Duration: 4 years

The objective of the quantity surveying undergraduate degree programme is to provide students with a sound theoretical and practical base to enable them measure, value, cost and specify construction resources, and to become active players in the rational identification, utilization and control of resources within the construction industry.
Graduates of this programme are expected to gain employment in both the private and public sector. The major input of the revised programme is to train quantity surveyors with sufficient skills for the public and private sectors: government ministries, local authorities, departments and parastatals, construction firms, and private consultancy firms offering quantity surveying services. The updated and diversified courses will cross‐pollinate existing departments within the Faculty of Technology.

The short and medium term objectives are to:

  • Create indigenous capacity at Makerere University for training of quantity surveyors;
  • Reduce the human resource gap in the quantity surveying profession;
  • Incorporate modern methods of measurement, computerized billing, and alternative construction
  • Improve the gender and generational imbalances in the profession.

The long‐term objective is to contribute to poverty alleviation through training of cost management and control professionals for better and more rational use of resource within the construction industry in Uganda. Laboratory and computer training in the curriculum provide hand‐on opportunities to apply knowledge to solving practical problems of engineering. There are also practical training components

Makerere University regulations pertaining to application, registration, examinations and awards shall apply.


Admission to First Year
Admission into the first year is through any of the three avenues, the Direct Entry Scheme, the Mature Age Scheme and the Diploma Holders Scheme.

The Direct Entry Scheme
For direct entry scheme, an applicant must obtain two advanced level passes, one in Mathematics and another in any other approve subject, at the same sitting of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education or its equivalent. For purposes of computing entry points, the advanced level subjects shall carry the following weights:

  • Weight 3 – Mathematics, Economics, Geography, Physics, Fine Art – as Essential subjects.
  • Weight 2 – Chemistry, Technical Drawing, Economics, Geography, Physics and Fine Art – as Relevant subjects.
  • Weight 1 – General Paper – as Desirable subject.
  • Weight 0.5 – Any other subject as Others subjects.

The Mature Age Entry Scheme
Candidates may be admitted under the mature age entry scheme after passing two special mature University examinations in aptitude and specialized knowledge.

Diploma Holders Entry Scheme
Diploma entry scheme is available for holders of Uganda National Examinations Board Ordinary Diploma in Building Construction and Civil Engineering or its equivalent. Candidates should have credit class diploma and passed Mathematics, Building Construction and Drawing with at least credit four.

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Curriculum Summary

Year: 1
Semester: 1

Course Name Course Code Credit Units
Geophysical Environment CMG1101 3
Computer Literacy CSC1100 4
Communication Skills CSK1101 4
Engineering Mathematics EMT1105 4
Basic Law and Governance Structures LAW1208 3
Introduction to Quantity Surveying QUS1101 3

Year: 1
Semester: 2

Course Name Course Code Credit Units
Elements of Architectural Design Fundamentals ARC1206 3
Elements of Structural Analysis CIV1205 4
Law of Contract for Surveyors LAW1206 3
Construction Technology I QUS1201 4
Construction Drawing QUS1202 4
Quantity Surveying I QUS1203 4
Measured Drawing QUS1301 2

Year: 2
Semester: 1

Course Name Course Code Credit Units
Construction Materials CMG2102 4
Principles of Management ECO2104 3
Law of Torts for Construction LAW2106 3
Building Finishes & Fixtures QUS2102 3
Construction Technology II QUS2104 4
Sociology for Technology SOC2103 3

Year: 2
Semester: 2

Course Name Course Code Credit Units
Commercial Law for Construction LAW2202 3
Quantity Surveying II QUS2201 4
Building Services QUS2202 3
Economics of Property and Construction QUS2203 3
Cost and Value Engineering QUS2205 3
Land Surveying for Construction SUV2206 3

Year: 2
Semester: Recess

Course Name Course Code Credit Units
Industrial Training QUS2301 2

Year: 3
Semester: 1

Course Name Course Code Credit Units
Maintenance Management CMG3103 4
Principles of Accounting for Surveyors COE3103 3
Elements of Property Law LAW3109 3
Elements of Planning Law LAW3110 3
Construction Technology III QUS3101 4
Housing Development and Management QUS3102 3

Year: 3
Semester: 2

Course Name Course Code Credit Units
Entrepreneurship COE3202 4
Research Methods and Statistics LEC3204 4
Quantity Surveying III QUS3201 4
Construction Production Management QUS3202 3
Construction Contract Administration QUS3203 4
Industrial Training QUS3301 2

Year: 4
Semester: 1

Course Name Course Code Credit Units
Construction Technology IV QUS4101 4
Operations Research Techniques QUS4102 4
Building Surveying QUS4103 3
Professional Practice, Procedure and Ethics QUS4104 4
Construction Project Management QUS4105 4

Year: 4
Semester: 2

Course Name Course Code Credit Units
Final Year Research Project 1& II QUS4201 6
Quantity Surveying IV QUS4202 4
Facilities Management QUS4203 4
Analysis of Prices and Estimating QUS4204 4
Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution in Construction QUS4205 3
Attachment Name Attachment Type
EMT2201 Engineering Mathematics IV DOC PDF PS