Bachelor of Science Honours in Quantity Surveying

Department of Building Economics offers a four-year Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Quantity Surveying with wide range of subjects related to the construction cost management and total management of all services that support the core activities of any construction product. In addition to the knowledge imparted by way of lectures, the programme emphasises on acquiring practical skills as well. Presently the Quantity Surveying degree is underpinned by a wide range of external contacts which are used extensively for projects, work experience placements, research projects and consultancy.



Quantity Surveying emerged as a profession in the construction industry in 1785 in England and reached Sri Lanka through colonialism in the early 1930’s. 

The Quantity Surveyor, who is also known as a Construction Economist or a Cost Manager, is a member of a team of professional advisers to the construction industry. As a Quantity Surveyor, you will be working as a cost consultant, to manage and control costs on building, civil and infrastructure construction projects on behalf of the Owners or Contractors, making use of a wide range of management procedures, technical tools and skills.



The selection of students for admission to undergraduate programmes in universities is carried out by the University Grants Commission (UGC) based on the admission policy laid out by them with the concurrence of the government.

The candidates who are interested in entering into BSc Hons (QS) degree programme should have taken at least Combined Mathematics or Higher Mathematics and any two of the following subjects at their General Certificate of Examinations (Advanced Level).

  • Chemistry, Physics
  • Accounting, Business Statistics
  • Economics, Business Studies

In addition to above, the student should satisfy the followings at their General Certificate of Examinations (Ordinary Level) to be eligible for degree programmes in Quantity Surveying.

  • At least a credit pass in Mathematics
  • At least a pass in Science
  • At least a credit pass in English Language

The annual enrolment to the QS degree programme is 125.




The Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying is a four-year full time honours degree programmes. It is structured as follows.

  1. A programme extending over seven academic semesters

  2. A 32 week period of industrial placement and

  3. Research dissertation as specified.

In every level there are two semesters with approximately 26 weeks each. Each semester comprises of a wide range of subjects and various assessments methods have been employed to evaluate the undergraduates’ performance. The composition of the programme over the four levels of study has been in following figure.

B.Sc. (Hons) in Quantity Surveying

The next section provides the detailed By-law and the Performance Criteria for both degree programmes.


Performance Criteria



The Bachelor of Science Honours in Quantity Surveying has been accredited by the following institutes, which has given a good opportunity to build very strong links between these institutions and the Department.

  • Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka since year 1986
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors since year 1997
  • Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors since year 1999
  • Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors since year 2010
  • Pacific association of Quantity Surveyors since year 2011, The PAQS consists with
    1.  Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
    2. Association of South African Quantity Surveyors
    3. Building Surveyors Institute of Japan
    4. Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
    5. The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors
    6. Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka
    7. The Institute of Surveyors, Malaysia
    8. New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors
    9. Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers



Bachelor of Science Honours in Quantity Surveying is a four-year full time honours degree programme. It is structured into eight semesters. In every level there are two semesters with approximately 26 weeks each. Each semester offers wide range of subjects and various assessments to evaluate undergraduates' performance. The degree of integration across the modules increases as the student progresses through the semesters.

Modules are categorised under several streams

  • Construction Costing
  • Procurement Management
  • Technological Studies
  • Economic Studies
  • Management Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Project Studies
  • General Studies

Commencing from first semester of level three, undergraduates have industrial placements for 32 weeks which is assigned with 8 credits. Later in level four, they are required to undertake a research and produce a dissertation whilst attending lectures and class assignments. This provides with an opportunity to use and develop the attributes stated in the aim of the course and to demonstrate the extent to which they have fulfilled those aims.

The degree programme consists of different modules which can be compulsory or elective and each module is assigned a credit value representing the student's workload. The attendance of a student enrolled for the degree program should not be less than 80% per each module. A student will not qualify for graduation, if he/she does not complete all requirements of graduation within eight academic years from the time of registration, except by the approval from the senate. The requirement for graduation is 150 credits and 10 credits of this shall be earned from Non-GPA modules.

Quantity Surveyors' wide range of competencies on construction contract practice, construction technology, environmental services, economics of construction, financial management and procurement lead the profession to venture into new directions such as Project Management, Risk Management, Value Management, Claims Management, Construction Information Technology Management, Dispute Resolution and Development appraisal. Further, the graduate Quantity Surveyor has the opportunity to become an associate members of Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors. 



  • Demonstrate the ability to work as Quantity Surveyors both in pre and post contract stages of a construction project
  • Apply skills and competencies in cost management, cost estimation, cost reporting, contract administration and procurement advice in construction projects
  • Apply the knowledge on construction technology, building services, information and communication technology, and relevant laws, regulations and guidelines in delivering quantity surveying services
  • Demonstrate the ability to assist in financial auditing of construction projects, feasibility studies, development appraisals, life cycle cost analysis, value management services and risk management
  • Demonstrate intellectual, analytical, critical, interpersonal, innovative, reflective, autonomous and collaborative abilities in delivering quantity surveying functions
  • Act ethically with social awareness and professionalism 



Module Outline

Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying Programme

Module Code Module Module Type Credit Value
  LEVEL - 1
BE 1101   Building Design and Construction I C 3
BE 1113   Drawing and Design Appreciation C 3
BE 1209   Professional Communication C 3
BE 1401   Economics I C 2
BE 1403   Construction Economics I C 2
BE 1302   Fundamentals of Management C 2
BE 1211   Management Accountancy C 2
BE 1701   QS Project Study I* C --
    General Studies    
BE 1111   Building Design and Construction II C 3
BE 1310   Legal Systems C 2
BE 1405   Economics II C 2
BE 1601   Measurement I C 3
BE 1202   Services I C 3
BE 1102   Building Materials C 2
BE 1109   Land Surveying E 2
BE 1701   QS Project Study I* C 1
  LEVEL - 2
BE 2209   Information Technology I C 3
BE 2601   Measurement II C 3
BE 2202   Services II C 3
BE 2312   Law of Contract and Delict C 3
BE 2107   Structures C 2
BE 2503   Tendering and Estimating C 3
BE 2308   Human Resource Management C 2
BE 2409   Sustainable Development C 2
BE 2701   QS Project Study II* C --
    General Studies    
BE 2306   Project Planning and Management C 2
BE 2206   Services III C 3
BE 2109   Specification Writing E 2
BE 2103   Civil Engineering Construction I C 2
BE 2310   Law of Property C 3
BE 2207   Business Statistics C 3
BE 2407   Construction Economics II C 3
BE 2603   Procurement Systems C 2
BE 2701   QS Project Study II* C 1
  LEVEL - 3
BE 3703   Industrial Training C 8
BE 3101   Civil Engineering Construction II C 2
BE 3102   Building Surveying E 2
BE 3503   Bidding and Pricing C 3
BE 3601   Measurement III C 3
BE 3206   Services Integration C 2
BE 3310   Organisational Management C 2
BE 3308   Business Law C 2
BE 3205   Financial Management C 2
BE 3701   QS Project Study III* C 1
  LEVEL - 4
BE 4203   Information Technology II C 3
BE 4601   Measurement IV C 3
BE 4703   Dissertation* C 8
BE 4405   Development Economics C 3
BE 4611   Contract Interpretation C 2
BE 4707   QS  Project Study IV* C 1
BE 4703   Dissertation* C 12
BE 4407   Construction Economics III C 2
BE 4615   Modern Procurement Systems C 2
BE 4607   Professional Practice C 2
BE 4617   Management of Claims and                Disputes C 2

-   All general studies modules (Non-GPA) carry 2 credits 
* Module is conducted throughout semester I and II. Assessment is done at the end of semester II.

C -  Compulsory
E -  Elective
GE -  Non GPA (Elective)

Module Outline
List of Non-GPA (General Studies) Modules for BSc. Hons (QS) Degree Programme

Module code   Module Credit Value
BE 1001   Meditation 2
BE 1002   Photography 2
BE 1003   Web Designing 2
BE 1004   Aerobics 2
BE 1005   Japanese 2
BE 1006   Communication Skills 2
BE 1007   Web Animation 2
BE 1008   Life Style Accessories 2
BE 1009   Introduction to Oral Health 2
BE 1010   Human Rights 2
BE 1011   Career Development 2
BE 1012   Fundamentals of Physics 2
BE 1013   History of Sri Lankan Philately 2
BE 1014   Introduction to Computing 2
BE 1016   Facilitation 2
BE 1017   Active Citizens 2