Start dates:

28 September 2020 or 29 March 2021

Duration:

2 years

Fees & funding:

£9,200 total programme fee Click here for more information on Fees & funding

Next MSc degree starts 29 March. Apply by 15 February 2021

MSc Quantity Surveying

Programme overview

Industry-recognised qualification that provides academic preparation for a career as a Chartered Surveyor

Our industry-recognised MSc Quantity Surveying is designed to align your skills to the educational requirements of the industry’s professional bodies. It provides a rigorous understanding of the principles and practice involved in quantity surveying.

Accredited by globally-renowned professional bodies RICS, CIOB and CABE, this programme is designed to enable graduates from disciplines unrelated to Construction and Real Estate to obtain an accredited degree covering the core technical disciplines of the quantity surveying specialism and their role within the wider context of Built Environment professional disciplines.

This programme will give you an informed view of the key areas of knowledge required to develop your quantity surveying skills including cost management, contract practice and procedures, procurement and building economics. There is also a research project which will provide an in-depth assessment of a topic of your choice.

Our MSc Quantity Surveying is a fully supported online programme that offers great flexibility for you to earn while you learn and study where ever you are based in the world. Many of our students already work in, or are associated with, the property and building sectors.

This programme is also registered with the Hong Kong Non-local Courses Registry (NCR registration number 252542). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this programme may lead.

Are you aware you can get apprenticeship funding through your employer for this programme?

Why study this programme?

This is one of a suite of MSc conversion programmes that enable graduates from disciplines unrelated to Real Estate and Construction to obtain an RICS/CIOB accredited degree, giving access to professional membership.

  • Study an RICS accredited programme whilst working towards your APC (for those in relevant employment)
  • Allows entry to CIOB Chartered membership
  • Allows entry to CABE Chartered membership
  • Allows entry to ICES Chartered membership
  • Allows entry to HKICM membership
  • Enrich your CV with MSc designatory letters
  • Build your career by specialising in quantity surveying and contract cost management

Related podcast

Q&A with our MSc Quantity Surveying Programme Leader, Amanda Milambo

Our MSc Quantity Surveying Programme Leader, Amanda Milambo, spoke to UCEM PR and Social Media Manager, Andrew Belt, about her experience studying an MSc course whilst working and raising a family, what advice she would give to anyone considering studying on her programme and what she loves about quantity surveying. (Originally released: 29 May 2020)

“The programme is a conversion course. You only need, as a minimum, a level 5 qualification such as an HND and five years’ relevant experience to apply. You can come on to the programme with a low-level qualification with relevant experience and end up working as a full member of the RICS and CIOB in a well-paid job in an interesting profession.”

Amanda Milambo

Proramme Leader MSc Quantity Surveying

Why study with UCEM?

  • UCEM is the leading provider of supported online education for the Built Environment
  • Our programmes are recognised and accredited by professional bodies – including RICS, CIOB, CABE, ICES and HKICM – enabling students to progress to professional membership and gain Chartered status
  • You will be supported every step of the way by our Tutors, who are experienced practitioners in their respective fields, and our Matrix-accredited professional support staff
  • Designed for busy working professionals, supported online education offers the flexibility to fit your studies around your work enabling you to fast-track your career and directly apply your learning to your work
  • UCEM programmes offer a range of modules that allow you to choose a specialism to support your career path
  • Our supported online education model provides access to all your learning materials wherever you are in the world. If your work requires you to change location or travel, you can take us with you

“I chose UCEM because the institution is one of the best online learning providers and has competitive programme fees. The supported online education model was amazingly well organised and prepared, and was more efficient than conventional teaching. The Tutors are experienced and induce students to think more critically. What stood out for me was the prestige of the University College, the consistency of the teaching materials and the exposure to international trends and practice.”

Yashwant Tohooloo, MSc Quantity Surveying

Proposal Executive, Forges Tardieu Ltd, Mauritius

Programme outline

The modules included in this programme and the structure which they follow is available below.

Yr Semester Autumn (UK) entry Spring (UK) entry
1 1 Sustainable and Innovative Construction

Contract Administration and Practice

Sustainable and Innovative Construction

Building Economics

2 Law for Surveyors

Building Economics

Law for Surveyors

Contract Administration and Practice

2 1 Professional Cost Management

Management of Construction

Postgraduate Project

Procurement and Tendering

Management of Construction

Postgraduate Project

2 Procurement and Tendering

Postgraduate Project (continued)

Professional Cost Management

Postgraduate Project (continued)

All modules are worth 20 credits, except the project module which is worth 40 credits.

Students can choose to start in either the spring or autumn semester.

Should you require further information about programme content please view the programme specification, which sets out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods.

UCEM has the right to revise and amend the programme in order to:

  • Comply with external professional, accrediting or other regulatory body requirements
  • Implement changes for the benefit of students as a consequence of evidence from programme monitoring
  • Ensure the curriculum is current and relevant to intended learning outcomes and/or standards of any relevant professional, accrediting and/or regulatory bodies and/or requirements of employers
  • Implement feedback and other recommendations from External Examiners

All changes to the programme will be implemented in consultation with relevant students and other stakeholders, setting out the reasons for the proposed amendment(s), and compliance with the requirements of the UCEM Code of Practice on Programme Monitoring, Amendment, Review and Discontinuation. Should such an eventuality occur during the admissions and registration process, applicants will be informed immediately of any change and the alternative arrangements that have been put in place. Existing students will be informed of when the changes will be effective from, which will usually be the next academic year (commencing the 1st September).

Career and study progression

This Programme equips students with the essential subject knowledge and postgraduate skills and expertise to enable them to work within the quantity surveying areas of practice in the built environment. The opportunities available are extensive and include diverse career specialisms for students to pursue after completing this programme. Students typically find employment in the private and public sector firms, contracting companies and developers. In addition, students have opportunities to work in an international environment.

The following provide a range of the types of work that students undertake whilst/after completing this programme; quantity surveying, cost consultancy, project management, contract administration, contractor surveying, commercial management of construction and facilities management.

“My aim is to help professionals, whose first degree or career path was not necessarily in the construction industry or did not enable them to progress to full membership at that time, to fulfil their dreams to become full members of the RICS and CIOB professional institutions. Our MSc Quantity Surveying programme is a conversion programme that is fully accredited by these institutions and provides the academic requirements for full membership. This continues to be a successful programme that offers a leading, online experience from a provider specialising in accessible, relevant and cost-effective education.”

Amanda Milambo

Programme Leader MSc Quantity Surveying

Why study with UCEM?

  • UCEM is the leading provider of supported online education for the Built Environment
  • Our programmes are recognised and accredited by professional bodies – including RICS, CIOB, CABE, ICES and HKICM – enabling students to progress to professional membership and gain Chartered status
  • You will be supported every step of the way by our Tutors, who are experienced practitioners in their respective fields, and our Matrix-accredited professional support staff
  • Designed for busy working professionals, supported online education offers the flexibility to fit your studies around your work enabling you to fast-track your career and directly apply your learning to your work
  • UCEM programmes offer a range of modules that allow you to choose a specialism to support your career path
  • Our supported online education model provides access to all your learning materials wherever you are in the world. If your work requires you to change location or travel, you can take us with you

Entry requirements

You should have:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree with honours at lower second standard (2:2), or equivalent

Or

  • A Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent, plus experience in a relevant field

Or

  • A Level 5 qualification as defined by Framework for Higher Education Qualifications for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ) plus 5 years’ relevant experience

Or

  • A professional qualification plus 5 years’ relevant experience

Applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who wish to be considered for this programme should refer to the UCEM Code of Practice: Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning for the policy on non-standard admission.

English Language Requirements

All UCEM programmes are taught and assessed in English. In addition to the programme entry requirements listed above, all applicants will therefore be required to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language before being admitted to a programme.

You should have:

  • GCSE Grade 4 (or C) or above in English Language or English Literature, or an equivalent qualification.
  • Grade 6.0 or above, with at least 6.0 in the reading and writing modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic test administered by the British Council
  • 88 or above in the Internet option, 230 or above in the computer-based option or 570 or above in the paper-based option, of the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test
  • Grade C or above in English (Language or Literature) at A/S Level
  • A cognate sub-degree (Level 5) qualification taught and assessed in English from the University of Hong Kong or City University of Hong Kong.

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree that has been taught and examined in the English medium can be considered for entry in the absence of the English language qualifications detailed above.

Evidence is required in the form of certificate or statements. You should send photocopies that have been verified by someone in a professional occupation. Please do not send original documents. Click this link for more information on how to verify your documents.

Applications are assessed in accordance with the UCEM Code of Practice on Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning.

Testimonials

Yashwant Tohooloo

“I chose UCEM because the institution is one of the best online learning providers and has competitive programme fees.

The supported online education model was amazingly well organised and prepared, and was more efficient than conventional teaching. The Tutors are experienced and induce students to think more critically.

My studies have enabled me to enhance my knowledge of contract administration and gain a competitive edge in dealing with contractual matters and risks in construction projects.

What stood out for me was the prestige of the University College, the consistency of the teaching materials and the exposure to international trends and practice.”

Yashwant Tohooloo 
MSc Quantity Surveying
Proposal Executive 
Forges Tardieu Ltd, Mauritius

Key information

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow

Autumn 2020 (2020/21 academic year):
Apply by 1 September to start 28 September 2020

Spring 2021 (2020/21 academic year):
Apply by 15 February to start 29 March 2021

Fees & Fundingaccordion-arrow

2020/21 academic year:
£1,150 per module x 8 modules (usually students undertake 2 modules per semester).
Total programme fee £9,200

This programme is designated for Student Finance and students in England and Wales may apply for a Postgraduate Loan. Eligible students can apply for funding for up to £5,611 each academic year. The loan is then paid in three instalments throughout the academic year.
This programme is now registered with the Skills Funding Agency for Professional and Career Development Loans.
Find out more here >

Find out more about our payment options here

Your programme fees are fixed for the duration of your studies. This means that the fee you pay per module will not increase from one year to the next, as long as you remain registered on the same programme. Different fees may be applicable if you decided to transfer to a different programme.

All learning resources required for successful completion of each module are provided as part of your fee. The core reading resources within each module will be provided via the specific VLE module pages and within the e-Library. Additional reference material and supplementary resources to support your studies are available through the UCEM e-Library. It is a matter of individual choice whether you wish to buy your own hard copies of textbooks independently.

If you do not pass a module at the first attempt, you will normally be offered a resubmission free of charge. If you fail the resubmission, you will normally be required to pay the full module fee when you retake the module. If you suspend or defer a module you will be able to return to study that module at the next available opportunity free of charge (except for any project module where you will be charged 50% of the module fee). If you do not return to study the module at the next available opportunity, the full module fee will be charged when you do return.

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This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE),Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers (HKICM) and Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES)

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Route & durationaccordion-arrow

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Time commitment: 15-20 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum

Expected workload and contact hoursaccordion-arrow

The expected time commitment for the standard route is around 15-20 hours per week (based upon studying two modules per six-month semester).

Each 20-credit module equates to a total of 200 study hours broken down between directed online learning, self-directed learning and assessment. The breakdown between these three types of activity may vary between modules but on average is as follows:

Directed online learning (50%)

Self-directed reading (17%)

Assessment (33%)

Directed online learning is the term used to describe a range of learning activities which you access via the UCEM Virtual Learning Environment, as this is more appropriate for an online learning programme than the term “contact hours”. As a guide it includes, for example, participating in web classes and online discussion forums, watching video material and voice-over PowerPoint presentations and undertaking exercises and quizzes linked to programme materials. Self-directed learning includes reading textbooks and study papers to develop your knowledge of the subject matter. Assessment includes all activity related to the summative assessment of the module including planning and writing coursework.

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The types of assessments used on this programme will include coursework (such as essays, reports, portfolios, reflections, problem or short questions or video presentations), computer based assessments, and computer marked assessments (CMAs). The exact combinations of assessment will vary from module to module.

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