Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management BSc Honours
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Alternative attendance modes for this course
Courses start in September, unless otherwise stated
Quantity surveyors and commercial managers operate in all sectors of the built environment, and are primarily concerned with the value and financial management of construction projects and the subsequent building life cycle. They have specialist skills and knowledge relating to cost and contract management, which require an expert understanding of construction techniques, procurement options and legal matters, and the sustainable use of resources.
Quantity surveyors provide clients with detailed information on which to base decisions and are valued for their creative ideas and solutions at the early stages of a construction project. They add value by monitoring the functions of cost, time and quality in projects of any scale. The commercial manager's role is vital to the success of the construction project and requires excellent business sense and a good understanding of management and construction processes. They assess the value of work to be done and manage and monitor costs as the project progresses.
This course gives you the skills and knowledge to take up these roles, along with the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.
Our construction courses share a common Year 1, so students interact with those studying different pathways, gain some knowledge of the work of all professionals working in the construction industry promoting the interdisciplinary nature of the modern construction industry. Throughout the course, construction technology and management remain central, the issue of health and safety is addressed, and the importance of sustainability is considered.
All of our courses are delivered using an enquiry-based blended learning approach involving workshops, lectures, tutorials and independent study. Our technology-enhanced learning supports independent study via synchronous online lectures, tutorials and seminars, which are captured and stored to enable you to revisit sessions online after the event. We assess your learning through a variety of methods including project work, essays and exams.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Subjects of study include:
- Technology 1 – Construction Technology and Surveying
- Technology 2 – Building Design & Environmental Engineering
- Technology 3 – Building Science and Structures
- Management 1 – Built Environment and Graduate Attributes
- Management 2 – Project, Commercial and Organisational Environment
- Design 1 – Design Principles
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
Subjects of study include:
- Technology 2 - Building Design & Environmental Engineering
- Technology 4 – Fabric, Design and Performance
- Management 3 – Commercial, Legal and Organisational Management
- Management 4 – Construction Project Based Learning
- Management 5 – Project and Commercial Management
- Management 6 – Structural Principles
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
Subjects of study include:
- Technology 7 – Sustainable Design and Construction
- Technology 8 – Refurbishment and Maintenance
- Management 6 – Professional Practice
- Management 8 – Project and Commercial Management
- Management 9 – Project Evaluation and Development
- Management 10 – Sustainable Development and Lean Construction
The course content is listed by year, corresponding to the full-time mode of study. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over ﬁve years.
You will be taught by full-time academics and visiting lecturers with industry experience and professional qualifications. The teaching team includes:
This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).
"CABE is proud to accredit the degree programmes within the built environment at the University of Westminster. This brings us closer to talented students who will build their global future as Chartered Building Engineers and as other professionals within the industry."
Chartered Association of Building Engineers.
Graduates can progress directly towards full professional qualification with RICS, the CIOB and CABE – professional accreditation that can help you to secure employment.
Our graduates have developed careers with contractors, consultancies, commercial companies, local authorities, housing associations and many other types of organisation.
Others have also pursued further studies at Master's level, either on a full-time or part-time basis, typically in areas such as construction or project management.
Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.
We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.
In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.
For more details, visit the employability section on our site.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
Career options in your subject area
Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.
There are many reasons to study this course at Westminster:
A professionally accredited course
A flexible course
Our construction courses share a common Year 1 providing a knowledge base of basic principles. This also reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the modern construction industry and gives you a broad understanding of the work of fellow professionals in neighbouring disciplines. In the second and third years the different courses become more specialised.
The course can be studied full-time, or part-time so you can work while you study.
Central London location and contacts
Our central London location provides direct access to professional institutions and practice. The course is informed by current industry priorities. You will benefit from our strong connection and regular contact with professional bodies and leading practitioners from industry are involved in the delivery of the course.
Join a diverse and vibrant student community, with one of the UK's largest international student populations.
We have excellent links with employers and our Career Development Centre and career networking events will help you to prepare yourself for the world of work.
Dynamic teaching methods
Our wide variety of teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, laboratory sessions, individual and group projects, and guided reading. A variety of assessment methods is also used including portfolios, written work such as essays and reports, in-class tests and examinations.
Students can join a week long field trip, the Constructionarium. Held at the National Construction College in Norfolk, students experience the challenges and issues inherent with any construction project, helping them develop professional and personal skills.
Our staff's research informs their teaching so you will benefit from the latest developments in the field. 20% of our research in Architecture and the Built Environment was judged as 'World Leading and a further 45% as 'Internationally Excellent' in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. While we are interested in every aspect of research in these fields, there are particular areas we specialise in, including property valuation, construction and project management, construction economics and energy use in buildings.
Study at the newly refurbished Marylebone Campus, where a £20million development has provided world-class facilities. We have a substantial 24 hour library, book shop, coffee shop, cafeteria and well-resourced construction laboratories. The construction labs are used by students for practical experiments in building science, building physics and surveying. Experiments include destructive tests on materials including metals, plastic and concrete to analyse their physical characteristics for practical application in construction projects. The labs also contain a wide range of testing equipment for assessing environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity; and surveying equipment including laser levels and theodolites, used by students during field trips.
We offer a range of scholarships. See our scholarships pages for more informaiton.
Subject of study: Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management BSc Honours, graduated 2013
Current employer: Osborne Ltd
Current job title: Graduate Quantity Surveyor
Why did you choose the University of Westminster to study?
My sister had attended the University two years before I did and she gave a glowing review of the staff and the facilities.
What did you enjoy about the course at Westminster?
I enjoyed learning about contract law and alternate dispute resolution methods.
How has your career developed since graduating?
Since graduating I am in full flow of my two year graduate training scheme at Osborne and I am responsible for looking after my own works packages on a £32m hospital new build.
What does your current role involve?
I undertake measurements and make assessments of subcontractor works packages so as to issue payments based on my derived figures; procurement of new subcontractors through sending tender enquiry documents and comparing like for like costs; settling of final accounts; submitting a monthly valuation to my client for payment, and several other tasks.
How has your experience at the University of Westminster helped you in your career?
My experience at Westminster has really taught me how to be a good student who is able to seek out answers for myself.
What has been the highlight of your career to date?
My highlight was when I had to do a trainee presentation in March 2014 to my Chief Executive, Senior Project Manager and Construction Director about my experiences so far.
What advice would you give to students thinking about studying construction at University?
I would advise that they try to find a part-time role which involves construction so that they can have a slight advantage. This would make them knowledgeable about the industry as a whole and keep them up to speed where construction technology is concerned.
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