MSc Quantity Surveying

Programme overview

The MSc Quantity Surveying is a postgraduate conversion programme which is designed to align your skills to the educational requirements of the industry’s professional bodies. Delivered by supported online learning, the UCEM programme offers great flexibility as it can be studied in any location, at any time.

The programme gives you an informed view of the key areas of knowledge require to develop your quantity surveying (QS) 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.

This programme is delivered any location.

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.

If you would like to find out more about this programme, sign up for our postgraduate webinar on 25 July 2018 here or sign up to one of our open events here.

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 HKICM membership
  • Enrich your CV with MSc designatory letters
  • Build your career by specialising in quantity surveying and contract cost management

 

Programme outline

You should also read the Programme Specification for the detailed information on the structure of your programme, the learning outcomes and details of assessment.

View the Programme Specification and Academic and General Regulations for this programme.

These are the modules included in this programme and the structure which they follow through the standard route.

September Entry

Year Semester 1 (September) Semester 2 (March)
1 Sustainable and Innovative Construction Law for Surveyors
Contract Administration and Practice Building Economics
2 Professional Cost Management Procurement and Tendering
Postgraduate Project* Postgraduate Project*
Management of Construction
 Core modules
 Elective modules

 

March Entry

Year Semester 1 (March) Semester 2 (September)
1 Sustainable and Innovative Construction Law for Surveyors
Building Economics Contract Administration and Practice
2 Procurement and Tendering Professional Cost Management
Postgraduate Project* Postgraduate Project*
Management of Construction
 Core modules
 Elective modules

*The Postgraduate Project Module is to be delivered both over a 22-week and 44-week delivery time with the 22-week version being phased out during the 2017-18 academic year.

Where required, the 22-week Project will run in the final semester only.

Should you require further information about programme content please view the programme specification and the module information sheet. The programme specification sets out aims and intended learning outcomes, while the module information sheet provides further detail of the content and assessment method for each module.

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
  • implementfeedback 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; cost consultancy, project management, contract administration, contractor surveying, commercial management of construction and facilities management.

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 Social Sciences academic module
  • 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 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

“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

This programme is delivered by supported online learning and can be studied in any location.

Award:

MSc Quantity Surveying.

Application and start dates:

2018/19:
Apply by 6 August to start 3 September 2018

Apply by 4 February 2019 to start 4 March 2019

Route & duration:

  • 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 hours:

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.

Accreditation:

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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How the programme will be assessed:

Assessment consists of a mix of homework and examinations. The module information sheet provides details of the assessment method for each module.

Fees:

2018/19 academic year:
£1,100 per module x 8 modules (usually students undertake 2 modules per semester).
Total programme fee £8,800

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 >

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. The retake fee is 50% of the full module fee in each case.

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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