MSc

Quantity Surveying

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: One year full-time or two years part-time

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Our MSc Quantity Surveying course develops the contract and cost management skills needed to become a professional construction cost manager; a role that sits at the heart of the construction process. Quantity surveyors aim to minimise the costs of a project and enhance value for money, while still achieving the required standards and quality.

Who is this course designed for?

This course is aimed at professionals and graduates wishing to pursue a career in quantity surveying. It is also suitable for those wishing to ultimately pursue a career in construction project management, or construction management, through a quantity surveying route. It is suitable for prospective students who don't necessarily have a background in construction. This course can act as a route into quantity surveying or construction management for non-cognate professionals and graduates wishing to make a career change, or with a non-construction related qualification.

Why study this course?

  • Study at a top university for building and construction; NTU is ranked 7th in the UK for Building, a jump of ten places since 2016 (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2018).
  • Benefit from outstanding employability prospects; 100% of students from this course are in graduate level employment within six months of finishing their studies (DLHE, 2016-2017).
  • Benefit from our industry-standard facilities in our Maudslay building.
  • Have the option of taking a professional or industrial internship, which counts towards your Masters qualification.
  • Benefit from our team of expert academic staff who have established links to industry and significant experience of working in practice.
  • Hear from visiting industry and academic experts, some of whom are NTU alumni, who will be teaching parts of the modules, providing a ‘real life’ perspective on the topics you will be studying.
  • Study trips to live sites in the UK and abroad are included in your course fees, designed to help develop your understanding of theory in practice. Previous study trip destinations have included Vienna, Frankfurt and Prague.
  • Our flexible study options support part-time learners, who wish to balance employment with further study.

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What you'll study

You'll learn about the various procurement options available in the UK and overseas, and develop approaches that seek to maximise client value, while reducing cost for construction projects.

Course structure

The course is formed of six core modules, three of which are shared with other construction management courses. This provides the opportunity for multi-disciplinary group work, which aims to extend your knowledge and peer network. You’ll also be able to choose between a further two optional modules, offering the opportunity to pursue research or to undertake a work placement in industry.

Your seven taught modules will total 180 credit points. The modules’ credit points are weighted based on the total time you can expect to spend studying the module content, both in terms of contact hours and non-contact hours.

Course overview

Module titleCredit pointsCore or optional

Law for Construction

15 creditsCore

Construction Business and Enterprise

30 creditsCore

Advanced Construction Technology

15 creditsCore

Introduction to Construction Technology, Measurement and Cost

15 creditsCore

Procurement and Cost

15 creditsCore

Professional Practice and Procedure for Quantity Surveying

30 creditsCore

Postgraduate Research Project

60 creditsOptional 

Industrial or Professional Internship

60 creditsOptional
  • Core module content

    Law for Construction

    15 credit points
    Total contact hours: 26
    Total non-contact hours: 124

    • This module will provide you with a framework for understanding legal processes and legal decision making in relation to the construction industry. This will provide you with a basis for understanding some key legal rights and responsibilities, and inform dispute resolution.
    • The module content includes: an introduction to the English legal systems and process, key elements of contract law pertinent to the role of the construction manager, a review of key torts, a review of health and safety law, and methods of dispute resolution, including courts, arbitration, adjudication, mediation and conciliation. You will also look at corporate social responsibility from a legal perspective, including Corporate Manslaughter legislation.
    • This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars, and be assessed via coursework and an examination.

    Construction Business and Enterprise

    30 credit points
    Total contact hours: 52
    Total non-contact hours: 248

    • This module aims to introduce you to the construction industry as a business and enterprise, and will include an international study tour. You will study three main areas: economics and finance, organisations and human resources management and marketing.
    • You will develop a critical understanding of the complex economic and financial environments that construction organisations operate within, developing the necessary skills to analyse construction company accounts. The module will also introduce you to contemporary and emerging management theories and practices. You’ll appraise social, cultural, political and organisational differences, to identify how companies operate globally.
    • You will also evaluate current and evolving human resource management issues, and develop the skills to critically review the marketing of construction organisations.
    • This module will be delivered via a flexible programme of lectures, workshops, seminar groups and tutorials, and be assessed via coursework, a portfolio and an exam.

    Advanced Construction Technology

    15 credit points
    Total contact hours: 26
    Total non-contact hours: 124

    • This module aims to introduce you to the technological environments, in which the construction industry operates. You will critically review construction systems and methods of implementation, including characteristics, constraints and difficulties, that together form the criteria for the development and optimisation of various methodologies available.You will explore and evaluate opportunities for the rationalisation of construction systems and production methods.
    • The module will extend you knowledge of the relationship between construction projects and the environment, including the integration of environmental protection in the planning, implementation and life cycle of the construction product.
    • This module will be delivered via a flexible programme of lectures, workshops, seminar groups and tutorials, and assessed via a report and a presentation.

    Introduction to  Construction Technology, Measurement and Cost

    15 credit points
    Total contact hours: 26
    Total non-contact hours: 124

    • This module introduces you to some of the fundamental aspects of construction technology, including materials, plant and equipment. You’ll develop your understanding of measurement principles, and develop your ability to apply measurement skills for quantification of building works for estimation and cost purposes. You’ll learn how to manage the occurrence of these costs during the construction process.
    • The technology strand of the module will cover construction materials and technologies; types of construction and structures; sustainable and environmental methods and processes; and design and construction to UK and international statutory regulations.
    • The measurement and cost strand of the module will cover construction-related mathematics; measurement of construction works and bills of quantities; measurement of variations; cost estimation of construction works; and valuation of construction works, including variations.
    • This module is delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops and assessed via a portfolio.

    Procurement and Cost

    15 credit points
    Total contact hours: 26
    Total non-contact hours: 124

    • This module examines different strategies which can be adopted by the client to procure the design and construction of a project.
    • A successful outcome will depend on matching the key elements of the business case, and the client’s attitude to risk, to an appropriate procurement strategy.

    Professional Practice and Procedure for Quantity Surveying

    30 credit points
    Total contact hours: 78
    Total non-contact hours: 222

    • This module introduces you to project environments in which quantity surveying operates The module will be based around studying a live construction project, working in teams to solve a series of problems relating to the quantity surveying discipline.
    • Depending on the nature of the project selected, your teams may also be cross-disciplinary, including members from the MSc Construction Management, MSc Project Management (Construction) and MSc International Construction Management courses, with whom you may share some common lectures and workshops.
    • The module may also allow some personalisation of your studies, as you may be able to pursue topics or themes of your own interest and choosing within the assessment, pertinent to the quantity surveying discipline.
    • This module will be delivered via a flexible programme of lectures, workshops, seminar groups and tutorials, and assessed via project work, including a submission, a portfolio and a presentation.
  • Optional module content

    You will choose to study either:

    Postgraduate Research Project

    60 credit points
    Total contact hours: 30
    Total non-contact hours: 570

    • This module will introduce you to the methodology used in build environment research, the theory behind different research methods, and practical aspects of their implementation.
    • You will be required to define a research project, in agreement with your supervisor, examining the connections between theory and principle, business or industrial practice, and research in the context of your chosen course.
    • You will own and manage a significant independent academic inquiry that will be reported in the form of a postgraduate research project, poster presentation and journal paper in the publisher’s format of an appropriate peer-reviewed academic journal. You’ll be guided through the nature of academic postgraduate work, which will include specific exercises to develop your knowledge of research methodology.
    • This module will be delivered via lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, and assessed via a written submission. You’ll be supported throughout by regular meetings with your project supervisor to receive feedback.

    Or:

    Industrial or Professional Internship

    60 credit points
    Total contact hours: 16
    Total non-contact hours: 584
    Made up of internship (minimum 150 hours) and independent research (434 hours)

    • This module is internship-based, and will require you to draw upon, apply and further develop the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in other modules. You will complete a period of internship relevant to your course, and critically evaluate your professional practice and the development of your employability skills. Throughout your internship you will produce a critically reflective report, including a personal development plan.
    • Alongside your internship, you will undertake a Practice Research Enquiry, which will focus on knowledge and skills relevant to your own particular internship and programme.
    • Assessment will be via written reports and assessments, including your Practice Research Report, your internship log and diary, and a critical reflective commentary and evaluation.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Our course is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, recognising the quality and relevance of our course content

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

  • A wide range of teaching and learning methods are used to deliver the course content. In most modules, you’ll take part in intensive sessions of key point lectures, supported by study guides and other literature.
  • Many modules include presentations by external industry specialists, to provide a real life perspective on the module content.
  • Non-contact hours include direct out-of-classroom reading and activities, and independent learning and reading is deemed necessary to achieve the learning outcomes for the course.

Trips and study visits

  • Study trips to live sites in the UK and abroad are included in your course fees, designed to help develop your understanding of theory in practice. Previous study trip destinations have included Vienna, Frankfurt and Prague.

Studying part-time

The full-time route is usually studied for one year. The part-time route typically takes two to five years to complete, depending on your work/study balance and commitments. The part-time route is suitable for students in full-time employment.

Assessment methods

  • Assessment methods vary from module to module, however assignments and case studies form a significant part of the assessment process.  You may also be required to develop reports and present portfolios for assessment.
  • Assignments are investigative in nature, enabling you to develop principles, analyse, critically appraise and evaluate relevant issues, demonstrating your creativity and sustainable thinking.

Benefit from UK and international study trips, the cost of which is included in your course fees

Careers and employability

Our MSc Quantity Surveying course has an outstanding reputation for producing employable graduates: 100% of students from this course are in graduate level employment within six months of finishing their studies (DLHE, 2016-2017).

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), enabling successful graduates entry to the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) of the RICS. The APC is the on-the-job training scheme that graduates need to complete to qualify as a chartered surveyor. Find out more about how to complete your APC and become RICS qualified.

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

Where do MSc Quantity Surveying graduates from NTU work?

Recent graduate destinations have included E C Harris, King West, Rider Levett Bucknall, Wates Group, Next, the NHS, Faithful + Gould, and many more. 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.

Our Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service.

Throughout the year, our Employability team runs a series of events specifically for students studying in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, such as the Property, Design and Construction Fair, offering employers the opportunity to advertise roles to our students.

NTU Property, Design and Construction Fair, 2017

Have the option of taking a professional or industrial internship, which counts towards your Masters qualification

Entry requirements

Applying with prior qualifications

  • 2:2 honours degree in a subject unrelated, or partially related, to real estate and construction; or
  • Corporate membership of an appropriate professional body which has been approved for this purpose by the University, preferably alongside business, commercial or industrial experience at managerial level; or,
  • An alternative approved professional qualification, together with appropriate business, commercial or industrial experience at managerial level.

Applying with non-standard entry qualifications/experience

  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience at a senior managerial level in business, commerce or industry will be considered on an individual basis. Assessment of your experience will confirm that you have achieved the necessary skills in the course of your general experience.

Getting in touch

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

Applying with prior qualifications

  • 2:2 honours degree in a subject unrelated, or partially related, to real estate and construction; or
  • Corporate membership of an appropriate professional body which has been approved for this purpose by the University, preferably alongside business, commercial or industrial experience at managerial level; or,
  • An alternative approved professional qualification, together with appropriate business, commercial or industrial experience at managerial level.
  • If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Applying with non-standard entry qualifications/experience

  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Assessment of your experience will confirm that you have achieved the necessary skills in the course of your general experience.

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.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

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.

This course is suitable for students who don't have a background in construction, and can act as a route into construction management as well as quantity surveying.

How to apply

Applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal.

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.

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

Advice for non-standard applicants

We welcome applications from applicants without prior qualifications. However, in this instance, you must have proven experience in the construction industry, which demonstrates appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree (undergraduate) standard.

If you are applying without prior qualifications, you will need to submit comprehensive details of your achievements with evidence to substantiate your claim (any documentation can be uploaded to the My Documents section of the Applicant Portal). This type of application will be considered with respect to the University’s provision for ‘accreditation for prior experiential learning’. Decisions regarding the accreditation of prior learning are a matter of academic judgement.

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.

Getting in touch

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

Good luck with your application!

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

Applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant 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.

  • For a step by step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

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.

Getting in touch

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

Good luck with your application!

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

Fees and funding

Please note that these fees are for 2018 entry and are to be used for reference only. The amounts stated below will increase each year in line with inflation. 2019-entry fees will be released in early 2019.

Fees for 2018 entry

Study routeHome (UK/EU students)International
Full-time (1 year)£9,250 per year£13,250 per year
Part-time (cost per year of study)£4,625 per year£6,625 per year

Funding your studies

There are numerous sources of funding available for postgraduate students, both from external sources such as the Government and funding bodies, and from the University.

There are two main costs involved with postgraduate study: the cost of your tuition fees which is paid directly to the University, and living expenses such as accommodation, travel and food.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. 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 postgraduate 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 by calling +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Please note that these fees are for 2018 entry and are to be used for reference only. The amounts stated below will increase each year in line with inflation. 2019-entry fees will be released in early 2019.

Fees for 2018 entry

Study routeHome (UK/EU students)International
Full-time (1 year)£9,250 per year£13,250 per year
Part-time (cost per year of study)£4,625 per year£6,625 per year

Funding your studies

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

Getting in touch

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

Still need help?

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