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Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

BSc (Hons)
BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

New for September 2021, the Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management course is a stepping stone for students who see their future careers in the financial management and leadership of projects within built environment. It provides you the opportunity to progress towards becoming a Chartered Surveyor and can lead to career opportunities across the globe.

The course enables you to develop construction and quantity surveying core skills through Years 1 and 2, and then apply that learning to more complex project scenarios in Years 3 and 4.

You will be challenged to provide practical solutions to real life project scenarios drawn from the industry. In Semester 2 of Year 3, you will have the opportunity to extend your learning in the workplace through an Industrial Placement with an employer.

The final year project will require you to apply the skills and knowledge acquired from the course over the four years,  particularly your problem-solving, creative-thinking and collaborative skills.

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Top in Scotland and 10th in the UK for course satisfaction in Building and Town and Country Planning (The Guardian University Guide 2021)

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

4 years
Year 1

Introduction of basic concepts of construction and the built environment.

Your first year introduces you to basic concepts of construction, construction professions, building technology, digital skills and collaborative working. You will learn how buildings are constructed and how the role of Quantity Surveyor role influences this process.

Year 2
Introduction of fundamental concepts of quantity surveying and development of construction knowledge.

You will develop your knowledge of construction then apply that knowledge within the context of basic concepts of quantity surveying. You will learn to produce various levels of cost plans, measure buildings based on drawings and familiarise with construction law and sustainable construction practices.

Application of learning in more complex quantity surveying practice.

Opportunity to enter the workplace in Semester 2 via the Industrial Placement.  The learning in Semester 1 allows you to apply your knowledge to more complex scenarios and is designed to prepare you for entry into the workplace.  You will learn about contract administration, procurement, framed construction measurement, estimating and management theory.

Year 4
Introduction of more strategic concepts of commercial management of construction projects.

The final year of study allows you to apply your learning in the context of the strategic role of the Commercial Manager in construction and infrastructure. You will learn about financial control of projects alongside undertaking project work and a dissertation on a topic of your choice. 


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information

Your learning is tutor guided but student centred and is a collaborative process. You will learn through undertaking tasks and projects then reflecting, thus constructing your knowledge. This will ensure that you are prepared to make the transition into the workplace. This is facilitated through the use of project-based learning, tutorials, workshops, lectures and private study.  The tasks and projects are often based on real life scenarios brought to the course from staff who have professional experience or from visiting professionals.

Activity Summary
  • Lectures - 20 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Seminars - 30-40 students per group, 2 hours per semester
  • Project Supervision - 20 students per group, 3-6 hours per week
  • Practical class or workshop - 20 students per group, 4 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 20 students per group, 10 hours per week
  • External Visits - 20 students per group, 3 hours per semester
Independent Study

We encourage students to develop an independent learning ethos.  This is an important skill to take into professional life as employers regularly seek graduates who possess a strong work ethic and a willingness to continue to learn.

Staff Delivering on This Course

The course is delivered by a range of staff who have professional or academic qualifications. We have a small team of Surveying staff who deliver the core modules.  This is augmented with staff from across the school who are qualified architects, engineers and architectural technologists. We are also very fortunate to receive regular input from practicing professionals who provide “real” and current scenarios for students to apply their knowledge to.


Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 3 written exams, typically for 2 hours
  • 2 report
  • 4 project outputs
  • 2 group critique

Year 2

  • 3 report
  • 2 project outputs
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 1 group critique

Year 3

  • 4 report
  • 1 group critique

Year 4

  • 1 report
  • 1 dissertation
  • 4 project outputs

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.



The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

The inclusion CENTRE


All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.



The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support


Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library


You are provided the opportunity and encouraged to undertake a semester of Industrial Placement in Semester 2 of Year 3. This lasts for a minimum of 600 hours but can be extended at the employer’s discretion.  

The placement is usually paid and students can find employment with employers in any field of construction or property.  Previous employers have included WM Donald, Babcock International, BAMNuttall, McLeod and Aitken, Aberdeen City Council, Robertson’s Construction.

Placements are extremely valuable to students and the employment often extends through final year and can convert into a graduate position on completion of the course.

You are expected to source your own placement positions, with the support of the course team who have very close relationships with numerous employers. The University will also provide valuable support in how to source employers and how to discuss potential positions with them.


Job Prospects

Graduates from this course will be able to progress their career both nationally and internationally. Career prospects extend beyond Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management. You will have the ability to pursue careers in Project Management, Contract Administration, Dispute Resolution, Procurement, Property Development and so on.

Opportunities for construction graduates/ professionals are on a global scale and we have alumni working in the USA, New Zealand, Australia as well as all over the UK.

find your CAREER path


SQA Higher: BBCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at National 5 grade C or above if not held at Higher.

GCE A Level: CCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at GCSE grade 5/C or above if not held at A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H3H3H3H3 to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at grade O3 or above if not held at Higher.

IB Diploma: 26 to include Higher Level English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths is required at Standard Level grade 4 or above if not held at Higher Level.


The minimum entry requirements for widening access applicants are:

SQA Higher: BCC/CCCC to include English or a written subject requiring the use of English. Maths or a Science required at National 5 C if not held at Higher.

Alternative Qualifications

We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants from Partner Colleges

A relevant HNC or HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3.

Advanced Entry

All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

International Students 

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.


English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Scottish Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

EU Students

  • Fee to be confirmed

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £15,040 per academic year
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

  • Laptop £600 to £800
  • Stationery approx. £30 per year
  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Printing

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:


Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

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