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BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

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Introduction to our degree in Quantity Surveying

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Studying Quantity Surveying at ARU

Take your first steps towards a career as a surveyor by studying for our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree in Chelmsford or Peterborough.

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Why Quantity Surveying at ARU?

  • Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), ensuring you gain a full range of critical professional and technical skills for a career in this field.
  • Get incredible insight: this course is designed to explore the scientific, social, legal, technical, ethical, economic and political aspects of the built environment.
  • Utilise our state-of-the-art facilities including industry standard equipment, AutoCAD Studios and environmental science and surveying labs.
  • Bring the world of work to life through Live Briefs; designed and developed with regional employers to give you exposure to ‘real world’ problem-solving.
  • Benefit from strong industry links with professional institutions, local firms and guest lecturers to keep you up to date with the latest issues in quantity surveying.

What is a degree in Quantity Surveying?

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.

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Specialist facilities

As a student at ARU you’ll use:

  • industry-standard equipment to learn how to conduct site surveys and property inspections
  • design and AutoCAD studios
  • a materials and testing laboratory
  • environmental science and design laboratory
  • surveying laboratory.

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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • benefit from a Personal Development Tutor from day one, who's there to support you throughout your time at university
  • make full use of facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


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Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

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.

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Chartered Institute of Building

Our course in Chelmsford and Peterborough is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).


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 Project 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.

Employability and personal career development

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.

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"The knowledge and support from the staff is absolutely second to none; I have felt thoroughly supported from the first day."


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Vibrant campuses

Choose where you study: we offer this degree course in the heart of Chelmsford and Peterborough.

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Do you have a question that we haven't answered so far? Talk to our application experts. You can also ask our Student Ambassadors about life at ARU.

We're here Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm (please note we close at 3.30pm on the first and third Thursday of the month for staff training), and Friday 9am-4.30pm.

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Placement year available

You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.

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