical basis for developing your understanding of the project team and how construction schemes are progressed, with reference to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) plan of work as a skeleton framework. You'll incorporate what you've learned from other modules and get an introduction to the careers in the property profession.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Distinguish between professional roles in the real estate sector
  • Discuss the types of work done by Chartered Surveyors in the real estate sector
  • Apply the skills of a surveying student and University of Portsmouth undergraduate to complete academic and professional tasks
  • Demonstrate collaboration when working on academic and professional tasks
Teaching activities
  • 14 x 1-hour lectures
  • 18 hours of supervised time in studio/workshop
  • 16 hours of fieldwork
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (50% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word coursework portfolio (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll get an understanding of the principal economic dynamics of different property types and show how your operations are recorded and analysed financially.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify the key demand and supply factors affecting the construction and real estate sectors
  • Distinguish between different types of economic systems and their role in resource allocation
  • Identify the role and rationale for government intervention in the real estate sector
  • Summarise the characteristics of investment in real estate as compared with other assets
  • Organise financial records to create summary accounts
  • Interpret financial summary accounts
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 2-hour lectures
  • 24 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 128 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1-hour exam (40% of final mark)
  • a 2-hour written exam (60% of final mark)

Year 2

Core modules

What you'll do

You'll examine the use of BIM for existing conditions, animations and renderings, scheduling, sequencing and simulation of construction processes, measurement, estimating and costing, conceptual and detailed energy analysis, and facility management.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the extent of fragmentation in the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry and its impact on the successful outcome of a project
  • Critically evaluate when and what information is required and what tools will facilitate this data exchange
  • Appraise the different dimensions of BIM, what information is required, by whom and for what
  • Collaboratively work in multi-disciplinary teams to complete a construction project
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework portfolio (50% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word oral assessment and presentation (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop a fundamental understanding of project management processes. You'll also learn to apply basic principles and processes of project management.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the principles of project management
  • Apply project management principles, including programming
  • Prepare a clear and well-presented project management report
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word coursework report (40% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

This module will begin with an overview of the importance of the construction industry to the UK economy, and its relationship with other industries. You'll be encouraged to critically appraise the industry, discussing inherent problems and potential solutions. Topics will include the activities and appointments required at project inception, initial design and development of a scheme, construction budget, cost planning and management, the procurement process, and standard forms of contract. Through the module, you'll develop skills in estimating, cost planning and procurement, and recognising the potential for risk and uncertainty in the tendering process. 

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Define the stages which relate to development of a scheme design with reference to the RIBA Plan of work, the issues and activities to be undertaken at each stage, and the key stakeholders and team members involved in a construction project
  • Identify, differentiate and advise on alternative approaches to estimating, appreciating the different methods utilised throughout the lifetime of a project and how design development impacts on project risk
  • Explain elementary economic theory and apply that theory in order to identify the unique features of the construction industry and real property market and its relationship with the wider UK economy
  • Recognise and evaluate the risks and opportunities presented by varying procurement methodologies
  • Assess various procurement options, assess the implications of selecting a particular procurement route or standard form of contract and construct reasoned advice based on these issues
  • Show an appreciation of how Risk and Value Management are operated and applied within the pre-contract stages of a project
Teaching activities
  • 18 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 140 hours studying independently. This is around 8.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 15-minute, group oral assessment and presentation (20% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word coursework report (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll get a practical basis for developing your understanding of the project team and how construction schemes are progressed, with reference to the stages in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) plan of work. You'll incorporate what you've learned from other modules to consider social, economic and environmental, as well as design and technical aspects, of construction.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Develop the 'application of knowledge' (level 2) aspects of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) competencies and apply your knowledge to the creative solution of proposed projects
  • Appreciate the team approach to scheme development, understand the roles of the team and be aware of the process of design development and how a construction project evolves
  • Examine the data required for a construction project and appreciate the interaction between different elements of a proposed project at various stages of scheme development
  • Apply the development process to a brief, explaining the design and development of a scheme using professional communication techniques such as graphics, report writing and model making with appropriate formats and citations
  • Recognise what you want from your future career and what you have to offer, identify the options open to you and understand how to research the skills, experience and knowledge required in the local, national and global market
  • Reflect on your skills, knowledge and experience and put plans into action by using a range of professional communication methods to present yourself
Teaching activities
  • 20 x 1-hour lectures
  • 8 x 1-hour seminars
  • 20 hours of supervised time in studio/workshop
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework portfolio (40% of final mark)
  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (25% of final mark)
  • a 500-word coursework portfolio (35% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll examine the processes involved in the production of documentation that underpins the costing and tendering process. This module follows on from the Introduction to Building Measurement module.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Apply and interpret a standardised method of measurement
  • Apply traditional measurement techniques and conventions
  • Demonstrate your ability to interpret drawn information and transfer this into recorded dimensions
  • Prepare draft tender documentation
  • Interpret documentation and prepare appropriate written responses
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
  • 6 x 1-hour lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 170 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework portfolio (50% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (50% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you’ll do

You'll experience work-related learning in Portsmouth Dockyard and Portsea to enhance your communication and partnership skills. You'll also evaluate best practice by comparing historic industrial structures and residential buildings with examples of refurbishment and re-use.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Compare and contrast cultural and environmental factors that enhance the value and influence the retention of heritage property by individuals and society
  • Evaluate the complex relationship between residential, commercial and museum needs when developing strategies and policies for heritage property management and development
  • Distinguish between various heritage conservation and planning strategies, such as World Heritage sites, listings and conservation areas, used by national and local governments
  • Analyse the key factors and evaluation techniques that must be included in a development plan for a heritage site, assessing their relevance and significance
  • Critically discuss literature on the cultural and environmental development of heritage interpretation and property management
  • Work as a member of a group to enable the researching, preparation and delivery of an oral presentation on the Portsea Heritage Project
Teaching activities
  • 16 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 hours of external visits
  • 8 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 148 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word group oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark) – prepared through workshops and group work
  • a 750-word written assignment (20% of final mark) – gives you experience critiquing a book relevant to Heritage Property
  • a 2,250-word report (50% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll get the opportunity to put your learning from the first two years of the degree into practice, improving your chances of securing a professional level role upon graduation, through industrial and commercial experience.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Evaluate your learning, personal development and future career opportunities
  • Describe tasks undertaken and responsibilities held in the course of (self) employment
  • Identify what makes your employability as a graduate different as a result of the placement experience
Teaching activities
  • 5 x 1-hour seminars
  • 195 hours on industrial placement
Independent study time

N/A

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through a 4,000-word coursework portfolio (100% of final mark).

What you’ll do

The focus will enable you to make comparisons with markets in the UK. You'll also look at alternative models of construction and delivery, including the role that new funding and phasing methods may play.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Combine and apply international knowledge on property development
  • Analyse construction, property market behaviour and/or the built environment in the subject country
  • Compare, contrast and reflect on the roles and responsibilities of different international perspectives
  • Engage actively and effectively in teamwork activities
Teaching activities
  • 8 x 1-hour lectures
  • 40 hours of fieldwork
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 30-minute oral assessment and presentation (25% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word coursework report (75% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll enter at the appropriate level for your existing language knowledge. If you combine this module with language study in your first or third year, you can turn this module into a certificated course that is aligned with the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFRL).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module:

  • You'll have improved your linguistic skills in Arabic, British Sign Language, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, French, German or Spanish
  • You'll be prepared for Erasmus study abroad
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through: 

  • coursework (100% of final mark) 

Year 3

Core modules

What you'll do

You'll explore how computer software and new technologies can be used to quantify and prepare tender documentation.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Evaluate the importance of using computers to accelerate tasks in measurement and tender documentation
  • Evaluate specialist software packages and select suitable ones for a specific measurement and tender documentation job
  • Apply specialist, digital on-screen takeoff (construction material) tools to takeoff and prepare a bill of quantities
  • Apply specialist spreadsheet-like computer software to takeoff and prepare a bill of quantities
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 2 x 1-hour lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 174 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through a 4,000-word coursework portfolio (100% of final mark).

What you’ll do

You'll look at day-to-day operations, provisions for issues that might impact progress and how these issues are addressed.

You'll also look at statutory provisions in contracts or voluntary arrangements for dispute resolution and avoidance.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Examine the nature of contracts, particularly standard forms of construction contract, and appreciate the need to include specific conditions to get desired outcomes
  • Analyse issues affecting the progress and completion of a project and evaluate possible outcomes and solutions
  • Differentiate between various methods of dispute resolution and their connection to the contract the dispute might have come from
  • Judge the relevance of any dispute resolution method in the circumstances and make an informed choice to resolve a contractual dispute or difference
  • Apply contract principles and specific provisions to establish appropriate solutions to delays, disruption and disputes
  • Assess typical issues that may impact on a project's progress and identify potential contractual or managerial approaches to manage them
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 2-hour lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word coursework report (40% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll identify and analyse a problem, along with its parameters and issues and use relevant literature and past experience to identify solutions to the problem.

You'll investigate your project using methods such as lab or field based activities, case studies, surveys, documentary or database research and critical analysis.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Propose a solution to a significant surveying problem and critically assess its validity and limitations
  • Critically analyse and compare relevant literature, data and experience
  • Develop and plan a programme of work for an in-depth investigation
  • Apply sound surveying principles to solve technical problems
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 hours of project supervision
  • 16 hours of supervised time in studio/workshop
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 160 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word coursework report (10% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word oral assessment and presentation (20% of final mark)
  • a 7,000-word coursework report (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll internalise the skills and experience you've gained, understanding how to justify your business practices and critically defend the professional ethics of your actions.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Assess the roles and practices of professionals in the property sector in the context of the services and conduct expected of them
  • Justify the selection of real-estate surveying techniques to achieve a specific purpose
  • Evaluate personal skill-sets and motivations to inform career opportunities and choices
  • Propose and justify a business plan for commercial surveying organisation
Teaching activities
  • 10 x 1-hour lectures
  • 6 x 1-hour seminars
  • 8 hours of supervised time in studio/workshop
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word coursework exercise (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll incorporate theory and practice with practical information technology (IT) based aspects such as interim and final accounts, variations and claims.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Formulate appropriate cost advice in an applied situation and under a time constraint
  • Relate post-contract functions to specific contractual obligations
  • Identify the contractual and financial obligations between main and sub-contractors
  • Recognise risk distribution between client, main and sub-contractor relationships by analysing the typical risks associated with construction
  • Prepare valuations, variations and final accounts using standard pro-forma under recognised convention
  • Operate appropriate mechanisms for the pricing and negotiation of variations
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 2-hour lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word report (40% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • group work

This course is structured to provide you with practical experience.

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written exams
  • web assessments
  • essays and reports
  • project presentations
  • a dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you're assessed will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous academic year of how students on this course were typically assessed:
  • Year 1 students: 43% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 49% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 37% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 46% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 30% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 62% by coursework

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, practical classes, supervised workshop time and field work for about 14 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. Optional field trips may involve evening and weekend teaching or events. There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • understand and use assignment feedback

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase) 
  • International students – £18,300 per year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying and memory sticks.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

We will provide you with hard hats and Hi-Vis vests. You will need to buy your own safety boots costing approximately £35.

If you go on the optional international field trip in year 2 you’ll need to contribute approximately £500 to the cost.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – K240
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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