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Quantity Surveying (Mechanical and Electrical)


School - School of the Built Environment

Subject area - Built Environment

Start Date(s): September; January


September intake
MSc (two years and four months distance learning)
PgDip (one year and four months distance learning)

January intake
MSc (two years and eight months distance learning)
PgDip (two years distance learning)


Distance Learning - £1,332 per 30 credit module

In Brief:

  • 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

Course Summary

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.

Awards and Accreditation

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. 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.

Course Structure

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          
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

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.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Distance Learning£1,332 per 30 credit module
International Distance Learning£1,755 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

For more information please see our funding section


Studying via distance learning, you’ll enjoy access to an online learning environment supported 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


Career Prospects

As a qualified mechanical and electrical quantity surveyor, you could find employment in the building sector or in specialist fields such as the nuclear industry. There is currently a severe skills shortage in the UK for quantity surveyors with expertise in mechanics and electrics, consequently, graduate employability statistics for this course are high. 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.

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 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

This course was developed at the request of 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.

The full masters award is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) allowing exemption from their academic entry requirements.

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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