Student Stories

Construction Economics and Quantity Surveying Student - Dean Elcock

I choose GMIT as Galway is a friendly city with a great student lifestyle, and I had heard good things about GMIT.
I am really enjoying my degree in Construction Economics and Studying Quantity Surveying because it is varied and very well structured.
First year in Quantity Surveying involves studying a broad range of subjects to get an idea of what the construction industry is about, and the basic roles of a Quantity Surveyor.
During second year, it is more focused on Quantity Surveying.  There are individual and group projects where you act in the role of a Quantity Surveyor from both the contractor and the professional side.  This involves pitching ideas, doing up Bills of Quantities (BOQ), and preparing cost plans along with various other tasks.  Presentations are a key part of Quantity Surveying - being able to get the message across confidently.
Third year involves three months in college and six months on work placement.  This is great opportunity to put into practice of what has been learnt in the previous years.  You interact with professionals in the business on real projects, you get a great sense of responsibility of working with a real team on a project.
Fourth year is a great experience, you can choose a construction related topic that interests you and do a dissertation.  This involves in interacting with the construction industry again and getting their views and opinions on your topic.  Other subjects include cost management of building services and the Capital Works Management Framework.  These are of great importance as most projects in Ireland are government-funded, and this will give you the edge when going into industry.
The best thing about Quantity Surveying is that it is recognised around the world.  It is a skill you can take anywher,e especially since our partnership with the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland.  This partnership allows you to progress on to become a Chartered Quantity Surveyor after you graduate.