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Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

BSc (Hons) - single

School of the Built Environment

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

What will you study

You will acquire and apply knowledge of building construction and design, materials, CAD, Building Information Modelling (BIM), quantity surveying, project administration, law, contracts and procurement. You will gain practical experience through a compulsory work placement, site visits and an European trip. In your final year you will specialise by studying advanced quantity surveying and financial control and will complete a supervised dissertation on a subject of your choice. The first three years are shared with our Construction Project Management course. After your work placement you make an informed decision on which field you want to specialise in.

What next?

Our graduates have an outstanding employment record, benefitting from their time on work placement and our strong industry links. Students are recruited by leading contracting and consultancy firms and the majority continue onto graduate training programmes and become chartered professionals (RICS, CIOB).


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 104 - 112

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 4 years, including 1-year work placement
  • Part time: Please contact us for details.

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

This four-year BSc (Hons) sandwich course provides you with the knowledge and industrial experience to prepare you for a professional career in quantity surveying and commercial management. 
The key strengths of the course are as follows:
  • The degree is accredited by both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), therefore offering graduates a professionally recognised qualification.
  • You will be taught by supportive staff, who are experts in their field, in modern, well-equipped facilities - our teaching is highly ranked in university league tables.
  • There is a choice of graduate pathways within the course - for example you will have the same choice of modules in Years 1 and 2 as Construction Project Management students, meaning that you do not have to make a final decision on which course to graduate in until after the third-year industrial placement.
  • You will have excellent links with a wide variety of national and local construction-based companies, developers and surveyors, providing great opportunity for work placements and sponsorship.
  • Our graduates have excellent employment prospects - 100% are in professional or management jobs with 6 months of graduation (Unistats KIS Data 2017).

In Year 1 you will acquire the knowledge needed to understand the process of construction and commercial management, learning about building construction, materials, information technology, law, economics and processes, and how they are managed, while developing team-working skills.

In Years 2 and 4 you will take modules that broaden and deepen your understanding. Technology studies will prepare you for your year in industry and include the processes of production, building information modelling (BIM), the provision of services and the principles and procedures of building design and construction. In relation to management, you will explore the analytical and quantitative techniques associated with planning, organisation and costs. You will also study construction law, contracts and project financial control, and practise and develop your skills through simulated construction projects.

In your final year, you will also complete a supervised dissertation on an approved commercial management-related subject of your choice.

In Year 3 you will gain real-life experience working within the industry through a work placement.

Because the course has similar professional competency requirements and learning outcomes to the BSc degree in Construction Project Management, the students of both courses study the same choice of modules in Years 1 and 2.

In the final year of study (normally after a year of industrial experience) there will be a different choice of modules for each course. The benefit of sharing the same modules until the final year of study is that students will be able to defer the decision on which course to graduate in until they have completed their third-year industrial placement and are able to make a more informed decision about their future career progression.

Study modules

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules available may vary from those listed here.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Building Design and Construction
  • Introduction to Construction and Commercial Management
  • Integrative Project I
  • Economics of Built Environment
  • Foundation Construction Law
  • Quantity Surveying Practice I
  • Introduction to Spatial Planning
  • Construction Communication and Information Technology I.

Years 2 and 4

  • Construction Practice and Procedure
  • Quantity Surveying Practice II
  • Construction Technology I
  • Construction Technology II
  • Building Science and Environmental Systems
  • Construction Procurement and Law
  • Integrative Project II
  • Construction Communication and Information Technology II
  • Financial Appraisal and Commercial Management (double)
  • Innovation in Management and Technology
  • Advanced Procurement and Dispute Resolution
  • Project Financial Control
  • Facilities Management
  • Commercial Management Dissertation (double)
  • Languages modules (optional)

Work placements

The compulsory work placement, taken in Year 3, provides a valuable learning experience and is an important part of the course, consolidating your knowledge and preparing you for your final-year studies. During this year you will work in the construction industry for a minimum of 36 weeks.

Oxford Brookes has strong links with a variety of construction-based employers ranging from local house-builders to international construction companies. Hence work experience opportunities are broad, from managing the restoration of a country manor house to the commercial and project management of a multi-million-pound city office development.

If you are a part-time student working in the industry in a suitable capacity, you will be exempt from industrial placement.

Field trips

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.

Your course tuition fee covers the cost of all mandatory field trips. The cost of an optional field trip is not included in your course tuition fee, and a separate fee will apply. Please contact our Enquiry Centre (see right for details) if you would like more information about the field trip(s) on this course.

Study abroad

There is opportunity for studying part of the course abroad on a one-semester overseas exchange to Europe, USA or Australia. In addition, some students undertake their industrial placement year abroad.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.

While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.

We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

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.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

A variety of  teaching and learning methods are used to help you develop professional, personal and study skills, from practical work, presentations and small-group tutorials to lectures and demonstrations.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 19%81%0%
2 25%76%0%
3 (sandwich year)1%0%99%
4 15%85%0%

Approach to assessment

Assessment methods for the modules vary and can include combinations of coursework assignments, laboratory and field practicals, class and web-based tests, oral presentations, group work and examinations.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 20%1%79%
2 13%0%88%
3 (sandwich year)0%30%70%
4 13%0%88%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £1,380. 2019/20: £1,380.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,150 2019/20: £13,410

International - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £3,920 2019/20: £4,000

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

Many companies employing students on placement offer sponsorship for the final year.

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 104 - 112

A-Level: BBC - BCC

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

IB Diploma: 30-31 points


Applications are welcomed from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.


Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics grade C / 4

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

We value the personal statement. In this we are looking for evidence of motivation and commitment: what interests you about the subject and why you want to study it. Evidence of relevant work experience is useful, and let us know what you do in your spare time.

After reading personal statements and considering predicted grades, all eligible applicants will be required to attend an interview (usually between November and mid-March). If invited to one of these, we usually do not make offers without meeting you. However, in exceptional circumstances a meeting by phone or Skype may be arranged.

If you cannot attend the first suggested date offered to you, there will be provision to attend alternatives - please be communicative with the Faculty Programme Administrator.


English language requirements

Please see the University's standard 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.

How to apply

International applicants

Apply direct »

For full-time study you can also apply through UCAS.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

As a student in Oxford you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region and in a centre for leading industries which will provide you with a host of work placement and other learning opportunities.

Oxford is an outstanding place to study the built environment, from large-scale urban developments to world-famous historic architecture.

It is a vibrant city with plenty of attractions for its large student population, from theatres and cinemas to museums, art galleries and music venues.

Specialist facilities

Oxford Brookes has first-class facilities, helping you get the very best from your studies. From libraries to IT suites, you'll find everything you need, and we're constantly investing in our services.

There is a technology laboratory offering testing facilities for the construction industry. Equipped for both structural and building physics testing, the laboratory features modern facilities for testing that complement our advanced computer modelling and analysis capabilities. The technology laboratory is well equipped for structures tests and demonstrations in steel, concrete and timber. It includes several large reaction frames, concrete mixing and casting facilities and cladding testing equipment.

A building information modelling (BIM) laboratory is provided for studies and research into the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional elements of buildings.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Professional accreditation

The BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management is accredited by both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and therefore provides a professionally recognised qualification for graduates wishing to gain membership of these professional bodies.

At the last CIOB visit, the panel commented on the high standard of teaching facilities and the support provided to students by the well-qualified and enthusiastic team of staff.

Career prospects

Our graduates have an outstanding employment record. Local and national construction companies, developers, project managers, house-builders, surveyors and housing associations regularly recruit our students. Examples include:

  • Arcadis
  • BAM Construction
  • Berkeley Homes
  • Bouygues UK Ltd
  • Buro-Four
  • Byrne Group
  • Gardiner and Theobald
  • Faithful and Gould
  • ISG Construction
  • Mace
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Quinn London
  • Symm
  • Taylor Wimpey.

Many of these companies visit the department annually to meet and interview students for both placement and graduate positions. Our graduates are recognised as having an excellent level of communication, presentation and problem-solving skills as well as practical experience from their industrial placement year.