Quantity Surveying (Delivered in Sri Lanka)
MSc/PgDip

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Alternative start dates available
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Quantity Surveying (Delivered in Sri Lanka) at Salford

1.

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

2.

You can stay local, still live at home to reduce your costs - two Start dates in a year that allow you to study at a time and place to suit you

3.

Supported by leading contractors, consultants, trade associations, professional bodies and the Chamber of Construction Industry in Sri Lanka

Course Summary

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.

This course is delivered at Columbo School of Construction Technology (CSCT), in Colombo, Sri Lanka and taught by academic staff from the University of Salford UK. This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Applications can be made on the CSCT website

Course Details

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.

Course Structure

This course can be studied full-time on campus. 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.

Dissertation (60 credits)

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.

Full-time September Start

Semester 1

  • 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

Semester 2

  • 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

Semester 3

  • Dissertation(60 credits)

Full-time January Start

Year 1, January - May

  • 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

Year 1, June - September

  • No teaching

Year 1, September - January

  • 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

Year 2, January - May

  •   Dissertation (60 credits)

Distance Learning September Start

Year 1, September - January

  • Contractual frameworks
  • Procuring design and construction services
  • Partnering strategies
  • Supply chain management
  • Supplier appraisal
  • E procurement

Year 1, January - May

  • Construction as a manufacturing process
  • Lean, agile and flexible production systems
  • Management of risk and value
  • Generic process models
  • Tools and techniques

Year 1, June - September

  • No teaching

Year 2, September - January

  • 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

Year 2, January - May

  • 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

Year 2, June - September and Year 3, September - December

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Distance Learning January Start

Year 1, January - May

  • Construction as a manufacturing process
  • Lean, agile and flexible production systems
  • Management of risk and value
  • Generic process models
  • Tools and techniques

Year 1, June - September

  • No teaching

Year 1, September - January

  • Contractual frameworks
  • Procuring design and construction services
  • Partnering strategies
  • Supply chain management
  • Supplier appraisal
  • E procurement

Year 2, January - May

  • 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

Year 2, June - September

  • No teaching

Year 2, September - January

  • 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

Year 3, January - September

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Entry Requirements

Applications for this course must have a minimum of a second class undergraduate honours degree in a relevant discipline, or a minimum of a second class undergraduate honours degree in an unrelated discipline and significant work experience within the built environment, or a recognised appropriate professional qualification such as RICS or CIOB.

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. You should want to specialise in quantity surveying.

Applicant profile

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.

Teaching

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.

Assessment

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

90% of students thought that subjects were enthusiastically taught by staff

NSS 2010

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Bingu Ingirige
Course Director: MSc Quantity Surveying

Bingu is the director of the postgraduate quantity surveying discipline at the University of Salford, covering MSc Quantity Surveying and MSc Quantity Surveying (Mechanical and Electrical). He also lectures on the MSc Project Management in Construction course.

Bingu's specific expertise is in the area of process and project systems. He is currently the principle researcher for DEFENCES: a project exploring 'Developing Flood Expert Knowledge in ChartrED Surveyors'. He is an active researcher and has published in the areas of knowledge management, project collaboration, Intranets / extranets, SME capacity building, knowledge transfer, post-disaster reconstruction and rehabilitation, community development, disaster management, resilience and adaptive capacities of SME's.

Bingu is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He is also a member of the Centre for Disaster Resilience.

Employability

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.

Career Prospects

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.

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 you learn and apply it 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. 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.

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time12,000(O/S), 7,000(SL)
Full-time PgDip£8,000(O/S), 4,667(SL)

Additional costs

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