The full Masters degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Follow a programme of study developed for professionals or graduates who want to specialise in the field
Learn how to organise and plan the procurement and financial management of projects
This course has been designed to equip you with the knowledge you’ll need to become a skilled quantity surveyor.
During your time with us, you’ll develop a sound understanding of procurement and financial management, plus you’ll learn to appreciate the significance of process, technology and people to the success of projects.
Upon graduation, you’ll be confident in critiquing existing practice by implementing process measurement and by evaluating alternative strategies for process improvement. You’ll also learn how to take measures to improve teamwork on construction projects.
You will learn how to organise and plan the procurement and financial management of construction projects, effectively manage and administer construction contracts and to lead and work effectively with project teams.
This course can be studied full-time on campus or part-time by distance learning. Admission onto the course is in September or January.
The Masters award consists of four taught modules followed by a Dissertation. The PgDip requires the completion of the four taught modules. All modules are delivered over a 15 week period and are mostly assessed through coursework, there are no exams.
You will study two 30 credit taught modules in each of your first two semesters on campus, these are designed to give you the core knowledge required for quantity surveying in construction. In the final semester you will undertake a dissertation worth 60 credits.
A 30 credit taught module is studied per semester. Assessment of these modules is driven by real-world problems aligned to your workplace and job role. Teaching is based around a virtual learning environment supported by interactive online sessions. In the final two semesters you undertake a dissertation which is also delivered online and incorporates extensive tutor engagement and support.
This module allows you to develop a research proposal with clear aims and objectives related to your study. You will undertake critical analysis of existing research and engage in various forms of recognised research in order to produce a sustained, sophisticated, and logical argument in the form of a written dissertation.
Applicants for of this course must have a minimum of a second class honours degree.
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.0 with no band below 5.5 or an equivalent qualification are proof of this.
Construction professionals or graduates from other built environment disciplines, including building surveying, construction management or architecture. You should want to specialise in quantity surveying.
This course is for you if you have a desire to enhance your current knowledge base and specialise in the area of quantity surveying. You will have a strong academic and/or professional background in the built environment, enabling you to build on the experience you already have. Strong leadership, communication and organisational skills and good knowledge of construction processes are a must.
On-campus study is comprised of lectures, tutorials and project work.
Lectures introduce the core knowledge for each module and include guest lectures from experts in various fields. Tutorials provide a forum for discussion and debate with personalised instruction from tutors, and project work is your chance to use research and other techniques to develop solutions to prescribed tasks.
If you’re studying by distance learning, you’ll enjoy access to an internet-based learning environment backed up by intensive tutor support. Weekly online tutorials are led by tutors with student interaction. Our online repository of learning material enables you to undertake self-directed study at your own convenience. Learning is driven by real-world problems with application to your workplace and job role.
You will be assessed through:
*Certain modules for full-time students have a small amount of assessment through presentations
90% of students thought that subjects were enthusiastically taught by staffNSS 2010
This course will equip you for a rewarding career as a quantity surveyor in the construction industry. The life of a quantity surveyor is varied and challenging. It’s highly likely that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to travel, and you’ll play a key role in shaping the built environment.
A career in quantity surveying is diverse and exciting, giving you the chance to travel and shape the world that we live in, with the role of the surveyor to measure, value, protect and enhance the world's physical assets. With the increased focus on the environment and sustainability in the planning of construction projects there has developed a strong demand for and short supply of quantity surveyors to provide a cost management service, both financially and environmentally to the construction industry.
This course has been designed to help you plan and organise the procurement and financial management of projects whilst also giving the skills to administer and manage construction contracts. Our course will equip you with the skills to critically examine existing construction practices while evaluating alternative strategies to set in motion a process for improvement in construction. This course will provide you with the skills demanded by clients who rely on the quantity surveyor's knowledge and judgement to keep a project running smoothly.
The full Masters award is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) allowing exemption from their academic entry requirements.
Guest lecturers from industry with expertise in relevant areas are invited to give lectures throughout the duration of the course. Site visits are organised each year in co-operation with local construction companies, these give full-time students the opportunity to visualise what you learn and apply it to a real-world context.
The School of the Built Environment has an exciting and vibrant research community engaged in advanced research in the built environment. We enjoy a top position in the UK government national research assessment which recognises the outstanding national and international profile of our academic staff. We are also number one for research power, a position held since 1992.
Our research is conducted through our 10 research centres. For those interested in pursuing a research qualification after completion of the Masters, each centre has identified topics where they particularly welcome research proposals.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||£1,275 per 30 credits|
|Distance Learning||£1,275 per 30 credits|
|International Distance Learning||£2,000 per 30 credits|
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||£1,167 per 30 credits|
|Full-time International||£12,000, part-time £2,000 per 30 credits|
|Distance Learning||£1,275 per 30 credits|
|International Distance Learning||£1,667 per 30 credits|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
We offer awards to help you study through our:
There are also other sources of funding available to you.
For more information please see our funding section
MSc (one year full-time or two years and four months distance learning / part-time)
PgDip (eight months full-time or one year and four months distance learning / part-time)
MSc (one year and four months full-time or two years and eight months distance learning / part-time)
PgDip (one year full-time or two years distance learning / part-time)
97% of School of the Built Environment graduates go on to employment and/or further study within 6 months of graduating.DLHE 2009 and 2010