MSc / PGDip

Quantity Surveying

  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Location: City site
  • Starting: September
  • Course duration: One year full-time or two years part-time

This is a fast-track conversion course for graduates from disciplines unrelated to construction and real estate, which leads to Chartered Surveyor status.

This course develops the contract and cost management skills needed to become a quantity surveyor, a role that sits in the heart of the construction process. You will learn about the various procurement options available in the UK and overseas, and develop approaches that seek to maximise client value while reducing cost to a construction project.

The course offers:

  • the MSc course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
  • the chance to go on an international field trip, included in your fees. Recent destinations have included Frankfurt and Prague.
  • part-time, full-time and CPD study options are available.
  • there are opportunities to work with a mentor from industry.
  • the opportunity to undertake work placements and an internship as part of your studies.

Accredited by:

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors logo

What you'll study

The course has a cost, contract management, and procurement focus, making it particularly appropriate to applicants wishing to gain a stronger insight into these aspects of the cost management and construction business.

Graduates will be equipped with a blend of knowledge, understanding, skills, qualities and attributes that will enable them to pursue and develop careers in Quantity Surveying on an international level.

Dissertation, Consultancy Project or Internship?

You have the option to choose a dissertation, a consultancy project or a professional internship for your major project module. The internship is a month working for a company.

Internships are subject to availability and can be taken in the UK or abroad. You will be required to complete a project during your internship and produce a report.

Mentor scheme

We offer the opportunity for students to have an industry mentor, often an NTU alumnus. The mentors share their professional experience and expertise, offering advice and direction. These relationships have led to work experience, internships and employment.

  • Course content

    Full-time, One Year

    • Law and Ethics (15 credit points)
    • Property and Construction Economics (15 credit points)
    • Research Methods and Study Skills (15 credit points)
    • Building Technology (15 credit points)
    • Professional Practice (15 credit points)
    • Contract Administration (15 credit points)
    • Measurement (15 credit points)
    • Procurement and Cost Studies (15 credit points)
    • Postgraduate Dissertation / Consultancy Project or Internship (60 credit points)

    Part time, Year One

    • Research Methods and Study Skills (15 credit points)
    • Building Technology (15 credit points)
    • Contract Administration (15 credit points)
    • Measurement (15 credit points)
    • Postgraduate Dissertation / Consultancy Project or Internship (60 credit points) (continued in Year Two)

    Part time, Year Two

    • Law and Ethics (15 credit points)
    • Property and Construction Economics (15 credit points)
    • Professional Practice (15 credit points)
    • Procurement and Cost Studies (15 credit points)
    • Postgraduate Dissertation / Consultancy Project or Internship (60 credit points) (continued from Year One)

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Move into a role that sits in the heart of the construction process

How you’re taught

A range of methods for teaching and learning are used within the courses. These include a balanced mix of contact and non contact study activities ranging from:

  • lectures
  • interactive seminars
  • student presentations
  • group-based projects and exercises to directed and self-directed research.

Field trip

Students will also have the opportunity to take part in an international residential field trip. The week-long trip, part of the innovative Professional Practice Module, provides a crucial international dimension to postgraduate study and is a key aspect to the development of students’ employability.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are utilised including:

  • project work (individual and group based)
  • independent written assignments and reports
  • research proposal and dissertation
  • seen and unseen written tests and examinations
  • oral presentations
  • poster presentations.

Fast-track accredited conversion course

Careers and employability

The construction cost management and quantity surveying profession provides exciting and rewarding career opportunities.

This course provides an opportunity for graduates from disciplines unrelated to real estate and construction to embark on a professional career in quantity surveying.

Our graduates are highly regarded by employers, enjoy excellent career prospects and have gone on to work for a wide range of major national and international organisations.

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • E C Harris
  • King West
  • Rider Levett Bucknall
  • Wates Group
  • Next
  • NHS
  • Faithful + Gould.

Have the chance of a mentor from industry

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?
  • 2.2 honours degree in a subject unrelated, or partially related, to real estate or construction.
  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

    Getting in touch

    If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.


English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Good luck with your application!

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Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal. Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service. Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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