Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Quantity Surveying

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required 311*
  • Course Code SG343
  • Award Honours Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 4

Course Summary


The quantity surveyor has the responsibility of controlling project cost and are central to the decision-making process throughout the development of a construction project from initial inception to final completion.

This programme prepares students for the specialised discipline of quantity surveying and offers graduates a broad skills base for the specialised profession. 

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

We work very closely with employers, practitioners and professional organisations to ensure that our course reflects the current needs of the workplace. The syllabus covers a range of professional skills including communication, ethics, construction law, property development and commercial management. 

This course will give students the necessary knowledge and skills to plan and control costs, and to competently administer construction projects. We use the latest construction industry IT, including Bill of Quantities production software, 3D modelling and review software, computer aided design (CAD), building information modelling (BIM).

Students will undertake work placement for a minimum of three months to enhance the whole learning experience. Students will gain practical quantity surveying experience within a professional organisation.

YEAR ONE

The course commences with the key subjects, among others, of building technology, measurement of building works and site/materials management, which provides the student with a solid grounding in the core knowledge and skills of the construction professional. There is also an ongoing focus on verbal and written communication using word processing, spreadsheets and presentation graphics.

YEAR TWO

Core subjects are covered at a more advanced level, together with quantity surveying software, construction economics, construction law, contracts, procurement, estimating/pricing and the specialist area of mechanical and electrical measurement. Students will learn how to estimate the cost of construction projects using up-to-date appropriate software.

YEAR THREE

In third year with measurement of industrial and commercial buildings, cost control and planning, dispute management & resolution and programming of a construction project. Students also undertake a period of work placement of a minimum of three months in the second semester.

YEAR FOUR

In fourth year with measurement of complex structures and civil engineering works, the application of building information modelling, property development, commercial management, overview of the Public Works contracts, research methods and students will undertake a practical Capstone project, whereby a cost planning and value engineering exercise will be carried out on a commercial building. Students will also be required to complete a dissertation on a relevant topic of their choice.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

This degree programme is fully accredited for chartered membership of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). 

                                

Read more about Quantity Surveying Careers and Opportunities with this article from the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland

Another interesting article is Why Become a Quantity Surveyor from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at IT Sligo are available for download below:

Career Opportunities

We work very closely with employers, practitioners and professional organisations to ensure that our course reflects the current needs of the workplace.

Graduates work as site quantity surveyors, estimators, site managers, material procurement managers with Quantity Surveying consultants, contractors, sub-contractors and construction specialists.

Recent findings indicate that there will be a substantial deficit of surveyors in the construction and property industry to meet the predicted future demand for the construction sector in Ireland.

A 2019 Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) report stated that the National Median Salary was €70,000.

Further Study

Graduates of the BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying may progress to the Level 9 Postgraduate Certificate in Mechanical and Electrical Quantity Surveying or the Level 9 MSc in Project Management offered by IT Sligo or to other related Level 9 courses at other third-level Institutions.

PG Cert in Mechanical & Electrical Quantity Surveying

MSc in Project Management

Did you know?

We also offer this Programme at Level 7 and Level 6 - BSc in Quantity Surveying and Higher Certificate in Construction Economics

This degree programme is fully accredited for chartered membership of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Students will undertake a work placement for a minimum of three months to enhance the whole learning experience.

In fourth year students complete a practical Capstone project, whereby a cost planning and value engineering exercise will be carried out on a commercial building.

The course employs the latest technology including 3D modelling, on-screen measurement and BIM readers.

We work very closely with employers, practitioners and professional organisations to ensure that our course reflects the current needs of the workplace. Surveying skills are increasingly in demand around the world.

A 2019 Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) report stated that the National Median Salary was €70,000. Recent findings indicate that there will be a substantial deficit of surveyors in the construction and property industry to meet the predicted future demand for the construction sector in Ireland.

Surveyors play a key role in developing new high-tech, sustainable cities, tackling climate change and solving global issues like urbanisation, migration and resource scarcity.

Surveyors are involved throughout the lifecycle of buildings and construction projects: from buying the land, to planning and monitoring the construction, and managing the finished building – and they are even involved in a building's final demolition decades later.

From planning skyscrapers and sports stadiums to creating film sets and festival sites, surveyors work on a huge variety of projects and with all sorts of people – architects, property developers, safety experts and asset managers to name a few. In fact, the project to build Tottenham Hotspurs' new, 62,000-seat stadium was run by a surveyor.

Alumni

"I decided to move to the US to experience working in a fast pace environment on large scale construction projects"

Kristina McGrath, BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying graduate and Estimator at Eurotech Construction Corporation, New York.

 

Course Format

Semester 1

TitleCredits
Principles of Construction05
Principles of Quantity Surveying Measurement05
QS Practice - The role of the QS in the construction industry05
Information Communication Technology in Quantity Surveying05
Interpersonal Transferable Skills 05
Learning Theory05

Semester 2

TitleCredits
Domestic Construction Technology05
QS Measurement of Small Domestic Buildings05
Site Management and Health & Safety05
QS Organisation and Management05
Introduction to Quantity Surveying Software05
Report Writing and Academic Writing05

Semester 3

TitleCredits
COMPLEX DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY05
QS Measurement of Domestic Buildings05
Estimating05
Construction Contracts & Procurement05
Principles Of Law05
Economics05

Semester 4

TitleCredits
M&E Construction Technology05
Measurement of Mechanical and Electrical Installations05
Short Form of Construction Contract and Tendering05
Professional Practice within the Built Environment05
Construction Economics 05
Construction Law05

Semester 5

TitleCredits
Industrial Buildings - Construction Technology05
Measurement of Industrial Buildings05
Cost Planning05
Private Sector Standard Form of Construction Contracts05
Programming & Planning Theory05
Cost Control05

Semester 6

TitleCredits
Commercial Buildings - Construction Technology05
Measurement of Commercial Buildings05
Construction Programme Software05
QS Dispute Management05
Work Placement [E]10
Project [E]10

Semester 7

TitleCredits
Complex Structures & Civil Engineering Construction Technology05
Measurement of Complex Structures, Ground Services05
Property Development and Economics05
Capital Works Framework 05

Semester 8

TitleCredits
Building Information Modelling for Quantity Surveyors05
Measurement of Civil Engineering Works05
Commercial Management for the Quantity Surveyor05
Public Works Contract05
Research Methods & Dissertation10
Capstone Project10

[E] = Elective Module. Modules subject to availability.