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Lots of people are involved in the construction process. But no matter how creative the design is, or how skilled the tradespeople are, there’s one factor that can’t be ignored: cost. That’s why quantity surveyors are vital in everything from preparing contracts to valuing the completed work.
Study Quantity Surveying at Oxford Brookes and we’ll help you develop the huge range of skills you’ll need to handle a variety of situations on and off site. We developed the course around the third-year work placement – we’ll help you quickly learn the practical knowledge to succeed in the working world and make the most of this opportunity.
Your degree will be accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Building. That means you can join as a student member and work towards chartered status. And by covering a wide range of topics, we’ve made sure other careers stay open to you. Years 1 to 3 are shared with our other construction courses so you can even change course up until year 4.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Connect with employers
We have great links with big names and specialist companies who offer placements and send in staff to share their experience with you.
Fast track your career
We find that our graduates are ready to progress quickly in the workplace thanks to our focus on essential skills and their experience of the placement year.
Keep your options open
The first 3 years are shared with Construction Project Management and Building Surveying so you can learn a range of skills and even switch course.
Expert teaching team
Our staff are qualified and experienced in a range of fields. You’ll learn from surveyors, architects, civil engineers – and outside experts too.
Multiple field trips
Site visits are essential to see things in practice. You’ll visit construction projects in Oxford in your very first week. In the second year, we’ll go to Europe.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
You’ll start the course with the essentials, covering topics like Introduction to Construction Practice. By Year 2, you’ll start to develop more specialist skills for quantity surveying. As your classes will be shared with the other construction courses, you’ll learn about project management and building surveying too.
In Year 2, we’ll also start to prepare you for your year in industry. You’ll develop practical skills, focusing on things that employers have told us are important to them.
Your work placement in Year 3 is a real highlight of the course. We have great relationships with a range of companies so you’ll have lots to choose from. Some firms even offer their placement students a job before they’ve graduated.
In your final year, you’ll bring all your knowledge and experience together studying on specialist financial control and commercial management modules. You’ll also complete a dissertation to explore a topic in more depth.
Learning and teaching
Our supportive staff are experts in their field. You will learn in modern, well-equipped facilities.
We design our teaching methods to develop your:
- professional skills
- personal skills
- study skills.
Learning activities include:
- practical work
- simulated construction projects
- small-group tutorials
We use a variety of assessment methods, including:
- coursework assignments
- laboratory and field practicals
- class and web-based tests
- oral presentations
- group work
There are a number of one-day UK field trips during the course to aid knowledge and understanding through live projects.
In the second year there is a mandatory European field trip aimed at broadening your understanding of construction design and management outside the UK. This is a mandatory field trip and comes at no additional cost. A separate fee will apply for any optional field trips.
The course is accredited, so you’ll be well on your way towards chartered status when you finish. Of course, being a chartered surveyor isn’t your only option. You’ll have a wide range of skills suitable for roles across the construction industry and beyond.
With the modules being shared across our building degrees, you’ll already have knowledge of construction project management and building surveying. You’ll find you can switch careers without much disruption. This understanding of different roles is just one of the reasons we think employers value Oxford Brookes graduates.
Past students are working on private, public and commercial projects around the world. Recent examples include:
- Balfour Beatty
- Gardiner & Theobald
- Morgan Sindall
- Ridge and Partners
- Taylor Wimpey
- Turner & Townsend
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
Pathways courses for international and EU students
If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.
If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
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It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.