A Quantity Surveyor manages all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects, from the initial calculations to the final figures. Quantity Surveyors seek to minimise the costs of a project and enhance value for money, while still achieving the required standards and quality. A quantity surveyor may work for either the client or the contractor, working in an office or on-site. They are involved in a project from the start, preparing estimates and costs of the work.
About the Course
Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus
A significant emphasis is placed on project and experimental work with site visits and field trips making up an integral part of the coursework. The course culminates with students submitting a bespoke construction project of their choosing demonstrating the application of technically appropriate, economically viable and environmentally sustainable solutions, from inception through to contract completion. Graduates, upon gaining employment, may commence their structured training leading to designation as a Chartered Surveyor.
Formal work placement (minimum of four weeks) is an integral element of the course and takes place in Year 3.The work placement will familiarise the student with work practices and procedures and provide him/her with the opportunity to observe the practical application of theoretical knowledge gained on his/her programme. The placement is supported by a member of academic staff in CIT together with a workplace mentor. The aim of the industrial placement is to introduce the student to structured employment in a relevant work sector and to develop the student's understanding of the organisation, its procedures and technology.
The course is fully accredited by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES).
Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree at CIT:
- Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Project Management (Taught)
- MSc in Construction Project Management (Taught)
- MSc (by Research)
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Graduates may undertake relevant Master Degrees at other institutes and universities.
What is the difference between a Professional QS and a Building QS?
The Professional Quantity Surveyor represents the client in all aspects of construction from feasibility study to final construction costs and is normally practice based.
The Contractors Quantity Surveyor works for the main contractor/builder to control construction costs as they occur on site and normally this Quantity Surveyor is site based.
How do I become Chartered?
Eligible graduates may apply to the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) for membership and undertake the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), this is typically over two years and successful completion of this entitles them to full chartered membership of the SCSI.
Can a Quantity Surveyor work also as a Project Manager?
The project management role can be undertaken by any of the construction professions, provided they have the necessary management skills and capability.
What type of site visits and field trips occur during the course?
Students are taken on regular site visits to support the in-class learning as well as putting their learning into context.