The Department of Quantity Surveying was established in 1970. However, the Quantity Surveying programme was first conducted in 1952 by the Technical School. At the time the school offered a two year certificate programme in Quantity Surveying. The certificate programme was upgraded to a four year diploma programme that was reduced to three years in 1965.
In 1973, the first batch of ten students enrolled for the five year degree programme in Quantity Surveying conducted by the department. This programme ran parallel with the three year diploma programme.
In 1976 these two programmes were offered as a five year integrated programme where the first three years is for the diploma programme and another two years is for the degree programme. This programme was reduced to four years in 1998 where the first two and the half years is for the diploma programme and another one and the half years is for the degree programme.
In 1987, the department started a degree programme in Building. This programme is an extension of the integrated Quantity Surveying programme where students can choose to pursue the degree programme in Building after obtaining the Diploma in Quantity Surveying.
In 1995, the department started the post-graduate programme by research.
In 2003, UTM changed the level of ewntry requirements for all its academic programmes from the Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) to the Malaysian Higher Certificate of Education (STPM) and Matriculation. This change was carried out in accordance to the directive issued by the Ministry of Higher Education. In line with this, the Department of Quantity Surveying reviewed the curriculum for both the Quantity Surveying and Building programmes. The Integrated Programme in Quantity Surveying is changed to three year Degree Programme. The department also developed a new curriculum for the Degree Programme in Building and changed the name to BSc in Construction. The BSc in Construction Programme is a three-year Degree Progamme.
In 2004, the department moved a step forward by offering the MSc in Construction Contract Management programme.
- To be a world class center for quantity surveying and construction studies.
- To produce quality, competent and versatile graduates who are equipped with the necessary
technical knowledge, practical and generic skills to compete in the employment market.