Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £1,540 *
International Fees £2,125 *
Duration 5 years

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

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.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.The programme below is for a three-year course. If you study part time you will study the same content, spread over four years.Please note, each Level corresponds to one Year in the full-time version of the course (Level 4 is equivalent to Year 1, Level 5 is equivalent to Year 2, and Level 6 is equivalent to Year 3).

Subjects of study include:

  • Technology – Construction Technology and Surveying
  • Technology – Building Design & Environmental Engineering
  • Technology – Building Science and Structures
  • Management – Built Environment and Graduate Attributes
  • Management – Project, Commercial and Organisational Environment
  • Design – Design Principles

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Technology – Building Design & Environmental Engineering
  • Technology – Fabric, Design and Performance
  • Management – Commercial, Legal and Organisational Management
  • Management – Construction Project Based Learning
  • Management – Project and Commercial Management
  • Management – Structural Principles

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Technology – Sustainable Design and Construction
  • Technology – Refurbishment and Maintenance
  • Management – Professional Practice
  • Management – Project and Commercial Management
  • Management – Project Evaluation and Development
  • Management – Sustainable Development and Lean Construction

Credit Level 6

Professional recognition

Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management BSc Honours course is 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.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

  • A Levels – BBC
  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma – DMM

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points

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Graduates can progress directly towards full professional qualification with the RICS and CIOB – professional accreditation that can help you to secure employment.

Our graduates have developed careers with many types of organisations including:

  • contractors
  • consultancies
  • client organisations
  • property developers
  • commercial companies
  • local authorities
  • housing associations

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 project management or construction commercial management.

Our students have found employment with major consultants and contractors including companies such as Turner and Townsend and Mace.

Roles include:

  • quantity surveyors
  • commercial managers

Virtually all of our staff have previously worked in the construction industry and therefore have well-established network of links with the construction industry and the professional bodies throughout London and the UK.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

What our students say

Quantity Surveying student Henry Alozie

Henry Alozie

I enjoyed learning about contract law and alternate dispute resolution methods. My experience at Westminster has really taught me how to seek out answers for myself.

Field trips

Our students are offered the opportunity to join a week long field trip, the Constructionarium. Held at the National Construction College site at Bircham Newton in Norfolk, students experience the challenges and issues inherent with any construction project, helping them develop professional and personal skills. Read more about the Constructionarium field trip.

Group photo during Constructionarium field trip

Fond out more

Our Property and Construction students have won a wide range of awards including RICS student awards. Read more about our students' awards.

Studying Property and Construction at Westminster

Watch our video to find out more about studying Property and Construction courses with us.

Student successes

A group of students on Westminster bridge

Our Property and Construction students have won a wide range of awards including RICS student awards. Read more about our students' awards.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £1,540 (Price per 20-credit module)

International tuition fee: £2,125 (Price per 20-credit module)

Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and Westminster Business School. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

Contact us

Call our dedicated team on:

+44 (0)20 7915 5511

Opening hours (GMT): 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

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