Quantity Surveying - Conversion Course - Bolton Street

What is... Quantity Surveying?
The programme is presented within the School of Surveying and Construction Management in the College of Engineering and Built Environment in DIT. The maximum intake of students each year will be 25 students. The content of the course, delivered over 2 1/2 years (5 Semesters) includes subjects pertinent to the practice of Quantity Surveyors and construction economics professionals. The courses focus is strongly oriented towards quantity surveying practice, building measurement, the management and economics of development.

In these new turbulent times the issue of controlling and managing costs within the construction industry is of paramount importance to any private of public sector client.

Semesters 1 and 2 of the course are designed to build rapidly the foundations required to develop the distinctive skills of the quantity surveying professional. The core modules are: Construction Technology; Quantity Surveying Practice and Building Measurement aim to develop the building blocks and techniques together with developing specialist knowledge of the nature of the industry and the professions that surrounds the built environment.

From the beginning of the third Semester, students apply the principles of Construction Economics and Project Management. Students will have the option in this semester to build on their knowledge of Building Measurement or gain a greater insight into Project Cost and Financial Control. In Semester 4 students gain a more detailed understanding of the legal framework in which construction work operates. They also undertake a major Development Project that seeks to integrate the learning from earlier modules. The Semester will also give the students the option to select either a Professional Practice module or a Commercial Surveying Module.

In order to complete Semester 5 and the entire course, students will have to undertake the completion of a Dissertation or Company Project.

What is the duration of the course?
The course runs on a part-time basis over 2 1/2 years. The 5th Semester involves independent learning in the completion of a dissertation or group company project.

Subjects taught

Year 1
• Semester 1: Construction Technology 1; Quantity Surveying Practice 1; Building Measurement 1
• Semester 2: Construction Technology 2; Quantity Surveying Practice 2; Building Measurement 2

Year 2
• Semester 3: Construction Economics; Project Cost and Financial Control; Advanced Measurement or Project Management
• Semester 4: Construction Law; Development Project; Commercial Surveying or Professional Practice

Year 3
• Semester 5: Research Methods and Dissertation or Company Project

This course is currently undergoing a review and the course content may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements?
In order to be admitted to the course, students must have an honours (2.2 grade or higher) in a level 8 bachelor degree or equivalent and be working in a suitable construction related environment. All applications that do not meet the minimum entry requirements will be reviewed and may be called for interview in late April.

Selection will be made, following interview, using the following criteria:
• Academic achievement
• Relevant employment experience
• Evidence of commitment to a career in Quantity Surveying
• Interest in and critical awareness of role of the Quantity Surveyor and
• Evidence of interest in postgraduate construction research

Preference will be given to those students who possess the minimum entry requirements. It will not be necessary to interview these applicants.

Application dates

Applications for this course are now open.

Assessment Info

The programme is assessed through a range of techniques including: project work, group work, assignments, presentations and examinations. Assessments in the form of examinations will normally take place at the end of the respective semesters in January and May, with supplemental examinations in September. In addition, students will be expected to complete a dissertation.

Students can only progress from one academic year to the next providing all the required assessments in the pre-requisite modules have been passed.


2.5 years
Mode of Study: Part Time
Method of Delivery: Classroom

Lectures take place on a Monday and Wednesday evening. The schedule may be between 6-8 hours per week, depending upon optional subjects.

Enrolment dates

Commencement Date: September 2020.

Post Course Info

What are my career opportunities?
The programme has full accreditation from the Society of Chartered Surveyors and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Evening

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