Take your first steps towards a career as a surveyor by studying for our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree in Chelmsford or Peterborough.
Quantity surveyors play a vital role in deciding whether construction projects are financially viable. As a BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying student at ARU, you’ll learn how to financially manage construction projects from initial concept, through to design, build and maintenance.
By studying our Quantity Surveying degree, you’ll gain a vital understanding of issues such as value for money, health and safety and the environment – as well as exploring the wider context of the built environment.
You’ll benefit from industry-standard software and facilities, expert tutors and a range of guest lecturers who’ll share their professional insights with you. Graduate with relevant, up-to-date skills in measuring and costing all sorts of construction projects.
Quantity surveyors are in demand. With strong industry links and the opportunity to take a placement year as part of your course, our accredited degree is the perfect stepping stone your future career.
Our course in Chelmsford is accredited by the the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) so, once you’ve graduated, you’ll be able to register with RICS and start working as a chartered quantity surveyor. Please note our course in Peterborough does not currently have accreditation.
As a graduate, you could also choose to develop a specialism or start a career in research with our wide range of full- and part-time postgraduate degrees.
How long is a quantity surveyor degree?
At ARU, you can study our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree full-time or part-time.
If you're studying full-time, you can choose to study over three years, or four years with a placement year in industry.
There is also the option of a four-year degree with a foundation year. If you choose this option you'll study with our partner, ARU College, on our Cambridge campus in Year 1. In Years 2-4 you'll study in Chelmsford or ARU Peterborough.
Part-time students can study over five years.
What qualifications do you need to be a quantity surveyor?
To work as a quantity surveyor, you will usually need a degree in quantity surveying accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Our degree in Chelmsford is accredited by RICS.
Alternatively it's possible to start working in the industry as a technical surveyor (also known as a surveying technician), and study for an accredited degree part-time while working.
What is a quantity surveyor salary?
Salaries start at around £25,000-£35,000 for newly trained chartered surveyors, with management roles typically attracting salaries in the range of £50,000-£80,000. See the 'Careers' section below for further details.
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Our course in Chelmsford is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), so you can be sure you’re equipped with the most up-to-date skills and knowledge. When you graduate, you can begin the process that leads to professional membership of RICS. Please note that our course in Peterborough does not currently have accreditation.
Quantity surveyors are in strong demand across a range of companies in the UK and abroad, and our graduates are well-equipped to aim for top managerial posts. You could also go into construction project management, commercial and operations management.
Quantity surveyor salaries vary but as a general guide, newly trained surveyors can earn around £25,000–£35,000. With experience you can earn around £35,000–£55,000. Management-level salaries can start at around £50,000.
If you study in Chelmsford, our Quantity Surveying course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), so when you graduate, you can begin the process that leads to professional membership of RICS.
Or you might decide to stay at ARU, and study a postgraduate degree such as our MSc Construction Management or MSc Project Management. It’s a great opportunity to build upon your knowledge or develop a specialism. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
"The knowledge and support from the staff is absolutely second to none; I have felt thoroughly supported from the first day."Adam
BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying student
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