School - School of the Built Environment
Subject area - Built Environment
Start Dates(s): September; January
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)
Part-time - £1,300 per 30 credit module
UK - £7,800
International - £12,300
Distance Learning - £1,300 per 30 credit module
- The full masters degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
- Excellent career opportunities
- Flexible study options and intakes give students the opportunity to work and study at the same time
- Part-time study option
- International students can apply
A career in quantity surveying is diverse and exciting, with opportunities to travel and shape the world that we live in. With the increased focus on the environment and sustainability in the planning of construction projects, there is high demand for, and short supply of, quantity surveyors to provide a cost management service, both financially and environmentally to the construction industry.
Quantity surveyors must be able to organise and plan the procurement and financial management of construction projects, as well as effectively manage and administer construction contracts. They must lead and work successfully with project teams, taking measures to improve teamwork.
This course will provide you with the skills demanded by clients who rely on a quantity surveyor’s knowledge and judgement to keep a project running smoothly. You will develop a sound understanding of procurement and financial management, as well as learning to appreciate the significance of process, technology and people to the success of projects.
As this full masters degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), you will be educated to the highest industry standards and are granted exemption from RICS academic entry requirements.
Find out more about the School of the Built Environment
This course can be studied full-time on campus or part-time via 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.
For the full-time study option:
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.
For the distance learning study option:
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.
Modules may include:
- Contractual frameworks
- Procuring design and construction services
- Partnering strategies
- Supply chain management
- Supplier appraisal
- E procurement
- General principles in domestic, non-domestic and refurbishment works
- Design appreciation
- Cost control and pricing
- Measurement applications
- Procurement and preparation of contracts
- Claims and dispute resolution
- Construction as a manufacturing process
- Lean, agile and flexible production systems
- Management of risk and value
- Generic process models
- Tools and techniques
- Decision theory and models
- Risk and uncertainty value
- Fuzzy, chaos and complexity theories
- Risk appraisal techniques and risk transfer
- Financial and value management techniques
- Project evaluation and PFI / PPP effectiveness
- Strategic choice in the context of international projects