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Quantity Surveying & Construction Economics / Suirbhéireacht Chainníochta & Eacnamaíocht Foirgníochta

DT111

What is... Quantity Surveying & Construction Economics?

This programme prepares students for a career in the construction industry. It is designed for those who wish to work as quantity surveyors and economic advisors/managers in the construction industry or as building development co-ordinators and managers.

Quantity Surveyors are engaged in private practice as partners or employees in professional firms. They may also work for building/civil engineering contractors or sub-contractors. In addition there are Quantity Surveyors employed in government departments, semi-state bodies and public authorities.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Job titles may include quantity surveyor, construction cost consultant or commercial manager. While the name may vary, the job is the same.

Graduates normally enter the job market as Graduate Quantity Surveyors who can work for general contractors, subcontractors, private practice consultants, local authorities or any employer that manages costs that are related to new building, civil engineering project, mechanical and electrical installations, oil or gas industry or refurbishment projects.

The common theme is that they seek to minimise costs while creating quality projects. Graduates of this programme are very versatile with transferable skills who can enter into a variety of complimentary careers, such as, loss adjusting, legal profession, project management and property management to name a few.

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who have reached the appropriate honours standard may have access to a wide range of Masters Degrees in DIT and elsewhere in Higher Education.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

Students will gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of the framework within which the construction industry operates, namely the technical, economic, legal, financial, managerial and administrative framework. They will also have gained a detailed knowledge and understanding of the specialised areas of cost and value management, tender documentation, procurement, construction administration and management. They will have gained the ability to manage their own learning, in order that they may act in their employment in variable and unfamiliar contexts, and to do so with a clear understanding of the professional and ethical issues involved.

Module Listing

Year One

  • Construction Studies
  • Measurement and Costing
  • Financial Management
  • Economics
  • Construction Law
  • Information Technology
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Professional Development/Integrated Project
  • Foundation German (Option)

Year Two

  • Construction Studies
  • Measurement and Costing
  • Financial Management
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Management
  • Programming and Planning
  • Pre-contract Practice
  • Post contract Practice
  • German (Optional)
  • German for Engineering and the Built Environment (Optional)

Year Three

  • Construction Studies
  • Construction Economics
  • Financial Management
  • Construction Law
  • Measurement and Costing
  • Construction Administration and Management
  • German for Engineering and Built Environment (Optional)
  • Work Placement

Year Four

  • Commercial Management
  • Construction Economics
  • Measurement and Costing
  • Development Project
  • Strategic Management and Ethics (Optional)
  • Conflict Avoidance and Dispute Resolution (Optional)
  • Project Management (Optional)
  • Corporate Property Asset Management (Optional)
  • Dissertation or Company Project

Are there study abroady options?

There is an option to study German in years 1-3 and be placed in a German speaking company in semester 2 of year 3. There is also an option to partake in an Erasmus exchange programme.

Further Information

School of Surveying and Construction Management
Dr. Alan Hore (Head of Quantity Surveying)
Bolton Street
Dublin 1

T: (01) 402 3873 (Dr. Alan Hore)

F: (01) 402 3997

E: alan.hore@dit.ie

W: www.dit.ie/surveyingconstructionmanagement/

What our Students say!

“This course hosts such a wide range of opportunities. It provides a broad knowledge of the construction industry and the economic world around us. I am currently working for KSN Quantity Surveyors and this course prepared and provided me with the skills required by the industry. Above all, the small class sizes and approachable lecturers in DIT are a massive advantage to the students.”