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Quantity Surveying (Delivered in Sri Lanka)


School - School of the Built Environment

Subject area - Built Environment

Start Date(s): September; January


September intake
MSc (one year full-time)
PgDip (eight months full-time)

January intake
MSc (one year and four months full-time)
PgDip (one year full-time)

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

UK - £7,000 (Sri Lanka); £12,600 (International)

In Brief:

  • Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • You can stay local and still live at home to reduce your costs - two start dates in a year also allows you to study at a time and place to suit you
  • Supported by leading contractors, consultants, trade associations, professional bodies and the Chamber of Construction Industry in Sri Lanka
  • 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.

This course is delivered at Colombo 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 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.

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

Applications are made through CSCT, see here for more information about entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

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.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£7,000 (Sri Lanka); £12,600 (International)

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


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.


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.

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