Program Overview

Quantity surveyors play a vital role in the building and construction industry around the world. They work alongside other professionals, managing the financial and legal aspects of building projects from initial estimate to final calculation.


On our Quantity Surveying course you will learn to cost building designs, manage the procurement of resources and negotiate effectively with partners. Learning outcomes are aligned with the professional requirements of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to ensure you graduate with the practical, analytical, creative skills and problem-solving abilities to progress to the next level.


Northumbria University is ranked top 8 in Building, Town & Country Planning in the UK (Guardian University League Tables 2020).


Northumbria ranks 7th in the Complete University Guide for Building subject.


Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of Graduate membership.


For over 40 years, our relationship with RICS has meant strong links with the construction and property industry and an opportunity to spend a year in paid employment, means this well-respected undergraduate degree provides a strong foundation for a career in quantity surveying.


NewcastleUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 16,500




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Starting out with an overview of the basic principles of construction, surveying and costs evaluation, you will then be introduced to the technology used in the industry as well as learning about law and management practice.


With the support of a dedicated placement team, you can choose to spend the third year on a professional paid placement to put the skills you have learned into professional practice. If you intend to work towards a professional qualification with RICS, the placement year can count towards the assessment of professional competence (APC), the first step towards full chartered surveyor status.


Throughout the course, assessment includes a combination of coursework, exams, individual and group projects. During the final year you will take part in a live group project.



Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.


Year one


  • KA4001 -The Evolution of the Built Environment (Core,20 Credits)
  • KA4014 -Development and Construction Economics (Core,20 Credits)
  • KA4015 -Construction Technology (Core,20 Credits)
  • KA4016 -Law for Surveyors (Core,20 Credits)
  • KA4026 -Property Surveying (Core,20 Credits)
  • KA4027 -Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

Year two


  • KA5003 -Advanced Construction Technology (Core,20 Credits)
  • KA5010 -Construction Law (Core,20 Credits)
  • KA5012 -Construction Economics (Core,20 Credits)
  • KA5013 -Measurement (Core,20 Credits)
  • KA5032 -Contract Administration and Procedure (Core,20 Credits)
  • KA5040 -Business and Professional Development (Core,20 Credits)

Year three


  • AT5004 -Year in International Business (This is made up of modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
  • KA5029 -International Academic Exchange 1 (Optional,60 Credits)
  • KA5044 -Work placement year (Optional,120 Credits)
  • KA5045 -Study abroad year (Optional,120 Credits)
  • KA5046 -Work Placement Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

Year four


  • KA6004 -Advanced Construction Economics (Core,20 Credits)
  • KA6005 -Advanced Measurement (Core,20 Credits)
  • KA6032 -Surveying Dissertation (Core,40 Credits)
  • KA6034 -Project Management (Core,20 Credits)
  • KA6041 -Contractual and Financial Management (Core,20 Credits)

Entry Requirements 2022/23


Standard Entry


120 UCAS Tariff points


From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.


Subject Requirements:


There are no specific subject requirements for this course.


GCSE Requirements:


Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.


Additional Requirements:


There are no additional requirements for this course.


International Qualifications:


We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.


English Language Requirements:


International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £9,250

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.

EU Fee in Year 1: £16,500


International Fee in Year 1: £16,500

Quantity surveyors are in demand, both in the UK and globally. You will graduate with a respected qualification and the practical experience that will prepare you for a career with private construction and development companies, civil engineering contractors, local authorities and government agencies.


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