What will I learn?

The overall aim of this programme is to provide a full and satisfying vocational experience appropriate to Honours degree level, which will develop student's ability to understand concepts, apply academic rigour and appraise critically the issues involved in the study of quantity surveying from a client’s and contractor’s perspective, in the built environment.

Course Overview

As Caroline Gumble (the CEO of the CIOB in 2020) states “The construction industry affects everyone, influencing productivity and wellbeing, creating the homes, hospitals, schools, workplaces, and infrastructure essential for a good quality of life” and goes on to say that construction is a “highly complex but extremely exciting and innovative industry”.

Just those working on construction sites account for 6% of the UK economic output, but if you also include the services such as quantity surveyors, architects and engineers as well as plant hire and building suppliers then the output is closer to double. This is a large percentage of the UK economic output. The construction industry provides jobs for about 2.3 million people which is over 7% of the UK total. Construction jobs are also well-paid earning on average 5% more than other industries, and graduates in this field have opportunities in the UK and overseas in a variety of rewarding careers.

Career Opportunities

Quantity surveyors in the UK are in high demand but also in short supply. The ageing demographic of the UK workforce and the impact of Brexit will make it vital that the skills shortage is addressed. Just in Wales alone, it is estimated that the industry will need 1,300 recruits annually to fill gaps left in the industry due to retirement. This degree course aims to produce graduates with the necessary quantity surveying skills to fill the gap in the UK construction industry.

Construction contributes about £132 billion to the fixed assets that underpin the UK economy. As described by CIOB (2020) we have more than 28 million homes, ¼ of a million miles of roads, 46 airports 350,000 miles of sewers and 10,000 miles of national rail. Increasingly as an industry, we are seeing the effects of digital technologies on the way we work such as drones and virtual and augmented reality. The construction industry also has an important role to play in the move towards greater energy efficiency and sustainability.

Which department am I in?

School of Architecture, Built and Natural Environments

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
£13,500.00 (US$ 18,297) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

26 September 2022


SA1 Waterfront Campus, Swansea


Kings Road,


SA1 8AL, Wales

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