BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying

Bachelor of Science (Honours)Quantity Surveying

Full Time
2020 CAO range:
        216 - 442
Cork Road
4 years
240 ECTS

What is Quantity Surveying?

At its core the profession of quantity surveying is concerned with the financial management of construction projects and the administration of the contract that is signed between the client and the contractor to carry out the works. Quantity Surveyors understand and can quantify the extent of work necessary to complete any project before it is constructed and can advise clients and contractors of its cost right from the initial sketch design issued by the project Architect.

This puts Quantity Surveyors in a unique position as Construction Professionals, as their core skills in contract and finance are highly sought after and are well rewarded.

Why study at WIT?

  1. The BSc in Quantity Surveying in Waterford Institute of Technology is an internationally recognised Honours Degree programme.
  2. It boasts a 100% Graduate Employment record for each of the last 8 academic years placing our graduates amongst the most highly sought after in the industry.
  3. It has full course accreditation from the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland permitting direct entrance to the assessment of professional competence and presenting a distinct advantage to undergraduates at WIT over other regional Institutes of Technology in Ireland.
  4. It provides 30 weeks paid work placement in year three of the programme. Students can choose to work locally or to travel abroad for these weeks if they so wish, in 2017 we have placed students in New York and Dubai as part of the programme.


What is the BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying 

The BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying has been designed to produce graduates who can successfully operate as professional quantity surveyors/costs consultants in the future Irish and global construction industry. They will be able to communicate effectively, have a working knowledge of relevant Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). The course also provides students with 30 weeks paid work placement in top tier local and internationally based Contracting and Professional Quantity Surveying firms in year three of the programme and is fully accredited by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) allowing our graduates to progress and become Chartered Quantity Surveyors on completion of this programme.

We pride ourselves on a dynamic and well rounded programme using industry leading software and progressive teaching methods distilled by Lecturers with decades of combined industry and academic experience.

Further Information

Please take the time to read through our school page at or contact our Lecturers Robert SmythAnne Marie O'Connor or John Mernagh, we'd be glad to hear from you.


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In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Introduction to ManagementIntroduction to Economics
Measurement & Estimating (1)Measurement & Estimating (2)
Mathematics for SurveyorsManagement Studies
Residential Technology (1)Residential Technology (2)
Communications & Study SkillsIntroduction to Land Surveying
Introduction to ICTIntroduction to BIM
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Procurement StrategyCost Planning
Measurement & Estimating (3)Measurement & Estimating (4)
Introduction to Construction LawIntroduction to Project Management
Commercial Technology (1)Commercial Technology (2)
Services Technology (1)Integrated Project
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Construction AdministrationResearch Methods
Measurement & Estimating (5)Industrial Placement 1
Contracts Studies
Construction Health & Safety
Advanced Technology
Year 4
Semester 7Semester 8
Development EconomicsQS Professional Practice
Value ManagementMarketing & Finance
Project & Corporate ManagementConstruction Law
Services Technology & IntegrationAdvanced Measurement
Dissertation Dissertation
Industrial Placement 2ELECTIVE

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying 

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O5/H7
Mathematics: O5/H7


Advanced and Equivalent Entry for BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying:


Career Opportunities for BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surverying graduates:

There has been a demand for qualified Quantity Surveyors and this demand continues to exist with both Professional Quantity Surveying/Cost Consultant practices and with Construction companies both in Ireland and overseas.

Our graduates can expect a career as a highly valued and integral member of the Design Team on construction projects of all sectors and values both nationally and internationally. They help to shape and inform the budgets of clients the world over on projects ranging from circa €200K to over €1bn. They key values of the BSc (Honours) in Quanity Surveying are of cost management, contractual knowledge, negotiation skills and ability to communicate, all of which are an integral part of the course we offer here at WIT.

Recent projects involving WIT Graduates:

  • National Children’s Hospital - largest single healthcare project in Ireland in 2016

  • New Central Bank of Ireland building (€140m)

  • The Spencer dock project (€240m) - the largest single office development in Ireland in 2016

  • The World Trade Centre in New York

  • The Halley Research Station in the Antarctic

  • The Shard in London

  • The Rio Olympics

A Quantity Surveyor is one of the most rewarding professions in the Construction Industry and commands a salary amongst the highest paid in the sector as well as affording almost limitless opportunity for travel and diversification within the role.

Follow on Study for BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying graduates:

Industrial Placement

Each student is required to complete a 30-week industrial placement relating to quantity surveying. This paid placement will be typically with either a quantity surveying consultancy or a construction company. Placements will normally be organised by WIT and be completed in Ireland. There is however the possibility of placements in the UK and further afield. Each placement will have an academic supervisor and an industrial supervisor.

Paid Work Placement

Here at WIT we facilitate 30 weeks paid work placement for our students in top tier local and internationally based Contracting and Professional Quantity Surveying firms including:


The relationships forged and experience gained by undergraduates during these 30 weeks of placement give our undergraduates a real competitive advantage when they join the workplace in terms of course learning outcome, ability to work abroad and ability to command a competitive salary.

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