On spec and on-budget

If you’re looking for a professional level job in the construction industry, quantity surveying – making sure projects meet legal and quality standards, and that clients get value for money – is ideal. There is currently a shortage of quantity surveyors, so you’ll always be in demand. You’ll study a strong core of technology, alongside property law and project management. We’ll make sure that you understand organizational structure and cost control too, as these are essential skills for quantity surveyors.

Full-time students can also undertake a work placement in their third year, which gives valuable experience.

Why study at Quantity Surveying at LSBU?

  • No. 1 London university: for 'satisfied with teaching' and 'satisfied with assessment' in Building, town and country planning (Guardian League Table 2018)

  • Heritage: 1st institution to offer RICS accredited programmes in the UK.

  • Professional accreditation: Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and is a recognized qualification for students to progress on to the Assessment of Professional Competence Graduate Training Programme.

  • Career progression: This course will prepare you for a career in building surveying, allowing you to enter the profession at graduate surveyor level, where you can progress to chartered status through RICS-approved APC training.

  • Apprenticeships: This course is available as part of an apprenticeship programme. Find out more about apprenticeships.

  • Great resources: No. 1 London Uni for Learning Resources - Building, National Student Survey 2016.

  • Work experience: You'll have the option to undertake a work placement in your third year.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 years September Southwark Campus
Sandwich 4 years September Southwark Campus
Part-time 5 years September Southwark Campus


With a broad construction curriculum, this course will make you fully equipped to take up professional responsibility in a management role within the construction industry. We’ll cover management and business practice, law, economics, construction technology and materials, measurement and project management. You can choose to take an optional year in industry in your third year.

Methods of assessment for course overall: 59% coursework.

Year 1

  • Building services and environmental science
  • Building survey and inspection
  • Construction technology and materials
  • Construction technology and structures
  • Legal and economic context
  • Construction practice

Year 2

  • Measurement 1 and documentation
  • Building economics
  • Construction contract law
  • Cost planning and tender process
  • Advanced measurement

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Research paper
  • Project management
  • Management of the firm
  • Contract administration
  • Quantity surveying project
  • European construction and property


For those interested in construction and wanting a professional level job, quantity surveying could be ideal. Quantity surveyors have to make sure that projects meet legal and quality standards, as well as ensuring clients get good value for money. Understanding organizational structure and cost control aspects of construction projects are essential for quantity surveyors.

Recent graduates have become quantity surveyors/estimators, site managers, construction project managers and commercial managers. And, of course, you can choose to extend your qualifications by taking on the further postgraduate study.

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Teaching and learning

Your Lecturers are leading practitioners in their fields, so everything we do is industry relevant. Inspiring guest speakers from renowned arts organizations and theatre companies will give you further industry insight and build your professional connections.

Personal Tutoring

As a Built Environment and Architecture student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.

Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least once a year for approximately 30 minutes throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or phone.

Entry requirements

  • A Level BBB or
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or
  • Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions 21 Merits or
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points.
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Advanced entry

  • A surveying/building related BTEC HNC/HND/Foundation degree. Contact our admissions team for specific grades

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

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Last updated September 8, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sept. 2019
3 - 5 
9,250 GBP
Year 1 Full-time UK/EU fee: £9250; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £5550; International fee: £7875
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