BSc in Quantity Surveying (Online)

  • NFQ Level 7
  • Credits 60*
  • Course Code SG_JQUAN_J07
  • Award Ordinary Bachelor Degree Addon
  • Duration 2

Course Summary

Programme Code: SG_JQUAN_J07

This add-on programme offers graduates a broad skills base for the specialised profession of quantity surveying. The need for quantity surveyors is vital for the efficient cost management of construction projects. The evolving international economic climate means the role of the quantity surveyor is in high demand as both public and private clients are pursuing the agenda of obtaining value for money and greater cost certainty in all construction activities.

On completion of this add-on programme graduates will be prepared for the current and future role of the quantity surveying profession. The course utilises the latest technology and software used in the construction industry and we work very closely with employers, practitioners and professional organisations to ensure that our course reflects the current needs of the work place.

Programme Structure

The BSc in Quantity Surveying is a degree programme offered via online distance learning over a period of 2 years on a part-time basis. This add-on programme consists of twelve subject modules – three per semester and learners may take as few modules as they wish and complete the programme over a number of years to suit their own circumstances. Online lectures, programme materials, innovative learning, web-links and assessments will be uploaded to a Moodle course management system. The programme will provide students with the following key skills:

  • Measurement in accordance with the agreed method of measurement.
  • Preparation of building estimates, cost plans and bills of quantities using current software.
  • Construction technology skills, including the growing environmental, sustainability, conservation and service areas.
  • Ability to Interpret the standard forms of building contracts and construction law.
  • Research methods and skills.

Online Classes/Examinations

Classes - students remotely attend live online classes, including software tutorials. Should a student miss a live class they can view the recording whenever it suits them. Software is available for the duration of the course via remote access to our on-campus PCs or students may choose to download free student licences directly to their home PC/laptop.

Exams - students who are outside the island of Ireland at the time of their exams have the choice to sit an exam remotely using ATU Sligo’s online invigilator service (proctoring). Therefore, there is no requirement to travel to Ireland for examinations. Students who are in Ireland at the time of examinations will travel to our exam centre in Sligo or use ATU Sligo's online invigilator service.


The programme is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) which provides graduates with an opportunity to achieve full chartered status.

Key Course Information

Study Hours: It is very important that you allocate enough study time to your online course to stay focused, reduce stress and achieve your goals. It is very important that you allocate enough study time to your online course to stay focused, reduce stress and achieve your goals. For part-time online programmes, required hours will be reflective of your experience and will require additional focus around exam time.

Live Lectures: Most online courses typically involve 3 x 5 credit modules per semester. Our online courses have about 3 hours of live lectures per week (but this can vary per programme) which normally take place between 6pm and 10pm, Monday to Thursday but this may vary depending on the availability of specific lecturers. If the Live Classroom scheduled times for the live online lectures do not suit you, recordings will be made available through Moodle.The rest of your study time consists of independent learning, communicating with your lecturers and classmates and carrying out assignments. 

Please note, you may be required to take some time off work for the below:  

Exams Christmas Exams: 2 – 4 days in January each year. Summer Exams: 2 – 4 days in May each year. 

Application Closing Date : 18th August 2023

Entry Requirements

The BSc Quantity Surveying has a minimum entry requirement of a Level 6 qualification or international equivalent in Quantity Surveying or a related discipline. This programme is an online add-on programme i.e. it is the final year of our Level 7 full time programme split over two years on a part time basis. 

Applicants with other Level 6 qualifications and a number of years relevant work experience in construction estimating / cost management may also be considered through ATU Sligo's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. RPL is a process that may allow you to gain admission to a programme based on demonstrated learning that you may have achieved through another programme of study or through your work and career. Further information is available through which our dedicated RPL portal or by contacting our admissions team at 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme will be able to use the experience and knowledge gained to obtain employment in a wide variety of areas such as Site Surveyors, Estimators, Site Clerks, Loss Adjusters, Materials Managers, Sales Representatives and Quantity Surveying Technicians with Contractors, Sub-Contractors, Consultants, Local Authorities, Insurance Firms and Materials Suppliers.

Further Study

You may wish to continue your studies by enrolling on the following on-line programmes:

BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying - This two-year, part-time, Level 8 add-on programme is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) / Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI). Graduates also have the opportunity to progress to a one-year add-on degree in Construction Project Management.

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