Postgraduate MSc/PgDip

Quantity Surveying

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Distance Learning

Course

One year

Two and a half year

Next enrolment

September 2020

Introduction

In a nutshell

Quantity surveyors plan and manage the procurement and financial aspects of construction projects. With great career prospects and the chance to build a broad skill set where you can manage projects and teams, quantity surveying is fast-becoming a popular postgraduate study choice.

Designed as a standalone conversion programme, our popular Quantity Surveying postgraduate degree is an ideal choice for graduates from a legal, business or geography background, who are seeking a different career focus for their skills. 

Delivered with full-time, part-time, and distance learning pathways, and accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the course is also a solid choice for existing professionals who want to cement their skills with a recognised qualification.

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 to enrich your learning experience.

You will:
  • Learn to organise and plan the procurement and financial management of construction projects
  • Be able to effectively manage and administer construction contracts
  • Lead and work effectively with project teams and communicate effectively in a variety of forms
International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You're a knowledgeable construction or built environment professional looking to move into quantity surveying

2.

You're a graduate from a law, business or finance background looking to focus your skills in a new area

3.

You want to enhance your knowledge and gain specialism in quantity surveying with a recognised qualification

Course details

All about the course

The Quantity Surveying postgraduate degree course comprises eight carefully-designed modules plus one research-based dissertation project.

The MSc award comprises eight taught modules plus a dissertation. The PgDip comprises eight taught modules. The PgCert award comprises four specified taught modules.

You can choose to study the course full-time or part-time on campus, or part-time via distance learning.

  • Full-time students will complete four 15-credit taught modules in each of of the first two trimesters on campus.  In the final trimester, you will complete a dissertation worth 60 credits.
  • Part-time students will complete two 15-credit modules in each of of the first four trimesters on campus. In two additional trimesters, you will complete a dissertation worth 60 credits.
  • Distance learning students will complete two 15-credit taught modules in each of your first four trimesters. In two additional trimesters, you will complete your dissertation online, with tutor support.
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

Procurement

  • 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)

Dissertation

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?

100%

Coursework

TEACHING

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

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 rapidly changing world, our multi-disciplinary courses will shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Shaped by industry and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the skills to become unstoppable in your career

Facilities

On campus, you will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software. Online, you will experience our sophisticated virtual learning environment. 

As a built environment student, you might encounter Energy House – the only fully climate controlled terraced-house in the world, or THINKlab, our virtual research and collaboration ecosystem. 

Programme 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.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

EMPLOYMENT

This course is designed to prepare you for a rewarding career as a quantity surveyor. The role of a quantity surveyor is varied and challenging, as you help to shape the future built environment. 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 can expect to work in a wide range of public and private sector organisations, including construction companies, project management consultancies, and government departments. Today, Salford's 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.

FURTHER STUDY

Globally, the urban built environment is becoming the predominant place for livelihoods. Many quantity surveying postgraduates choose research to further their knowledge of key built environment challenges. Learn more about postgraduate research opportunities available through our Doctoral School.

The Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Environments at Salford hosts a community of academics, practitioners and researchers at the forefront of exploring how we can enhance our built environments at both the local, national and international scales. 

A taste of what you could become

A quantity surveyor

A construction manager

A project manager

A planner

And more...

Career Links

This course is extensively informed by collaboration between the university’s academics and industry partners from the built environment. Our experienced teaching team maintain strong links with the architecture, engineering and construction sectors, both local and international.

This collaboration with the professions ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as career networking opportunities. You will benefit from field visits, practitioner-led lectures and real-world problem-solving work developed for and by industry.  

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

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.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

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

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).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2020/21 £8,460per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £13,320per year
Part-time 2020/21 £1,410 per 30 credits
Distance learning 2020/21 UK/EU: £1410 per 30 credits. International: £1,845 per 30 credits.
Full-time home 2021/22 £8,640per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15030per year
Part-time 2021/22 £1,440 per 30 credits
Distance learning 2021/22 UK: £1,440 per 30 credits. International: £1,890 per 30 credits.
Additional costs

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

Scholarships for international students 2021/22

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Built Environment Postgraduate Silver Award  worth £1,500, and the Salford International Excellence Scholarship.

Visit our International Scholarships page for more information

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

January 2021

September 2021