Quantity Surveying (BSc Honours Degree)

  • Course Code

    MT 857

  • Field of Study

    Quantity Surveying

  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BSc (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course Duration:

4 Years (8 Semesters)

Course Summary

The course is taught primarily through lectures, practicals and tutorials. Also a significant emphasis is placed on project and experimental work with site visits and field trips making up an integral part of the coursework.

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements


Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.


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Work Placement

Formal work placement (minimum of four weeks) is an integral element of the course and takes place in Year 3.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are Design and Communication Graphics, and Construction Studies.



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MT857 Course Location: MTU Cork Bishopstown Campus


Recorded November 2021


What is Quantity Surveying?

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

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.


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).


Further Studies

Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree at MTU Cork:

  • 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.


Question Time

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.


Graduate Profile

Liam O'Shea
Quantity Surveyor


“In 2007, I graduated with a BSc (Honours) in Quantity Surveying. I am employed by Michael Barrett Partnership in Cork and I work on a diverse range of both public and private sector projects. My responsibilities include cost management of construction contracts at both pre and post contract stages.


CIT has provided me with an excellent understanding of the roles and responsibilities of Quantity Surveyors.”

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It is a challenging and rewarding career and affords the Quantity Surveyor an opportunity to travel to many parts of the world in his or her role as construction cost advisor/manager.


The Professional Quantity Surveyor is normally office based within a consultancy firm and their working hours will invariably involve visiting sites to attend site meetings and to monitor the progress and financial aspects of their construction projects.


The Contractor’s Quantity Surveyor is normally site based and involves controlling construction costs for the Contractor/Builder as they occur on site. He/she also procures various subcontractors to carry out different work packages for the building contract.


Potential Areas of Employment

  • Professional Quantity Surveyor
  • Contractor’s Quantity Surveyor
  • Estimator

Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)



EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.

CAO 1st Round:

Entry 2020: 336

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

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