Quantity Surveying (Mechanical and Electrical)
MSc/PgDip

Part-time study available
Alternative start dates available
Distance Learning
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Quantity Surveying (Mechanical and Electrical) at Salford:

  • The full Masters degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Organise and plan mechanical and electrical projects
  • Follow a programme designed for those wanting to specialise in this area of quantity surveying.

Key Information

Start Dates: September; January
Duration:

September intake
MSc (one year full-time or two years and four months distance learning)
PgDip (eight months full-time or one year and four months distance learning)

January intake
MSc (one year and four months full-time or two years and eight months distance learning)
PgDip (one year full-time or two years distance learning)

Course Summary

Upon graduation, you will be a mechanical and electrical specialist.

The programme of study will equip you with a professional understanding of procurement, financial and risk management, and lifecycle cost management, as they apply to the construction industry.

In addition to formalising your knowledge of traditional quantity surveying, you’ll receive a solid grounding in cutting-edge developments applying to mechanical and electrical works.

Related Courses

97% of School of the Built Environment postgraduates go on to employment and/or further study within 6 months of graduating.

DLHE 2009 and 2010

Course Details

This course aims to create reflective practitioners in quantity surveying who have a knowledge and understanding of procurement and financial management and recognise the significance of process, technology and people to the success of mechanical and electrical projects. You will critically examine existing practice through implementing process measurement and evaluate alternative strategies for process improvement.

Learn how to:

  • Organise and plan the procurement and financial management of construction projects
  • Very effectively manage and administer construction contracts
  • Lead and work effectively with project teams and communicate effectively in a variety of forms.

Course Structure

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.

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.

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, 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

Year 1, Semester 3

  • No teaching

Year 2, 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
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Distance Learning September Start

Year 1, Semester 1

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

Year 1, Semester 2

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

Year 1, Semester 3

  • No teaching

Year 2, Semester 1

  • 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, Semester 2

  • 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, Semester 3 and Year 3, Semester 1

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Distance Learning January Start

Year 1, Semester 2

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

Year 1, Semester 3

  • No teaching

Year 2, Semester 1

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

Year 2, Semester 2

  • 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, Semester 3

  • No teaching

Year 3, Semester 1

  • 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, Semester 2 and 3

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Entry Requirements

Applications for this course must have a minimum of a second class undergraduate honours degree in a relevant discipline and quantity surveying experience, or a minimum of a second class undergraduate honours degree in an unrelated discipline and significant mechanical and electrical quantity surveying experience, or a recognised appropriate professional qualification such as MRICS.

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

Practising quantity surveyors and/or senior construction professionals (e.g. construction/project managers and civil engineers) who want to develop and formalise their skills in this area.

Applicant profile

This course is for you if you have a desire to enhance your current knowledge-base and specialise in the area of mechanical and electrical quantity surveying. You will have a strong academic and/or professional background in the built environment, with direct experience of quantity surveying processes enabling you to build on the experience you already have. Strong leadership, communication and organisational skills are needed.

Teaching

On-campus study is comprised of lectures, tutorials and project work. Lectures introduce the core knowledge for each module and include guest lectures by experts from 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

PGSES 2010

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Song Wu
Course Tutor

Dr Song Wu is a Reader in the School of Built Environment, University of Salford, UK. He was the lead researcher on a number of EPSRC funded project including '3D to nD modelling','Process Protocol', 'Salford: China research tour','nD game'. He was also one of the academic investigators for EPSRC funded
Salford Centre for Research and Innovation. His research interests include product and process modelling, data modelling, and computer simulation.

In 2010, Dr Wu was awarded UK China Fellowship for Excellence for his IT research with leading Chinese research institutions. In 2012, He was awarded RICS education trust funds to investigate how BIM supports cost estimating practice in UK. His research works have been widely published in over 60 research publications around the world.

Employability

As a qualified mechanical and electrical quantity surveyor, you could find employment in the building sector or specialist fields including nuclear power.

There is currently a severe skills shortage in the UK for quantity surveyors with expertise in mechanics and electrics. Consequently, this course has a 100% graduate employment record.

 

Career Prospects

Specialist mechanical and electrical quantity surveyors can find wide ranging opportunities starting from the building sector to specialist areas such as nuclear power plants and electric and mechanical installations. Due to the increased importance of sustainability in the modern built environment, new roles are emerging for the mechanical and electrical quantity surveyors quantity surveyor in the areas of renewable energy, sustainability, low carbon technologies and energy management. With buildings accounting for around 50% of all carbon emissions, the surveyor plays a significant role in combating climate change.

There is currently a skills shortage in the UK for quantity surveying professionals with mechanical and electrical specialism, and our 100% employability record for graduates is proof of the high demand for services.

This course has been designed to help you plan and organise the procurement and financial management of mechanical and electrical projects. Our course will equip you with advanced skills to critically examine existing practices whilst 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 specialist mechanical and electrical 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.

This course was developed at the request of the industry to meet the training needs of aspiring mechanical and electrical specialists, and to help plug the skills gap which currently exists in the UK. Guest lecturers from industry with expertise in relevant areas regularly give lectures throughout the duration of the course.

Further Study

The School of the Built Environment has an exciting and vibrant research community engaged in advanced research in the built environment.

Our research is conducted through our 10 research centres. For more details on our research.

Fees and Funding

Fees 2014-15

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£7,650
Part-time£1,275 per 30 credits
Full-time International£11,090
Full-time PgDip£5,100
Distance Learning£1,275 per 30 credits
International Distance Learning£1,848 per 30 credits

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