Postgraduate MSc/PgDip

Quantity Surveying

School of Science, Engineering and Environment




Distance Learning


One year

Two and a half year

Two and a half year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

Quantity surveyors plan and manage the procurement and financial aspects of construction projects. With great career prospects and the chance to manage built environment projects and teams, our popular Quantity Surveying postgraduate degree can put you on a fast-track to career success.

Delivered with full-time, part-time, and distance learning pathways, and accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), our course is recommended for both legal, business or geography graduate and existing industry professionals professional seeking a move to quantity surveying.

Led by an experienced academic and practice-based team, our course will provide you with a solid knowledge base in areas such as procurement, risk management, contracts and commercial management. You will also be introduced to BIM and lean techniques that are influencing the way built environment projects are managed and delivered.

International applicant? Please check international intakes for the latest information and application dates.

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You will:

  • Build the skills to effectively manage risk and administer construction contracts
  • Understand how to organise and plan procurement and successfully manage construction project costs
  • Gain awareness of the sustainable modern construction methods and processes that can help determine project costs

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Course accreditations

This is for you if...


you are a knowledgeable construction or built environment professional seeking additional qualifications to facilitate a career move into quantity surveying


you are a graduate from a law, business or finance background looking to focus your skills in a new area


You are a built environment professional looking to cement your knowledge in quantity surveying with a recognised qualification for career progression

Course details

All about the course

Project team

Course delivery

Our Quantity Surveying postgraduate course is delivered through a range of industry-focused modules. The 180-credit MSc award comprises eight taught modules plus a research-based project. The 120-credit PgDip comprises eight taught modules. The 60-credit PgCert award comprises four specified taught modules.

The course starts every January and September. You can choose to study full-time or part-time on campus, or part-time via distance learning:

  • as a full-time student, you will complete four 15-credit taught modules in each of the first two trimesters on campus.  In the final trimester, you will complete a research-based project worth 60 credits
  • as a part-time student, you will complete two 15-credit modules in each of the first four trimesters on campus. Across two additional trimesters, you will complete a research-based project worth 60 credits
  • as a distance learning student, you will complete two 15-credit taught modules in each of your first four trimesters. Across two additional trimesters, you will complete the dissertation online, with tutor support
Learning experience

There are few better places in the UK to study the built environment. Located at the heart of the UK's largest property and construction market outside of London, our expert academic team can draw on close industry partnerships and live local case studies that enrich your learning experience.

If you are studying on campus, you can take advantage of our proximity to Manchester city centre for site visits, study projects and networking.  Distance learning students will experience our Collaborate Ultra virtual learning environment, supported by real-time and on-demand interactive sessions. 

As you develop your quantity surveying knowledge, you will learn about techniques and process used to manage procurement, contracts, risk and finance. You will be able to identify what it takes to successfully manage project teams and apply BIM and lean processes. You will also strengthen your research and analytical skills by completing a dissertation on a topic of your choice. Learn more about the current course modules in the section below.

Course team

The Quantity Surveying postgraduate programme is delivered by an academic team with extensive research and subject knowledge. The team is part of a global built environment community with prominence in shaping construction industry best practice.

Course leader: John Forde

Trimester one (and Trimester two for part-time and distance learning)

Contracts Management and Practice

  • Standard Forms of Contracts and Sub-contracts- JCT, FIDIC, ECC/NEC, GC Works etc
  • Contractual mechanisms and procedures at various stages of the contract
  • Contract Clauses- issues of time extensions, contract price and variations
  • Commercial management of contracts: Interim payments, sub-contract and supplier agreements
  • Conflict avoidance and management procedures


  • Strategic procurement in construction
  • Procuring design and construction services – examining alternative strategies for procuring consultants and contractors
  • Procurement frameworks – understanding alternative contractual frameworks within which relations between organisations are formed
  • Partnering strategies within construction procurement
  • Supply chain management – examining ‘supply'

Financial & Commercial Management

  • Finance in the construction industry
  • Approaches to estimating
  • Tendering and bidding
  • Payments
  • Financial control

Quantity Surveying Practice

  • Budgeting and order of cost estimating
  • Cost planning
  • Quantification and costing
  • Tendering process and procedure
  • Whole life costing
Trimester two (Trimesters three and four for part-time and distance learning)

BIM for the Built Environment

  • Concepts to collaborative working and BIM
  • Standards and procedures for collaborative working and BIM
  • Relevance of BIM for your role in collaborative working projects
  • Simulation workshop – 4D Simulation & Construction Planning, 5D Cost Estimating
  • Project monitoring – scan to BIM

Value and Risk Management

  • Value management in construction projects
  • Theory and applications Risk, hazard and uncertainty
  • Risk management systems and frameworks
  • Value and risk assessment/analysis
  • Emerging processes and practice

Sustainable Construction Process and Technology

  • Foundations/Substructure
  • Superstructure. - domestic
  • Superstructure - commercial
  • Environmental sustainability and services
  • Pre-manufactured solutions incorporating off site construction and assembly/modern methods of construction

Process Management in Construction

  • Construction process and project process models
  • Process analysis and modelling
  • Construction innovation and process improvement
  • Project planning tools and techniques
  • Project resource management and control
Trimester three (Trimesters five and six for part-time and distance learning)


This module allows you to develop a research proposal with clear aims and objectives related to your study.  You will undertake a 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.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?




Campus-based teaching and learning will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods, including:

  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Project work
  • Directed study
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)

Typically, lectures will introduce the core module knowledge with tutorials designed to provide a forum for tutor-led discussion and debate. Project work is your chance to conduct research and other techniques that will help you to develop solutions to prescribed tasks.

Distance learning students will experience our online learning environment and intensive tutor support. Weekly online tutorials are delivered to encourage student participation.

Our online learning materials enable you to complete self-directed study at your own convenience. Learning is driven by real-world problems in workplaces and job roles.


Assessment methods include written coursework (100%) and continuous informal assessment by your tutors.

For full-time students, some modules include assessment using presentations

Dissertations delivered online receive extensive tutor support.

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our postgraduate courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and leaders.

Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to take your career potential further.


The way UK energy is supplied and consumed is changing fast. Consumers and small businesses will soon be able to generate, store, share, buy and sell their energy as the government encourages the transition to a greener economy.

Through commercial and grant funded research, Salford's world-class Energy House laboratories help businesses understand how effective their products and services are in lowering consumers’ carbon footprint and reducing energy bills.


When you start this degree course with Salford, you are joining a community making a difference in industry, our local region and in our wider society.

Many of our academics and technicians who support your course also lead collaborative, interdisciplinary, high-impact work in a range of local and global built environment issues and challenges.

Discover how you are part of something bigger.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

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This course is designed to prepare you for a rewarding career as a quantity surveyor. You will graduate with a recognised qualification ready to take advantage of exciting opportunities either in the UK, or overseas in Asia, Europe, or the Middle East.

Quantity surveying graduates secure roles in a wide range of public and private sector organisations, including construction companies, project management consultancies, and government departments. Today, our quantity surveying alumni can be found in roles at leading engineering and construction organisations, including Lend Lease, Kier, Laing O'Rourke, Gardiner and Theobald, and Balfour Beatty.


You might also choose to take your subject interest further with postgraduate research. Our Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Environments is home to PhD and Research Master’s opportunities exploring how we can enhance our built environments at local, national and international scales. 

Explore our Doctoral School to learn more about research training, support and opportunities.

A taste of what you could become

A quantity surveyor

A construction project planner

A project manager

A project finance lead

And more...

Career Links

  • We have excellent links with the local, national and international architecture, engineering and construction industries.  These networks provide context for your studies and help inform our curriculum development.
  • We invite industry guest lecturers from the built environment to share their insight and expertise with you. We also organise site visits with local construction industry companies - if you are a full-time student on campus, this will help you to visualise what you learn and apply it to a real-world context.

What you need to know


The course is recommended for graduates from a broad range of subject areas, including the arts, sciences, law or business, as a gateway to a future quantity surveying career. This course is also relevant for current professionals who want to formalise their existing skills with an accredited qualification.

No prior knowledge of quantity surveying, property or construction is required, however, quantity surveying is a broad and challenging field, so it is important that you are prepared for the scope of the learning material.


All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, however we do accept a range of equivalent qualifications.

Read more about our English language requirements, including information about pathways that can help you gain entry on to our degree courses. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take our Pre-Sessional English course


Please check international intakes for the latest information and application dates.


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

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

Applicants must have a minimum of a second class honours degree (2:2).

International student entry requirements

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.

Alternative entry requirements

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).

For more information or enquires about this scheme, please contact: 

Learn more about the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2024/25 £9,450.00per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £16,380.00per year
Part-time 2024/25 £2,730 per 30 credits
Distance learning 2024/25 £1,575 per 30 credits
Full-time home 2025/26 £9,800.00per year
Full-time international 2025/26 £17,000.00per year
Part-time 2025/26 £2,833.50 per 30 credits
Distance learning 2025/26 £1,635 per 30 credits

Additional costs

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

International student scholarships

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. Learn more about our latest international scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2024

January 2025

September 2025