Quantity Surveying (Mechanical and Electrical)
School - School of the Built Environment
Subject area - Built Environment
Start Date(s): September; January
MSc (two years and four months distance learning)
PgDip (one year and four months distance learning)
MSc (two years and eight months distance learning)
PgDip (two years distance learning)
Distance Learning - £1,332 per 30 credit module
- The full masters degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
- Excellent employment opportunities
- Flexible intakes give students the opportunity to work and study at the same time
- International students can apply
There is currently a severe skills shortage in the UK for quantity surveyors with expertise in mechanical and electrical installations - consequently, this course has an exceptionally high graduate employment record. Qualified mechanical and electrical quantity surveyors find employment in the building sector or in specialist fields including nuclear power.
Studying this course will provide you with the skills demanded by clients who rely on a quantity surveyor’s specialist mechanical and electrical knowledge and judgement to keep a project running smoothly. This programme 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.
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 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. Throughout the course you will critically examine existing practice through implementing process measurement and will evaluate alternative strategies for process improvement.
You will 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.
This course can be studied part-time by distance learning. Admission onto the course is in September or January.
The MSc 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. 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 will 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
- Construction as a manufacturing process
- Lean, agile and flexible production systems
- Management of risk and value
- Generic process models
- Tools and techniques
- 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
- 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