Start dates:

February 2020 and September 2020

Duration:

2 years

Fees & funding:

£9,000 Click here for more information on Fees & funding

Next MSc degree starts 24 February. Apply by 13 January 2020

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.

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

“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.”

Malcolm Kirkpatrick

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
1 Sustainable and Innovative Construction
Contract Administration and Practice
Law for Surveyors
Building Economics
2 Professional Cost Management
Management of Construction
Procurement and Tendering
Postgraduate Project

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.

Please note that from autumn 2020, UCEM will be making changes to its programme delivery as part of an ongoing commitment to provide an excellent student experience. If you enrol prior to autumn 2020, you will experience these changes. You can find more information about the Transform Project and how these changes will affect you on our Transform Project page.

You should also be aware that as part of UCEM’s rigorous quality assurance activities, the institution is required to revalidate its programmes regularly. Due to the work on this, there may be some changes to the programme information advertised. Information about any changes will be published in Spring 2020. Any changes will not affect programme accreditation or final awards.

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.”

Malcolm Kirkpatrick

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:

Entrants to this programme are normally* required to have attained one of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree with honours at lower second standard (2:2), or equivalent
  • A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, plus experience in a relevant field
  • A Level 5 qualification as defined by the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ) plus five years’ relevant experience
  • A professional qualification plus five years’ relevant experience

And one of the following:

  • Grade C or above in English (Language or Literature) at GCSE or its equivalent
  • Grade 6.0 or above, with at least 6.5 in the reading and writing modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test administered by the British Council in the academic test
  • 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 Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Grade C or above in Use of English at A/S Level

Note: 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 qualifications detailed above.

*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.

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

Spring 2020 (2019/20 academic year):
Apply by 13 January to start 24 February 2020

Autumn 2020 (2020/21 academic year):
Apply by 10 August to start 7 September 2020

Fees & Fundingaccordion-arrow

2019/20 academic year:
£1,125 per module x 8 modules (usually students undertake 2 modules per semester).
Total programme fee £9,000

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 £5,304.50 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.

You may be required to pay an additional retake fee if you are unable to pass a module at the first attempt, and are then offered a further attempt.

UCEM provides examination centres all over the world in addition to the UK. You should expect to incur travel costs to attend your nearest examination centre, for those modules which contain examinations.

All learning resources required for successful completion of each module are provided as part of your fee. The core texts within each module will be provided via an e-book platform, hard copy books will only be supplied if the core text is not available as an e-book. Additional 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.

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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
  • You will study two modules per six-month semester

Expected workload and contact hoursaccordion-arrow

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 such as planning and writing coursework, revising for examinations and taking the exams themselves.

How the programme will be assessedaccordion-arrow

Assessment consists of a mix of coursework, computer marked assessments and examinations. The programme specification provides more details of the assessment method for each module.

Examinationsaccordion-arrow

UCEM provides examination centres all over the world in addition to the UK. You should expect to incur travel costs to attend your nearest examination centre, for those modules which contain examinations. Find out more about our exam centres.

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