Graduate Diploma Surveying

1. Overview

Whatever your first degree subject, the Graduate Diploma in Surveying allows you to gain a recognised qualification in quantity surveying in just one year.

Surveying is a well paid profession and the RICS qualification is recognised Worldwide. Based in Aberdeen, the Energy Capital of Europe, graduates from this course are well sought after by industry leading companies in the Oil and Gas sector. This course will therefore provide a route into the energy sector and the necessary knowledge and skills to progress to a well-paid and rewarding career. In addition, graduates find that their knowledge and skills are desired in a range of other sectors including construction, building, civil engineering, petrochemical industries and management consultancy (tax allowances).

Quantity surveying is a dynamic profession and a career that combines commercial and management skills with knowledge of the construction industry. As cost consultants and project procurement specialists, the quantity surveyor’s working life involves:

  • all aspects of construction cost and contract management
  • advising on the financial implications from the initial concept onwards
  • advising on procurement options
  • from project design, to commissioning the completed project
  • settling finances and contractual disputes.

Quantity surveyors understand the economics of construction market trends and the influences of the sector on a local and global scale. Wherever construction work is taking place there will be a need for financial control and quantity surveyors fulfil this need.

2. What you will study

3. How you will learn


The full-time learning Graduate Diploma Surveying course is based upon campus attendance.

Students will learn by a mixture of teaching and learning methods, including Lecture, Tutorial, Workshop, Seminar, Practical Work, Case Study, Simulations, Games, Student Centred Learning and Private Study. Being a vocationally orientated course the teaching and learning is focused upon providing a sound knowledge and understanding of the subject material in the context of the Built Environment.


Students are expected to purchase core texts, all as indicated in the course Module Descriptors under the heading of Indicative Bibliographies and to pay all costs associated with the preparation of coursework e. g. posters, document folders and the like. Total course expenditure should not exceed £200 to £300 overall.

4. Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good Honours Degree in a non-cognate subject, i.e. one not related to the Built Environment, and applications are particularly welcomed from students who hold qualifications in the Arts, Sciences, Management, Business Studies and Law.

A good Honours Degree is one in a non-cognate area where you have achieved an upper second class award (2.1) or better, although consideration will also be given to students who hold a lower second class award (2.2) in the Sciences, Management and Law.

Consideration will also be given to students who hold a good cognate degree.

English Language Requirements

5. Placements and accreditations


The Graduate Diploma Surveying provides you with the knowledge and skills to work as a Graduate Quantity Surveyor and to progress to full professional qualification via the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Assessment of Professional Competency (APC) following a minimum of two years structured training in the workplace.

6. Student Funding

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan

Applicants (Scottish domiciled and EU) to this course may be eligible for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan (PTFL). Full-time students can apply for a PTFL up to £3400. Part-time students can apply for up to £1700. The tuition fee loan is only available to part-time students who are undertaking at least 50% of a full-time course, and therefore, complete their qualification in 2 years.

Students can apply now by downloading an application form from the SAAS web site.

Payment Plan – Distance Learning

Payment Plan – Full time Campus Based

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

  • £5,100 entire course

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

  • £4,950 entire course

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students


  • £4,890 entire course

For Academic Year 2012/2013

UK/EU Students

  • £4,680 entire course

International Students

  • £5,800 entire course

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £4,545 entire course

International Students

  • £5,600 entire course

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

Applications for admission to taught postgraduate courses should be made online directly to the University's Admissions Office at

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:

9. Prospects

Surveying is a diverse and exciting career choice and is a well-paid profession, with chartered surveyors amongst the highest paid UK graduates. Graduates from this course can choose to work in a number of related fields including the built environment, civil and heavy engineering as well as the offshore and petrochemical industries.

10. Assessment

Where a student elects to undertake examinations off-campus, rather than by attending the University for assessment then the student must comply with the University Policy for Arrangements for Offsite Examinations and pay all costs involved.

Further information can be found on the RGU Website under the Policy for Arrangements for Offsite Examinations

11. Meet your course team

Rod McLennan

(01224) 263709

Lesley Smith

(01224) 263512


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Full-time 1 year

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