UP Quantity Surveying

UP Quantity Surveying

The Department of Construction Economics offers undergraduate (BSc) and post graduate (BSc Hons) degrees in Quantity Surveying.

BSc (Quantity Surveying)

The first phase of the programme is a three-year degree course.   Passsing all the modules in this course will result in a student obtaining a BSc degree in Quantity Surveying.  A student can only continue with the second phase of the program once a BSc degree has been obtained.

In the three-year programme the main focus is on technical aspects of the built environment that impacts on the work of the quantity surveyor. Some financial, management, scientific and law aspects are touched on.

BSc(Hons)(Quantity Surveying)

The second phase of the programme is a one-year honours degree course.  Passsing all the modules in this course as well as obtaining a minimum of 240 hours practical experience will result in a student obtaining a BSc (Hons) degree.  Students can already start to accumulate the 240 hours of practical experience during the three-year BSc programme.

The main focus of the honours programme is cost estimating, feasibility studies, construction contract law and quantity surveying practice.

BScHons Quantity Surveying

Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology
Minimum duration of study: 1 year
Total credits: 158
Mr DJ Hoffman
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Programme information

A student is required to attend lectures diligently, but in addition the student must complete a compulsory minimum of 240 hours of temporary employment with a suitable employer in the construction industry/built environment (registered quantity surveyor, contractor, developer, property owner, etc). As proof of the practical experience the student must submit an approved log book signed by the employer.

Also refer to G Regulations G.16 to G.29 and G.54.

Admission requirements

A person shall not be admitted as a candidate for the degree unless he or she:

(a) is a graduate of the BSc in Quantity Surveying degree of this University; or
(b) is the holder of any three-year bachelor’s degree of this, or any other university recognised for the purpose by the head of department as equivalent to the BSc in Quantity Surveying degree of this University; or
(c) has in any other manner attained a level of competence which in the opinion of the head of department is adequate for the purpose of admission.

Additional requirements

Selection is based on an applicant’s academic record and experience. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or write an entrance examination.

Examinations and pass requirements

A minimum semester/year mark of 40% is required in order to be admitted to the examination in a specific module. In addition, all other examination admission requirements, applicable to the relevant module, must have been met.

Supplementary examinations
No supplementary examinations are granted at postgraduate level.

Special examinations
No special examinations are granted at postgraduate level.
The degree is awarded when all prescribed modules have been passed.

Pass with distinction

The degree is conferred with distinction if students registered for the degree for the first time, complete the degree within the minimum prescribed time and pass all modules with a weighted average of 75% (excluding POU 700).

Curriculum: Final year

Minimum credits: 158

Core modules

What can I do with my degree?

Quantity surveying is the science that delivers specialised financial and contractual services and advice to clients in the building and construction industry, as well as in related industries. The quantity surveyor is an independent and professional consultant who works with developers, architects, consulting engineers, and building contractors, in order to protect the interests of the client, while at the same time also looking after the interests of the contractor and subcontractors.

The student could enter the building or construction industry as a candidate quantity surveyor after he/she has completed the three-year degree. Such qualification, however, would not allow the person to register as a professional quantity surveyor without acquiring additional qualifications. After completing the honours programme the opportunities become far wider, and application can be made for registration as a professional quantity surveyor with the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession, after further assessment and furnishing of evidence of practical experience, in compliance with the prescribed competencies. Registered quantity surveyors enjoy employment opportunities in the building and construction sector, government departments, in the property sector, banks and manufacturing industry. Most, however, work in the private sector where they become employees/ partners/ directors of quantity surveying practices, or open their own practices.

The examinations for the BScHons degree in Quantity Surveying are approved by the Minister of Public Works as prescribed examinations in terms of the stipulations of the Quantity Surveying Profession Act (Act No. 49/2000), as well as by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.