Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

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

The Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management course at Robert Gordon University is a stepping stone for students who see their future careers in the financial management and leadership of projects within the built environment. It provides you with the opportunity to progress towards becoming a Chartered Surveyor and can lead to career opportunities worldwide.

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-world project scenarios drawn from industry. In the second Term of Year 3, you will have the opportunity to extend your learning in the workplace through an industrial placement.

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

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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 the Quantity Surveyor role influences this process.

Year 2

Introduction to the essential skills of quantity surveying and development of construction knowledge.

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

Year 3

Application of learning in more complex quantity surveying practice.

Opportunity to enter the workplace in Term 2 via the Industrial Placement.  The learning in Term 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, estimating and the measurement of framed buildings

Year 4

Introduction of more strategic concepts of the 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 for construction and infrastructure projects. You will learn about financial control of projects alongside undertaking project work and a dissertation on a topic of your choice. 


We have on campus and virtual events to help you find out more about study, student experience and future career paths.


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

Learning Methods

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 term
  • 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 term

How long is a BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management course?

The Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management course can be successfully completed in 4 years.

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 reports
  • 4 project outputs
  • 2 group critiques

Year 2​

  • 4 reports
  • 3 project outputs
  • 1 oral assessment

Year 3​

  • 2 reports
  • 2 project outputs
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 1 group critique

Year 4​

  • 2 reports
  • 1 dissertation
  • 3 project outputs
  • 3 oral assessments


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


Academic Support

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.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online 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.

Study Skills 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.



You are provided the opportunity and encouraged to undertake a term of Industrial Placement in Term 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.

Placements at RGU

Job Prospects

Is Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management a good career?

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.


What are the entry requirements for a BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management degree?

Standard Entry Requirements

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.

Minimum Entry Requirements

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:

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


Academic Year 2022-2023

Scottish Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £1,820
Year 2 £1,820
Year 3 £1,820
Year 4 £1,820

Rest of UK Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £6,750
Year 2 £6,750
Year 3 £6,750
Year 4 £6,750

EU Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £6,750
Year 2 £6,750
Year 3 £6,750
Year 4 £6,750

International Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £15,490
Year 2 £15,490
Year 3 £15,490
Year 4 £15,490

Academic Year 2021-2022

Scottish Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £1,820
Year 2 £1,820
Year 3 £1,820
Year 4 £1,820

Rest of UK Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £6,750
Year 2 £6,750
Year 3 £6,750
Year 4 £6,750

EU Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £6,750
Year 2 £6,750
Year 3 £6,750
Year 4 £6,750

International Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Year 1 £15,040
Year 2 £15,040
Year 3 £15,040
Year 4 £15,040

Additional Costs

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

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

Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident 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:

Widening Access Accommodation and Welcome Pack Offer

If you are applying to RGU for September 2022 and meet widening access criteria, you may qualify for free accommodation in your first year of study, along with our welcome pack to support your transition to university. Find out if you are eligible:


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:


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