Course of the Week- Bachelor of Quantity Surveying

A quantity surveyor is a professional working within the construction industry who manages all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects.  They seek to minimize the costs of a project and enhance value for money, while still achieving the required standards and quality of construction.

The degree program offered in JKUAT is equipped to provide students with the knowledge and practical skills to enable them in finding solutions to problems in building and civil engineering construction.

The degree program is offered by the Department of Construction Management, under the School of Architecture and Building Sciences (SABS).

The program takes a minimum of four (4) academic years to complete upon entry in the first year and students undertaking it will complete a total of sixty four (64) Units within the given time period.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for joining this program are as follows:

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) with a minimum aggregate of B- (minus) and a C+ (plus) as the minimum grade in the following subjects:

  1. Mathematics
  2. Physics


any subject from Group III (History and Government OR Geography OR Christian Religious Education OR Islamic Religious Education OR Hindu Religious Education);

OR 2nd Group II (Biology or Chemistry);

OR 2nd Group III

OR Group IV (Home Science, or Art and Design or Agriculture or Aviation Technology or Computer Studies);

OR Group V (French, German, Arabic, Music, Business Studies).

Employment Opportunities


The main areas of employment upon completion of this degree program are with building contractors and professional quantity surveyors.

The major employers of quantity surveyors are:

  • Architects
  • Commercial businesses
  • Engineering consultancies
  • Mechanical contractors
  • Local authorities and government agencies
  • Petroleum engineering companies (as a cost engineer)
  • Property developers



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