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Fees and Funding

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Overview

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. 

What makes this course different

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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.

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Location

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

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Employability

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

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

You'll develop management skills and critically reflect on the practices in the area of quantity surveying and commercial management.

You will learn to apply theory and new skills to a working environment in construction.

The course teaches student to develop techniques for analysing and solving real world problems. You'll learn how to find industry-relevant solutions to logistical issues within the industry.

Other fields of study will involve lifecycle costing, strategic planning and collaboration, target cost contracts and dispute resolution

We'll also introduce you to real life case studies which include projects delivered in partnership with employers so you can get industry experience before you graduate.

MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    Mental Wealth; Professional Life 1

    This module aims to develop students' core competencies to form the basis of future competencies development throughout the programme of study. In this module, the students would consolidate their Construction / Engineering knowledge and skills for practical applications, and develop their awareness of impacts on the environment, commerce, society and individual brought about by various construction and engineering activities.

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    Construction Technology

    This module involves exploring the choices for materials, systems and techniques used in the construction of typical domestic and industrial/commercial building. The module also looks at building design and performance particularly with respect to the selection of materials for construction purposes. It also covers sustainability issues affecting the condition of existing buildings, and their maintenance and adaptation. It will also enable the development of spatial skills in producing and understanding graphical forms of communication used in construction.

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    Land and Construction Surveying

    This module introduces students to geospatial surveying practices, principles and procedures for civil engineering and construction projects. The module develops skills in using modern surveying instrumentation to enable 3-dimensional position of features to be determined and for the quality of those positions to be known. The processes for determining vertical height (level) as well as horizontal position (by measuring angles and distances) will be studied. On completion of this module, students will be able to carry out survey data collection using a range of equipment and will appreciate the role of the surveyor and the role of survey data for construction purposes.

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    Analytical Skills in Built Environment

    The main aim of this module is to develop student’s skills and understanding, of the numerical and mathematical techniques which underpin civil engineering, construction and surveying disciplines. At the end of this module students should possess the core knowledge of algebra, trigonometry and statistics which can be applied to data analysis, presentation and problem solving. This module also aims to equip students with the CAD skills which will enable them to manipulate and process data numerically, graphically and spatially.

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    The Built Environment

    The aim of the module is to appreciate the factors, organisation and professional disciplines involved in the planning, design, development and in-use of the built environment facility.

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    Building Science and Materials

    To provide an understanding of the scientific principles involved in the selection of materials in construction and the issues affecting the design of building services.

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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life

    This module builds on the L4 Mental Wealth: Professional Life module to further develop students' competencies to form the basis of their future careers. In this module, the students will undertake feasibility studies with reference to human, financial, logistical resources to realise a product/service. The module will further develop the students' self-awareness, interpersonal and negotiation skills through team work and mentoring.

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    Contract Procedures

    To provide an understanding of the UK legal system, legal process, institutional structures in application to the construction process in terms of contract performance, obligations, tort and statutory requirements, in the professional environment of construction management, surveying and information management.

    To comprehend the legal obligations and procedures associated with contracts, letting, employment, equality, design, development and health and safety, and to apply legal principles to practical problems.

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    Construction Planning and Production

    The aim of this module is to explore the role of the contractor in managing the production process for both simple construction projects and also more complex civil engineering works. It will examine the basic principles of management techniques. It will then consider construction methods, planning tools / techniques to mobilise the construction activities and supply chain; the selection of construction methods that best suit the project and the management plant, materials and workforce. It will also examine how the project is monitored to insure the client’s requirements and stakeholders needs are met, and how the finished project is brought to a managed and successful close.

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    Tendering, Estimating and Cost Control

    To provide students with an introduction to financial control of construction projects and the procurement process by accessing knowledge based on information produced from tendering, estimating and financial procedures. Allow to enable students to understand deliverables, time constraints, budgets and to implement best value best practice

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    Economics of property and construction

    The subject of the module is the micro and macroeconomics of the construction sector, including cost management and forecasting for the development of construction projects from the client/owner, design team, and contractor’s perspective. The focus is from the concept and the early design stage, through the design and construction process, and into occupancy.

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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life

    The aim of this module is to develop students' awareness of the importance of linking Project management with professional life practice. It will prepare students to be ready for the challenges and opportunities of the 4th industrial revolution by further developing the skills and knowledge. The key areas are as digital environment, ethics, and sustainability; preparing them to become world-class professional managers who are able to support their practice with theoretical understanding, so that they can be innovative and push the barriers of technical excellence safely and sustainably.

    The module is designed around the construction and surveying knowldege and skills and professional practice modules at L4 and L5 by integrating theory with practice through industry-relevant live projects. 

    This will be accomplished by placing students in a multi-disciplinary project group (to reflect the range of disciplines.

    It will explore the feasibility and design development of practical scheme(s) in terms of technical, ethical, legal, financial and quality matters. The module will build upon the core mental wealth/professional practice-based modules offered at L4 and L5 that introduce students to among others, digital proficiency, industry connections and intelligent development (emotional, social & physical) and in doing so helps equip them with the fundamental techniques necessary to work in inter-disciplinary teams. 

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    Capstone Project

    The main aim of this module is to equip students with the necessary skills to carry out and report research in order to consolidate the knowledge gained in other modules in a chosen field of study, combine it with the published knowledge of others, investigate it practically and report their findings.

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    Project Management

    To further explore the disciplines, theories and tools associated with the successful project management and delivery of construction-related activities. To develop skills in establishing project requirement in terms of client / stakeholder needs; procurement of human and technical resources; planning and coordinating work and phase activities; motivating the team; monitoring cost and quality and managing change; delivering desired outcomes and gaining feedback.

    To discuss human resource management theories in construction-related project-based organisations, including issues associated with development of individual & group competences, creating effective project teams, the management of conflict, the role of stakeholders, and experiential learning.

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    Land Law and Registration

    This module develops students understand of legal systems in practice and their link to the operation of effective land management systems. The link between land measurement and land management. Is explored. Students will examine the role surveying, cadastral systems and land registration play in land management. Students will also examine the concept of the land parcel as a fundamental unit in land administration. This module will allow students to examine and evaluate the inter-relationship between land ownership, land policy, land management, the economy, the environment and society. Participants of this module will analyse and assess issues around cadastral and land reform.

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    Quantity Surveying Practice

    This module is designed to apply the principles of cost management to the pre-contract, contract and post-contract stages of construction projects, and to provide the student with an understanding of Quantity Surveying procedures including measurement, cost control, cost forecasting, cost reporting and procurement.

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

We provide an environment, which offers an exciting, engaging and creative higher education experience. The courses is supported by an integrated teaching, learning and assessment strategy that demonstrates the appropriateness of the learning, teaching and assessment methods used in relation to the intended learning outcomes. The following methods are adopted: 

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Coursework assignments
  • Seminars
  • Practical work
  • Design workshops
  • Field schemes
  • Project work

Guided independent study


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.

Academic support

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).

Workload

Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.
The approximate percentages for this course are:
Year 1: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
Year 2: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
Year 3: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.

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.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

Our assessment covers different methods to enable our students to have the best understating of the subject area. Different project reports, coursework, individual and group presentation and exams are combination methods which we use to make sure our students get the best out of the course. 

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

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

WHO TEACHES 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.

What we're researching

At the University of East London we are working on the some of the big issues that will define our future; from sustainable architecture and ethical AI, to health inequality and breaking down barriers in the creative industries.

Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.

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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.