Diploma in Quantity Surveying

Diploma in Quantity Surveying


Intakes: March, June/July & Sept/Oct
Mode of Study: Full Time
Duration: 2.5 years
Credits: 95

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Quantity surveying is not a new programme but not many of us know what it actually is.

Diploma in Quantity Surveying prepares students with a wide range of quantifying and managerial skills, construction technologies, economics and legal aspects of construction contract.

The programme is unique in its approach to the measurement work for building construction and also infrastructure works which are related to civil engineering. The aim of this programme is to produce quantity surveying graduates who are well equipped with the fundamental theoretical principles and skills in the field of quantity surveying that would prepare them in practicing the QS discipline.

Take for instance the buildings that we buy, either for our own use or investment, we would never know the process or calculation involved to come out with the building cost. This is where quantity surveyors play a role. They are engaged to calculate the construction costs, control the financial and contractual administration of construction projects.

This is a challenging programme alongside Engineering and Architecture which leads to an interesting career.

Is this programme for me?

If you have a practical mind and strong numerical and financial management skills, this programme would be suitable for you. A career as a Quantity Surveyor could be ideal for you!

What will I learn?

The programme is unique since it’s developed around a combination of five (5) main subject clusters: Measurement Studies, Technology Management Studies, Professional Practice Management Studies, Economics Studies and Basic Computing Management Studies.

Thus this programme not only prepares students with the theoretical knowledge but it also provides students with the managerial skill which is useful for working in the industry.

What should I expect?

Graduates will be trained with a holistic understanding of the theoretical and technical aspects of quantity surveying.

Throughout the study period, a series of site visit will be conducted to expose the students to the construction activities, construction material and services. Besides, exposing the students to the actual working environment and enhancing their knowledge and skill from what they have learned in the university, the student will undergo 12 weeks industrial training at a construction related company. At the end of the semester, the student will have to carry out final project which would develop a student’s self-confidence and teamwork spirit.


SPM Minimum 3Cs (including Mathematics)
O-Level Minimum 3Cs (including Mathematics)
UEC Minimum 3Bs (including Mathematics)
Certificate III Minimum CGPA of 2.00
SAM/HSC/AUSMAT TER/UAI: average 50% or higher in 5 subjects (including Mathematics)
Other Qualifications As recognised by the Senate of IUKL as equivalent to STPM
PTE 36
Cambridge English 140


Year 1

Accounting Method, Bahasa Kebangsaan A / B (National Language A / B), Co-curriculum I & II, Construction Materials, Construction Technology I, Fundamental Of Programming, Pengajian Islam / Moral (Islamic Studies / Moral Studies), Pengajian Malaysia (Malaysian Studies), Professional Practice I, Quantity Surveying I, Surveying, Technical Drawing and CAD, Technical English I & II

Year 2

Basic Entrepreneurship, Building Services I & II, Construction Technology II & III, Industrial Training, Principle of Economics, Principle of Structures, Professional Practice II, Quantity Surveying II & III, Tendering and Estimating

Year 3

Building Construction Economics, Construction Management, Final Project, Quantity Surveying IV, Tort and Construction Law


This programme is recognized by Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM). RISM is a professional institution representing the surveying profession, including quantity surveying division in Malaysia. It is a professional body which is involved in evaluating professional registration.

How does the professional recognition for this programme benefit me?

Once you have become a registered quantity surveyor, you may continue working across a broad range of disciplines throughout your career. Or, you may choose to specialise in a certain area and develop an in-depth knowledge of that particular field. There are opportunities for working abroad too!



Why you should consider a career in Quantity Surveying?

Quantity Surveying offers a wide opportunity for the graduate to choose whether he wants to work in the office or outdoor.

If you love the office working environment, you can choose to work with a consultant or developer. The scope of works covers documentation, administration and contractual works.

But, if you are an outdoor person, working with contractor will suit you well. Unlike other professionals who spend their time working full time in the office, quantity surveyors who join the contractor’s company spends part of their time at construction sites and part of their time out to meet clients, architects, engineers and suppliers.

Working in this field gives you a good opportunity to develop a professional network that can help advance your career. If in future you decide to open your own firm, you will likely have a wide network of industry professionals.

Who will employ me?

Students will be able to work as:

  • Assistant Quantity Surveyors
  • Assistant Contract Administrators
  • Site Clerks
  • Site Supervisors

Graduates from this programme may choose to work for:

  • Government agencies (e.g: JKR)
  • Consultancy firms
  • Contractors
  • Property Developers
  • Banks
  • Oil & Gas Industry


How much will I make?

The average salary for a fresh graduate in this field can range from RM 1,500 to RM 2,000 monthly. But of course, your salary will also depend on the company that you work for. The more experienced you are, the higher your salary will be.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Quantity Surveying you may register with the Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM) and after gaining minimum two years of working experience and going through a few processes you can be upgraded to a professional quantity surveyor which will increase both your job and salary prospects.

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