Strong growth in private housing, commercial and industrial sectors has led to a national shortage of quantity surveyors, who play a critical role throughout the construction process advising on costs, quality, sustainability and client needs.
The UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (UKDBIS) claims the construction industry is facing its greatest skills crisis since 1998, while the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor suggests shortages have hit their highest ever level – with 54% of firms reporting insufficient numbers to meet the needs of the current rise in construction works.
Responding to these skills shortages, this degree aims to prepare you for a career as a quantity surveyor or commercial manager. It is accredited by both the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the world’s leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property, infrastructure and construction.
Ranked as the 7th best university in the country for ‘Building’ in the Guardian University Guide 2019, Coventry has been educating building professionals for over half a century, keeping in step with the changing needs of technological advancement and the growing importance of its social and environmental responsibilities.
With feedback from our industry partners, the course content has evolved over many years and will continue to be updated to reflect the changing structure of the construction industry, so that we can help equip you with the skills and expertise needed to meet future challenges, as well as take advantage of current thinking and best practice.
Why choose this course?
Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management (QSCM) is a multidisciplinary subject involved in all aspects of construction, civil engineering works, the real estate and property business. Activities include procurement advice, commercial guidance, measurement of construction items, resource assessments, valuations, costing/estimating, value management, value engineering, contract administration/management, project management and other post construction management decisions.
With excellent prospects and attractive salaries, quantity surveying offers a rewarding and challenging career where no two days are ever likely to be the same. You could find yourself involved in all aspects of construction from feasibility and detailed design right through to construction and operation. A diverse portfolio of projects might range from property developments, including residential, commercial, industrial and retail, to major infrastructure projects, such as motorways, railways and airports.
This professionally accredited course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to give expert advice on the effective management of finance and costs throughout the building lifecycle. You will have the opportunity to gain a solid understanding of quantification and costing of construction works, financial control and reporting, risk management, design economics and cost planning.
You will be taught by staff with academic and professional experience in quantity surveying, architectural practice, civil engineering and the construction industry, having worked in a variety of professional roles such as building surveying, quantity surveying, construction management, architectural technology and a wide range of professional organisations. We also have a strong portfolio of industry-related research, particularly in the areas of low carbon building technology, sustainable construction materials and engineering education, which ensures you stay abreast of new technologies and emerging issues. Many of our teaching team are active researchers and consultants to RICS.
Teaching is highly practical; throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to draw on real-life case studies and participate in integrated project work, where theory is put into practice as soon as it is learned. For example, performing a real quantity survey in a commercial role for a client and presenting your findings to their asset management team.
You will also have opportunities to apply for industrial placements with a range of local and regional companies where you can exercise your technical skills in a professional environment. In the past, students have found roles as training and graduate quantity surveyors for major construction companies such as Barratt Home Limited, Balfour Beatty Plc, Laing O’Rourke and National Grid, for instance.
International experience opportunities
The content of the course continuously refers to the international context in which construction takes place, which gives an international perspective to your studies and future career as a building surveyor. Students will draw examples for many different parts of the world in order to compare and contrast some of the UK based theory that they will cover whilst on the course and within other modules, such as commercial management quantity surveying practice.
In the second year, we endeavour to organise an international fieldtrip to provide you with an opportunity to experience the built environment in another country. In the last four years, students have travelled to Malta where they were required to commercial management and quantity surveying practice.
Alternatively, you have the option of extending your degree by taking a sandwich year studying abroad; we will endeavour to provide support in finding a suitable placement and currently have student exchange opportunities with Universities in Canada and USA.