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BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management with foundation year

Course summary

This extended course is perfect if you want a degree in quantity surveying but don’t have the standard entry requirements.

With the ever so demanding and growing need for the surveying and its importance for construction it has become more than a necessity these days. Surveying involves the precise measurement of spatial data - information that’s crucial to a huge range of construction projects, on land and offshore.

This programme will provide an internationally competitive education, and to prepare you for a professional career, by providing in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in quantity surveying and commercial management.

The programme will enable you to use engineering skills to improve many aspects of surveying and all related construction areas. Even the core focus is on quantity surveying and commercial  management, you will also be acquiring a good platform for working in all construction industry.

The programme offers different range of core and optional modules, enabling you to experience the real world and effectively connect your university experience with the industry. 

Placement year

Optional placement year available

Links with industry

We have superb links with industry and run a regular programme of guest speakers so you begin to build your network before you graduate. 


You will be based on top of major projects in London - one of the world’s most dynamic construction areas.


Surveyors are in high demand, and this course will give you the skills to take advantage of a worldwide employment market.


What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

  • Mental wealth; Professional Life (Core)
  • Analytical Mathematics (Core)
  • Engineering Sciences (Core)
  • Mathematical Applications (Core)
  • Physical Sciences (Core)
  • Introduction to Computing (Core)
  • Mental Wealth: Professional Life 
  • The built environment
  • Construction technology
  • Land and construction technology
  • Analytical skills in built environment
  • Building science and materials
  • Mental Wealth: Professional Life (Core)
  • Contract procedure (Core)
  • Measurement (Core)
  • Tendering, estimating and cost control (Core)
  • Construction planning and production (optional)
  • Advanced sustainable technology (optional)
  • Economics of property and construction (optional)
  • Employment intership (optional)
This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.
  • Mental Wealth: Professional Life
  • Capstone project (Dissertation)
  • Project management 
  • Cost management and control 
  • QS practice 

How you'll be assessed

Assessment tasks are mainly spread across the year to make the workload manageable. Assessment methods include group works, exams and individual work including essays, presentations, case studies, professional development and practical activities depending on the nature of the course. All grades count towards your module mark. More details will be included in the student handbook and module guides.

Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL’s assessment and feedback policy.

How you'll learn

We offer dual delivery which combines traditional on-campus face-to-face teaching and online teaching simultaneously, allowing you to interact as if you were there in person. You can move smoothly between online and on campus teaching subject to your individual timetable (and health requirements). Students can interact and collaborate in person and online in any of these live-streamed sessions.

Live-streamed sessions will also be recorded, so you can login when you want, playback and watch from the comfort of your home and whilst on the go. Lab, rehearsal and practical on campus sessions are scheduled in blocks with online options.

We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7. We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces and dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning. Students are supported with any academic or subject related queries by an Academic Advisor, module leaders, former and current UEL students.
If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, maths or IT, our Skillzone and English for Academic Purposes we offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to help our students achieve their potential. You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses.

Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater for your every need. UEL provides also support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).

Your overall workload consists of class and online tutor led sessions, individual learning, practical activities. The size of classes can vary depending on the nature of the course, module and activity. This can range from large groups in a lecture theatre setting, to smaller groups taking part in seminars and collaborative work. You will receive your personalised timetable at the beginning of the academic year dependent on your course.

Who will teach on this course

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Your future career

Our course is designed in a way that will ready you for your future careers. Digital proficiency, industry connections, emotional intelligence, social intelligence, physical Intelligence, cognitive intelligence, cultural intelligence, and community connections are some activities which have been embedded into our course and this makes our students very prepared for their future life. 

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

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Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.

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