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Quantity Surveying


School - School of the Built Environment

Subject area - Built Environment

Start Dates(s): September; January


September intake
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)

January intake
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

In Brief:

  • 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

Course Summary

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.

Gareth Corner
MSc Quantity Surveying graduate
Now working for Turner and Townsend

Before I started this degree, I did some research to see if there was demand in the sector for quantity surveyors – there definitely is as I gained employment before I had even graduated. During my interview, I was told that I stood out because I had a level of understanding and knowledge that the company were looking for which has all come from this course.

Awards and Accreditation

Course Structure

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          
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.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for of this course must have a minimum of a second class honours degree.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

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).

English Language Requirements

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.

Suitable For

Construction professionals or graduates from other built environment disciplines, including building surveying, construction management or architecture. Applicants should wish to specialise in quantity surveying.

Applicant profile

This course is ideal for you if you have a desire to enhance your current knowledge base and specialise in the field 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 as well as sound knowledge of construction processes are a must.

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,300 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£12,300
Distance Learning£1,300 per 30 credit module
International Distance Learning£1,717 per 30 credit module

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section


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 the field. 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 via distance learning, you’ll enjoy access to an online 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:

  • Written coursework (100%)
  • Continuous informal assessment by your tutors

*Certain modules for full-time students have a small amount of assessment through presentations


Career Prospects

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 and it is highly likely that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to travel, and that you’ll play a key role in shaping the built environment.

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.

This course has been designed to help you plan and organise the procurement and financial management of projects, developing your ability to administer and manage construction contracts. Our course will equip you with the skills required to critically examine existing construction practices while evaluating alternative strategies to set in motion a process for improvement in construction. You will graduate with the skills and knowledge demanded by clients who rely on a quantity surveyor's knowledge and judgement to keep a project running smoothly.

Links with Industry

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 is taught and apply learning to a real-world context.

Further Study

The School of the Built Environment has an exciting and vibrant research community engaged in advanced research in the built environment, please see and for more information.

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