London South Bank University

PgDip Quantity Surveying (Cognate)

The course is intended for graduates working, or intending to work, in the construction industry offering advice on project feasibility, methods for financing and procuring construction work and financial management of the design and construction process within consultant firms, client organizations or contracting companies.

Applicants should have an interest in construction cost management and the motivation to pursue an intensive route to professional qualifications. Course content covers the skills required of the practicing quantity surveyor.

We’re the number one London modern university for overall score in Building (Complete University Guide 2021).

We offer different course options, depending on your circumstances:

  • Cognate version:


    If you hold an undergraduate Surveying degree, you should apply for the ‘Surveying graduates’ route as you will study fewer modules; your previous study will be taken into account.
  • Non-Cognate version:


    If you do not hold an undergraduate Surveying degree, you should apply for our ‘Conversion’ course. Three supplementary modules at the beginning of the course bring you up to speed in relation to construction technology, law and contract documentation and administration before you embark on the masters level modules. These supplementary modules are a distinguishing feature of the course and are highly valued by students and their employers. There is a higher fee because you will be studying more credits.
  • For either of the above routes, you can opt to study either a full Masters qualification or a PGDip (without dissertation) qualification. Please note: Postgraduate loan funding via Student Finance England, is only available for students taking full Masters courses without any module exemptions. PGDip courses are ineligible for this scheme.

Entry Requirements


  • A minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree, the subject area does not matter as the number of students undertake the course as part of a career change

For Surveying graduates/professionals

  • A minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree in a Surveying subject, or 
  • Corporate membership of a professional body concerned with property or construction, for example, CIOB, RIBA, RTPI, CIOH or other relevant body of equal standing.


  • 4-5 year Honours Degree from a recognised university in Bangladesh: CGPA 2.4 - 2.8 out of 4.0 or higher (depending on the institution and LSBU course applied for)
  • 2 year Honours Degree + 2 year Masters Degree from a recognised university in Bangladesh: CGPA 2.4 – 2.8 out of 4.0 or higher (depending on the institution and LSBU course applied for)
  • Honours Degree from a recognised international university: equivalent to UK Bachelor Degree Second Class Honours or higher.

Admissions based on experience

Applicants who do not meet this requirement will be considered for entry on the basis of the length and quality of their employment experience in areas cognate to surveying and construction. Evidence of this will be required in support of any application made.

Overseas applicants

Applicants are expected to have competency in spoken and written English. Oral presentations are an integral part of the course. Written English should be at the British Council/Cambridge IELTS Level 6.5 or above.

Career Prospects


The employment record for students on this programme is excellent, with previous graduates gaining employment across nearly all of the largest consulting and contracting firms. Many are also employed by smaller firms in this exciting industry.

Employability Service:

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills

Course Details

Features of the course

  • RICS accredited (PGDip) award in 2 semesters for full-time students or 4 semesters for part time students
  • Option to achieve a PGDip award, take a break of up to 2 years, and return to do a 'top-up' Masters
  • Emphasis on the business skills required in quantity surveying practice
  • Contributions to programme from practitioners
  • An expanding Alumni Association that provides you with excellent networking opportunities

Core Modules

Project evaluation
Construction contract administration
Construction law
Procurement and management of construction
Economics and finance for construction
Dissertation (MSc only)

Additional modules (conversion course only)

Measurement, documentation and estimating
Institutional and legal context for construction

Optional Modules

Behavioural finance
Building control
Building information modelling and collaborative working
Health and safety management in construction
History of architecture and construction
International real estate and construction
Legal resolution of property and construction disputes

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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