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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics

Discipline: Building & Civil Engineering

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Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 40*

CAO Round 1 Points: 285 (2020)

Why Study?

Graduates of the Level 8 Programme are provided with the opportunity to acquire the minimum academic qualification required to commence the process of becoming a professional Quantity Surveyor (Chartered Surveyor) .

The programme provides highly sought after and valuable specialisations, giving its graduates a clear edge in the employment market.


Programme Modules

Graduates, having completed all 4 years at GMIT, will be able to work as Quantity Surveyors in the Building, Civil Engineering or Mechanical and Electrical Engineering sectors. Modules such as Cost Management of Building Services and Capital Works Management Framework are central to the QS role in the current environment.

The Capital Works Management Framework topic is the number one issue in the Irish Construction Industry at present and employers require Surveyors to have an in-depth knowledge of the framework.

Surveyors will also engage in modules such as Sustainable Construction Technologies and Construction Project Management.

Many surveyors find employment as Project Managers or engage in Project Management as part of their overall surveying role.

Career Opportunities

Quantity Surveying offers a choice or mix of office or site-based roles.

Graduates find employment at a Professional Level with:

  • Building, Civil Engineering or Building Services Consultancy Practices,
  • Building, Civil Engineering or Building Services Contractors
  • A variety of Sub-Contracting specialists
  • Facilities Management Companies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Local Authorities
  • Government Departments
  • State/Semi-state Organisations
  • Property divisions of the Banking Sector
  • Utility Providers (e.g. ESB, Bord Gáis, Eircom etc)
  • Construction Product Suppliers

There are opportunities in the area of Building and Civil Engineering in both new, refurbishment and retro-fit projects.

In addition, experienced surveyors regularly find employment or start their own opportunities in the business world.


Follow-on Studies: 

Several options exist for Level 9 Masters Degree programmes in GMIT. Opportunities also exist in other Institutes of Technology or Universities in Ireland and elsewhere.

Essential Information: 

Projects / Work Placement
The programme incorporates both group and individual project work relevant to the surveying profession and is delivered in an equal mix of lectures and practical work. Work Placement during year 3 provides further practical application of the skills learned.

Recognition by Professional Bodies
The programme is delivered in partnership with the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is also fully recognised by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Number of Places
*This figure represents the combined number of places for Level 7 and 8 students.

Materials Fee
Students will be liable for an additional materials fee of €100 per year for certain full time programmes. This fee is not covered by Granting Authorities. Material Fees are not applicable to either Erasmus, Part-Time or Full time Non-EU students.

Studying Construction Economics & Quantity Surveying at GMIT, Galway

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Lisa Dooley

Tel: 091-742585

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CSI_and_RICS_logoSean Canny (GMIT programme chair and lecturer), Dean Elcock, fourth year student on the BSc (Hons) in Construction Economics and Quantity Surveying, Catriona O’Regan, lecturer in the Dept of Building & Civil Engineering, Mary Rogers, Head of Dept of Building & Civil Engineering, Paul Johnston, SCSI Western Region, Tomas Murphy, lecturer in the dept of Building & Civil Engineering, and Rory Daly from Mullingar, first year student on the BSc (Hons) in Construction Economics and Quantity Surveying.CIOB logo