Undergraduate prospectus

Quantity Surveying, BSc Hons

This quantity surveying degree provides comprehensive knowledge of management, law and economics in the construction and property industries.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • Gain an understanding of project and risk management, contract administration, construction legislation, and construction economics
  • Develop a solid understanding of the professional practice and the issues around money, health and safety and the environment
  • Focus upon construction systems and performance requirements of the building fabric from a commercial perspective
  • Using industry-standard software you will learn about the technical, ethical, economic and political aspects of the built environment
  • Learn the necessary skills to be able to enter a quantity surveying career and further their career through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

UCAS points

104 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

K242 G BSc/QS


Built Environment



  • 3 years full-time
  • 5 years part-time
  • 4 years sandwich

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Quantity surveyors are mainly involved with cost advice and forecasting at the pre-contract stage of construction projects, together with the preparation of tender documents and contractual advice. It's a field suited to those who wish to pursue a technical and managerial career. 

What will I learn?

You will learn to carry out financial management of construction projects within the industry, as well as the legal, economic and managerial services that the construction industry demands.

You will also be responsible for financial management of construction projects from inception to completion, dealing with: cost and contract advice, cost forecasting, measurement and cost control - which will give you an excellent basis for progression to management positions throughout the industry.

You will develop practical skills relating to:

  • Construction technology and sustainability
  • Health and safety
  • Quantity surveying
  • Measurement
  • Project and risk management
  • Contract administration and construction legislation
  • Construction economics.

Why Greenwich?

In addition to the highly skilled lecturing staff that teach on this programme, students also benefit from guest lecturers from industry.

The department is based in Maritime Greenwich a world heritage site and masterpiece. Not only is Greenwich a serene and magnificent place to study, it's also close to Canary Wharf and the city – making this an ideal location for work experience.

The construction industry requires highly trained quantity surveyors to work in the industry in a role that is continually developing. The aim of this programme is to provide students with the comprehensive knowledge of the quantity surveyor's key role with the construction industry, providing students with the necessary skills to be able to enter a quantity surveying career and further their career through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). For this reason, all aspects of the programme have been mapped against the RICS core competencies of the assessment of professional competency (APC).

Work placement

  • A placement of 36 weeks is required for a University sandwich award, but 48 weeks is the norm for accredited training by a professional body 
  • Department staff will assist you in securing a placement 
  • A training programme will be agreed with the employer to ensure that academic knowledge is integrated with practical experience 
  • Progress during placement is supervised by the employer and by a university tutor.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

The Erasmus Programme is a European Union (EU) student exchange programme available for students and provides a grant towards the cost of studying aboard. We have a dedicated placement team who will support students in finding work placements and internships as well as giving students practical advice on writing CVs and
preparing for interviews and assessment centres.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

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Come and see why Greenwich is the ideal university for you.

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Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

  • 104 UCAS points from A-levels or BTEC National Diploma, DVCE or Advanced GNVQ grades, or equivalent qualifications
  • A minimum of five GCSEs, including mathematics and English, at grade C or above.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136.

In addition:

Candidates may be invited to an interview.

We welcome applications from mature students.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Fees information International fees

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Additional information


Students are assessed through examinations and coursework.

All courses on the programme are delivered using a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorial workshops
  • Seminars
  • Projects
  • Computer-based assignments
  • Site visits
  • Case studies.


Career opportunities exist in many areas of the construction and property industries. These include roles in private practice, with contractors, developers and housing associations, or within central and local government.

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