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Commercial Management (Quantity Surveying) BSc (Hons)

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Overview

On spec and on-budget

If you’re looking for a professional level job in the construction industry, quantity surveying – making sure projects meet legal and quality standards, and that clients get value for money – is ideal. There is currently a shortage of quantity surveyors, so you’ll always be in demand. You’ll study management and business practice in a construction context, as well as law and economics. We’ll make sure that you understand organisational structure and cost control too, as these are essential skills for quantity surveyors.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Surveyors consult plans

Why Commercial Management (Quantity Surveying) at LSBU?

No. 1 London university: for 'satisfied with teaching' and 'satisfied with assessment' in Building, town and country planning (Guardian League Table 2018)
History: we’ve been educating building professionals for over 100 years – and have strong industry connections.
Professional accreditation: we’re fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building.
Our subject-specific facilities include a Building Information Modelling (BIM Centre)
Flexible study: study full-time or part-time one day a week.

Advanced entry

For those holding a relevant HNC/D it is possible to enter the course in the third year and 'top up' your existing qualification to a full degree. To apply, use UCAS (full-time) or apply direct to LSBU (part-time) and simply indicate which year of the course you wish to join.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Sandwich
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

  • Linda Chard, alumna , MSc Construction Project Management

    Linda Chard, alumna , MSc Construction Project Management

    From an interest to expertise: Linda Chard tells us about the experience of both undergrad and postgrad study at LSBU

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    LSBU is helping transform the construction industry through its Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre. The BIM Centre acts as a hub for innovation, professional training and networking amongst practice experts in the built environmental sector. These facilities are used by students and for short courses.

Modules

With a broad construction curriculum, this course will make you fully equipped to take up professional responsibility in a management role within the construction industry. We’ll cover: management and business practice, law, economics, construction technology and materials, measurement and project appraisal.

Methods of assessment for course overall: 65% coursework.

Year 1

  • Building services and environmental science
    This module focuses on building services and the environmental performance, and develops an understanding of how buildings perform in the areas of acoustics, heat and moisture transfer, lighting, ventilation and air conditioning design. The underlying principles of each topic will be covered, together with more advanced applications, enabling you to demonstrate an understanding of building performance to other professionals within the industry. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Construction technology and materials
    This unit will introduce you to the study of building materials and how buildings are pieced together (i.e. building technology). Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Construction technology and structures
    This module will introduce you to the study of building technology associated with larger, more complex buildings, as well as to the fundamentals of structural analysis. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Legal and economic context
    The legal content of this module will introduce the sources and basic rules of UK law, including common law and statute law, as it affects construction and property professionals. It will provide an introduction to construction contract law, and tort and restitution law as they affect professionals. It will explain the differences between common law and equity and criminal law, and their relevance to construction and property professionals. It will establish the legal and ethical framework of Health and Safety regulation. The economics content of the module will introduce you to micro and macro economics, and will examine the theoretical and empirical framework of economics, including price formation, the theory of the firm, degrees of competition, Government economic objectives, monetary policy, behavioural economics, contract theory, inflation and unemployment. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Construction practice
    This module aims to provide you with the knowledge of the interrelationships between industry, professional bodies and education, and an understanding of key professional and research requirements. It will provide you with a roadmap for your professional career, and will enable you to prepare for employment in the construction discipline. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Surveying and setting out
    This module focuses on the principles and application of surveying in the construction industry using both traditional and modern surveying technology, including the establishment of horizontal/vertical control and basic setting out techniques and processes. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

Year 2

  • Building economics
    This module is about the economics of the construction and property sectors. It focuses on providing a description of the construction sector and an economic explanation of markets and industries, as well as some of the major features of construction products. Furthermore, it briefly provides an economic analysis of how investment, property and construction link together and to the wider economy. It also examines the role of regulation in dealing with negative externalities. Aspects of European construction will be examined, and flexible production in the context of construction organisations will be discussed. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Management of organisation
    This module has two broad approaches. The first is an analytical approach to understanding organisations and managerial actions by considering the development of management theory, through the Classical Schools of thought up to the present day. This includes the nature of the roles of management, and the competencies required to manage organisations. The second approach introduces human resource management, the principles of personnel management and industrial relations, with particular reference to the construction industry. In parallel to the above broad areas of analysis and management practice, you'll spend time developing aspects of personal skills important in carrying out future management roles. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Measurement 1 and documentation
    This module provides an understanding of the fundamental concepts underlying the requirement to quantify and specify construction work. You'll establish the underlying principles required for the independent production of tender documents. The module will also provide the basic practical skills in measurement required for private practice, contracting and public service. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Measurement 2 and estimating
    This module is designed to provide you with a sufficient grounding in measurement and analytical estimating to both be able to apply measurement skills to more advanced forms of construction and perform measurement and estimating duties in the role of a junior quantity surveyor in a practitioner’s office. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Contract practice and administration (quantity surveying)
    This module provides the knowledge necessary for the execution of the contractual duties of the quantity surveyor and commercial manager in contracting and development companies, consultancy practice, public service and private corporations. It's designed to build on and apply knowledge obtained from a study of construction law. The module is an introduction to the period of professional training necessary to qualify as a professional and covers key areas of practice. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Corporate management and finance
    This module will provide an introduction to financial and corporate management through an outline of the types of firm, their sources of finance, and the requirement to keep accounts and develop corporate strategy to match the firm's specific objectives. The module will explore the changing nature of financial and business markets, the need to budget and to plan in uncertain environments, and will provide an understanding of corporate governance and business ethics. The development of an understanding of finance and accounts supplemented by an understanding of markets, of opportunities and threats, will lead to the wider issues of corporate and strategic planning. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Research project
    This module applies research method skills on a project-based, applied research topic chosen by you, which includes two main phases: an initial research project proposal submitted for approval and the preparation of the full research project at the end of the module. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
  • Project management
    In recent years the specialism of construction project management has been developed by construction professionals working within construction companies, construction consultancies and the public sector. This specialism is required to achieve effective and efficient management of the whole construction process from inception to completion. This module seeks to support this response by introducing the theory underlying project management and applying this to practical issues and problems in the construction industry. Assessment methods: 50% coursework, 50% exam.
  • Quantity surveying project
    This module holistically integrates learning from all Level 4 and 5 modules on the BSc Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying courses. It sets learning in a realistic project environment and simulates practice problem solving and task management. Assessment method: 100% coursework.

Employability

For those interested in construction and wanting a professional level job, quantity surveying could be ideal. Quantity surveyors have to make sure that projects meet legal and quality standards, as well as ensuring clients get good value for money. Understanding organisational structure and cost control aspects of construction projects are essential for quantity surveyors. 

Take a look at some potential careers, including quantity surveyor, on Prospects.

Recent graduates have become quantity surveyors/estimators, site managers, construction project managers and commercial managers. And, of course you can choose to extend your qualifications by taking on further postgraduate study.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Dr Ali Bayyati

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Senior Lecturer / Course Director

Ali has extensive experience in surveying, construction management, commercial management and construction technology, and is currently course director of our BSc Commercial Management and BSc Construction Management programmes.


Kate Ellis

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Kate Ellis teaches Construction Law and Property Law to construction and property professionals.


Dr Guowei Gu

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Course Director - MSc/PgDip Property Development and Planning

Guowei began his academic career when he joined LSBU in 2006, after working in the professional real estate industry for 15 years.


Darren James

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Construction Technology

Darren's specialisms include construction, surveying, environmental issues in construction and surveying, and educational paths into the built environment sector.


Steve Pittard

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Steve is an active member of the RICS, chairs the QS and Construction IT Business Group, and is a member of the QS & Construction Professional Group Board, as well as the more recently formed BIM Steering Group.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures, seminars and workshops Self-directed study
Year 1 31% 69%
Year 2 21% 79%
Year 3 18% 82%

Personal Tutoring

As a Built Environment and Architecture student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.

Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least once a year for approximately 30 minutes throughout your course.  You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or phone.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level CCC or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DMM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 45 Merits or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 112 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

It may be possible to enter at an advanced level if a candidate has obtained an HNC in either construction or surveying.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
KN21
Application method
Mode
Sandwich
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
KN21
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start date
September
Application code
2305
Application method

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 2216Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU (excluding any optional years) £27750
UK/EU (including any optional years) £27750
International (excluding any optional years) £39375
International (including any optional years) £39375
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £5550International fee: £7875
AOS/LSBU code: 2305Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £39375

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

Preparatory Reading List

  • Temple, M.(2004) Studying the Built Environment. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Parker, D. (1994) Tackling coursework: assignments, projects, reports and presentations. London: Letts Educational
  • Domone, P. & Illston, J., 2010: Construction Materials. Their Nature and Behaviour
  • Using Light Steel Framing:  Design of Residential Buildings
  • Seward, D., 2009: Understanding Structures(4th Ed), Palgrave Macmillan
  • Taylor, G.D., 2000: Materials of Construction (3rd Ed), Longman
  • Bradney, A., Cownie F., Masson J., Neal A.C., Newell D., (2010) How to Study Law (6th edn.) Thompson, Sweet & Maxwell, London.
  • Coyle, D., (2004) Sex, Drugs and Economics, an Unconventional
  • Introduction to Economics, Thomson, Australia, New York.
  • Mankiw, N.G., and Taylor, M. P., (2010), Economics, Thomson, London.
  • Turner C., and Hodge S., (2010) Unlocking Torts (2nd edn.) Hodder, Turner, London.
  • Turner C., (2010) Unlocking Contract Law (3rd edn.) Hodder, Turner, London.
  • McMullan R, Environmental Science in Building, Macmillan, 6th Edn, 2007
  • Hall F and Greeno R, Building Services Handbook, Butterworth Heinemann, 5th Edition, 2009
  • Irvine, W, Surveying For Construction 8th Edition McGraw Hill, 2008
  • Uren and Price, Surveying For Engineers(5th Ed), Palgrave Macmillan
  • Brookes, A.J. & Meijs, M., Cladding of Buildings, 2007
  • Eisele, J. & Klaft, E. (Eds.), High Rise Manual:  Typology and Design, Construction and Technology, 2003
  • Reichel, A., Ackermann, P., Hentschel, A. & Hachberg, A., Building with Steel: Details, Principles, Examples, 2007

 
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Contact information

Course Enquiries - UK/EU and Employer-sponsor

Tel: 0800 923 8888

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6100

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Course Enquiries - EU/International

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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